Welcome to the Miami Dade Chapter

We are one of the most dynamic and engaged regions in Florida, and our Chapter represents that.

Miami/Dade Chapter Ideals

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For more information about getting involved with the Miami Dade Chapter, or becoming a member of the FRLA, contact Lynne Hernandez, South Florida Regional Director. Lynne is committed to the enhancement and growth of our chapter.

Check out our upcoming events on the calendar below. You can also find our events on the FRLA Facebook page. #FRLAMIA

Chapter Events

August 13, 2024 - August 15, 2024


Chapter Director(s)

Lynne M. Hernandez
Email the Director

Chapter Leadership


Henry Delgado, Smith & Wollensky

Vice-President of Lodging
Keith Space, Fort Hospitality (Four Seasons)

Vice-President of Restaurants
Derrick Badenhorst, Rusty Pelican

Andrei Stern, SuViche Hospitality Group

Adelana Moore, Courtyard Miami Airport West/Doral

Past President
Steve Keup, HHM/Hersha Hospitality Mgmt 

Lynne M. Hernandez, FRLA


Derek Flint, The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne

Carlos Gazitua, Sergio’s Family Restaurants

Steve Keup, HHM/Hersha Hospitality Mgmt 

John Sullivan, The Miami Beach Edition

Allen Susser, Chef Allen’s

Jackie Tornes, Valls Group


Donatella Arpaia, Noma Beach at Redfish

Carlos Bernal, Areas USA

Amir Blattner, Hyatt Regency Miami Downtown

Greg Bohan, Florida Atlantic University

Armando Campos, Fontainebleau Miami Beach

Courtenay Carr-Russo, Tropical Delight Daiquiris, Inc

Carmen Casabielle, Imperial Dade

Michael Cheng, FIU Chaplin School of Hospitality

Flavia Daudan-Caponi, Mandarin Oriental Miami

Lalo Durazo, DZO Hospitality Group

Eugenia Dwyer, Ritz-Carlton Bal Harbour

Shelly Fano, MDC Culinary Institute

Patrick Fernandes, Carillon Wellness Resort

Ignacio Garcia-Menocal, Grove Bay Hospitality Group

Justin Guido, Rumberger/Kirk

Brian Johnson, Joe’s Stone Crab


Julissa Kepner, Miami Marriott Biscayne Bay

Mohan Koka, Kimpton Surfcomber Hotel

Jacqueline Lejart, Highgate

Zoraida Mata, Flemings Coral Gables

Luis Mata, Meat N Bone

Frank Mazza, Graziano’s Restaurant Group

David Montoya, Flemings Brickell

Abe Ng, Sushi Maki

Joe Pasterkiewicz, Encore Global

Jim Pastor, Specialty Restaurant Corporation

Mohammad Qureshi, FIU Chaplin School of Hospitality

Jorge J. Rivero, HR MGMT Consultants

Chris Rollins, South Beach Hotel Group

Sharon  Silver, Wenzel Investment Group

Martin Smith, Nobu/Eden Roc Resort

Ceci Velasco, Ocean Drive Association

David Whitaker, Greater Miami CVB