Welcome to the Miami Dade Chapter

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

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.

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REGISTER HERE for the 2019 Miami Golf Tournament

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

Chapter Events

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List of Events

April 3 | 7:30 am - 3:00 pm
April 21 | 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
June 10 - June 12
August 13 - August 14
September 15 - September 16
September 15 | 10:00 am - September 16 | 5:00 pm
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Chapter Director(s)

Lynne Hernandez
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Chapter Leadership


Steven Keup, Hersha Hotels Florida

Vice-President of Lodging
John Sullivan, The Edition Miami Beach

Vice-President of Restaurants
Pallava Goenka, Rusty Pelican Miami

Courtenay Carr-Russo, Tropical Delight Daiquiris

Jorge Rivero, HR Mgmt. Consultants

Past President
Carlos Gazitua, Sergio’s Restaurants


Lisa Abbott, Shula Burger Miami

Ramon Antelo, Z Ocean Resort

Carmen Casabielle, Imperial Dade

Carlos Cabrera, Hyatt Regency Miami

DeAnne Connolly Graham, ROI Media Consultants

Henry Delgado, Smith & Wollensky

Edward Everett, Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar Brickell

Shelly Fano, Miami Dade College Culinary Institute

Christopher Gould, Jungle Island

Brian Johnson, Joe’s Stone Crab


Mohan Koka, Surfcomber Hotel

Mike Manzari, Marriott Stanton Miami Beach

Zoraida Mata, Flemings Coral Gables

Isabel Porzecanski, Mandarin Oriental Miami

Mohammad Qureshi, FIU Chapman School of Hospitality

Mary Rogers, Fontainebleau Miami Beach

Sharon Silver, Wenzel Investment Group

Chef Allen Susser, Books and Books

Nicole Valls, Valls Group

Ceci Velasco, Ocean Drive Association


Government Relations Committee


Chris Gould, Jungle Island

Steven Keup, Hersha Hotels

Education Committee


Deanne Connolly Graham, ROI Media