Board Members 2019

 

2019 EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBERS


 



PRESIDENT

BEN SAUVAGE

Ben Sauvage, DMCP, CMP, CIS is the founder and CEO of Connect DMC, a leading Destination Management Company in the Dominican Republic.

Ben was born in Paris, France on a very cold night of February 28.  He started in the Tourism industry with his father when he was 15 years old. Passionate, dedicated, full of energy and constant new ideas Ben brings over 35 years of experience in delivering high end and complex services to worldwide clients both on meetings and incentives.

Speaker on Sustainability, Winner of an Imex Green Award, President of the Site Florida & Caribbean Chapter, Member of the Site Global Sustainability Committee, Ben is also a certified EIC Sustainable Event Professional.

Aside from working hard, he also enjoys art, theatre, opera, movies, reading, music and sports. What he likes the most – both personally and professionally – are the laugh of his boys and a bright smile on a client’s face.


 



PRESIDENT-ELECT

JANE SCALETTA

Jane Scaletta DMCP, CIS
President
Dolfin Destinations

Jane Scaletta calls herself a gypsy of the world. She has never stopped exploring and seeks to learn and understand the culture of every destination. Born in Jamaica and educated in England before moving the United States in the late 70’s, Jane knows each place has its own personality. Jane has more than 35 years of industry experience and has worked in most travel and tourism disciplines. She worked for a large US Destination Management Company (DMC) as well as Caribbean and US Destination Marketing Organizations (DMO). She was the Sales Manager of an Orlando golf resort, Vice President of Entertainment for a dinner attraction, the Executive Director of a Caribbean tourism association, and the Program Manager of several Incentive Travel companies. She also owned and operated a luxury yacht charter company in the Cayman Islands. She knows the industry and understands it from both a supplier and a buyer perspective.


 



IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT

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.


 



SECRETARY

JORGE COLONA

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).


 



Millie EvansTREASURER

MILLICENT 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.


   

2019 BOARD DIRECTORS


 



DIRECTOR

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.

 



DIRECTOR

DAVID KRECH

Currently the Director of Sales and Marketing, Isla Bella Beach Resort, Marathon, FL.,

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 22 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 new Isla Bella Beach Resort, a new Luxury Resort in the Florida Keys.  Please feel free to connect with and learn more about him at

David H. Krech
Director of Sales and Marketing
Isla Bella Beach Resort
1 Knights Key Boulevard
Marathon, FL  33050
M 305.608.4803
dkrech@islabella.com
www.islabella.com


 



DIRECTOR

MAXINE LOCKHART

Aarogen Meetings & Incentives 954.509.7940
mlockhart@aarogen.com


   



DIRECTOR

GILBERT VILLARD

Gilbert Villard owes his professional career to SITE, as he was chosen student Leader for the SITE University in Puerto Rico. Since 1993 Gilbert has worked in different facets of the Tourism industry, Travel Agent, Ship Agent, Director of Sales of Caribbean Exhibits & Special Events, National Account Manager Puerto Rico Convention Bureau and His Current Positions as Regional Sales Executive for the Greater Fort Lauderdale CVB.


 



DIRECTOR

JASON JOHNSON

Jason Johnson joined HelmsBriscoe as Vice President of Corporate Development in 2006. His roles and responsibilities with HelmsBriscoe led him to Orlando, Florida in 2009 where Jason currently resides with his wife Jaimee and two young sons, Jackson and Jordan.

Jason has more than 30 years of experience in the hospitality and meeting planning industry. His extensive experience in customer satisfaction, negotiations, contracting, sales, marketing, strategic account management, revenue management, project management and creative problem solving contribute to his industry knowledge and ability to service his clients. Jason is a graduate of Arizona State University, and has held a variety of leadership positions at Arizona, California and Idaho resorts, including the Boulders, The Resort at Squaw Creek, The Coeur d’Alene Resort, The Wigwam Resort, and the Pointe Hilton Resorts.


 



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

NEIL BRODIE

Neil Brodie is the Account Executive of Charter & Incentive Sales at Azamara Club Cruises.  Over the past two years, he has overseen multi-million dollar global operations for both charter and group programs of Fortune 500 clients and beyond. He also has responsibility for all worldwide group sales; making strategic use of a multi-faceted support network.

Prior to joining Azamara, Neil worked at a privately held travel company where he specialized in all travel logistics for various sports teams; both collegiate and professional.


 



DIRECTOR

TODD MICKEY

Chief Operating Officer & Managing Partner,
Applied Meetings & Hospitality Solutions

As a graduate of New England Culinary Institute earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Hotel Management and an Associate’s Degree in Culinary Arts, Todd Mickey has been providing high-quality service to a wide range of corporate and association clients for over two decades. Todd has spent his career working for the world’s leading hotel companies such as The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, LLC; The Peninsula Hotels; Grupo Posadas (featuring Fiesta Americana Grand, Live Aqua and Caesar Park Hotels in Mexico and South America); Luxury Resorts and Hotels (LXR); Waldorf Astoria, Hilton Worldwide.

Todd places great value on relationships and is known as a passionately driven hospitality professional. His tenacity and drive for excellence combined with his hands-on hotel operations and sales experience creates his recipe for success and are the foundation of his established reputation for outstanding customer service and quality deliverables.


 



DIRECTOR

LONISE CAREY

Lonise Carey was born in Nassau, Bahamas and graduated from Howard University, Washington, D.C. with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree. She began her hospitality career in food and beverage management at the Capitol Hilton Hotel, Washington, D.C. In 2001, Lonise joined the Bellagio Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas. Simultaneously, she earned her Master of Science Degree in Hotel Administration with a focus on special events at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV). In 2005, Lonise co-founded Island Destination Services, an award-winning Bahamas based destination management and special events company focused on delivering exceptional service and authentically Caribbean experiences.

In 2013, Lonise was honoured to receive the top “40 under 40” award on the 40th Independence Anniversary of The Bahamas for her extraordinary contribution to the hospitality industry. In 2015, she became the first Destination Management Certified Professional (DMCP) in The Bahamas. Lonise brings her expertise in the industry, dedication to community service and love for the Caribbean to Site Florida & Caribbean.

Island Destination Services lonise@islanddmc.com