• 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, 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

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

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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Visit Jacksonville

Bud and Burgers Food Truck Extravaganza

Anheuser Busch Brewery

Some of the best food trucks in Jacksonville will be serving up amazing food. In addition to their signature entrees, they will also be competing for "Best Burger". Hear great music from local favorites Grandpa's Cough Medicine and Danka. Take a bre

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  • Saturday, April 18, 2015
    Visit Jacksonville

    UNF Baseball vs JU

    For more information, please visit: www.unfospreys.com

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  • Saturday, April 18, 2015
    Visit Jacksonville

    UNF Softball vs JU (doubleheader)

    Game 1 - 1:00 pm Game 2 - 3:00 pm For more information, please visit: www.unfospreys.com

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  • Saturday, April 18, 2015
    Visit Jacksonville

    Edward Waters Baseball vs Trinity College

    Game 1 - 1:00 pm Game 2 - 4:00 pm For more information, please visit: www.ewc.edu/index.php/athletics

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  • Saturday, April 18, 2015
    Visit Jacksonville

    Unlimited Possibilities in Poetry – April 18

    Join the Readers Theater cast as they celebrate the literature of poetry, past and present, by performing various genres of poetry. The program, directed by Tangela Floyd…

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  • Saturday, April 18, 2015
    Visit Jacksonville

    Guns N Hoses Charity Boxing Match

    Police vs Firefighters

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  • Saturday, April 18, 2015
    Visit Jacksonville

    Belle of the Boulevard Mobile Fashion Boutique - 1 Year Anniversary Party!

    Happy Birthday Belle! Come celebrate with us on Sat April 18th starting at 7:00pm at Aardwolf Brewery in San Marco The ENTIRE TRUCK will be 20% off! Yummy treats from…

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  • Saturday, April 18, 2015
    Visit Jacksonville

    CLAY COUNTY COMMUNITY BAND SATURDAY

    APRIL 18 - 7:00 PM Their first solo performance on the Thrasher-Horne Center main stage brought the audience to its feet! This season, the Clay County Community Band…

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  • Saturday, January 24, 2015
    Visit Jacksonville

    WHITE at MOCA

    Often seen as neutral, as background, or even as the absence of color, white emerges time and time again as a coconspirator in some of the most revolutionary works of art…

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  • Friday, January 30, 2015
    Visit Jacksonville

    Rothko to Richter

    Rivaled only by the early years of the 1910s, when abstraction was pioneered in Europe and America, the 40 year period between 1950 and 1990 witnessed dramatic…

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The Visit Jacksonville Blog

  • Kacie Couch
  • Void Magazine
  • Captain Dave Sipler
  • Local Expert Guest
  • Denise M. Reagan
Blogs by Kacie Couch
  • 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 Void Magazine
  • Growing Jax – A Guide to Our Regional Farmers Markets

    September 12, 2014 3:08 pm EDT

    According to critics, the most problematic feature of our region is the geographic size of Jacksonville. It’s just a really big city. If you drove from Baldwin in West Jacksonville, all the way to where Atlantic Boulevard dumps you on the ocean, it would take you almost an hour – and you would have never left the city limits of Jacksonville.

  • The Fantasy Football Food Experience — Eat like a local on gameday

    September 12, 2014 2:49 pm EDT

    Over the past two years, Shad Khan and the leadership of the Jacksonville Jaguars have made extensive efforts to transform the team from relative obscurity (for those outside Duval) into one of the most visible franchises in the league.

  • Coffee Shop Review – Bold Bean Coffee Roasters

    July 10, 2014 4:55 pm EDT

    Out with the old, in with the bold! Bold Bean Coffee Roasters has just opened its second location in South Jacksonville Beach, ironically where the old Starbucks was located. Bold Bean specializes in handmade, single-origin coffee, espresso beverages, craft beer and a community-orientated atmosphere.

  • Top Ten Romantic Restaurants in Jacksonville

    June 10, 2014 5:31 pm EDT

    What makes a restaurant romantic? If you’re not sure, you probably ought to ask someone female. When I asked my husband for his suggestions for this article, he said, “Is Guzzle Pipes and Gutty Works open yet?” Having an excellent beer list is not usually high on the list of most women’s romance requirements.

  • Locally Brewed Beers Perfect for The Summer

    June 02, 2014 12:02 pm EDT

    We all love a nice summer night with friends and a cool beer in our hand. This list will be your locally-brewed beer guide for the summer, no matter the occasion.

Blogs by Captain Dave Sipler
  • It’s All About “Sport Fishing”

    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!

  • Summer Fishing

    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!

  • Redfish are Biting!

    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 Local Expert Guest
Blogs by Denise M. Reagan
  • Project Atrium at MOCA Jacksonville

    ‘Project Atrium’ Photographer Focuses on Details

    December 12, 2014 4:18 pm EST

    Angela Strassheim creates images that are more like paintings than photographs. “I don’t take pictures. I make photographs,” Strassheim said. “Everything in a photograph is there because I decided it would be there.”

  • Moca Jacksonville exhibit

    Catalogue Helps Visitors Get Behind ‘Get Real’

    October 22, 2014 12:32 pm EDT

    Artists have been working in the realist style for centuries. In this age of technology, what would inspire contemporary painters to embark on the painstaking process of creating art in this style?

  • A Declaration of Independent Theater

    October 16, 2014 1:45 pm EDT

    A small theater in the heart of the Five Points neighborhood has made a big impact on Jacksonville’s movie tastes.

  • The Art of the Brain

    September 30, 2014 12:05 pm EDT

    MOCA Jacksonville ‘Project Atrium’ artist explores the mind’s circuitry in a monumental textile installation

  • Art Walks All the Time

    September 22, 2014 2:05 pm EDT

    Pick a day and a neighborhood and you’ll find a place to absorb local art.


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