Board Members 2018

 

2018 EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBERS


 



mauraPRESIDENT

MAURA DOMINGUEZ-ZHANG

Synergy Connect 786.409.1648 maura@synergy-connect.us Maura Dominguez-Zhang was born in the Dominican Republic and has Bachelor
of Science in Hospitality Management from FIU. She has over 15 years-experience in the luxury hotels segment of the Hospitality
Industry. Maura has worked for the top South Florida hotels including The Ritz-Carlton, Key Biscayne, Biltmore Coral Gables
and EPIC downtown Miami. She is currently Director of National Accounts for the Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort Curacao,
a Benchmark Resort, where she was awarded the 2014 Benchmark Attitude and Determination Award & 2015 Platinum Club for
record sales achievements. Maura has been a member of SITE since 2007 and in 2013 completed the Incentive Project Management
Certificate program.


 



PRESIDENT-ELECT

BEN SAUVAGE

DMCP, CMP, CIS, dynamic, very involved and passionate advocate of the Site vision, Ben Sauvage benefit of 25 years of experience
in being of service to the travel industry. Throughout these years he acquired a great understanding of both suppliers and
planner’s goals and objectives. Since the last 18 years Ben is the CEO of Connect DMC and is highly dedicated on promoting
and delivering creative, modern, fun, out of the box and luxurious services and solutions to the Meetings Incentives and
Events Industry.


 



jorge-colonaIMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT

JORGE COLONA, CIS

Melia Hotels International 786.358.9276 jorgec@sol-group.com Currently Director of Group Sales for Melia Hotels International
Global Collection, Jorge Colona’s passion for the hospitality industry brings, to SITE Florida and the Caribbean, over 29
years of strong background in incentive groups sales and meeting industry (MICE); as well as, Convention Bureau (Meet Puerto
Rico) and Cruise Line Sales (CCL – International Groups). Also, for the past 13 years Jorge has been involved with the University
of Miami – Center for Autism and Related Disabilities, previously as Constituency Board member and currently as Co-chair
for their annual signature fund raising event “Tropical Nights”. These funds provide free assistance to more than 7,000 families
with children affected with Autism in South Florida. In addition to 15 years as Team Captain “WALKING FOR AUTISM” (Autism
Speaks).


 


Karen Farquharson
SECRETARY

KAREN FARQUHARSON

Hunt & Palmer 386.262.6173 
kfarquharson@huntandpalmer.com

Karen started her career in the travel industry arranging exciting trips for leisure clients, while managing the Florida
division of a NY based travel agency. In 1997, Karen began a new adventure as a Flight Attendant traveling the world. In
her current role as Director of Business Development for Hunt & Palmer, Karen shares her passion for incentive travel attending
various industry events and face to face meetings. Through her membership and active role in SITE Florida & Caribbean,
Karen has experienced both personal and professional growth and was the SITE Florida & Caribbean President in 2015.

 



Millie EvansTREASURER

MILLIE EVANS

Alliance Incentives & Meetings, LLC 561.999.9298 mevans@allianceincentives.com Millie has been a SITE member since the
late 70’s, and was provided with education and networking opportunities that helped her business grow. She was active in
Global on several committees and served as Crystal Awards Chairman as well as won an award. She was the special Advisory
Committee and chaired The Signet Awards event in Stockholm celebrating 25 years of Incentive Travel. Since moving to Florida
from Kansas City, she has been involved with the SITE Chapter Board as Secretary, VP Membership and Treasurer. She has seen
SITE Florida & Caribbean Chapter grow with dedicated professionals interested in contributing and learning to better
the industry and community.


   

2018 BOARD DIRECTORS


 



Suzanne ScullyDIRECTOR

SUZANNE SCULLY HACKMAN, CDME

Visit St. Petersburg/Clearwater 727.464.7231 suzanne@visitspc.com Suzanne started her hospitality career as a room service
waiter while going to college and got bit by the hotel bug. She continued to excel in the hospitality field and now, 20 years
later, she is the Director of Meetings and Conventions for Visit St. Petersburg/Clearwater and continues to be passionate
about all things tourism and loves to go to work every day. She looks forward to putting her passion and dedication in to
an organization that is so well respected and is excited to be a member of the 2016 Board of Directors.


 



DIRECTOR

JANE SCALETTA

AlliedPRA Orlando
Jane.Scaletta@alliedpra.com

Jane is the General Manager of AlliedPRA in Southeast Florida. She grew up in Jamaica and went to boarding school in England
before moving to the United States in the late 70’s. Jane has worked in most travel and tourism disciplines while living
in the US and Caribbean. She was the Vice President of Entertainment for a dinner attraction, worked in several incentive
travel companies as a Program Manager, handled groups and events for a Convention and Visitors Bureau, managed groups and
events for a golf resort and villas, owned her own luxury yacht charter business, and served as the Executive Director for
the Cayman Islands Tourism Association.


 



DIRECTOR

RITA LOPEZ

Riverside Hotel 954.377.0955 rlopez@riversidehotel.com Rita brings to SITE Florida and Caribbean, over 20 years of experience
in the hospitality industry. Her background in hotel, brand, and destination sales is a great asset to the SITE BOD. Rita
is the Senior Sales Manager at the Riverside Hotel, on Las Olas Boulevard. She has dedicated the last 15 years of her career
to the group and incentive market, especially in the Northeast.


   



DIRECTOR

SHALISE DeMOTT, CIS

Northstar Meetings Group
561.251.9846
sdemott@ntmllc.com

Currently Vice President, Media Sales for Northstar Meetings Group, Shalise brings over 20 years of sales and marketing experience
to SITE Florida and Caribbean. With the past 10 years being dedicated to tourism related marketing and events primarily centered
on the meetings market, she is a conduit between the supplier and planner conversation.


 



DIRECTOR

DAVID KRECH

Sugar Bay Resorts 305.932.2233 dkrech@sugarbayresortandspa.com A seasoned hotel veteran, David started his career in Food
and Beverage with Hyatt Hotels, moving from Catering and Convention Services into Sales and Marketing early in his career.
In 1991 David took a position with a family owned global travel agency and travel wholesaler in Bogota’ Colombia as Vice
President of Development and International Operations before moving to Miami in 1996. For the last 21 years, he has been
based in Miami and focused on his specialty of Task Forcing Acquisitions and New Builds for both Starwood and Wyndham Hotels
operating in the United States (New York and Miami) and Caribbean. Currently, David is the Director of Sales and Marketing
at the Ramada Plaza Marco Polo Beach Resort in Sunny Isles Beach, Florida. Please feel free to connect with and learn more
about him at
linkedin.com/in/davidhkrech.


 



DIRECTOR

MAXINE LOCKHART

Aarogen Meetings & Incentives 954.509.7940 mlockhart@aarogen.com


 



DIRECTOR

JASON JOHNSON

HelmsBriscoe 407.217.5369 jason.johnson@helmsbriscoe.com


 



DIRECTOR

MELISSA GLAZIER

Gateway Canyons Resort melissa.glazier@rwbimini.com


 



DIRECTOR

MERCEDES BLANCO

Mercedes Blanco, CMP, CIS, CHDM – native from Spain – is a corporate leader executive in travel with a solid record on international
sales and marketing. She has over 12 years of experience in the hospitality industry meanwhile volunteering at SITE, HSMAI,
MPI and teaching at several universities. Currently, she is responsible for the strategic development of social media as
Sales Director at BCV Social. For more info please visit:
https://www.linkedin.com/in/mercedesblancoanton


 



DIRECTOR

LONISE CAREY

Island Destination Services lonise@islanddmc.com


 



DIRECTOR

JASON JOHNSON

Leadership positions in the Arizona, California and Idaho markets at properties including The Boulders Resort, Coeur d’Alene Resort, The Resort at Squaw Creek, The Wigwam Resort and the Pointe Hilton Resorts. Starting as VP of Corporate Development in 2006 with HelmsBriscoe, Jason spent a few years in the corporate office located in Scottsdale, AZ before relocating to Orlando, Florida in 2009 and added Managing Director to his title with the HB FL team.
https://www.linkedin.com/in/jason-johnson-65a0907/