Skal Palm Beach Ft Lauderdale
Home Contact Us Links
About Us Members Directors Skal News Club Pictures Call To Meeting Documents History Skal Toast Why Join Skal Skal logo

Professionals in Tourism


Beth Cohen, President
MSC Cruises

Mark Flager, Vice President
SilverSea Cruises Ltd.

James Hansen, Treasurer
Hyatt Place, WPB

Paul Cook, Secretary
Boca Raton Travel

Richard Stafford, SIUSA Rep.
Century Hotels Inc.

Board Members:

Teresa Nix
Princess Cruises/Cunard Line

Paul Alterman

Jawayne Keiser
Intercoastal Consultants Group

Gail Gruenbaum
Travel Guard

Executive Secretary/Treasurer
Carlos Banks
Pleasant Holidays

President's Letter
October, 2011

Greetings Fellow Skalleagues! 

Benvenuto Caterestaurant in Boynton Beach was the backdrop for our October meeting. The food and service was outstanding! We had a stellar turnout which included some Skål members we haven’t seen for awhile. Wilson Carter, Cindy Christen (both former Presidents of our Club) and Alex and Rick Gannon as well as Ben Murphy and Jim Ponce were there. Speaking of Jim Ponce, did you know that he was the 2011 recipient of the prestigious Palm Beach County Providencia Award? Beloved for his tours of The Breakers and his encyclopedic knowledge of Palm Beach, Jim was named this year’s most significant contributor to Palm Beach County as a tourist destination. The award is given to an individual or entity that has made a contribution to the county as a desirable tourist destination. The two other finalists were Lion Country Safari and the Palm Beach International Boat Show. Other submissions included City Place Palm Beach Zoo and the Henry Morrison Flagler Museum among others. It was an honor to recognize this “walking landmark” who is 94 years young! He will be resuming tours soon at The Breakers so if you haven’t had the opportunity to experience a tour by this Palm Beach legend, please do so this season.

I want to also recognize some special supporters of our Club, who tirelessly invest their time and efforts. A special thank you to Dick Stafford and Carlos Banks, who without them, I’m not sure our Club would exist. They are so knowledgeable about SIUSA and have been Skål members for many years and bring their knowledge and guidance to our Club. I also want to acknowledge the efforts of our Board members – Mark Flager, our Vice President, who has taken it upon himself to organize and educate us about all of the Skål Club’s flags and really showcase them at every meeting which helps all of our members learn the history of our Club. Thank you also to Paul Cook, our esteemed Secretary, Photographer and also a long time member of the Club. Paul Alterman, a seasoned veteran of the Club who offers his thoughts and long time Skål experience, James Hansen who has been juggling increasing responsibility at work, taking his MBA classes in the evening and of course new father duties still manages to give his input and work feverishly behind the scenes organizing our upcoming silent auction for our holiday party and Jawayne Keyser and Gail Gruenbaum, new to the board, but adding their business expertise. Last but not least my predecessor as President and current Board member, Miss Teresa Nix who always is a great sounding board for me as well as continuing to support our Club with her knowledge and experience.

Of course without all of you, our members, our Club wouldn’t exist, so a heartfelt thanks to you from me and our Board for your participation and belief that “doing business among friends” keeps you coming back and enjoying the camaraderie of a great group of people.

I look forward to seeing you at our next meeting in November at China Grill where we will announce the proposed slate of officers for 2012. Don’t miss it!



Beth Cohen,President
SKAL Ft. Lauderdale & Palm Beaches


Wednesday, November 16, 2011 – China Grill, Ft. Lauderdale – Slate of 2012 Officers to be announced
Thursday, December 15, 2011 – Holiday Party – Boca Renaissance Hotel – Boca Raton

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!

Contact any one of your Board members to share your ideas and suggestions for the Club. Don’t forget to check our website to get more information on our club, pictures and the upcoming Skål Monthly Reception & Meeting.

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.