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 workforce 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.

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!

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

Educational Series

Florida DBPR Secretary, Jonathan Zachem


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

Chapter Events

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December 4, 2017 | 6:30 am - 8:00 pm
December 12, 2017 | 10:00 am - 10:30 am
January 16 | 11:30 am - January 17 | 7:00 pm
January 16 | 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
January 23 | 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
June 11 - June 13
September 6 - September 7
September 6 - September 8
September 6 | 6:00 pm - 11:30 pm
October 18 | 7:30 am - 3:00 pm
March 13, 2019
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Chapter Directors

Suncoast Regional Director

Dannette Lynch
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Chapter Leadership


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

Michael Moench, Center of Culinary Arts, Keiser University

Mary Beth Hansen, Paradise Grill


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.


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