• 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



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Visit Jacksonville

Eco-Shrimping Tour

Amelia River Cruises

An interactive exploration of the St. Marys River Basin, our guests will be coached on the operation of an Otter Trawl shrimp net. Historically developed in Fernandina, this net is similar to the nets used by the commercial shrimp industry today. Deploying and retrieving the net is part of the hands-on experience. The catch will then be displayed in an on-board aquarium and each of the creatures will be identified and released back into the wild. We continue to explore the backwaters and tidal creeks that make up this estuary before returning to historic Fernandina Beach.

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  • Saturday, July 4, 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…

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  • Saturday, July 4, 2015
    Visit Jacksonville

    Freedom on the 4th - Live Music in Balis Park, San Marco

    Bring a lawn chair or blanket, pack a picnic lunch or pre-order a boxed lunch from Taverna On the Go, enjoy a specialty cocktail from Grape and Grain or a gourmet ice pop…

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  • Saturday, July 4, 2015
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    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…

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  • Saturday, July 4, 2015
    Visit Jacksonville

    Chattanooga vs Jacksonville Suns

    For more information, please visit: www.milb.com/index.jsp?sid=t564

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  • Saturday, July 4, 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…

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  • Friday, June 12, 2015
    Visit Jacksonville

    Addams Family at Orange Park Community Theatre

    by Marshall Brickman, Rick Elice, and Andrew Lippa This musical is based on characters created by Charles Addams. Wednesday is all grown up now and her "normal"…

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  • Saturday, July 4, 2015
    Visit Jacksonville

    Mandarin Museum at Walter Jones Park

    Mandarin Museum at Walter Jones Park Take a stroll through the beautiful 11 acre park on the banks of the St. Johns River in historic Mandarin and visit the Mandarin…

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  • Saturday, July 4, 2015
    Visit Jacksonville

    4th of July Celebration

    Jacksonville is booming with firework displays this Independence Day!

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  • Sunday, July 5, 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…

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The Visit Jacksonville Blog

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  • Void Magazine
  • Sarah
  • Becky
  • 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
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    Growing Jax – A Guide to Our Regional Farmers Markets

    September 12, 2014 3:08 pm EDT

    Jacksonville boasts plenty of delicious farmers markets. So get out there and support your local farms with this guide to regional markets.

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    Eat Like A Local on Gameday in Jacksonville

    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 Sarah
  • A Guide to July Fourth in Jacksonville: Fireworks, Food & Fun

    June 30, 2015 9:36 am EDT

    Will you be in Jax to celebrate Independence Day this year? There are a ton of fireworks displays and Fourth of July events happening around town.

  • Pack your bags for Florida Country Superfest in Jacksonville, Florida- June 13 & 14.

    Everything You Need to Know About Florida Country Superfest in Jacksonville

    June 01, 2015 1:35 pm EDT

    We are super excited (pun intended!) about the 2015 lineup for Florida Country Superfest.

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    An Overview of Where to Golf in Jacksonville

    October 30, 2014 12:36 pm EDT

    Take your pick between dozens of world-class golf courses throughout the Jacksonville area. Visit the Jacksonville Beach Golf Club or Windsor Parke, or venture out to the The Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach. Learn more about all the great places to golf near Jacksonville.

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    Plan A Fall Fishing Trip in Jacksonville

    October 06, 2014 12:17 pm EDT

    Fall is the perfect time for a Jacksonville, Florida inshore fishing trip. Read Captain Dave Sipler's tips for a fun and successful fall fishing trip!

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    488,000 Yards of Golf Greens In Jacksonville

    September 23, 2014 12:36 pm EDT

    From easy to hard, historic to championship, beach to river – Northeast Florida offers more than 1,200 holes of golf on 70 public and private courses, pristine course conditions, affordable rates, great fall deals and comfortable weather all year.

Blogs by Becky
  • July Trip Worthy Events

    June 28, 2015 10:32 am EDT

    Fireworks, fishing, festivals and fun abound this July in Jacksonville.

  • Experience a beachside music festival that defines the local culture in Jacksonville. Come have fun in the sun this June in Jax!

    Jacksonville Trip Worthy Events: June

    June 04, 2015 2:53 pm EDT

    June in Jax is action packed. With the heartpumping speeds of powerboats zipping along the mighty St. Johns at the P1 Jacksonville Grand Prix and the aerial acrobatics performed by daring skateboarders in honor of Go Skate Day, there’s plenty of excitement to go around.

  • Jacksonville Tripworthy Events: May

    May 01, 2015 8:43 am EDT

    There are plenty of reasons to visit Jacksonville in May. The weather is warm, the ocean is inviting, the flowers are in bloom, and the farm-to-table restaurants are getting ready to change their seasonal menus from Spring to Summer.

  • Brews and Broads – Jacksonville’s Women in Craft Beer

    April 08, 2015 5:21 pm EDT

    It’s no secret we love beer here in Jacksonville. With eight local breweries all part of the Jax Ale Trail, Jacksonville is one of Florida’s best spots to grab a pint (or two).

  • Go Al Fresco – Outdoor Dining in Jacksonville

    March 02, 2015 12:21 pm EST

    Two of the greatest things about Jacksonville? Our weather and our food.

Blogs by Denise M. Reagan

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