Welcome to the Central Florida Chapter

Join us as we uphold FRLA’s mission to Protect, Educate and Promote the hospitality industry in Central Florida and the State.

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The FRLA Central Florida Chapter’s purpose is to support hospitality business growth through the provision of government access, educational and staffing platforms, and visibility. We will achieve our purpose by serving and engaging the Central Florida hospitality industry and community and increasing the access hospitality professionals have to the issues and decision makers.


Our Chapter covers Seminole, Orange and Osceola counties with nearly 1,000 hotel, restaurant, and supplier partner members. We take great pride in our services, products, and dedication to this valuable industry and organization. From the most prestigious Theme Parks in the world to Central Florida’s growing reputation as a dining destination, our Chapter has amazing diversity.  Our chapter leadership is comprised of over 30 recognized and respected industry professionals who are working together to further initiatives of importance, uphold our mission and vision, serve as a resource for issues relevant to our industry and to assure that we achieve our goals. See a full listing of our Board below. Help us continue to grow!



The Central Florida Region has creative and flexible sponsorship opportunities available throughout the year. Some of our events throughout the year include:

  • The Annual Holiday Party & Awards Presentations
  • 10 Board Meetings and Member Mixers
  • 4 Themed Dinners
  • The Annual Golf Tournament
  • Getting to Know You Webinar Series
  • Monthly membership newsletters and updates

Please connect with our. regional director for more information.


We look forward to serving you through our events, social media presence (@FRLANews, #JoinFRLA, #FRLACFL) and partnership with hospitality operators, staff, and students. Join us for our next event and get connected!


Jon McGavin
The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes

FRLA is dedicated to protecting your business, educating your current and future employees and promoting your industry. As a member of the Central Florida Chapter, you have a voice in Tallahassee and in Washington, D.C. due to the partnership FRLA has with the National Restaurant Association (NRA) and the American Hotel and Lodging Association (AHLA). We also have a partnership with the Asian American Hotel Owners Association (AAHOA), Superior Small Lodging (SSL), Orlando Main Streets and Florida Bed and Breakfast Inns (FFBI).
For more information about getting involved with the Central Florida Chapter, or becoming a member of the FRLA, contact Rosie Riccardi or Gui Cunha. Both are committed to the enhancement and growth of our chapter and our industry.

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Chapter Director(s)

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Jon McGavin, The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes

Vice President of Restaurants
Ingrid Hebel, Red Lobster

Vice President of Lodging
Barbara Bowden, Loews Sapphire Falls Resort, and Loews Royal Pacific Resort

Meghan Stuart, Interessant Hotels & Resort Management

Christine Fields, Tijuana Flats

Past President
Leigh Doyle, Ellie Lou’s Brews & BBQ

“Over our 24-year tenure, our Company has grown from 2 employees to 119 employees. During this journey, we have learned, benefited and participated in what the FRLA has to offer small/growing businesses. With the Associations’ partnership, we have and continue to be on the industry’s leading edge of information, technology, and trends. As a small/medium sized company, we are greatly appreciative of the Association’s powerful presence and affording us the opportunity to have a voice in Local, State and National Legislation. Proud to be a part of an Association that donates tens of thousands of dollars to the present and future of America in regards, to education!” – Leigh Doyle, Ellie Lou’s Brews & BBQ


Troy Antonik, Key Hospitality Management

Janet Bryan, Mango’s Tropical Cafe, Inc.

Drew Carnahan, Hyatt Regency Orlando

Dun Chau, Fusion Bistro Sushi and Sake Bar

Dan Davis, Mellow Mushroom

Mitchell Doren, Kobe Steakhouse

Abed Ereikat, Hilton Grand Vacations – Tuscany Village

Jonathan Raz, Waldorf-Astoria Orlando, and Hilton Bonnet Creek

Cathy Saboff, Outback Steakhouse

Dave Hadelman, La Cima Restaurant LLC/Twin Peaks Restaurants

Jay Herrington, Fish on Fire and Dancing Pigs Deli

Craig Leicester, Aloft Downtown Orlando

David Lindsey, Anasari LLC

Ralph Scatena, Orlando World Center Marriott

Justin Williams, Grand Bohemian Orlando

Roger Newell, American Culinary Federation

Vanessa Knust, BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse

“As an FRLA member, my company has been provided many opportunities to serve our community and events to network with industry leaders. FRLA has also provided many education sessions that inspire us as leaders and is so valuable to our employees. FRLA always has their finger on the pulse of the hospitality industry trends and standards, and the information they pass on is priceless. With an industry that is ever evolving it’s wonderful to have an organization always keeping us in the loop and is continually looking out for our best interest. “  – Vanessa Knust, BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse


Alan Palmieri, Marlow’s Tavern

Kevin Speidel, Hilton Grand Vacations

Shelly Weir, American Hotel & Lodging Association Educational Institute (AHLAEI)

Jan Gautam, Asian American Hotel Owners Association (AAHOA) and Interessant Hotels & Resorts Management

Adam Babington, Walt Disney World

Brandy Hastings, VISIT FLORIDA

Paul Joseph, Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress

Denise Spiegel, Visit Orlando

Janie Pope, Church Street District

Thea Sargent, Walt Disney World


Legislative Taskforce Committee

Chair: Leigh Doyle, Ellie Lou’s Brews & BBQ

Adrianna Sekula, Walt Disney World Resorts & Parks

Charles Robinson, F+D Kitchen

Craig Leicester, Aloft Orlando Downtown

Amer Hatoum, ACR Solutions

Patrick Fore, Forewith Strategic Growth

Jon McGavin, The Ritz-Carlton Grande Lakes, Orlando

Fred Thimm, Reel Fish

Christine Fields, Tijuana Flats

Chris Frawley, Miller’s Ale House

Brittany Larsen, Cintas

Clay Bloxom, Sysco Central Florida

Ralph Scatena, Orlando World Center Marriott

Jan Gautam, Interessant Hotels & Resorts Management and AAHOA

Hospitality Workforce Committee

Chair: Chris Unwin, Ecolab

Tino Patel, Sky Telecom/Citi Hospitality

David Wixted, Rosen College of Hospitality Management

Amanda Fazzone, Cracker Barrel

Justin Willians, Grand Bohemian Orlando

Anjali Sivakumaran, Tezz LLC.

Andrea Cook, Restaurant Technologies

Barb Bowden, Loews Sapphire Falls and Royal Pacific at Universal Orlando

Ingrid Hebel, Red Lobster

Dan Davis, Mellow Mushroom

Anne Sallee, Superior Small Lodging

Drew Carnahan, Hyatt Regency Orlando

Tim Chapnick, Oasis Outsourcing

Dana Carr, Career Source Central Florida

Growth Committee 

Chair: Mark Christ, Hoodz

Michael Haas, Terminix Commercial

Janie Pope, Church Street District

Kathy Sluiter, Alsco Linen

Garett Klein, Risk Advisors of America

Vanessa Knust, BJ’s Restaurants

Jay Herrington, Fish on Fire

Jonathan Raz, Waldorf and Hilton Bonnet Creek Orlando

Janet Bryan, Mango’s Tropical Cafe

Sadie Molinet, Spectrum