Hospitality

ROBERT EARL

FOUNDER & CHAIRMAN, PLANET HOLLYWOOD, ORLANDO

Earl, a leading figure in the restaurant industry, was born and raised in Hendon, Middlesex, England, and began his career running several themed restaurants in 1970s England. Earl came to Orlando originally to work with Disney. When that deal fell through, however, he stayed and opened several themed restaurants with medieval and Wild West concepts. The Planet Hollywood concept brought success, although he has rescued the chain from bankruptcy twice. Since then, Earl Enterprises has built a portfolio of more than 200 restaurant brands, including Earl of Sandwich, Chicken Guy!, Mixology and Tequila Taqueria.

Since 2014, he has hosted the Cooking Channel’s “Robert Earl’s Be My Guest.” On the show, Earl visits four-star restaurants, food trucks and other gems to unearth culinary tidbits. Most recently, he’s been working on a business that invents food brands — “virtual additional concepts” — that independent restaurants can produce in their kitchen for delivery-only meals, according to the Restaurant Business website.

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