• 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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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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  • Thursday, July 30, 2015
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    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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  • Thursday, July 30, 2015
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    Zoo Days at Adventure Landing

    Join us from 11am-11:45am to see a variety of animals from the Jacksonville Zoo!

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  • Thursday, July 30, 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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  • Thursday, July 30, 2015
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    Seussical the Musical

    Experience this fantastical, magical, musical extravaganza! Based on the Dr. Seuss books, Horton the Elephant, the Cat in the Hat and other characters from the whimsical…

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  • Thursday, July 30, 2015
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    Free Thursday Tours at MOCA Jacksonville

    MOCA Jacksonville is partnering with FIS™—a global leader in banking and payments technology solutions as well as consulting and outsourcing solutions—and Fidelity…

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  • Thursday, July 30, 2015
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    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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  • Thursday, July 30, 2015
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    Family Friendly Sunset Cruise

    7 days per week This tour offers a relaxing way for the whole family to take in Florida’s first sunset and hear an abbreviated history of the area. Reservations are…

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  • Thursday, July 30, 2015
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    Miss Teen International Preliminary

    What Is Miss Teen International®? A FAMILY AFFAIR... The Miss Teen International® Pageant system has been developed to promote today's teens, ages 13 - 18, and their…

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  • Thursday, July 30, 2015
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    Indie Pop Dance Party at the Loft

    TheLOFT Thursdays Indie.Pop.Dance.Party. with DJ Wes Reed & Josh Kemp

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  • Go fishing! Jacksonville offers fantastic fishing options for the beginner fisherman to the advanced angler.

    Kids Fishing Trips in Jacksonville!

    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?"

  • 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.

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