• 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



City-Wide EventsFeatured Events
Visit Jacksonville

Liz Coursen: Special Collections Author Series - Sept. 23

Main Library

Sarasota author and historian Liz Coursen discusses her book Shade in the Sunshine State: Reflections on Segregation in Florida. She combines postcards, city directories and photographs with first-person stories of people who remember living in a segrega

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  • Thursday, September 4, 2014
    Visit Jacksonville

    Eugene Groove Venue

    Eugene Groove Venue: Ritz Theatre and Museum Eugene Groove Date and Time Saturday, October 4, 2014 7:00 pm & 10:00 pm For more information call: 904-807-2010 Email:…

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  • Tuesday, September 23, 2014
    Visit Jacksonville

    TRIVIA 8pm

    You may be smarter than a 5th grader but how are you at trivia? Join us at Fionn's every Tuesday at 8pm for TRIVIA and a pint!

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  • Wednesday, September 24, 2014
    Visit Jacksonville

    Music With Harry and Sally

    Join us Wednesday the 27th of Novemeber at 7pm for a laid back music experience with Harry and Sally. Relax in an intimate setting as they take you back with some of your…

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  • Wednesday, September 24, 2014
    Visit Jacksonville

    WHISKEY WEDNESDAY

    A different featured whiskey every Wednesday at Fionn's!!

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  • Wednesday, September 24, 2014
    Visit Jacksonville

    TRIVIA

    Trivia every Wednesday!

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  • Thursday, September 25, 2014
    Visit Jacksonville

    Turning Ideas into Action: Invoke your Inner Entrepreneur!

    Join JAMA (the Jacksonville Chapter of the American Marketing Association) as Steve Nudelberg, of On the Ball marketing, shares real insights for moving your marketing…

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  • Thursday, September 25, 2014
    Visit Jacksonville

    Girls Inc. Women of Vision 2014 Fashion Luncheon

    Girls Inc. will honor thirteen local women for making a notable impact on the city of Jacksonville. They will be showcased in a fashion fundraiser benefiting Girls Inc. of…

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  • Thursday, September 25, 2014
    Visit Jacksonville

    Classic Rock Trivia Sunset Cruise

    The Boys are Back in Town! Experience classic rock trivia nights on an Amelia River Cruise. Our multi-talented crew member, professional photographer and trivia master…

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  • Thursday, September 25, 2014
    Visit Jacksonville

    SOUTHLIGHT GALLERY at WHOLE FOODS!

    Whole Foods will be showcasing an ongoing exhibition of Southlight Collaborative Artworks. Now on display in their Café and Lifestyle Center. Whole Foods will host a…

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  • Denise M. Reagan
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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 Gary Sass
  • Main production building - photo courtesy of Norman Studios

    Jacksonville in the Movies

    August 13, 2014 11:05 am EDT

    “On location in Jacksonville”, has been part of movie production history for over one hundred years. From the silent movie era to today’s modern films, it is entertaining to watch scenes with Jacksonville in the background.

  • Lifesaving Landmark at the Beach

    July 16, 2014 5:24 pm EDT

    Where can you find the best volunteer lifeguards in the world? Just go to Jacksonville Beach and look for the iconic white tower (a.k.a. “The Peg”) along the ocean. This is home for the American Red Cross Life Saving Corps.

  • May Rocks with History

    May 02, 2014 9:17 am EDT

    May is a month teeming with excitement in Jacksonville. There are many historical events which happened in May and the weather is optimal for the outdoor celebrations.

  • One Spark with a Touch of History

    April 04, 2014 2:19 pm EDT

    One Spark, the World’s Crowdfunding festival, kicks off this year on Wednesday, April 9 for a five-day event. Within the participating 20 square blocks of Downtown, many One Spark venues are historic treasures. Here’s a few to enjoy as you support your favorite creators.

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 Denise M. Reagan
  • Take a Peek Behind the an Artist’s Process

    September 22, 2014 1:58 pm EDT

    Jacksonville artist Jason John sets up a working studio at MOCA Jacksonville

  • Cutting-Edge Art In Jacksonville

    August 28, 2014 11:38 am EDT

    Innovative Jacksonville Gallery Mines Emerging Talent. Papercut artist’s exhibition the latest in a long line of thought-provoking work.

  • Jacksonville’s a Real Trouper

    July 01, 2014 12:01 pm EDT

    Theater is a serious year-round pastime in Northeast Florida.

  • 42nd Street and Eighth Avenue, March 23, 1997. 
From “Assignment: Times Square,” published May 18, 1997.  Courtesy the artist.

    New York Times Magazine Exhibition

    May 29, 2014 5:06 pm EDT

    My passion for the arts started as a child with frequent visits to Jacksonville museums, theaters, and other cultural institutions. I can’t wait to share all the great cultural activities going on throughout Northeast Florida.

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.


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