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
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
Blogs by First Coast Magazine
March 30, 2015 1:49 pm EDT
Take a leisurely stroll down St. Johns Avenue in Avondale, and you’re bound to find yourself peeking through the plate glass of Biscottis.
March 16, 2015 3:00 pm EDT
While growing up in Chicago, Chef DeJuan Roy knew what he wanted to do with his life. He spent his teens working in the kitchens of various restaurants, and joined the Army as a cook.
March 12, 2015 2:22 pm EDT
Local speakeasy features old-school spirits and sounds.
January 22, 2015 10:05 am EST
Scott Meyer operates the nation’s smallest rice farm. It’s the only one in Jacksonville. And he’s fairly certain it’s the only one in Florida.
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.
Blogs by Kacie Couch
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!
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 Katie
November 01, 2013 4:13 pm EDT
Get Hooked on Fishing at Mayport! There’s no better way to see the beauty of Jacksonville’s beaches than to fish its waters – and no lack of opportunities to do it, either.
March 15, 2013 5:48 pm EDT
Has anyone ever said to you “What’s there to do in Jacksonville?” or “What makes Jax so special?”. Here's an easy answer...
November 20, 2012 4:43 pm EST
The Light Boat Parade is a uniquely Jacksonville experience and there's fireworks! Be sure to make plans to watch.
August 24, 2012 12:39 pm EDT
I love trying new things - why not clay shooting?
August 06, 2012 1:57 pm EDT
Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary, a big cat rescue here in Jacksonville, is a great unique attraction, the likes of which I've never seen before. Read more.
Blogs by Sarah
August 14, 2015 1:12 pm EDT
Have you heard about the “Every Kid In a Park” initiative? In 2016, the National Park Service will celebrate 100 years.
July 28, 2015 1:54 pm EDT
Jacksonville’s hotels are staying fresh with updates and renovations, see who's making a statement below.
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.
June 01, 2015 1:35 pm EDT
We are super excited (pun intended!) about the 2015 lineup for Florida Country Superfest.
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.
Blogs by Captain Dave Sipler
April 21, 2015 11:44 am EDT
I hear it all the time. "We're coming to Jacksonville, staying at the beach, at a nice hotel with a fancy swimming pool, because the kids are out of school and wondered what else can we do with our kids?"
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.