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Flagler College creates Hospitality and Tourism Advisory Board

SAINT AUGUSTINE –  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:


Members: 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.

Liaisons: 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

Subs, and President, Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association; Melissa Van Dyne, 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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