The Visit Jacksonville Board of Directors
Visit Jacksonville's Board of Directors is a group of professionals in tourism or supportive of tourism efforts who serve as a policy board and as the liaison between Visit Jacksonville staff, the TDC and the Visit Jacksonville Partners. All major decisions are approved by the board.
Bill Prescott, Chair
Prescott Consulting, Owner
Kerri Stewart, Chair Elect, Governance Review Committee Chair, Community At Large
Infinity Global Solutions, LLC, Senior Vice-President
Janice Lowe, Immediate Past Chair, Attraction, Travel And Tourism Industry
The Jacksonville Landing, General Manager
Sileshi Mengiste, Sales Commmittee Chair, Duval County Hotelier
One Ocean Resort & Spa, Vice President
Scott Wellington, Finance Committee Chair, Duval County Hotelier
aloft Jacksonville Tapestry Park, General Manager
Shawn Frisbee, NFHLA President, Marketing Committee Chair, Duval County Hotelier
Crowne Plaza Jacksonville Riverwalk, General Manager
Tony Vecchio, Industry/ Community Relations Chair, Attraction, Travel And Tourism Industry
Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens, Executive Director
Sonny Bhikha, (Ex.Officio), Duval County TDC Representative
Shivam Properties, Owner
Paul Astleford, (Ex.Officio), Secretary
Visit Jacksonville, President & CEO
Michael Munz, Ex. Officio, Government Relations Chair
The Dalton Agency, Executive VP, Director of Public Relations
Michelle Leak, Community at Large
Mayo Clinic, Longitudinal Care and Community Engagement
Burnell Goldman, Duval County Hotelier
Omni Jacksonville Hotel, General Manager
Shannon Dearin, Duval County Hotelier
Courtyard by Marriott Bulter Blvd General Manager
Richard Lowe, Clay County Hotelier
Courtyard by Marriott Orange Park, General Manager
Greg Franks, Attraction, Travel And Tourism Industry
East Coast Transportation, Managing Partner
Maria Hane, Attraction, Travel And Tourism Industry
Museum of Science and History (MOSH), Executive Director
Sarah Marie Johnston, Atrraction, Travel And Tourism Industry
Moxie Kitchen + Cocktails, Owner/Director of Marketing
Lyndsay Rossman, Attraction, Travel And Tourism Industry
Simon Malls, Director of Tourism
Hank Woodburn, Attraction, Travel And Tourism Industry
Adventure Landing, President
Ted Carter, Community At Large
City of Jacksonville, Executive Director
Willie Gonzalez, Community At Large
Small Business Administration, Director
Michael Hightower, Community At Large
Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Florida, Vice President, Governmental & Legislative Relations
The Blood Alliance, Public Relations Manager
Cathy Chambers, (Ex. Officio)
JAXUSA Partnership, SVP, Strategy & Business Development
Nat Ford, (Ex.Offico)
Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA), CEO
Rick Catlett, (Ex.Officio)
Gator Bowl Association, President & CEO
Barbara Halverstadt, (Ex.Offico)
Jacksonville Aviation Authority (JAA), Manager of Marketing & Development
David Kaufman, (Ex.Officio)
Jacksonville Port Authority (JAXPORT), Sr. Director of Planning & Properties
William McConnell, (Ex.Officio)
SMG, General Manager
Lisa Purvis, (Ex.Officio)
McGuire Woods, LLP, Attorney
David W. Reese, (Ex.Officio)
Florida's First Coast of Golf, President
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Blogs by Local Expert Guest
June 26, 2014 1:57 pm EDT
I’m thrilled to let all of you theater fans know about some great shows coming up in the FSCJ Artist Series’ 2014-2015 Broadway in Jacksonville Season, sponsored by Chase!
Blogs by Gary Sass
November 05, 2014 3:12 pm EST
We call it the “First Coast”, home of the first European settlements and a region steeped in history. Read on for a brief description of some of our local museums and sites which are free or have a nominal fee.
October 10, 2014 2:56 pm EDT
The most spectacular annual air show is right here in Jacksonville.
August 13, 2014 11:05 am EDT
“On location in Jacksonville”, has been part of movie production history for over one hundred years. From the silent movie era to today’s modern films, it is entertaining to watch scenes with Jacksonville in the background.
July 16, 2014 5:24 pm EDT
Where can you find the best volunteer lifeguards in the world? Just go to Jacksonville Beach and look for the iconic white tower (a.k.a. “The Peg”) along the ocean. This is home for the American Red Cross Life Saving Corps.
May 02, 2014 9:17 am EDT
May is a month teeming with excitement in Jacksonville. There are many historical events which happened in May and the weather is optimal for the outdoor celebrations.
Blogs by Captain Dave Sipler
August 05, 2014 1:58 pm EDT
July was, and August will be too..... Teeth Month, aboard Capt Dave's Jettywolf. From Barracuda's to Sharks, it's all about "Sport Fishing" for the BIG ONES!
July 10, 2014 3:31 pm EDT
Hello Anglers! Summer has been here for quit a while in N.E. Florida. Most of you don't really care what month the calendar says. As a fisherman, I call it summer when the Spanish Mackerel show up at the inlet. And that happened back in May!
May 29, 2014 5:01 pm EDT
Hello Folks, Captain Dave Sipler here.....I'm going to tell you all about Jacksonville's fishing opportunities every month for the next six months.
Blogs by First Coast Magazine
July 21, 2014 9:32 pm EDT
Almost 100 years ago in a community rich with potato farming tradition, but light on technology, Danny Johns’ great-grandfather pioneered the first horseless farm in Hastings.
July 21, 2014 9:30 pm EDT
Summer is a season for light eating. Dining out, it can be a challenge to find dishes that are both refreshing and satisfying.
July 21, 2014 9:23 pm EDT
A dark-haired boy jumps up and down at the ice cream counter as his mother places the order. Then he presses his face against the glass shield, watching the employee twirl sweet milk on a frozen stainless steel plate.
July 21, 2014 9:18 pm EDT
Intrepid food adventurers or those far from the tastes of home find challenge when selecting a wine to accompany ethnic flavors.
May 29, 2014 4:41 pm EDT
By Nan Kavanaugh, First Coast Magazine
Blogs by Jacksonville Moms Blog
November 18, 2014 8:55 am EST
Have I mentioned that I love the fall? Yes, I think I have! Besides all the fun activities like visiting pumpkin patches and enjoying great family traditions, the beautiful weather in the fall makes it the perfect time of year to enjoy many outdoor activities that can be limited by the heat and humidity of our Florida summers.
November 15, 2014 10:33 am EST
There is always something exciting to see and do in Jacksonville and the holidays are no exception!
November 02, 2014 11:30 am EST
I thought I would start dissecting our little (HUGE really) city by areas and talk about some fun, kid-friendly places to go and eat! Since I am a beach newbie, I have decided to start there. We have been exploring the area over the past few months and finding tons of great places. Everyone comes to the beach at one time or another, so I hope this will be helpful!
November 01, 2014 10:41 am EDT
It’s that time of year again! Time to get off the treadmills, skip the gym and get outdoors to run and enjoy the cooling fall temps. Fortunately for us, Jacksonville is a city of many different scenic landscapes, from the St. John’s River to the beautiful Atlantic Coast, so you will never get bored on your runs.
October 10, 2014 11:11 am EDT
The downtown, San Marco, and Riverside areas in Jacksonville are FULL of great things to do with kids! There are so many kid-friendly restaurants I had a hard time narrowing them down to a few. So here you go!