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Leadership Mentoring Class II

The Central Florida Hotel & Lodging Association (CFHLA) is proud to announce the selection of 16 mentees and 30 mentors, who will participate in CFHLA’s Leadership Mentoring Program, Class II. Each of these individuals represent our up-and-coming diverse and future leaders of the hospitality industry throughout Orange, Osceola, and Seminole County.

In 2022, the CFHLA Diversity Committee led the charge to create a brand-new and innovative leadership mentoring program, that would be designed to build more diverse leaders within the hospitality industry moving forward. In the inaugural class, CFHLA had 16 mentors help eight rising stars advance in their careers, by providing skill-development opportunities to a diverse group of mid-level leaders from various lodging and allied member companies across Central Florida.

This year, the program has nearly doubled in size and each participant will be mentored by at least two industry professionals throughout the year. Furthermore, the participants will focus on developing additional transferable leadership skills including leadership management, public speaking, networking, conflict resolution and emotional intelligence.

Congratulations to the16 individuals who have been selected to participate in Class II of the CFHLA Leadership Mentoring Program.

Additionally, CFHLA would like to thank the hospitality professionals who have graciously agreed to help mentor the next generation of hospitality industry professionals.

Meet Class II of the CFHLA Leadership Mentoring Program:

Angelina Cortez

Angelina Cortez
Pet2Go International

Will Gates

Will Gates
Assistant Executive Housekeeping Manager,
Hyatt Regency Orlando

Chase Guarino

Chase Guarino
Project Manager,
Titan Flooring Inc.

Khalil Hassin

Khalil Hassin
Front Office Supervisor,
Embassy Suites ICON Park

Jeremy Mercado

Jeremy Mercado
Account Executive,
Audio Visual Connection, Inc.

Tony Morales

Tony Morales
Guest Services Manager,
Hyatt House Orlando Airport

Shane Oliver

Shane Oliver
Manager, Front Office,
Hilton Grand Vacations -
Liki Tiki Village Resort

Javier Ortiz-Trujillo

Javier Ortiz-Trujillo
Front Office Supervisor,
Delta Marriott Hotel Orlando Celebration

Mike Pezo

Mike Pezo
Account Manager,
Atlantic Southern Paving

Lille Pidor

Lille Pidor
Recruiting / Social Media Coordinator,
AC by Marriott Orlando Downtown

Candace Raines

Candace Raines
Loss Prevention Manager,
Wyndham Lake Buena Vista Resort Disney Springs Resort Area

Gabby Soo Hong

Gabby Soo Hong
Signature Collection Manager,
Holiday Inn Club Vacations - Orange Lake Resort

Ariel Wheelock

Ariel Wheelock
Front Office Supervisor,
Castle Hotel, Autograph Collection

Tremaine Williams

Tremaine Williams
Kitchen Supervisor,
Embassy Suites by Hilton Orlando

Class II Mentors:

Cindy Andrews
Simon T Bailey
Jonathan Barisano
Lana Burke

Dan DeBord

Joe Delgado
Glenn Dickerson
Keith DiNatale
Abed Erikat
Carolynn Fennel
John Gill
George Haq
Colleen Hazen
Steven Hollis
David Lindsay
Michelle Logel
Ally Martin
Bruce McDonald
Jon McGavin
Clint Militzer
Jorge Reyes
Lou Rocco
Julia Rodriguez
Danny Rogers
Yale Schwartz

Brandon Whaley

Dana Whitaker
Pete Woodruff

Sunbrite Outdoor Furniture, Inc.
Simon T Bailey International
Universal’s Aventura Hotel at Universal Orlando Resort
Embassy Suites by Hilton Orlando ICON Park, Hampton Inn & Homewood Suites by Hilton Orlando I-Drive Convention Center
The Grove Resort & Spa
The Celeste Hotel Orlando, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel
Aloft Orlando Downtown
Vacation Villas at Fantasy World
Hilton Grand Vacations
GOAA – Greater Orlando Aviation Authority
Premier Oracle Elevator
B & H Towels and Linens
System Tech Services, Inc.
Vacation Villas at Fantasy World
FPIS, Inc., Distribution & Marketing Solutions
Hyatt Place Orlando I-Drive/Convention Center
Hyatt House Orlando Airport
Hyatt Regency Orlando International Airport
JW Marriott Orlando & Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes
Aloft & Element Orlando International Drive
Holiday Inn Club Vacations – Orange Lake Resort
Global Sourcing International, LLC 
Evermore Resort
Vulcan Surfacing, Inc.
Yale & Schwartz


Mainscape, Inc.
Prosegur Security
Southeastern Laundry Equipment