Welcome to the Broward Chapter!
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:
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.
2016 FRLA Broward President
Sonesta Fort Lauderdale