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.


2022 Chapter Vision & Mission Statement


To support, protect and enrich Central Florida’s thriving hospitality and tourism industry.



To serve and enrich the Central Florida hospitality industry by: building partnerships and connections within the community; leveraging our collective knowledge and experience to advocate for and protect business vitality and growth; and creating opportunities through education and personal development.


Click here for available job listings

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.

Chapter Events

Chapter Director(s)

Keri Burns
Email the Director

2022 Board of Directors

Barb Bowden, Loews Hotels Universal

Christine Fields, Tijuana Flats

Meghan Stuart, IHRMC Hotels

Tara Saboff, Darden

Jonathan Raz, Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek

Kathy Saboff, Outback Steakhouse

Cindy Traenkner, Dominos

Abdullah Tharoo, PayKoncept

Fred Stoke, Fred Stokes Foods

Doug Gehret, Hilton Worldwide

Dun Chau, Fusion Bistro

Leigh Doyle, Ellie Lous

Dan Davis, Mellow Mushroom

Jon McGavin, Ritz Carlton/Marriott Grande Lakes

Ingrid Hebel, Red Lobster

Jesse Martinez, Alfond Inn at Rollins College

Nicolas Graefe, Loews Hotels Universal

Mark Christ, Hoodz of Orlando

Chris Unwin, EcoLab

Skip Kimpel, 4Rivers

Doved Sextor, Bosphorous

Rosangela Parker, Orlando Main Street

Cindy Staley, B Resort

Cesar Matus, Omni Championsgate