President, Kathy Hernandez & Associates Public Relations
"I am truly enjoying the opportunity to network with my colleagues who touch the travel and tourism industry in Orlando, in so many different ways. We update one another, give each other advice, share new resources and of course, enjoy each other's company during monthly meetings and functions. I also appreciate the fact that we help a local cause in our community, by helping travelers in Central Florida who have a need to stay at the Perry Pavilion at Dr. Phillips Hospital, while a loved one is receiving extended medical care. This is a great organization!"
Member Since 2012
Ana Maria Soto
Young Skal Member. Student of USC Rosen College of Hospitality Management
"SKAL has given me the opportinity to meet individuals who have acheived goals that I dream to reach one day. It is a true honor to be able to network with them and learn from the best."
Chief Marketing Officer, Evok Advertising.
"Joining SKAL has strengthened many relationships and created many more in an industry that has played a critical part in Evok Advertising's success. The experience level of the professionals that make up its membership are second to none. If invited to join, I highly recommend it to anyone who is passionate about the hospitality and travel industry."
Member Since 2006
"I wanted to be a part of Young Skal to learn. Learn what the industry is like. Learn how business is conducted. Learn the character qualities exemplified through leaders of the industry. "Being a part of Young Skal has allowed me the opportunity to be a sponge. At the meetings, dinners and social events I sit back, listen, and try to absorb all of the industry knowledge in the room. There are few other opportunities that allow students the access to heavy hitters in hospitality than Skal does. I would recommend Young Skal to anyone who is undecided about their career. Skal has helped narrow my career focus."
Young Skål Member. Graduate student/Army officer UCF Rosen College of Hospitality Management
"I really enjoy the people and long time friendships I have established through being a member of the Skål club of Orlando. Skål is an international organization and its vast network has helped me find new customers both internationally and domestically, I would recommend it to new members as it is a great opportunity to network with travel industry professionals and you will learn something new from our monthly meetings which will assist you in your career and personal growth."
Member Since 1988
"Being a Young Skal member is a great way to meet and build relationships with leaders of the industry in a relaxed and social atmosphere. I have made connections with other young professional in the industry and I can start building ties now that will be sustained throughout a long period of time. I have gained first hand knowledge outside of the classroom of what is relevant and how these topics affect the industry."
Past President Skål International USA
"I have been a member of Skal for 32 years. I joined to have the ability to interact with top leaders in the travel and tourism industry on a monthly basis, in one place at the same time. As a life member, past President of Skal International USA and having served on the SIUSA board for 7 years, I feel committed to network with younger members on the vast opportunities in personal and professional areas, and explain the benefits of participating in Skal events locally, nationally and internationally."
Member Since 1982
"I have enjoyed my membership over the past 10 years. I am grateful for the many close friendships I have developed through Skal. The unparalleled dedication and support of top industry leaders have made Skal one of the largest internationally known associations"
Member Since 1994
Vice President, Club and Association Governance
“I joined the Skal Orlando Club about 10 years ago after attending a meeting as a guest of a member. Joining the club was a no brainer as all of my industry friends were members and I could also see the potential of meeting colleagues from a national and international level which is exactly what has happened! The meetings and dinners are always full of laughs, great food and camaraderie with friends from our industry. Our Skal Orlando philanthropic activities are the icing on the cake. I’m proud to be a Skal Orlando member!”
Area Director of Marketing Orlando Vineland Premium Outlets
SKAL was recommended to me by an industry partner and I have been a member for (3) years - Young SKAL for one year and Active SKAL for two. It is one of the best networking opportunities in the market as the members are made up professionals from all different avenues - lodging, transportation, advertising, dining, etc. You get to learn about different aspects of the industry and get exposure to a well rounded group of professionals whose common goal is to brand and grow our market.
The best part of SKAL Orlando are its members. They are all inviting, eager to share their experiences, provide others with their industry knowledge and support where needed. It is more than a club, rather a close knit family that is proud to work towards a common passion.
General Manager Crowne Plaza Orlando – Universal Blvd
“I love being a SKAL member because I truly enjoy being around people that share the same common passion for this great tourist and lodging industry of ours. Whether you are directly or indirectly connected to the industry we all love to serve and relish the satisfaction when we make a difference in someone’s experience. We share this common ground whether its within our own SKAL club or interacting with members from other clubs. SKAL is primarily a Social organization and although we do end up contributing to our fellow SKAL members businesses, because it’s just the nature of the beast, it is truly about having fun and giving back to our community.”
Lou G. Rocco
President & CEO Global Sourcing International, LLC
I look forward to our monthly SKAL meetings and events to socialize with a much more diverse (Race, Gender, Age & Experiences) group of people than I am exposed to anywhere else in my hectic life. I feel the relationships developed are lasting & meaningful. I learn so much from the entire group! I am truly inspired to grow from the knowledge and stories of our membership.