Name Position Company
Rick Benninghove Resort General Manager The Resort at Longboat Key Club
Ed Chiles Restauranteur The Chiles Group
David Cocco CEO/President North Star Lodging
Ken Edwards CEO/President Tristar Hotel Group
Elliott Falcione Executive Director Bradenton Gulf Islands
C.J. Fishman President Fishman & Associates
Charles Githler Chairman Githler Development
Rob Grimes President International Food and Beverage Technology Association (IFBTA)
Virginia Haley President Visit Sarasota County
John Horne Owner Anna Maria Oyster Bar
Michael Klauber Owner Michael’s on East
Dannette Lynch  Regional Director Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association
Bill Mariotti President, Site Development Co. Bill Mariotti Paving
Paul Mattison Chef and Proprietor Mattison’s
John C. Metz Founder & Executive Chairman Metz Culinary Management
Katherine Moulton President Hospitality Advisory Services
Jiten "J" Patel GM & Owner Holiday Inn Airport Sarasota
Damien O’Riordan General Manager The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota
Jeff Parsons General Manager IMG Academy Golf & Country Club
Drew Peloubet Chairman Restaurant Magic
Gil Reyes General Manager  The Westin Sarasota
Chris Tomasso President First Watch Restaurants, Inc.
Richard Weil Senior Consultant National Restaurant Consultants