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  • 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
Heritage Capital, Principal

Janice Lowe, Immediate Past Chair, Jacksonville Experience Chair, Attraction, Travel And Tourism Industry
The Jacksonville Landing, General Manager

Sonny Bhikha, Chair Elect, Duval County Hotelier
Shivam Properties, Owner

Shawn Frisbee, Treasurer, Duval County Hotelier
DoubleTree Jacksonville Riverfront, General Manager

Shannon Dearin,  NFHLA President, Duval County Hotelier
Courtyard by Marriott Butler Blvd, General Manager

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

Tony Vecchio, (Ex. Officio), Community Relations Chair, Attraction, Travel And Tourism Industry
Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens, Executive Director

Paul Astleford, (Ex.Officio), Secretary
Visit Jacksonville, President & CEO

MG Orender, TDC Representative
Hampton Golf, President

Michael Munz, (Ex. Officio), Government Relations Chair
The Dalton Agency, Executive VP, Director of Public Relations

Denise Montpetit-Ott, Duval County Hotelier
Corporate Suite Shoppe, Director of Sales

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

Javier Gill, Duval County Hotelier
Fairfield inn & Suites Butler Blvd, General Manager

Mark Kane, Duval County Hotelier
Crowne Plaza Jacksonville Airport, General Manager


Hank Woodburn, Attraction, Travel and Tourism Industry
Adventure Landing, President

Liza Groshell, Attraction, Travel and Tourism Industry
Marker 32, Owner

Michelle Riddle, Attraction, Travel and Tourism Industry
East Coast Express, Manager

Sarah Marie Johnston, Attraction, Travel and Tourism Industry
Moxie Kitchen + Cocktails, Owner/Director of Marketing


Ann Marie Knight, Community at Large
Mayo Clinic, Administrator of Community Engagement

Michael Hightower, Community at Large
JEA, Chief Public Affairs Officer

Odette Struys, Community at Large

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

Tony Allegretti, Community At Large
Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville, Executive Director

Warren Jones, Community at Large
Realtor

Willie Gonzalez, Community at Large
Small Business Administration, Director

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

Cathy Chambers, (Ex. Officio)
JAXUSA Partnership, SVP, Strategy & Business Development

Barbara Halverstadt, (Ex.Offico)
Jacksonville Aviation Authority (JAA), Manager of Marketing & Development

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

David Kaufman, (Ex.Officio)
Jacksonville Port Authority (JAXPORT), Sr. Director of Planning & Properties

David W. Reese, (Ex.Officio)
Florida's First Coast of Golf, President

Lisa Purvis, (Ex.Officio)
McGuire Woods, LLP, Attorney

Nat Ford, (Ex.Offico)
Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA), CEO

William McConnell, (Ex.Officio)
SMG, General Manager



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Visit Jacksonville

Super Grom Surf Fest 2016

Jacksonville Beach Pier

The Florida Surfing Association proudly announces the 8th Annual Super Grom Surf Fest Series coming to Jacksonville Beach on June 4, June 25, July 30 , 2016.

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  • Saturday, June 25, 2016
    Destination: Dino

    Destination: Dino

    Come see Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens’ newest exhibit! Be transported through time in our own backyard and see 25 life-like dinosaurs hidden in the…

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  • Saturday, June 25, 2016
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    Segway Tours with Kayak Amelia

    The road to adventure is seldom paved — and neither is ours. Experience the unimaginable fun of riding an off-road Segway through untouched island terrain.

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  • Saturday, June 25, 2016
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    Eco-Shrimping Tour

    An interactive exploration of the St. Marys River Basin, our guests will be coached on the operation of an Otter Trawl shrimp net. Historically…

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  • Saturday, June 25, 2016
    Riverside Arts Market

    Riverside Arts Market

    Located beneath the sheltering expanse of the Fuller Warren Bridge structure, the weekly Riverside Arts Market.

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  • Saturday, June 25, 2016
    Visit Jacksonville

    Day Cruise to the Jacksonville Zoo by River Quest Boat Tours

    45-minute cruise each way; includes ZOO Admission

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  • Saturday, June 25, 2016
    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…

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  • Saturday, June 25, 2016
    Megan Piphus

    Megan Piphus

    Megan Piphus will be bringing her musical ventriloquism to the Ritz Theatre and Museum Saturday, June 25. Her performance will include a puppet…

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  • Saturday, June 25, 2016
    Visit Jacksonville

    History Cruise by River Quest Boat Tours

    HISTORY CRUISE - 30-Minute Cruise ($15) Depart from Friendship Park at 12:30 pm and 3:30 pm

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  • Saturday, June 25, 2016
    Visit Jacksonville

    Segway Tours with Kayak Amelia

    The road to adventure is seldom paved — and neither is ours. Experience the unimaginable fun of riding an off-road Segway through untouched island terrain.

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