Welcome to the Lee Chapter


Join our Lee Chapter and participate in monthly events as we ProtectEducate AND Promote the hospitality industry in Southwest Florida.

    • Our vision is to champion knowledge, insight, and collaboration through Hospitality while growing each other’s businesses.
    • Our mission is to: grow our membership, support our members’ businesses, develop our knowledge of hospitality through impactful and relevant monthly meetings and events, strengthen our community partnerships, preserve and cultivate the hospitality economy in Lee County.

Each month we offer our members opportunities to network with other hospitality leaders and sponsor events through a breakfast meeting, luncheon, reception or special event/fundraiser.

FRLA’s  Lee Chapter supports our future employees through our local high school ProStart/Culinary and future Hotel/Tourism Programs through our annual Golf Classic and Culinary Cook-Off.

We hope you will join our chapter and support our industry and our students.




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Golf Tournament


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Lee Chapter Holiday Party & Board Installation


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Lee Chapter Legislative Luncheon


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Lee Chapter April Luncheon


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Lee Chapter Photos


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If you would like to join one of these committees to help organize these events, please contact Lois Croft- FRLA Director for more information at LCroft@FRLA.org  or 239-339-7692. Check out our upcoming events on the calendar below. You can also find our events on the FRLA Facebook page. #FRLALee

Chapter Events

Chapter Director(s)

Lois Croft
Email the Director

Chapter Leadership

Board of Directors

Jay Johnson, Bubba’s Roadhouse

Vice President of Restaurants
Ryan Turner, Connor’s Steak & Seafood

Vice President of Lodging
Lee Bellamy, Shangri-La Springs

Pat Russell, The Advocacy Telecom Group

Doug Babcock, Sanibel Captiva Beach Resorts

Gov’t Relations/PAC Rep 
Colleen DePasquale, Greater Fort Myers Chamber

John Lai, Sanibel Captiva Chamber

Education State Rep
Nicole Bailey, Lee School District

Past President 2018-2019
Jeff Webb, Hampton Inn & Suites

Lodging Board Members

Doug Babcock, Sanibel Captiva Beach Resorts

Shaune Caliguire, Embassy Suites Estero

Brian Kramer, Hyatt Regency Coconut Point

Jim Larkin, Past President , Crowne Plaza Bell Tower

Sam Swami, Best Western Fort Myers

Bill Waichulis, Boykin & Pink Shell Beach Resort

Jeff Webb, Hampton Inn & Suites

Michael Tighe, Westin Cape Coral

Lee Bellamy, Shanghri-La Springs

Restaurant Board Members

Mark Blust, Pawnbroker Restaurant Group

Jay Johnson, Bubba’s Roadhouse

Ryan Turner, Connor’s Steak House

Len Lemmer, Nervous Nellies & Cantina Laredo

Fred Malone, Fort Myers Brewing

Nicole Isner, Rusty’s Ray Bar

Allied/Business Partners

Colleen DePasquale, Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce

John Lai, Sanibel Captiva Chamber of Commerce

Pat Russell, Advocacy Telecom Group

Rafael Feliciano, Main Course Hospitality

Bob Smith, Global Restaurant Superstore

Nicole Bailey, Lee County Schools


Ex-Officio Members

John Naylor, City of Palms Basketball