Hospitality Experts Reveal Best Practices to Florida’s Independent Restaurateurs and Hoteliers

(Jacksonville, Fla.) – The Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association (FRLA) is excited to share industry insights with small business owners at its third Independent Operators Workshop. The series, which is designed as an educational and entertaining session about best practices, is scheduled for Thursday, December 8, 2016 at the One Ocean Resort and Spa. The half-day workshop features keynote speakers Jim Knight and Kathleen Wood, who will provide solutions for business growth, tricks of the trade and new management skills. FRLA’s 2017 Chairman of the Board Don Fox, CEO of Firehouse of America, LLC will provide welcoming remarks. The event will also include a power panel of hospitality industry leaders from the Beach Diner, Forking Amazing Restaurants and One Ocean who will offer practical, real-life techniques to accelerate business.


Jim Knight and Kathleen Wood are well-respected and nationally-renowned leaders in hospitality. Knight cut his teeth in the training field, starting out as a restaurant staff-level employee for Olive Garden and Hard Rock Cafe. He is the author of Culture that Rocks: How to Revolutionize Your Company’s Culture and is a Managing Partner/Owner in PeopleForward, an internal business solutions consortium providing organizational expertise to the restaurant and hotel industry. Wood is the founder of Kathleen Wood Partners, LLC, an innovative growth strategy firm specializing in shifting leaders and businesses to new levels of success. Her “Bold Leadership that Matters” platform has been adopted by CEOs of Fortune 500 companies, entrepreneurs, non-profits, start-ups and turn-arounds.


Media is invited to attend. Event details are as follows:


WHAT: FRLA Independent Operators Workshop Series


WHEN: Thursday, December 8, 2016


One Ocean Resort & Spa
1 Ocean Boulevard
Atlantic Beach, FL 32233


8:00 – 8:30 AM   Networking Breakfast
8:30 – 8:45 AM   Welcome Announcements
9:00 – 10:00 AM  Keynote: Kathleen Wood “BOLD Leadership: How to Compete & Win in Today’s Market”
10:15 – 11:00 AM Power Panel Moderated by Kathleen Wood: Successful Independents Sharing Best Practices


Barry Adeeb, Co-Owner, Beach Diner
Matt Mannick, Director of Restaurant Operations, Forking Amazing Restaurants
David Mariotti, General Manager, One Ocean Resort and Spa
11:15 AM – 12:30PM Keynote: Jim Knight “Hiring Rock Stars”


COST: $10 Hotel and Restaurant Operators; $20 Suppliers. Registration is open to both FRLA members and non-members.


This event is proudly sponsored by: The Zenith, United Healthcare, Sysco, Heartland, TxtSignal, AmeriGas, Job Creators Network, One Ocean Remington, Royal Cup, Florida Main Street, and PeopleForward. For registration and additional information about the event click here.


For media inquiries, please contact Erin Power, FRLA Press Secretary at 850.224.2250 x255 or by email at