President’s Message

Jorge ColonaSite
Florida & Caribbean
President’s Message
December 2017
Jorge Colona




El “PRESIDENTE”s 2017 mandate is soon coming to an end.

2017 was a very active year for SITE Florida and the Caribbean. In the first half, we had over ten different events, from our Installation to Social (theater night), Networking with other Chapters, Educational (CIS), supporting SITE Global at IBTM America, as well as CSR networking opportunities, all successfully executed and in line with SITE Global goals. During the second half of 2017, every major educational/networking event faced challenges. CIS was the strong focus of the second half and we accomplished just that by certifying over 60 new associates (Aruba & Nassau). Wichita Villacres championed these efforts with the assistance of Maxine Lockhart (in Nassau). Our signature Incentive Caribbean Workshop turned its 6th anniversary in Nassau with a record attendance (80 guest registered to this event).

Although hurricanes IRMA and MARIA modified our calendars and our landscape, as everyone knows, it was the combined efforts of our Board of Directors, as well as our members and friends that gave us the opportunity to overcome these challenges, direct assist our member in need and move forward. I would like to express my most sincere thanks to David Krech for taking the enormous task of receiving and distributing our donation of generators and other supplies, to the hospitality associates affected by the historical hurricanes in St. Thomas.

We are currently working with Ms. Clarissa Jimenez, President & CEO at Puerto Rico Hotel Association, to directly assist PR hospitality workers in need. At this point we have closed our hurricane relief donation page.

My deepest gratitude to SITE Global, SITE Foundation, SITE SE, SITE Chicago, SMART Meetings, members, sponsors and friends of SITE Florida and the Caribbean for their generous donations and support. Also, my appreciation and sincere thanks to those members leaving the board, your service was truly outstanding and we would have not been able to accomplish our 2017 agenda without your collaborative efforts, in particular Francis Purvey – Director of Sponsorship, his knowledge and diligence is unlimited.

Personally, I truly enjoyed working together with our Board; it was an honor to have served you. There was no obstacle that together we did not overcome. THANK YOU!

Welcome and best of luck to our new 2018 Board.

Last but no least I want to leave you with a list HOLIDAY GIFT SUGGESTIONS:

To your enemy, forgiveness
To an opponent, tolerance
To your employer, service
To your friend, loyalty
To your parents, gratitude
To your spouse, faithfulness
To a child, a good example
To yourself, respect and



Jorge L. Colona, CIS
MELIA Hotels Int’l. – Director of Group Sales – Southeast / Meetings & Events

2017 President of SITE Florida & Caribbean


SITE Florida & Caribbean promotes and increases the awareness and benefits of Incentive Travel through Education, Motivational Events, and Business Relationships to foster professional development and integrity for its members.