Leonardtown, MD – The St. Mary’s County Public Information Office is pleased to welcome Andrew Ponti as the new Communications Coordinator. He replaces Cheri Noffsinger who is the new Administrative Assistant to the County Administrator.

Mr. Ponti is well known throughout the county, serving as Tourism Coordinator since 2014. His work includes collaborating with numerous travel and tourism clients, businesses and organizations to successfully promote St. Mary’s County as a prime Southern Maryland tourist destination. He’s also managed Public Relations activities for the county’s Tourism Division, including the establishment and coordination of travel writer communications and media tours. Andrew has administered Tourism’s new website and social media efforts, which has resulted in continual growth in the number of likes and followers across several platforms. He also

He has served as a key member of the county’s Tourism and Hospitality Master Planning Committee executive team. The team worked with a consultant to convert St. Mary’s County Tourism to a non-profit entity. The move becomes official this summer.

Ponti has served as Social Media Chairman of the Mid-Atlantic Tourism Public Relations Alliance (MATPRA) where he was responsible for coordinating social media efforts for the organization.

Prior to coming to St. Mary’s County, Andrew served as Business and Administrative Manager and Executive Director of the Harrisburg Area Riverboat Society, Inc.

“We are extremely fortunate to have Andrew join the Public Information Office staff,” said Tony Jones, Public Information Officer.  “We have worked on a number of projects since he arrived in 2014. I know what he brings to the table and am confident he will assist our office in growing our communications efforts in the future.”

Andrew is a graduate of the University of Scranton. He’s married and lives in Leonardtown.

Ponti will officially join the PIO team on February 9.