2017 Board of Directors

The following professionals serve as the dedicated leaders of the Association.

Chairman
David Bartek
Vice President of Operations,
Loews Hotels
1st Vice Chairman
Fred Sawyers
Complex General Manager, 
Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin
2nd Vice Chairman
Brian Comes
General Manager,
Hyatt Regency Orlando
 
Secretary
Keith Wolling
General Manager,
B Resort and Spa Lake Buena Vista

Treasurer
Jesse Martinez
General Manager,
The Alfond Inn at Rollins
 
Assistant Treasurer
Sonja Giselbrecht
General Manager,
Sheraton Suites Orlando Airport
 
Historian
Laura Sherman
Resorts Manager USA,
CLC Encantada Resort
 
Immediate Past Chairman
Gerald Urquiola
General Manager,
Caribe Royale Orlando
 
Board Member
Stephanie Banks
General Manager,
DoubleTree by Hilton Orlando Downtown
 
Board Member
Lana Burke
General Manager,
Homewood Suites Orlando International Drive / Convention Center
 
Board Member
Ross Burke
General Manager,
Blue Heron Beach Resort
 
Board Member
Steve Cadaret
General Manager,
DoubleTree Suites by Hilton located
in the Disney Springs Resort Area
Board Member
Marylouise Fitzgibbon
General Manager,
Disney's Grand Floridian Resort
 
Board Member
David Friederich
Corporate Vice President of Operations
The Kessler Collection
 
Board Member
Bill Friedrich
General Manager,
Embassy Suites Orlando International Drive /
Convention Center
 
Board Member
Jim Gross
General Manager,
DoubleTree by Hilton Orlando at SeaWorld
Board Member
Jorg Heyer
General Manager,
Sheraton Vistana Villages
Vacation Ownership Council Representative
 
Board Member
Carlton Hudson
General Manager,
Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando
 

Board Member
Jay Hunt
Senior Account Manager,
Massey Services, Inc.
Allied Relations Council Board Representative

Board Member
Peter Kacheris
Managing Director,
Bonnet Creek Resort
(Waldorf Astoria Orlando / Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek)
 
Board Member
Johann Krieger
General Manager,
Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center
 
Board Member
Anthony Lazzara
General Manager,
Crowne Plaza Orlando Universal
Board Member
Craig Leicester
General Manager,
Aloft Orlando Downtown
 
Board Member
Jay Leonard
General Manager,
Wyndham Lake Buena Vista Resort Disney Springs Resort Area /
Wyndham Garden Lake Buena Vista Disney Springs Resort Area
 
Board Member
Jon Luke
General Manager,
Hilton Orlando
 
 Board Member
Jon McGavin
General Manager,
Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes
Board Member
Jose Mola
General Manager,
Disney's Boardwalk Resort
Walt Disney World Company Representative
 
Board Member
Rod O'Connor
General Manager,
Avanti Resort Orlando
 
Board Member
Keith Odza
General Manager,
Wyndham Vacation Rentals
Vacation Rental Council Representative
Board Member
Thomas Petrillo
General Manager,
JW Marriott Orlando, Grande Lakes
 
Board Member
Mark Politte
Area General Manager,
DoubleTree by Hilton at the Entrance to Universal Orlando
 

Board Member
Frank Quallen
General Manager, 
Renaissance Orlando Airport Hotel

Board Member
Louis Robbins
Key Performance Hospitality Management
Board Member
Ralph Scatena
General Manager,
Orlando World Center Marriott
Board Member
Cheryl Seckman
General Manager,
Courtyard by Marriott Orlando Downtown
Board Member
Cindy Staley
General Manager,
Sheraton Lake Buena Vista Resort
 
Board Member
Robert Stanfield
General Manager,
Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate
 
Board Member
Jeff Swirsky
General Manager,
Holiday Inn Resort Lake Buena Vista
 

Board Member
Cindy Traenkner
Owner,
Domino's
Allied Relations Council Board Representative

 
Board Member
Glen Vlasic
General Manager,
Sheraton Vistana Resort
Vacation Ownership Council Representative
 
Board Member
Bob Walsh
General Manager,
Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld
 
Board Member
Duane Winjum
Complex General Manager
SpringHill Suites by Marriott & TownePlace Suites by Marriott
Orlando at Flamingo Crossings/Western Entrance
 
Board Member
Brian Wong
Owner / General Manager,
Celebration Suites Hotel
 

 

The following individuals serve as Ex-Officio (Advisory) Members on the Board of Directors:

Ex-Officio Board Member
George Aguel
President / CEO
Visit Orlando
 
Ex-Officio Board Member
Adam Babington
Director, Government & Industry Relations
Walt Disney World Company
 
Ex-Officio Board Member
Dennis BeMent
Former CFHLA Board Chairman, 1998
 
Ex-Officio Board Member
Pat Breeding
Instructional Support for Hospitality & Tourism Programs
Orange County Public Schools
 
Ex-Officio Board Member
Jeff Brinda
General Manager,
Sheraton Suites Tampa Airport Westshore
Former CFHLA Board Chairman, 2001
 
Ex-Officio Board Member
Jim Burns
Vice President / Managing Director,
Grande Lakes Orlando
Former CFHLA Board Chairman, 2013
 
Ex-Officio Board Member
Ron Caimano
Former CFHLA Board Chairman, 1990
 
Ex-Officio Board Member
Eric Crawford
Aloft Orlando Downtown
Food & Beverage Council Representative
 
Ex-Officio Board Member
Jeannette Eberle, PhD
Professor of Finance
Webber International University
 
Ex-Officio Board Member
Captain Jeff Eifler
Orange County Sheriff's Office
 
Ex-Officio Board Member
Pat Engfer
Area Vice President / General Manager,
Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress
Former CFHLA Chairman, 2002 & 2006
 
Ex-Officio Board Member
Bruce Faust
Orange County Fire Rescue Department
 
Ex-Officio Board Member
Carolyn Fennell
Orlando International Airport / GOAA Representative
 
Ex-Officio Board Member
Michael Garro
Melia Orlando Suite Hotel
Engineers Council Representative
 
Ex-Officio Board Member
Doug Gehret
Area VP Operations, Central Florida & South Carolina
Hilton WorldWide
Former CFHLA Board Chairman, 2014
 
Ex-Officio Board Member
Denis Hanks
FVRMA Representative
Ex-Officio Board Member
Greg Hauenstein
Former CFHLA Board Chairman, 2007 & 2009
 
Ex-Officio Board Member
Jim Inglis
Hospitality & Tourism Professor
Valencia College
 
Ex-Officio Board Member
Steven Jamieson
General Manager
The Mall at Millenia
 
Ex-Officio Board Member
John McReynolds
Vice President - Government Relations
Universal Orlando Resort
 
Ex-Officio Board Member
D.T. Minich
President / CEO
Experience Kissimmee
 
Ex-Officio Board Member
Dr. Abraham Pizam
Dean
University of Central Florida -
Rosen College of Hospitality Management
 
Ex-Officio Board Member
Loren Poor
Director of Security
Hilton Orlando
Security & Safety Council Representative
 
Ex-Officio Board Member
Thea Sargent
General Manager
Disney's Fort Wilderness Lodge
Former CFHLA Board Chairman, 2004
 
Ex-Officio Board Member
Jason Siegel
Interim President & CEO
Central Florida Sports Commission
 
Ex-Officio Board Member
Beth Thibodaux
Vice President, State & Domestic Affairs
SeaWorld Parks & Resorts
 
Ex-Officio Board Member
Thibaut van Marcke
President
Dr. P. Phillips Hospital / Orlando Health