Hospitality

DON FOX

CEO, FIREHOUSE OF AMERICA, JACKSONVILLE

Firehouse Subs is one of the most successful restaurant chains in the country, with more than 1,100 locations in 46 states. Fox began his career in the restaurant industry at 16, scrubbing pots and pans in an Italian restaurant. “Many of the most valuable lessons I’ve learned were cultivated during the earliest years of my career. I never lose sight of what it was like to work my way up from the bottom of the career ladder and do my best to share those lessons and values with the people that I lead and mentor today,” he says.

EDUCATION High school diploma
SOMETHING SURPRISING I am the author of two books, both of which relay the history of the United States Fourth Armored Division. I serve on the board of directors of the Army Historical Foundation.
ALTERNATE CAREER? Trumpet player. Had I not made a conscious decision at age 22 to focus on a career in the restaurant industry, I suspect I would still be a musician.

George Aguel

Visit Orlando

Jim Allen

Hard Rock International

Michael Brown

Wyndham Destinations

Blake Casper

Caspers CO

Allison Casper

Caspers CO

Frank J. Del Rio

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings

Arnold Donald

Carnival

Carol Dover

Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association

Robert Earl

Planet Hollywood

Richard Fain

Royal Caribbean Cruises

Michelle Fee

Cruise Planners

Maryann Ferenc

Mise en Place Hospitality Group

Don Fox

Firehouse of America

David Grutman

Groot Hospitality

Randy Hassen

McKibbon Hospitality

Gene Lee

Darden Restaurants

Kim Lopdrup

Red Lobster Seafood

Lisa Lutoff-Perlo

Celebrity Cruises

Julian MacQueen

INNISFREE HOTELS

Tom McAlpin

Virgin Voyages

Richard Millard

Trust Hospitality

Alice Norsworthy

Universal Parks & Resorts

Marcellus Osceola Jr.

Seminole Tribe of Florida

Lou Plasencia

Plasencia Group

Gene Prescott

Seaway Hotels

Mary Rogers

Fontainebleau Miami Beach

Stephen Sawitz

Joe's Stone Crab

Daniel Schwartz

Restaurant Brands International

Jeff Vahle

Disney World Resort

Marcel Verbaas

Xenia Hotels & Resorts

Michael Walsh

Ocean Properties Hotels

Steve Weisz

Marriott Vacations Worldwide

Tom Williams

Universal Parks & Resorts