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
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
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 Void Magazine
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Blogs by Local Expert Guest
March 23, 2015 8:41 am EDT
Enjoy an evening exploring Jacksonville's hottest restaurants, by Sarah Sekula.
March 19, 2015 9:33 am EDT
Local Speakers Share Recommendations for the Best of Jacksonville for Visitors & Attendees
March 16, 2015 5:16 pm EDT
Reconnecting with nature in Jacksonville.
January 15, 2015 11:36 am EST
Jacksonville, situated on the Atlantic coast of northeast Florida is a perfect destination for senior travelers.
December 19, 2014 12:36 pm EST
Soaking up the craft beer scene in Jacksonville, Florida.
Blogs by Denise M. Reagan
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.”
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?
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.
September 30, 2014 12:05 pm EDT
MOCA Jacksonville ‘Project Atrium’ artist explores the mind’s circuitry in a monumental textile installation
September 22, 2014 2:05 pm EDT
Pick a day and a neighborhood and you’ll find a place to absorb local art.