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Flagler College creates Hospitality and Tourism Advisory Board

Mar 1, 2017

Flagler College held the inaugural meeting of its Hospitality and Tourism Advisory Board on Monday, Feb. 27. The Board will serve as a link between leaders in the hospitality and tourism industry and Flagler’s new major within the Sport Management Department.

Forty-six students currently major in the college’s Hospitality and Tourism Management program. Program Director Dr. Zachary Cole expects that number to double this fall. Students, he said, will benefit from the new Advisory Board by gaining practical experience and professional mentorship and guidance.

“I’m extremely excited about getting this Board off the ground and running,” he said. “There has been a groundswell of support from community and local industry leaders. Getting that enthusiasm formalized and leveraged against all Flagler College has to offer for the benefit of our students is exhilarating.”

The Advisory Board for the Hospitality and Tourism Management program includes:


Angela Brav, Europe CEO of Intercontinental Hotels Group, London
Dave Chatterton, General Manager, Old Town Trolley
Vaughn Cochran, Co-Owner, Blackfly, The Restaurant
Stephen DiMare, Founder and Owner, Hyppo
Joseph Finnegan,  Owner, St. Francis Inn in St. Augustine & Board member of the
Nease High School Hospitality Program 
Bill Hughes, General Manager and Regional Director of TPC Operations at PGA Tour Mike Hyatt, Owner, Collage Restaurant (Top 100 Best Restaurants in America)
Al Luciano, EVP Valor Hospitality Partners
Michael Lugo, Owner of The Tasting Room
Lorna MacDonald, Owner at Raintree Restaurant
David Mariotti, General Manager of One Ocean
Phil McDaniel, President, The St. Augustine Distillery Company
Ryan Murphy, Director of Cultural Events,  St. Johns County Board of County
Commissioners, St. Augustine Amphitheatre & Ponte Vedra Concert Hall
Cindy Stavely, Executive Director, SA Pirate & Treasure Museum & Colonial Quarter
Kimberly Wilson, General Manager of the Casa Monica


David Drysdale, Liaison to the Flagler College Board of Trustees and    Owner of the Alligator Farm

Don Fox, Liaison to the Flagler College Business Advisory Board, CEO of Firehouse

President, Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association
Melissa Van Dine, Corporate Representative, Kessler Collection Corporate

Flagler College Representatives To The Advisory Board

Dr. Bill Abare, President
Dr. Beverly Carmichael, Vice President for Institutional Advancement
Dr. Alan Woolfolk, Vice President for Academic Programs and Dean
Dr. Zachary Cole, Director of Hospitality and Tourism Management Program
Janette Allen, Director of Development

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