Paul S. Mears III, President, Mears Transportation Group and Hello Florida! Inc. was recently elected to serve a two-year term as Visit Orlando’s Chair of the Board of Directors. Mears represents Visit Orlando’s nearly 1,200 members, leads the board’s Executive Committee, and presides over board actions to ensure that the mission and goals of Visit Orlando are fulfilled.
One new member was elected by the membership to serve on the 2013 Board of Directors, Rick Continelli, Senior Vice President of Resort/Park Sales & Services, Disney Destinations.
The following have been elected to serve with Mears on the Executive Committee:
Chair Elect: Peter Kacheris, Managing Director, Waldorf Astoria and Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek
Secretary: William (Bill) Davis, President & Chief Operating Officer, Universal Orlando Resort
Treasurer: Donald (Don) Engfer, Senior Vice President, Tishman Hotel Corporation
Past Chair: Paul Tang, Vice President and Managing Director, Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress
In addition, the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority’s Director of Public Affairs, Carolyn Fennell, will serve on the Visit Orlando Executive Committee. Visit Orlando President & CEO also serves on the Executive Committee as a non-voting member.
Elected directors include:
David Bartek Regional Director of Operations, Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando Resort
Barbara Bowden General Manager, Peabody Orlando
Daniel Brown Chief Operating Officer, SeaWorld Parks
Rick Continelli Senior Vice President of Resorts/Park Sales & Services, Disney Destinations
Steve Contos Area Vice President - Americas Southern Region, Marriott International Inc.
Susan Godorov Vice President, Marketing General Manager, Pointe Orlando
Greg Hauenstein Area Managing Director/General Manager, Buena Vista Palace Hotel & Spa
John Martin President, The Capital Grille, Darden
Alex Martins Chief Executive Officer, Orlando Magic
John Marzano Vice-President of Strategic Communications and Brand Marketing, Orlando Health
Leslie Menichini Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Rosen Hotels & Resorts
Doug Ridge General Manager, Orlando World Center Marriott Resort & Convention Center
Craig Swygert President – General Manager, Clear Channel Outdoor – Orlando Division
At-large directors include:
Steven Jamieson General Manager, The Mall at Millenia
Yolonda Londoňo Vice-President Global Social Responsibility, Tupperware Brands Corporation
Ex-Officio directors include:
Teresa Jacobs Mayor, Orange County
(Orange County appointee)
Buddy Dyer Mayor, City of Orlando
(City of Orlando appointee)
Rich Maladecki President, Central Florida Hotel and Lodging Association
Jacob Stuart Interim President, Orlando, Inc.
Dr. Dan Holsenbeck Vice President of University Relations, University of Central Florida
Kathie Canning Executive Director, Orange County Convention Center (Orange County Convention Center representative)
Craig Mateer President, BAGS, Inc.(Orange County appointee)
Sami Haiman-Marrero President & Marketing Specialist, Urbander (Orange County appointee)
Rick Weddle President & CEO, Metro Orlando Economic Development Commission (representative)
Visit Orlando is the official branding, sales and marketing organization for the Orlando area responsible for generating brand awareness, increasing travel to the area and booking conventions and meetings. For more information, visit VisitOrlando.com/corporate.