FRLA’s Broward Chapter Installs New Officers and Board of Directors for 2015

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(Ft. Lauderdale, FL) – The Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association’s (FRLA) Broward Chapter today announced the installation of new officers.  The installation took place on Tuesday, December 9, 2014 at the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort.  The 2015 officers are:

2015 President
Eduardo Fernandez, Sonesta Fort Lauderdale

2017 President – Elect
Andy Fox, Grille 401/Brimstone Properties

VP of Lodging
Ed Walls, Diplomat Resort & Spa

VP of Restaurants
Danielle Williams, Oceans 234

Donald Calder, InVision Strategies

Geneve Dubois, Holland & Knight

Immediate Past Pres.
Kevin Speidel, Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina

“I am proud to represent one of the most dynamic FRLA chapters across the state and I will work diligently to continue to build upon our successes in Broward to ensure we meet the statewide goals and objectives of Florida’s premiere hospitality association,” said Eduardo Fernandez, who serves as General Manager of the Sonesta Fort Lauderdale.

In addition to the officers, the Broward Chapter also swore in the following Board of Directors:

Jordan Beckner, Fiberbuilt Umbrellas

Michelle MacKeith, Pinnacle Hospitality Systems

Pia Dahlquist, Mai-Kai

Carlos Rives, 15th Street Fisheries

Ramola Matwani, Merrimac Ventures

Eduardo Fernandez, Sonesta Fort Lauderdale

Heiko Dobrikow, Riverside Hotel

John Allan, Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort

Greg Cook, Ritz-Carlton

Louis Ruccolo, Broward County Schools

Steve Day, Blue Martini

Matthew Bryant, Frank H Furman Insurance

Richard Rubits, American Social

Jeff Hallick, Bimini Boatyard

Mike Grimme, AMC Liquidators

Aaron Abramoff, Tarpon Bend

Kathy Koch, Ambit Advertising

Maribel Vargas, Bokampers

Ina Lee, TravelHost of Greater Fort Lauderdale

Charles Reece, Bonaventure Resort & Spa

Dan Lindblade, GFL Chamber of Commerce

Arianna Glassman, Tsukuro 

Bernie Moyle, Vantage Hospitality Group

Marylouise Fitzgibbon, W Hotel

Amaury PiedraSheraton & Westin Beach Resorts

Mark Tascione, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

For more information on the FRLA’s Broward Chapter, please contact Broward Chapter Director, Anne Sallee at You may also visit


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