Hospitality

DON FOX

CEO, FIREHOUSE OF AMERICA, JACKSONVILLE

The Firehouse Subs brand consists of about 1,200 restaurants operating in 46 states, Puerto Rico and Canada. The first restaurant opened in 1994 in Jacksonville, and today, Florida is the chain’s largest state, with 169 locations. Fox started in the industry 47 years ago as a dishwasher. He joined Firehouse in 2003 when there were 65 locations and has served as CEO since 2009. He has become a strong advocate for the restaurant industry and its role in providing so many with their first employment.

EDUCATION Howell High School (NJ)
CIVIC EFFORT Our greatest impact on the communities we serve comes by way of the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation, which benefits fire responders by fulfilling grants for live-saving equipment and recently surpassed $55 million in grant fulfillment.
SOMETHING SURPRISING I am the author of two books on WWII (unit histories of the United States Army Fourth Armored Division): Patton’s Vanguard (2003) and Final Battles of Patton’s Vanguard (2020).
ADMIRES NASA for the decades of innovation and economic vitality it has brought to our state.

George Aguel

Visit Orlando

Michael Brown

Travel + Leisure Co.

Blake Casper

Caspers CO

Allison Casper

Caspers CO

ED CHILES

CHILES GROUP

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

David Hoffmann

Hoffmann Family of Companies

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

Mary Rogers

Fontainebleau Miami Beach

Daniel Schwartz

Restaurant Brands International

Jeff Vahle

Disney World Resort

Marcel Verbaas

Xenia Hotels & Resorts

Michael Walsh

Ocean Properties Hotels

STEPHEN P. WEISZ

Marriott Vacations Worldwide

Tom Williams

Universal Parks & Resorts