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SKAL INTERNATIONAL ORLANDO ANNOUNCES 2019 SCHEDULE OF IN-DEMAND MEETING VENUES AND SPEAKERS

ORLANDO, Florida  (Feb. 27 , 2019)  —   Skal International Orlando, the only international organization bringing together sectors of the travel and tourism industry while networking, conducting business and helping communities locally, nationally and internationally, has announced its schedule of meetings and speakers, encompassing the best of the hospitality, travel and tourism industry in Central Florida.

The schedule of monthly meetings for members and guests includes:

Skal Orlando Meeting Venues and Speakers For 2019

March 12 – Morton’s Steakhouse.  Speaker:  Dewayne Bevil, Attractions Reporter, The Orlando Sentinel

April 9 – UCF Rosen College.  Speaker:  Dean Youcheng Wang, UCF Rosen College of Hospitality Management

May 14 – Bohemian Celebration Hotel.  Speaker:  D.T. Minich, President/CEO, Experience Kissimmee

June 11 – The Alfond Inn.  Speaker:  Betsy Gardner, President/CEO, Winter Park Chamber of Commerce

July 9 – Summer Mixer Meeting.  Del Frisco’s International Drive

August –Skal Orlando On Vacation This Month

Later in the year, Skal Orlando will hold its monnthy meetings at more top hotels and culinary venues in Central Florida with distinguished speakers from the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority, Disney Destinations and much more.

            “We take great pride in partnering with our local travel and tourism community in everything we do,” said Keith Wolling, Skal International Orlando President. “Thanks to our terrific meetings chair, Carla Alberti, we have top industry executives speak to our members and guests each month while meeting at the best venues Orlando has to offer.”

         Skal Orlando is the second largest Skal Club in the United States. For membership information, contact Ross Burke, Membership Development Officer, Skal International Orlando, [email protected]

  Press contact:  Kathy Hernandez & Associates PR, [email protected], or (407) 381-0428

Skal Orlando Recognizes 29 Members of Distinction

Skal Orlando Recognizes 29 Members of Distinction

Ranging From 15 to 50 Years of Service  

ORLANDO, Florida (March 21, 2018) —   Ranked as the second largest Skal Club in the United States and among the top 10 in the world, Skal International Orlando recently held its “Members of Distinction” Gala at the Hard Rock Hotel Orlando honoring 29 outstanding members for their many years of service and membership.

“I am extremely proud of these fine men and women in our travel, tourism and hospitality industry for their service and loyalty to Skal,” remarked John Stine, President of Skal International Orlando.  “It’s incredible to see 15, 20, 25, 30, 34, 36, 46 and 50 years of service among those we have recognized as our Members of Distinction.  What’s also amazing is that collectively, they have given 688 years of their lives not just to our Skal Club in Orlando, but to the entire Skal organization in the U.S. and globally.”

Those recognized as Skal Orlando Members of Distinction include:

15 Years

  • Grant R. Bannen, Skal Orlando President 2009
  • Andres Cibotti
  • Phillippe E. De Leonardis
  • Barbara Kenney, Skal Orlando President 2010
  • Andy Schiavone, Current Skal Orlando Treasurer
  • Ron Silveira, Skal Orlando President 2008
  • Kim Slavin
  • John Stine, Current Skal Orlando President 2018
  • Suzee Warren

 

20 Years

  • Maurice Arbelaez
  • James Burr
  • Jeanette Collet
  • Fred Corrigan, Skal Orlando President 2005
  • Michael Dyrland, Skal Orlando President 1999
  • Frank Krzyzowski

 

25 Years

  • Dennis Bement, Skal Orlando President 2003
  • Kerry Cushing, Skal Orlando President 2002
  • Carol Hubbard, Skal Orlando President 1996
  • Richard Jackson
  • Dan Leahy
  • Karen Pitcherello
  • Thomas White, Current Skal Orlando Executive Secretary/Treasurer, Skal Orlando President 1995, Skal USA President 2013

30 Years

  • Martin “Marty” Hunter, Skal Orlando President 1994 and served on Skal USA National Committee 1998-2000

34 Years

  • Marcelo de Mattos

36 Years

  • Robert Bader, Skal Memphis President 1988 and 2019, Skal USA President 2007-2008

46 Years

  • Arnie Rotne, Skal Orlando President 1989
  • Sydney “Bo” Swope, Founding Member Skal Orlando 1972, Skal Orlando President 1977
  • Elon “Red” West, Founding Member Skal Orlando 1972, Skal Orlando President 1976

50 Years

  • William Pullen. Joined Skal Phoenix 1968. Founding Member Skal Palm Beach 1971, Helped found Skal Orlando 1972, Held every office Skal USA National Committed, Skal USA President 1989-1990

Skal is the only international organization bringing together sectors of the travel and tourism industry while networking, conducting business and helping communities locally, nationally and internationally.  For more information on Skal Orlando, go to www.skalorlando.com. For membership information, contact Duane Winjum, SKAL USA Representative and Skal Orlando Membership Development Officer at [email protected]

 

Press contact:  Kathy Hernandez & Associates PR, [email protected], or (407) 381-0428

Skal International Orlando Continues Commitment To The Perry Pavilion at Dr. Phillips Hospital

ORLANDO, Florida  (Sept. 18, 2018)  —   Skal International Orlando and its board of directors recently met at The Perry Pavilion at Dr. P. Phillips Hospital in Orlando to confirm the commitment it started in 2010 to support the tremendous work done for families all over the world whose loved ones need extended medical care while visiting Orlando.

The Perry Pavilion, part of Orlando Health, serves the needs of hundreds of families each year by providing comfortable, accessible overnight lodging while their loved ones are receiving medical care.  More than half are travelers on vacation in Orlando. The two-story hospital pavilion features private guest rooms, a family gathering room, community resource center, laundry facilities and children’s play area, and can accommodate up to 10 families a night.

In addition to having its own guest room plaque at The Perry Pavilion, Skal International Orlando is also featured on a Benefactors Circle Plaque at the entrance of Dr. Phillips Hospital, joining other prominent travel and tourism industry organizations in the community (such as Visit Orlando and the Central Florida Hotel & Lodging Association) that support this worthy cause.

“It is an honor for our board and members to support The Perry Pavilion in so many different ways,” said Skal Orlando President John Stine.  “All year, we collect kitchen, bathroom, guest room, laundry room supplies and monetary donations that the families rely on each and every day.”

Skal International, the only international organization bringing together sectors of the travel and tourism industry while networking, conducting business and helping communities locally, nationally and internationally, was founded in Paris, France in 1932 by travel trade managers.  From that modest beginning, Skal members now number more than 18,000 in over 450 clubs spread throughout 87 countries.

Skal International Orlando is among the Top 10 Skal Clubs in the world and was voted Skal International Club of the Year 2006-2007 and North American Club of the Year in 2007.  For more information, go to www.skalorlando.com.  For membership information, contact Duane Winjum, SKAL USA Representative and Skal Orlando Membership Development Officer at [email protected]

Photo Caption:  Skal International Orlando visit the Perry Pavilion at Dr. P. Phillips Hospital in Orlando, Fla.

 Press contact:  Kathy Hernandez & Associates PR, [email protected], or (407) 381-0428

SKAL INTERNATIONAL ORLANDO ANNOUNCES OFFICERS FOR 2019

SKAL INTERNATIONAL ORLANDO ANNOUNCES OFFICERS FOR 2019

ORLANDO, Florida (Jan. 7, 2019) – Skal International Orlando, the only international organization bringing together sectors of the travel and tourism industry while networking, conducting business and helping communities locally, nationally and internationally, has officially installed its slate of officers for 2019 as follows:

President, Keith Wolling, Hotel Industry Consultant

Vice President, Ross Burke, General Manager, Blue Heron Resort

Secretary, Andy Schiavone, General Manager, Ramada Gateway Hotel

Treasurer, Steve Vinciguerra, Senior Manager Tourism Sales, SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment

Executive Secretary-Treasurer, Tom White, former Skal Orlando and Skal USA President

Skal USA RepresentativeDuane Winjum, General Manager, Melia Orlando Suite Hotel

Skal USA RepresentativeJohn Stine, General Manager/Director of Business Development, ICON Orlando 360

The new officers, called to serve Skal International Orlando for the next term of office, each fulfill a unique and important role. The club president sets goals for the club, supports and creates values for members and leads all meetings, while being actively involved in all club initiatives. The vice president assists with all specified club initiatives, assuming the president’s responsibilities in his absence and prepares to assume the role of president for the next term. The club secretary ensures meetings are held in accordance with governing documents, prepares and provides minutes to directors. The treasurer ensures the proper fiduciary disposition of revenues and expenses, annual auditing of financials and also assists the executive secretary/treasurer. And the Skal USA representatives represent the local Skal Orlando Club within the national Skal organization, reporting back to the local club.

“Our club is extremely fortunate to have such talented and visionary officers for 2019. They are highly-accomplished industry leaders representing Skal locally, nationally and internationally with great pride,” said Keith Wolling, Skal International Orlando president.

Ranked as the second largest Skal Club in the United States and among the top 10 in the world, Skal International For more information, go to www.skalorlando.com. For membership information, contact Ross Burke, Membership Development Officer, Skal International Orlando, at [email protected].

Skal Orlando Young Skal Program Continues Path of Growth and Success

Skal Orlando Young Skal Program Continues Path of Growth and Success
Five New Young Skal Members Inducted For 2018

Club in the United States and among the top 10 in the world, Skal International Orlando has inducted four new Young Skal Student Members currently studying Hospitality Management and one Young Skal Associate recently employed at an area hotel.

The Young Skal Program at Skal Orlando began in 2008 with Dr. Abe Pizam, Dr. Wilfred Iskat, Skal Orlando Past Presidents Barbara Kenney and Carlton Hudson, and Tom White, Past President Skal Orlando and Skal USA.  Since then, more than 30 students studying hospitality management have been welcomed by Central Florida industry leaders and mentors to assist them with their knowledge and experience.  The new Dean of UCF Rosen College, Dr. Youcheng Wang, is now actively involved in the Young Skal Program and process.

“We are so proud of our Young Skal program and the commitment that are members have made to embracing these outstanding young people who are the future of our hospitality, travel and tourism industry,” said John Stine, President of Skal International Orlando.  Congratulations to Direne Falcon, Dalanique Horne, Tania Imani, Jessica McKinney and Kiara Miranda Berrios and to our Young Skal Chair, Stefanie Zambelli, who started membership in our club herself as a Young Skal Member and is internationally engaged with the Young Skal Program with Skal world wide.”

According to Stine, Skal Orlando has done much to personally meet with Young Skal members while also giving them job shadowing and internship opportunities.  Several have hired Young Skal graduates in their hotels, restaurants, and event venues in professional areas such as desk, marketing, social media, events and call center operations.”

Skal is the only international organization bringing together sectors of the travel and tourism industry while networking, conducting business and helping communities locally, nationally and internationally.  For more information on Skal Orlando, go to www.skalorlando.com.  For membership information, contact Duane Winjum, SKAL USA Representative and Skal Orlando Membership Development Officer at [email protected].

Press contact:  Kathy Hernandez & Associates PR, [email protected], or (407) 381-0428

HSMAI Gene Hassett Award Presentation
During the installation banquet of Skal’s new officers, Skal International Orlando Past President Jeff Chase presented the prestigious HSMAI Gene Hassett Award to Luann Brooks, Executive Director of the I-Drive Business Improvement District, for distinguished service in the hospitality industry.

Skal International Orlando, the only international organization bringing together sectors of the travel and tourism industry while networking, conducting business and helping communities locally, nationally and internationally, installed its slate of officers for 2017-2018 during its annual installation gala at the Hard Rock Hotel Orlando, while also presenting special industry recognitions.

The Skal International Orlando 2017-2018 officers are as follows:

• President, Mark Reid, Group Publisher WHERE Orlando

• Vice President, Jetse Pottinga, Hotel Industry Consultant

• Secretary, John Stine, Director of Sales & Marketing, I-Drive 260

• Treasurer, Keith Wolling, General Manager, B Resort & Spa

• Executive Secretary-Treasurer, Tom White, retired

• Skal USA Representatives, Richard Scinta, Vice President Club Association Governance, Wyndham Vacation Ownership and Duane Winjum, Immediate Past President and Complex General Manager for the Spring Hill Suites Orlando at Flamingo Crossings and Towne Place Suites Orlando at Flamingo Crossings.

The new officers, called to serve Skal International Orlando for the next term of office, each fulfill a unique and important role. The club president sets goals for the club, supports and creates values for members and leads all meetings, while being actively involved in all club initiatives. The vice president assists with all specified club initiatives, assuming the president’s responsibilities in his absence and prepares to assume the role of president for the next term. The club secretary ensures meetings are held in accordance with governing documents, prepares and provides minutes to directors. The treasurer ensures the proper fiduciary disposition of revenues and expenses, annual auditing of financials and also assists the executive secretary/treasurer. And the Skal USA representatives represent the local Skal Orlando Club within the national Skal organization, reporting back to the local club.

“Our club is so fortunate to have the dedication of such visionary officers for 2017-2018. They are highly-accomplished industry leaders who help our club tremendously while representing Skal nationally and internationally with great pride,” said Mark Reid, Skal International Orlando president.

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Membership in Skål is open to qualified persons in a senior or executive position in the travel and tourism industry.

If you are interested in becoming a member of Skål International just download the pdf by clicking the button below, complete the application and mail it to Skål International Orlando.

We will contact you as soon as possible.

Membership is effective after Skål International headquarters has approved the request and all dues have been paid.

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Skål International Orlando
P.O. Box 720423
Orlando, FL 32872-0423