The Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association is excited to announce our Member of the Month showcase. Each month, we will highlight members who have gone above and beyond in their community, the organization, or in the state.
July 2019 Member of the Month
Introducing Chris and Michelle Ponte, our July Members of the Month! This lovely couple is the proud owner of Cafe Ponte in Clearwater, On Swann in Hyde Park, and are soon opening up a third concept, Olivia, in South Tampa. Watch their highlight to see why these members have such a passion for the industry!
Member of the Month Archive
Introducing Heidi Dennis, general manager of the Pelican Grand Beach Resort in Fort Lauderdale. Heidi has always had a love for hospitality, and her favorite part of the industry is having her wonderful team with her. Heidi is a great inspiration to many, and we are happy to select her as our June Member of the Month!
Our May Member of the Month is Chef Asif Syed with 21 Spices in Naples, FL. Many of you likely know Chef Asif from beating Bobby Flay on his own show, but we know him through his involvement with FRLA. We are excited to have Chef Asif as our May Member of the Month, and hope you enjoy getting to know him, too.
Our April Member of the Month is Steve Keup with Hersha Hospitality Management in South Florida. Steve has been in the hospitality business for years, and now oversees 6 hotels from Miami to Key West. He is an excellent representation of someone who stands out in the hospitality industry through his long-term involvement with FRLA and experience in the hotel industry. We look forward to seeing where the Miami-Dade chapter is headed with Steve at the helm! Take a look at his highlight and enjoy the views from the beautiful Cadillac Hotel & Beach Club in Miami Beach
February’s Member of the Month is Dennis Chan with Blue Bamboo in Jacksonville, Fl. Dennis fell in love with the art of cooking by watching his grandfather growing up, and he continues to carry on his family’s legacy today. To hear Dennis’ rich history in the hospitality industry, watch his spotlight video.