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Professionals in Tourism


Teresa Nix, President
Princess Cruises/Cunard Line

Beth Cohen, Vice President
Costa Cruises

Carlos Banks, Treasurer
Pleasant Holidays

Paul Cook, Secretary
Boca Raton Travel

Richard Stafford, SIUSA Rep.
Century Hotels Inc.

Board Members:

Paul Alterman

James Hansen
Hyatt Place, WPB

Wayne M. Lampert
New Vision Travel Inc.

Art Stark
The Cruise Corner

Happy New Year to All!

Our January meeting, held at the Chef’s Palate in Fort Lauderdale provided a time for celebrating the New Year and looking forward to a fantastic 2010. Our members and guests enjoyed the sumptuous dinner prepared and served by the students at the Ft. Lauderdale Art Institute, Culinary Arts School.

Guests Included:

  • Al & Anne Walleser – Al has transferred his membership from the Miami Club
  • Mark Flager brought his son
  • Sheila Alterman, guest of Paul Alterman
  • Josie Van Tuyl, The Bridge Hotel & Resort
  • John Fatersik
  • Jeffrey Verlotta, Classic Vacations
Our newest member, Todd Stevenson (Holland America Line) was introduced to those in attendance.

Announcement was made that the organization that is reclaiming soap from hotels and charity redistribution, which was highlighted at our September 2009 meeting by member Ron Stevens, is providing support to the earthquake victims in Haiti. More hotels & resorts are actively supporting this effort, by donating the soaps and lotions which they would normally discard.

Dick Stafford announced the slate of Officers and Board of Directors for 2010, with the following elected:
  • Teresa Nix, President
  • Beth Cohen, Vice President
  • Paul Cook, Secretary
  • James Hansen, Treasurer
  • Dick Stafford, SIUSA
Board of Directors: Art Stark, Paul Alterman, Mark Flager and Becky Reincke

Carlos Banks remains our Executive Secretary/Treasurer

Carlos Banks announced his candidacy for SIUSA Auditor and was unanimously endorsed by the Board of Directors. We are sending a letter of endorsement on his behalf.

Paul Alterman has been appointed to chair the committee for our planned charitable fund-raiser. Details are forthcoming.

Wayne Lampert will be attending the upcoming SIUSA meeting in San Jose.

Plan now to attend our next meeting at the Palm Beach Gardens Marriott Hotel on February 16, 2010.

YOUR Board of Directors’ continues to seek to make SKAL / Ft. Lauderdale & Palm Beaches an organization where each member is an integral part of our success! We encourage you to share your ideas for upcoming activities which will help us to have more camaraderie and interaction. … PLEASE, feel free to share with us any suggestions which you may have for activities / fundraisers / guest speakers! Contact me at, Beth Cohen at or Dick Stafford at, with YOUR suggestions!

Don’t forget to check our website for more information on our club and the upcoming “Skal Monthly Reception & Meeting” for our February meeting.


Teresa Nix, President
SKAL Ft. Lauderdale & Palm Beaches


February 16, 2010: Marriott Hotel / Palm Beach Gardens
March 16, 2010: TBA/ Delray Beach
April 20, 2010: Installation of Officers - Hilton Palm Beach Airport / West Palm Beach
We all know someone of management level in Travel / Tourism / Hospitality who is not currently a SKAL member. Invite them to come to a meeting TODAY!

Have you logged on to our website recently? Should your answer be no, we do encourage you to do so soon!

Members who wish to have a link put on the website to their business can do so by sending a ‘live link’ to .

Members who have had a change in email address are requested to contact Paul Cook at to inform him of those changes.

Other changes (address, phone, etc.) should be made on the SKAL website, with a copy to Paul Cook.