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Professionals in Tourism


Theresa Nix, President
Princess Cruises/Cunard Line

Becky Reincke, Vice President
Springhill Suites

James Hansen, Treasurer
Hyatt Place, WPB

Paul Cook, Secretary
Boca Raton Travel

Beth Cohen, SIUSA Rep.
MSC Cruises

Carlos Banks, EST
Pleasant Holidays

Board Members:

Richard Stafford
Century Hotels, Inc.

Gail Kreig
Travel Guard

Jawayne Keyser
La Mansion Inn

Cecilia Hudnet
Embassy Suites

President’s Letter
January, 2014

Primavera Restaurant in Ft. Lauderdale served as a fantastic “kick-off” to 2014! As always the appetizers and dinner coupled with our attending members and guests were a highlight of the evening.

Self introductions by members & guests followed the opening toast by Lupe Castillo. Guests included: Anne Walleser, Ed and Jeanne Warren both of Alpine Adventures (Al Walleser), Monica Eastep (Steven Eastep) and Kisha Johnson with Expedia.

Announcement of the proposed 2014-2015 slate of Officers & Directors was made.

President: Becky Reincke
Vice-President: Dick Stafford
Secretary: Paul Cook
Treasurer: James Hansen
SIUSA Representative: Teresa Nix
Directors: Ian Black, Beth Cohen, Mary Sue Jurkowski, Jerry Eastep

The notices for future meetings will now be sent out through Evite thanks to Jerry Eastep. Make sure when you say yes to your Evite that you include in your comments the names of any guests and your entrée selections. PLAN NOW to attend the February 18th meeting where we will vote to elect your 2014 – 2015 Officers & Directors!!

The closing toast was presented by Bonnie Hanley.

Looking ahead, we have scheduled a guest speaker Jorge Pesquera, President of “Discover the Palm Beaches” formerly Palm Beach CVB in March. He will provide good insight into tourism in Palm Beach County and South Florida. We are also in the planning stages for the Installation of Officers in April. Details to follow! Pre-planning for a fund-raiser (possibly in May) and our “Annual Summer Social” (late July/August) is underway. In the next few months we will announce details and asking for your support!

Your Board of Directors continues to be focused on increasing our membership and we ask that you contact industry friends and invite them to our meetings. We are also making every effort to plan to have interesting topics of discussion at future meetings. Should you have a topic / guest that you would like to include in our consideration, please do share that info with Dick Stafford, or Becky Reincke, Don't forget to let your Board of Director’s know if you have suggestions for meeting locations / meeting enhancements / other fun & interesting ideas! We really would like your input!

Looking forward to a fabulous 2014!!
See you on February 18th at the new Delray Sands Resort - Highland Beach (former Holiday Inn) & don’t forget to bring a guest / potential new member!!

Cheers and Skål!

Theresa Nix, President
SKAL Ft. Lauderdale & Palm Beaches

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