• The Board of Directors includes travel and tourism and other professionals from throughout Northeast Florida.
    The St. Johns River, Downtown Jacksonville

    Visit Jacksonville's Board of Directors.

    The Board of Directors includes travel and tourism and other professionals from throughout Northeast Florida.

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, Jacksonville Experience Chair, Attraction, Travel And Tourism Industry
The Jacksonville Landing, General Manager

Sonny Bhikha, Treasurer, Duval County Hotelier
Shivam Properties, Ownerileshi Mengiste, Sales Commmittee Chair, Duval County Hotelier
One Ocean Resort & Spa, Vice President

Scott Wellington, Marketing/Sales Strategic Committee Co-Chair, Duval County Hotelier
aloft Jacksonville Tapestry Park, General Manager

Maria Hane, Marketing/Sales Strategic Committee Co-Chair, Attraction, Travel And Tourism Industry
Museum of Science and History (MOSH), Executive Director

Shawn Frisbee,  NFHLA President, Duval County Hotelier
Crowne Plaza Jacksonville Riverwalk, General Manager

Gino Caliendo, Duval County Hotelier
Hyatt Regenct Jacksonville Riverfront, General Manager

Tony Vecchio, Industry/ Community Relations Chair, Attraction, Travel And Tourism Industry
Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens, Executive Director

MG Orender, TDC Representative
Hampton Golf, President

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

Stuart Klein, Community at Large
UF Health Proton Therapy Institute, 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

Odette Stryus
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

Alan Verlander, (Ex.Officio)
JAXSPORTS, Executive Director & COO

Dave Herrell, (Ex.Officio)
City of Jacksonville Sports & Entertainment , Sports & Entertainment Officer

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

City-Wide EventsFeatured Events
$5 Fridays at MOSH

$5 Fridays at MOSH

Museum of Science and History

Every Friday, come to MOSH to enjoy $5 admission and extended hours.

  • Friday, October 9, 2015
    Visit Jacksonville

    Cumberland Island Tour

    One of our most popular tours, this excursion offers an extensive and rich history of Amelia and Cumberland Island with views of wildlife along the way. We cruise by…

  • Friday, October 9, 2015
    Visit Jacksonville

    Beach Creek Tour

    2:30 pm, 7 days per week This afternoon tour is a nice blend of history and nature, including a trip up Beach Creek with a beautiful view of the salt marshes and bird…

  • Friday, October 9, 2015
    Visit Jacksonville

    Haunted Forest at Catty Shack Ranch

    Join us for our biggest event of the year! Great for all ages, our Halloween Haunted Forest offers crafts and games under our tent, the option to stroll through our…

  • Friday, October 9, 2015
    Visit Jacksonville

    Adult Twilight “BYOB” Cruise

    Departure time varies seasonally*, Thursday through Saturday This sunset cruise is designed especially for adults and is one of the finest ways to end the day or begin…

  • Friday, October 9, 2015
    Visit Jacksonville

    Family Friendly Sunset Cruise

    7 days per week This tour offers a relaxing way for the whole family to take in Florida’s first sunset and hear an abbreviated history of the area. Reservations are…

  • Friday, October 9, 2015
    Visit Jacksonville

    bestbet College Poker Tournament

    Only a $40 buy-in for students with a valid College ID! Friday, October 9th at 6PM

  • Friday, October 9, 2015
    Visit Jacksonville

    9 to 5: The Musical

    Three women- an overworked office manager, a jilted wife and an objectified secretary- conspire to depose their smarmy boss and begin making woman-friendly changes in the…

  • Friday, October 9, 2015
    Visit Jacksonville

    NBA JAX: Atlanta Hawks vs New Orleans Pelicans

    NBA RETURNS WITH HIGH PROFILE MATCHUP FOR 2015 PRESEASON Playoff Teams Atlanta and New Orleans to Face Off in Third Annual Event

  • Friday, October 9, 2015
    Pictures in the Park

    Pictures in the Park

    Pictures in the Park presented by Florida Blue features free screenings of new releases and classic favorites every Friday in October. Movies will begin at dusk,…


The Visit Jacksonville Blog

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  • Think pink!

    July 30, 2014 5:02 pm EDT

    When you think of a pink bird, what is the first thing that comes to your mind? For most people, it would be a flamingo. The flamingo is a very beautiful (and very pink) bird, but it is not a local species to say the least. Lucky for us, we have our own species of pink bird wading in our North Florida waters!

  • Fort Clinch Offers ‘Step into the Past,’ Great Eco-Adventure

    May 29, 2014 4:56 pm EDT

    “What a strange looking bird!” exclaimed the bearded man as we looked up at the helicopter flying overhead. It was a beautiful day in July and we were standing outside. I was wearing a sundress that came down to my knees and he was decked out in a woolen long-sleeved uniform. In JULY… In Florida. This was right after he called me a “jezebel,” no less.

Blogs by Sip & Savor Jax Blog
  • Enjoy some of Jacksonville's best tacos! Pictured: The Flyin' Hawaiian and Scallop Special.

    No Sitter Required: Jacksonville’s Best Kid-Friendly Restaurants

    September 22, 2015 12:37 pm EDT

    Sometimes finding a place where the kids can eat can cause parents nightmares. You find a spot with a kids menu, but the adult choices are not so hot. Or you see a fabulous menu in a spot that’s just a bit too hoity-toity to accommodate your grilled cheese needs. Fortunately Jacksonville is full of great spots to make the whole family happy.

  • If you are an IPA lover or enjoy a good Stout don't miss Pinglehead Brewing Company inside of Brewer's Pizza.

    Drink Like a Grown Up: A craft beer and food pairing guide for beginners

    September 21, 2015 12:13 pm EDT

    You order red wine with red meat, white with fish – these kinds of pairings have become common knowledge at this point. In recent years, craft beer has exploded in popularity, and more and more great restaurants are adding craft beer to their drink selections. Yet, many people don’t know the first thing about pairing beer with their food.

  • Sip & Savor: A guide to wine bars, brewpubs and restaurants with great cocktails

    September 17, 2015 12:04 pm EDT

    Dinner and drinks, a combination that goes together like… well, red wine and red meat. Whether you like to cozy up to your favorite Cabernet, sip on a classic Manhattan or partake in a fine Belgian Tripel, Jacksonville is full of restaurants that pair delicious food menus with top-notch wine, beer or cocktail lists.

  • Sitting right on the St. Johns River, in full view of the Jacksonville skyline, is the River City Brewing Company.

    A Feast For Your Eyes: Restaurants with the best views in Jacksonville

    September 17, 2015 11:32 am EDT

    They say great dining experiences engage more than just your sense of taste. The way the scent of cookies baking will make your dessert that much more delightful, or how just the sizzling of bacon will make your mouth water.

  • Jacksonville is Bursting with Flavor

    August 14, 2015 12:49 pm EDT

    From down home fish camps by the sea to trendy gastropubs in hip neighborhoods, you’re sure to find a delightful meal in any corner of the city.

Blogs by Jacksonville Moms Blog
  • Many people visiting or new to the Jacksonville area don't realize the awesome assortment of outdoor activities our city has to offer

    Jacksonville’s Great Outdoors

    September 21, 2015 12:13 pm EDT

    Many people visiting or new to the Jacksonville area don't realize the awesome assortment of outdoor activities our city has to offer.

  • Taking On Downtown- With Kids!

    September 04, 2015 10:50 am EDT

    Lately, there have been lots of innovative ideas put forward regarding Downtown Jacksonville. It seems as though every creative thinker and successful business owner in town has a fabulous idea for making over the under utilized portions of the area.

  • Beat the heat as you cool down with the sweet treats on earth at Sweet Pete's candy store in downtown Jacksonville.

    Jacksonville Summer Solutions: Having Fun While Keeping Cool

    July 29, 2015 11:09 am EDT

    Like every city in Florida, Jacksonville can get HOT.

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