Welcome to the Central Florida Chapter

I am delighted to serve as your 2018 FRLA Central Florida Chapter President. I am honored to be apart of one of the most influential regions in Florida and to create an incredibly dynamic chapter.

FRLA is dedicated to protecting your business, promoting your industry and educating your current and future employees. As a member of the Central Florida Chapter, you have a voice in Tallahassee and in Washington, D.C due to the partnership FRLA has with the National Restaurant Association (NRA) and the American Hotel and Lodging Association (AHLA). We also recently began a partnership with the Asian American Hotel Owners Association (AAHOA).

The Central Florida Chapter covers Seminole, Orange and Osceola Counties with nearly 1,000 hotel, restaurant, and supplier partner members. We take great pride in our service, products, and dedication to this valuable industry and organization. From the most prestigious Theme Parks in the world to Central Florida’s growing reputation as a dining destination, our Chapter has amazing diversity.  Help us continue to grow and grab a seat at the table!

JOIN A COMMITTEE

The Central Florida Chapter is committed to increasing value, establishing structure and providing leadership in the community. We will achieve our prime directive through the hard work and dedication of our officers, board members, committee chairs, committee members and general membership. Our chapter leadership is comprised of over thirty recognized and respected industry leaders who are working together to further initiatives of importance, uphold our mission and vision, serve as a resource for issues relevant to our industry and to assure that we achieve our goals. See a full listing of our Board below.

We look forward to enhancing our communication with you through events, social networking (#FRLACFL) and mentorship with operators, staff, and students. Join us for our next event and get connected!

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Join me in keeping the momentum going as we uphold our mission to Protect, Educate and Promote the hospitality industry in Central Florida and the State.

Sincerely,

Jon McGavin
The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes

For more information about getting involved with the Central Florida Chapter, or becoming a member of the FRLA, contact Rosie Riccardi, Central Florida Business Development Director, or Marjorie Stone, Central Florida Regional Director. Both are committed to the enhancement and growth of our chapter.

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Chapter Directors

Marjorie Stone
850-524-1747
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Rosie Riccardi
407-304-8773
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CHAPTER LEADERSHIP

2018 OFFICERS


President
Jon McGavin, The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes

Vice President of Hotels
Barbara Bowden, Loews Sapphire Falls Resort and Loews Royal Pacific Resort

Vice President of Restaurants
Chris Frawley, Miller’s Ale House

Secretary
Meghan Stuart, Interessant Hotels & Resort Management

Treasurer
Christine Fields, Tijuana Flats

Past President
Leigh Doyle, Ellie Lou’s Brews & BBQ

2018 BOARD OF DIRECTORS


Jonathan Raz, Waldorf-Astoria Orlando and Hilton Bonnet Creek

Ryan Mitchell, Sonny’s BBQ

Craig Leicester, Aloft Downtown Orlando

Vanessa Knust, BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse

John Menichini, Omni Orlando Resort at Championsgate

Dan Davis, Mellow Mushroom

Dun Chau, Fusion Bistro Sushi and Sake Bar

Abed Ereikat, Hilton Grand Vacations – Tuscany Village

Cathy Saboff, Outback Steakhouse

Dave Hadelman, La Cima Restaurant LLC/Twin Peaks Restaurants

Drew Carnahan, Hyatt Regency Orlando

Janet Bryan, Mango’s Tropical Cafe, Inc.

Jay Herrington, Fish on Fire and Dancing Pigs Deli

Ralph Scatena, Orlando World Center Marriott

Ingrid Hebel, Red Lobster

Justin Williams, Grand Bohemian Orlando

Roger Newell, American Culinary Federation

2018 HONORARY DIRECTORS


Chau Nguyen, Kobe Steakhouse

Alan Palmieri, Marlow’s Tavern

Kevin Speidel, Hilton Grand Vacations

Shelly Weir, American Hotel and Lodging Association Educational Institute (AHLAEI)

Jan Gautam, Asian American Hotel Owners Association (AAHOA) and Interessant Hotels & Resorts Management

Adam Babington, Walt Disney World

Brandy Hastings, VISIT FLORIDA

Leslie Menichini, Rosen Hotels & Resorts

Jim Rogers, RomaCorp

Denise Spiegel, Visit Orlando