A Message From the President…
The North Florida Hotel & Lodging Association is an issue driven, growing association that represents more than 120 hospitality related companies spanning five counties in Northeast Florida (Duval, Flagler, St. John’s, Nassau, and Clay Counties). NFHLA also continuously advocates for over 40,000 employees in the lodging and hospitality industry. We are engaged and committed to the communities we serve and believe we can make a greater impact as a united voice. Our goals for 2014 are simple, but not easy. We must do this together. We need to continue to grow our membership, develop beneficial programs for our members, and give back to the community through scholarships and volunteering.
As an NFHLA member, you gain access to the best industry related resources available. You will receive current affair updates, social media exchange opportunities, special invitations to industry events, NFHLA membership database, soon-to-launch online directory, and event invitations to monthly luncheons!
There will be a full-slate of events this year! Here is a preview of what is to come:
• January 30- In collaboration with Visit Jacksonville, “A New Year-A New You”- Get a Boost on LinkedIn Workshop!
• February 11- Protection and Security: How secure is your property & business? We will focus on “Crime Free Hotels & Retail/Banking” with Officer Prevost and Bank Officer Christina D. McLaughlin from Synovus Bank.
• February 25- 2014 ROSE Awards Banquet. This 6th Annual event celebrates our region’s hospitality employees who demonstrate excellent customer service. Visit the ROSE Awards website to register to attend.
• March 18- THE PLAYERS Championship Luncheon with Matt Rapp and Florida’s First Coast of Golf with David Reese!
Another growing event, Meet the Purchasers, provides a great opportunity for Allied members to have one-on-one time with Hotel department decision makers. We received a lot of positive feedback from all our members at our last event! We will make this event a networking showcase and hold it before budgets are due! Stay tuned for the date and location!
Why is it great to be a member of NFHLA? We give back to the community! We have partnered with HabiJax ReStore, Hubbard House, and The Salvation Army to donate items from local businesses in the community. We call this active volunteer committee, The Heart & Hands of Hospitality (H3) . And, in the Fall, we will host The Claude Collins Hospitality Scholarship Golf Tournament. Every year this tournament continues to grow allowing NFHLA to fund more scholarships for deserving students in the hospitality industry.
2014 is going to be a great year! We have an awesome and active Board in place and we want to meet you! Please let me know if you would like to participate or join a committee. We are always looking for new visionaries to keep NFHLA thriving!
2014 NFHLA President
Crowne Plaza Jacksonville Riverfront