Visit Orlando Names 2021 Board of Directors

Visit Orlando, The Official Tourism Association® for Orlando, has announced the community and business leaders joining the 2021 Board of Directors. A not-for-profit trade association that brands, markets and sells the Orlando destination globally, Visit Orlando represents over 1,100 member companies of Central Florida’s tourism community. But Visit Orlando also has a long history of scandals and controversies, so this is a board to keep your eyes on locally.

Brian Comes, Area Vice President for Hyatt Regency Orlando, will serve a two-year term as the new Board Chair through Dec. 31, 2022. The new Board of Directors will be:

  • Barb Bowden, Area Managing Director, Loews Hotels at Universal Orlando
  • Dan Giordano, General Manager, Rosen Shingle Creek
  • Yogita Inamdar, Director-Social Responsibility, Inclusion & Diversity, Wyndham Destinations (county-appointed ex-officio)
  • Bob Miles, President, Bags Inc.
  • Kyle Miller, Park President, SeaWorld Orlando, Aquatica and Discovery Cove
  • Barbara Poma, Founder, OnePulse Foundation
  • Terry Prather, Chief Operating Officer, LIFT Orlando

* These positions include elected, at-large and county-appointed directors.




The Directors continuing their terms are:

Executive Committee

  • Chair: Brian Comes, Area Vice President for Hyatt Regency Orlando
  • Treasurer: William A. Davis, President & Chief Operating Officer, Universal Orlando Resort
  • Secretary: Harold Mills, Chief Executive Officer, VMD Ventures
  • Past Chair: Don Engfer, Principal, Engfer & Associates
  • Non-voting member: Casandra Matej, Visit Orlando’s new President & CEO

Board Members

  • John Arie Jr., President & CEO, Fun Spot America Theme Parks
  • Robert Bray, General Manager, Orlando World Center Marriott
  • Phillip Brown, Chief Executive Officer, Greater Orlando Aviation Authority
  • Designee of The Honorable Jerry Demings, Orange County Mayor, Orange County Government: Roseann Harrington, Chief of Staff, Office of the Mayor
  • Designee of The Honorable Buddy Dyer, Mayor, City of Orlando: Brooke R. Bonnett, Director of Economic Development, City of Orlando
  • William T. Dymond Jr., Shareholder, CEO & President, Lowndes
  • Donna Dyson, Market President/Publisher, Orlando Business Journal
  • Diana Font, President, DM Font Events
  • Charlie Freeman, Chief Operating Officer, Orlando Magic
  • Tim Giuliani, President and CEO, Orlando Economic Partnership
  • Scott Hudgins, Chief Commercial Officer, Walt Disney World Resort
  • Steven Jamieson, General Manager, The Mall at Millenia
  • Richard Maladecki, President/CEO, Central Florida Hotel & Lodging Association (February 15 will transition to Robert Agrusa)
  • Paul S. Mears III, President, Hello! Destination Management
  • Chris Mueller, General Manager, Hilton Orlando
  • Fred Sawyers, Managing Director, Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek and Waldorf Astoria Orlando
  • Atish Shah, Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer, Xenia Hotels & Resorts
  • Thomas Steinhauer, Regional Vice President & General Manager, Four Seasons Resort?Orlando
  • Mark Tester, Executive Director, Orange County Convention Center
  • Thibaut van Marcke, President/Senior Vice President, Dr. P. Phillips Hospital/Orlando Health
  • Evan Wyant, Orlando Market President, Truist

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