Welcome to the Suncoast Chapter

The Suncoast Chapter is a dynamic fusion between two leading industry communities in west Florida, Manatee and Sarasota Counties. The unification of these chapters has augmented the core mission of the Chapter of fostering the growth of the future industry work force and establishing a leading business culture for government affairs. FRLA’s Suncoast Chapter is dedicated to protecting your business, promoting your industry and educating your current and future employees.
Joining the Suncoast Chapter is a great opportunity to connect with industry contemporaries, stay informed on important issues that impact your business and to actively participate in ensuring continued growth for the hospitality industry.

Nationally Recognized

The Suncoast Chapter is proud to have two board members win the prestigious National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation’s Restaurant Neighbor Award for their commitment to community service and the incredible impacts they have made in the industry.

  • Anna Maria Oyster Bar, John Horne – 2018 Recipient
  • Gecko’s Hospitality Group, Mike Quillen – 2017 Recipient

Gain valuable exposure and recognition through our events, website, and partnerships with hospitality operators, staff, and students.  Join us for our next event and get connected!

Networking & Events

Impactful Keynote Speakers
Networking and Social events at great restaurants, hotels and other venues
Educational Sessions
Signature Event: Annual Chapter Luncheon with FRLA Chairman of the Board
Annual Sporting Clay Shoot
Florida Tourism Day


For more information about getting involved with the Suncoast Chapter, or becoming a member of the FRLA, contact Dannette Lynch

 

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

 

Chapter Events

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Chapter Directors

Suncoast Regional Director

Dannette Lynch
727-642-3404
Email the Director

Chapter Leadership

2018 OFFICERS


President
Damien O’Riordan, The Ritz-Carlton Sarasota

Vice President of Restaurants
John Horne, Anna Maria Oyster Bar

Vice President of Lodging
Jeff Maters, Longboat Key Club & Resort

Secretary
Michael Moench, Center of Culinary Arts,Keiser University

Treasurer
Mary Beth Hansen, Paradise Grill

BOARD OF DIRECTORS


Bruce Baker,Sysco Foods

Robert Baugh, Chiles Restaurant Group

Rob Brown, Atlas Insurance

Marcia D. Clark, Hyatt Regency Sarasota

Dean Defebo, Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse

*Douglas Hope, The Westin Sarasota

Dana Johnson, Savory Scenes

Jeff Johnson, PepsiCo

Susan Kopstad, Seabreeze Coffee & Tea Co.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS


John Monetti, The Columbia Restaurant

Patrick Moreo, University of South Florida Sarasota

Spurgeon Nisbett, Hampton Inn & Suites

Mike Quillen, Gecko’s Grill & Pub

Joe Seidensticker, Tableseide Restaurant Group

Sandy St. John, ALSCO

John Strother, Republic National Distributing Company