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Professionals in Tourism


Teresa Nix, President
Princess Cruises/Cunard Line

Beth Cohen, Vice President
Costa Cruises

James Hansen, Treasurer
Hyatt Place, WPB

Paul Cook, Secretary
Boca Raton Travel

Richard Stafford, SIUSA Rep.
Century Hotels Inc.

Board Members:

Paul Alterman

James Hansen
Hyatt Place, WPB

Mark Flager
Travel Consultant

Becky Reincke
Spring Hill Suites

Art Stark
The Cruise Corner

Executive Secretary/Treasurer
Carlos Banks
Pleasant Holidays

Greetings Fellow Skalleagues!

The highlight of our May meeting at Primavera Italian Restaurant was the opportunity to host our friends, who are members of ASME. A huge thank you to Jawayne Keyser for your efforts in making this wonderful evening of friendship a success! The appetizer’s and dinner were delectable and most of all, the time of fellowship was enjoyed by those in attendance.

Our opening toast was presented by Al Walleser and the closing toast by Stefan Richter.

19 Members and the following Guests were in attendance:
Jeanne Warren, Guest of Al Walleser
Anne Walleser, Guest of Al Walleser
Chuck Acker, Guest of Sharon Malone
Gene Shulman – Crystal Cruise Line
Ed Warren, Guest of Al Walleser
Alma Reibstein, Guest of Bernie Falkow
Mary Sue Jerkowski - NCL
Geri Kearns, Guest of Stefan Richter
ASME Guests in attendance:
Niklas Sardana
Andrea Flynn
Mary Kucera
Fokas Drakalovich
Scott Forthman
Eileen Sill

Paul Alterman is finalizing plans for our charity fund-raiser and will provide more details at our June meeting. Contact Paul should you have any suggestions or would like to help.

The activities committee is also finalizing plans for our Summer Social and will report in detail at our June meeting.

Dick Stafford and Carlos Banks attended the recent NAASC conference in Quebec City where the recent By-law proposals were reviewed.

Plan to join us for our June 15th meeting @ Holiday Inn, Highland Beach, FL
Bring a potential NEW member!!

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 to get more information on our club, pictures and the upcoming “Skal Monthly Reception & Meeting” for our May meeting.


Teresa Nix, President
SKAL Ft. Lauderdale & Palm Beaches


SUMMER BREAK - No meeting in July & August! Watch for announcement of a "FUN" Summer Get-together!

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.