BALTIMORE, Md. – To put the longevity of Baltimore Convention Centre (BCC) executive director Peggy Daidakis in perspective, when she took over the role, gas was around 86 cents a gallon and the song “Invisible Touch”’ by Genesis was on top of the U.S. charts.
Daidakis, who has an overall 44 years with the venue, has announced she will be retiring in September.
When the convention center opened in 1978, Daidakis was part of the original team, before moving to the position of executive director in 1986, becoming the first woman to do so at a national convention center.
She was instrumental in planning the BCC’s expansion, which tripled its size to be the largest public assembly meetings and exhibition venue in Maryland. Daidakis oversees a full-time staff of more than 150 who welcome nearly 500,000 visitors to the center each year.
“I am very proud of the service I have provided the residents of Baltimore and the hospitality industry,” says Daidakis. “I am appreciative of all the support I have received, and I am confident that I am leaving the center in very capable hands.”
In 2013, Daidakis was honored by the Convention Industry Council (CIC) as an inductee to the CIC Hall of Leaders. That same year, she also received the International Association of Venue Managers’ Convention Center Leader of the Year Award. The BCC itself has been honored to receive numerous industry awards for excellence.
“On behalf of the Baltimore Convention & Tourism Board, I want to extend heartfelt thanks to Peggy Daidakis for nearly 50 years of service to the city of Baltimore,” says Chuck Tildon, board chair. “Peggy is a dear friend, a passionate supporter of our city and has been the driving force behind the Baltimore Convention Center since her appointment to executive director in 1986… as the first female leader of a national convention center, Peggy’s contributions to the hospitality industry extend far beyond the city of Baltimore. She will be missed but we wish her all the best on her next journey and thank her for her vision, leadership and passion through the past 44 years.”