Welcome to the Broward Chapter!


Dear Colleagues,

I am honored to serve as your 2016 Chapter President for the Broward Chapter of the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association. I am proud to represent one of the most dynamic FRLA chapters across the state and am working diligently to continue to build upon our successes in Broward to ensure we meet the state-wide goals and objectives of Florida’s premiere hospitality association. I look forward to representing all members in Broward County to keep our industry strong.

The Broward Chapter has a dynamic Board of Directors working diligently on defining the key initiatives most important to our businesses. To that end, our 2016 goals focus upon the following:

• Expand FRLA’s brand and influence
• Enhance FRLA’s brand communications
• Strengthen the value of FRLA membership
• Grow our membership base

We have set out an ambitious plan for 2016, which will support the present staff, managers and owners in our industry, as well as mentor, assist and guide the ranks of students pursuing a hospitality career.
We have several very important and active committees, without whom we could not accomplish as much as we do. This is an outstanding opportunity for you to get involved and build relationships and your business. Please take a moment to review and consider taking a role in your local chapter. Take a look at the document below and let us know where you want to help:

 2016 FRLA Broward Committee Descriptions & Roles

Please note, our committees are open to any FRLA member who wishes to get involved. Below is an outline of when and where our Committees meet. Please contact Chapter Director Anne Sallee for more information and to confirm meeting place and time.

GOVERNMENT RELATIONS COMMITTEE – Co-Chairs: Ed Walls & Kevin Speidel
Monthly Phone Conference, 2nd Wednesday at 9 am

EDUCATION COMMITTEE – Chair – Ramola Motwani & Jean-Pierre Turgot
2nd Tuesday, 3 pm. Location varies. Please call 954-253-0850 to confirm.

PUBLIC RELATIONS/MARKETING COMMITTEE – Chair: Kathy Koch & Ari Glassman
4th Thursday 4:30 pm, Grille 401 upstairs

SPECIAL EVENTS COMMITTEE – Co-Chairs: Heidi Dennis & Maribel Vargas
3rd Tuesday 4:30 pm, Bokampers or Beauty & The Feast, Fort Lauderdale. Please call 954-253-0850 to confirm.

We are finalizing our 2016 schedule of events and I promise it will have something for everyone! For our Allied friends, you may make a presentation at one of our chapter meetings for $250. This is a great way to promote your business to top decision makers. Please call Anne for more information.

Our 7th Annual Excellence in Education Gala will be held May 5, 2016, at the fabulous Marriott Harbor Beach. We will award our School of the Year, ProStart Instructor of the Year, Hospitality Tourism Management Program Instructor of the Year and announce our 2016 Scholarship Winners. We are working on some stunning surprises to this event as we give tribute to Broward’s Tourism Czar Nicki Grossman and a fabulous silent auction! Last year was a sell-out so I encourage you to sign up now! Please remember that a portion of the proceeds support hospitality and culinary education programs in local high schools and colleges.

Lastly, I would like to acknowledge our 2013-2014 Past Chapter President Kevin Speidel for his two years of outstanding leadership! I look forward to seeing you all soon at one of our many upcoming activities or at a committee meeting.

Please join us as we work to promote, protect and educate our hospitality community and our future staff, managers and owners! With your continued support, the Broward Chapter has been very successful. It is our plan is to build upon this momentum in 2016.

Sincerely,

Eduardo Fernandez
2016 FRLA Broward President
General Manager
Sonesta Fort Lauderdale

Broward Chapter Director

Anne Sallee
954-253-0850
Email the Director

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Broward Chapter: Hunger Action Month

September 1 - September 30
Tue 27

2016 Fall Board Meeting

September 27 - September 28
Tue 27

2016 Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show

September 27 - September 29
Wed 28

Hospitality Stars of the Industry Celebration

September 28 | 6:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Fri 30

Friday Night Sound Waves

September 30 | 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Leaders / Officers

Broward Board of Directors

Officers
President
Eduardo Fernandez
Sonesta, Fort Lauderdale

Vice President – Restaurants
Danielle Rosse
Oceans 234

Vice President – Lodging
Ed Walls
Diplomat Resort & Spa

Secretary
Janna Lhota
Holland & Knight

Treasurer
Donald Calder
InVision Strategies

Past President/Chair
Kevin Speidel
Hilton, Fort Lauderdale Marina

Board of Directors

Bernie Moyle
Vantage Hospitality

Jordan Beckner
Fiberbuilt Umbrellas

Michelle MacKeith
Pinnacle Hospitality Systems

Pia Dahlquist
Mai-Kai

Ramola Motwani
Merrimac Ventures

Greg Cook
Ritz-Carlton

Louis Ruccolo
Broward County Schools

Matthew Bryant
Frank H Furman Insurance

Mark Tascione
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

Richard Rubits
American Social

Mike Grimme
AMC Liquidators

Kathy Koch
Ambit Advertising

Maribel Vargas
Bokampers

Ina Lee
TravelHost of Greater Fort Lauderdale

Dan Lindblade
GFL Chamber of Commerce

Arianna Glassman
Tsukuro

Bernie Moyle
Vantage Hospitality Group

Jean-Pierre Turgot
Republic Services

Heidi Dennis
Atlantic Hotel & Spa

Scott Rivelli
Superior Small Lodging Association

Carrie Allgaier Caldwell
The Restaurant People

Michael Rosa
The Tower Club

KC Sentz
Funky Buddha Brewery

Rob Gebhard
Sky Thai Sushi

Bernie Friedman
Becker & Poliakoff

Andy Fox
Grille 401

Sandy Patel
Luckeys Management

Past Chapter Presidents
Steven Sponder (2005-2006)

Carlos Molinet (2006-2008, 2010-2011)
Mark Kukulski (2008)
Andreas Ioannou (2008 – 2010)
Heiko Dobrikow (2011-2012)
Kevin Speidel (2013-2014)