Hospitality

MICHELLE FEE

FOUNDER & CEO, CRUISE PLANNERS, CORAL SPRINGS

Cruise Planners is the nation’s largest network of home-based travel agents, with some 2,500 franchisees in all 50 states. “With the new COVID protocols, these advisers will be vital to the resurgence of the travel industry in the coming months,” says Fee, who’s lived in Florida her entire life and is a 40-year veteran of the travel industry. She founded Cruise Planners in 1994.

EDUCATION St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale. I don’t have a college degree like your typical CEO with a background in finance. I’m a former travel agent.
PROFESSIONAL EVOLUTION I am not afraid to recruit someone who knows more than me about a given topic. Today, we have the strongest executive team we have ever had because I put my pride aside and found the right people who can challenge me to get the best result.
SABBATICAL TOPIC I would love to learn another language, so if I had a year, I would probably go spend it in Italy.
READING A friend recently wrote a book, From Hell to Challah, about her journey during this challenging time.

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