Along with chef and partner Marty Blitz, Ferenc helped create one of Tampa’s best and most creative New American restaurants in 1986. Last year, Ferenc and Blitz opened the Dewey restaurant in the Pinellas County beach community of Pass-a-Grille, and the group also has a restaurant at Tampa International Airport called the Café by Mise en Place. Along the way, Ferenc has developed into a leader in Florida’s hospitality industry, joining Visit Florida’s governing committee in 2018 and getting involved in scores of other groups, including the Tampa Bay Mental Health Foundation, Feeding America Tampa Bay, Taste of the NFL, Visit Tampa Bay, Tampa Independent Business Alliance, Tampa Downtown Partnership and the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce. She’s a member of Hillsborough County’s Commission on the Status of Women’s Hall of Fame and has also served three two-year terms on the U.S. Travel and Tourism Advisory Board, which advises the president and secretary of commerce on tourism matters.

ADVICE “The future of our industry is that the customer experience is only more important today. Understanding that and being able to deliver quality customer service is a necessity.”
LOCAL VIBE “Tampa is an amazing combination of people who have been here a long time and people who just got here working together to take our city to the next level.”
“My favorite type of food changes all the time, which is why I am really lucky chef Marty Blitz makes creative food all the time, and I get to eat there every day.”

“There is something so rewarding about giving someone an opportunity to earn wealth and enjoy earning.”

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


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


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