Hospitality

GENE LEE

PRESIDENT & CEO, DARDEN RESTAURANTS, ORLANDO

Darden operates a range of restaurants, including Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse, Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen, Yard House, The Capital Grille, Seasons 52, Bahama Breeze and Eddie V’s. The company employs 185,000 in more than 1,800 restaurants in communities across North America. Lee grew up in Massachusetts, and his first job was as a busser at York Steakhouse when he was 16. With an MBA from Suffolk University, he’s never held a job outside the restaurant industry and has been with Darden for 13 years, with the last six as president and CEO. In 2018, Lee received the Gold Plate Award for industry excellence from the International Foodservice Manufacturers Association, which is widely regarded as the foodservice industry’s top honor. He’s particularly proud of Darden’s financial support of Feeding America, “in addition to the in-kind support we provide to food banks, shelters and other charitable organizations across the country. Through our Harvest program, every one of our 1,800-plus restaurants donates unused food each week that is served to those in need.”

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