Key Speaker

The Honorable John Joyce

U.S. Representative (PA-13)

Karl Pietrzak

President & CEO, Destination Gettysburg

Discussion Summary

On May 28, 2024, a diverse group of Gettysburg travel industry leaders and small business owners met with Rep. John Joyce (PA-13) at Mansion House 1757 to discuss the economic impact of travel in his district. Throughout the meeting, the group discussed the 11,000 jobs and $1 billion in visitor spending that the travel industry brings to his district annually.

The Congressman was also interested in learning more about the industry’s most pressing priorities, including lowering visa wait times, leveraging innovative and efficiency-boosting technology and fully funding the Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Travel and Tourism.



  • Robert Adams, former Gettysburg Campground Owner
  • Rick Beamer, General Manager, Gettystown Inn
  • Nicole Bucher, Secretary, Owner, Mister Ed’s Elephant Museum and Candy Emporium
  • Max Felty, Immediate Past Chair, Owner, Gettysburg Battlefield Bus Tours
  • Nancy Gudmestad, Director, Shriver House Museum
  • Erik Hansen, Senior Vice President, Government Relations, U.S. Travel Association
  • Harry Hartman, Publisher, Gettysburg Times
  • George Keeney, Owner, Mansion House 1757
  • Roger Lund, Owner, Christmas Haus/Gettysburg Chocolate Market
  • Leslie Tru Magraw, Owner, Union Hotel/Sign of the Buck Restaurant
  • Mary Lynn Martin, Owner, Hickory Bridge Restaurant
  • Nate Mares, Board Chair, General Manager, Best Western & Quality Inn Gettysburg
  • Jim Martin, Adams County Commissioner
  • Jason Martz, Communications Specialist, Gettysburg National Military Park (NPS)
  • Judy Morley, President, Gettysburg Cookie Company
  • Carrie Nace, Senior Associate, Novak Strategic Advisors
  • Trini Nye, Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Gettysburg Foundation
  • Erin Pearce, Philanthropy Experience Coordinator, Gettysburg Foundation
  • Karl Pietrzak, President & CEO, Destination Gettysburg*
  • Brady Rogers, Director of Business and Community Outreach, Adams Economic Alliance
  • Jill Sellers, President & CEO, Main Street Gettysburg
  • Jackie White, Owner, Dobbin House Restaurant
  • Rachel White, Director of Sales, Gettysburg Hotel
  • Carl Whitehill, Vice President, Destination Gettysburg
  • Rob Williams, Director of Outreach, Seminary Ridge Museum & Education Center

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