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  • 02/15/2016 3:36 PM | Steven Rodriguez (Administrator)

     

    Member Spotlight-Rick Hamilton-February 2016

    I am delighted to bring back our monthly member spotlight.  We all enjoy getting to know each other (and our operations) better.  Rick Hamilton has really jumped in and made the most out of SKAL Tampa Bay with his high level of participation.  We welcome Rick as a Board member for 2016. He has hosted our last two years “Salute to Tourism” events at The Tampa Bay Convention Center.

    What brought you to join SKAL?

    I was invited by a friend, Troy Manthey, of Yacht Starship to see if I would enjoy an organization of industry related individuals having a good time with no business agenda.

    How long have you been a member of SKAL?

    I have been a member a little more than a year.

    What was the most memorable event or experience you’ve had during your years (months) as a member?

    I have enjoyed visiting the other locations and seeing how they do things at their individual properties. 

    Who was the most inspirational person you have met because of SKAL?

    It was a pleasure to meet Roger Dow and listen to his remarks at the November event. He is a true professional in every sense and I hope to visit with him more in the future.

    What words of guidance could you impart to our members that incorporates your past SKAL experience with the current environment – both economically and socially?

    Watch and listen to fellow SKAL members and observe how things are done when visiting their venues. I learn something new with every meeting and new ideas gained have been incorporated into our operation at the convention center.

    Considering how our society and the Hospitality, travel and tour industries are changing so quickly, can you suggest a way to get or keep members more involved?

    Keep the social events social but allow more interaction on social media and with the newsletter to encourage members’ participation through sharing ideas. Allow them to post questions and receive answers. The membership has a vast knowledge base that can be of tremendous value to younger and newer members. Maybe… a membership blog?

    What motivates YOU to attend meetings?

    I love talking and getting to know members in the Tampa Bay Area. Having just been here 4 years, the meetings have vastly improved my knowledge of the destination and have become a source for new acquaintances and friends.

    What direction / vision would YOU like to see our Tampa Bay SKAL Club move in the future?

    The new Young SKAL program is tremendous and as it grows it would be fantastic to allow the young members to have a voice in the direction of the club. Their direction can provide a roadway for continued membership growth by encouraging new ideas from the next generation that will lead to increased membership.

    Rick serves as Convention Center and Tourism Director for the City of Tampa, a venue he has admired for several years. In this most recent capacity he also serves on the Boards of Visit Tampa Bay, Hillsborough County Hotel/Motel Association, Tampa Historic Streetcar, Friends of the Riverwalk, and Tampa Attractions Association.

    “A treasure worth discovering”… www.tampaconventioncenter.com

     

    He feels his greatest accomplishment was being elected by his peers to be President of the Florida Facility Managers Association in 2007 – 2008

    Rick is a leader in the hospitality industry and as a result has served as consultant on many projects in the South East while maintaining his career as a venue manager.

     

    He managed the Knoxville, Tennessee Civic Auditorium and Coliseum concurrently with the Convention and Exhibition Center from 1980 to 1990 and in 1982 he also served as the Assistant Director of off-site entertainment for the 1982 World’s Fair. He managed three sold-out performances a day for six months for the Fair that hosted every internationally recognized entertainment act to the City for the event. He left Knoxville in 1990 to serve as Director of the Daytona Beach Ocean Center and turned a community white elephant into a remarkable success.

  • 02/02/2016 3:47 PM | Steven Rodriguez (Administrator)

     

    Fellow Skalleagues,

    On January 11th we met at Salt Rock Grill (Indian Rocks Beach) hosted by Frank Chivas.  At the Board Meeting it was decided we would reinstitute our “Member Spotlight” in future newsletters and work to promote the value of Skal membership.  We are happy to report that the year ended with a small positive balance thanks to the successful Christmas Wine Pull and Auction. We have had an unfortunate glitch in the February 8th dinner planning and the location announcement will be made in the very near future.

    Salt Rock Grill provided delicious shrimp cocktail, grilled chicken satay skewers and key lime oysters during the cocktail reception.  Kim Brussow led the opening Skal toast.  Mark Hubbard was asked to give a re-cap of his experience at the Skal International World Congress and his travels around Malaga, Spain.  He was so impressed with the event that he is making plans to attend next October’s World Congress in Monaco, and encouraged other members to enjoy this special travel opportunity.  We all gave Andy Brouillard special kudos for the wonderful Christmas experience at T Pepin last month!

    Salt Rock presented a lovely salad followed by the entree’ of Petite Filet Mignon and Fresh Grilled Snapper accompanied by garlic mashed potatoes and grilled vegetables. It was finished with a scrumptious dessert.

    I reminded members to please identify Young Skal candidates (classifications are on our website- take a look!) We will feature Young Skal at an upcoming dinner. Also, the cupboard is bare on raffle items to keep our 50/50 drawings exciting, donations are welcome!  The membership approved the slate of officers for 2016 with Hoyt Hamilton-President, George Bentley- V.P., Ed Shaughnessy-Secretary, Colette Florido-Treasurer, George Hoch- Past Pres., Dan Peretz-SIUSA Rep. and Steven Rodriguez-EST.  The leadership is joined by board members: Roberta Blum, Chuck Prather, Tim Coultas, Carol Eaves, Tom Haines, Rick Hamilton and Mike Gruendel.  Any member is encouraged to come early to a dinner (4:30) and attend a board meeting to see that we really do conduct business! This is a great way to get more involved and perhaps serve on a committee. Our Incoming Board of Directors are invited to attend our Board meeting in February.

    Winners of the 50/50 tonight were: Mike Gruendel- $50 Salt Rock Grill certificate, Kim Brussow- a Chivas Regal gift pack, Oliver Kugler- Belleair Country Club brunch certificate, and Steven Rodriguez and Tim Coultas split the 50/50 of $90!

    The Salt Rock staff were saluted, special thanks to Garrick, Mike, Billy, Brittany and Chef Jake for their attention to detail and friendly service!  We welcomed back Colette Florido from baby leave and she led our closing Skal toast.

    Please watch for and sign up for our February 8th dinner!  SKAL!

    George

     

     

  • 02/02/2016 3:44 PM | Steven Rodriguez (Administrator)

     

    Tradewinds Island Resorts
          
            
       Board of Directors Meeting: 4:30 PM 
       Registration/Reception: 6:00 PM  
    Dinner: 7:00 PM  
          
    Suggested Dress: Business Attire
               
    FREE PARKING ON SITE  
          
      Special Chef's Menu:     
      
     

    Reception Appetizers:

     

    Watermelon Cube with Crab Salad

    Caramelized Onion Tartlet, Whipped Chive Goat Cheese

    Chicken Marsala Mushroom Tart

     

    Dinner:

     

    Baby Spinach Salad with Radicchio, Berries, Sweet and Salty Almonds, Ricotta Salata, Champagne Vinaigrette

     

    Sumac-Seared Jumbo Scallops and Key West Pink Shrimp with Stir-Fried Vegetables, Pad Thai Noodles, Tamarind-Chili Glaze, Mango-Papaya Salsa, Fried Plantain

     

    Flourless Chocolate Gateau with Apricot Coulis and Raspberry Sauce

     

    Coffee Service

           

     

      SPECIAL FEATURES:
          
           
       Extra Raffle Items:
          
          Brunch for Two at Palm Court       
    Dinner for Two at Compass Grill
             Cruise for Two from Dolphin's Landing        
             SUPER RAFFLE OPPORTUNITY         
             
    16 SUPER TICKETS will be sold for $25.00 each with a chance to win a special event facility rental at T-Pepins  Hospitality Centre and FREE Draft Beer
    Value is $1,500.00
    OR
    BUY IT TODAY FOR $300.00
              
    Note: Our 50/50 raffle is cash only
     
     
     
    PLEASE NOTE:
    If paying by credit card, please do so online
    If paying by check please mail to:
    Skal
    c/o Steven Rodriguez
    14280 Passage Way
    Seminole, FL 33776
     
            

                  

    Tradewinds Island Resorts

          5500 Gulf Blvd. St Pete Beach, FL 33706
    (727) 367-6461
      

     

  • 12/21/2015 12:08 PM | Steven Rodriguez (Administrator)

     

                           

    Dan Peretz

                                    

    President’s Corner December 2015

    Fellow Skalleagues,

    2015 has been a fantastic year of spectacular events, topped off with our Holiday Party December 14th at the T Pepin Hospitality Centre with our generous host Andy Brouillard. Thank you Andy for the open bar, decorations, entertainment, scrumptious dinner and even Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus! Special thanks as well for Steven Rodriguez and Sarah Bertran for putting the evening together with over 30 silent auction items and well over 100 bottles of wine for the “wine pull” which were beautifully presented. I hope everyone agrees that this is a fun and successful way to boost our club’s travel budget. Between the “pull” and the auction we grossed $5,640.00!  Thanks to everyone who participated and donated!

    SPECIAL REQUEST:  Please send in your 2016 SKAL DUES as soon as possible if you have not already done so. Contact me or Steven if you have any questions or changes before the year end.

    Past President Dan Peretz led the opening Skal toast after which introductions were made. I was happy to announce our January 11, 2016 dinner will be at the Salt Rock Grill at Indian Shores. That is the night of the National Championship game so we will wrap it up quickly for those who do not want to miss it.  I announced the wonderful travel opportunities coming up with the Skal International World Congress which will be in Monaco in 2016 and India in 2017!  I encourage everyone to take a look at our Young Skal page on our website.  We recognized our Young Skal member, Masterson Dempsey, who was recently elected “King of St. Leo University”.  Please be thinking of a Young Skal candidate to bring to a future dinner. I announced the results of the SIUSA election, John Mavros from Orange Coast is the new President and Holly Powers from Boston is the new VP of Administration.

    Let me tell you, the table settings by Puff & Stuff Catering were extravagant and the passed hors d’ouvres were delicious during the reception. Andy’s son and a brass ensemble from Freedom High School serenaded us with holiday songs during the reception. Course #1 was “Pine and Popcorn”- a rosemary infused English pea puree with brown butter popcorn crunch.  In honor of Frank Sinatra’s 100th birthday, Andy arranged entertainer Don Juceam to croon a few standards during the evening.

    Course #2 was a creative grilled Raddichio with sweetened grapefruit, smoked pistachios and a mustard vinaigrette.  Course #3 was XX Quail, roasted and stuffed with a blackberry cornbread paired with a pan seared scallop, salsify puree and a smoked gastrique.  Course #4 “Grow Up” was house made vanilla ice cream with sesame brittle candle…..yum!

    Grand “thanks” to Andy, Chef and the staff that kept our wine glasses full!  Jim Schalk provided some favors of his tasty “Toffee to Go” for each guest.  I encourage everyone to take a look at the photos on the website (Andy even provided a photographer for the evening and for special pictures with Mr. and Mrs. Santa Clause after dinner).  It was my honor to give the closing Skal toast with a special wish for a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS!

    George Hoch

    President

    The Following slate of officers and directors for 2016 is presented by our Nominating Committee:

    President            Hoyt Hamilton

    VP                         George Bentley

    Secretary            Ed Shaughnessy

    Treasurer           Colette Florido

    Past Pres.            George Hoch

    SIUSA Rep.         Dan Peretz

    EST                       Steven Rodriguez

    Board Members

                                  Roberta Blum

                                  Chuck Prather

                                  Tim Coultas

                                  Carol Eaves

                                  Tom Haines

                                  Rick Hamilton

                                  Mike Gruendel

     

     

     

     

     

                                                                  

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

                           

     

     

     

     

                     

     

                   

                         

    Salt Rock Grill

       

          

       

     Board of Directors Meeting: 4:30 PM 

       Registration/Reception: 6:00 PM  

    Dinner: 7:00 PM  

          

    Suggested Dress: Business Attire

               

    FREE PARKING ON SITE  

          

      Special Chef's Menu:     

     

       SPECIAL FEATURES:     

              

     

       Extra Raffle Items:    

                      

               

    Note: Our 50/50 raffle is cash only

            

    PLEASE NOTE:

    If paying by credit card, please do so online

    If paying by check please mail to:

    Skal

    c/o Steven Rodriguez

    14280 Passage Way

    Seminole, FL 33776

     

       

     

          

    Salt Rock Grill

            19325 Gulf Blvd. Indian Shores, FL 33785
        (727) 593-7625  

        www.SaltRockGrill.com

     

    Click Here To Register

     

                                                                

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    Collecting items for our upcoming Raffles

     

    The extra raffle items graciously donated by many of you have been great incentives for our members to participate. We have had some fantastic "extra opportunity drawing" items. THANK YOU!!

    We are now starting all over for 2016 meetings and NEED YOUR HELP!!

    This entire year we are adding additional prizes to our monthly drawing to garner more excitement and showcase our members. If you would like to donate items for the upcoming dinners, please email me and let me know what you will be donating and then mail the certificate, gift card, etc. to the following address:

    Skal Tampa Bay

    c/o Steven Rodriguez

    14280 Passage Way, Seminole FL 33776

    This is a great way of advertising your business while increasing odds of winning at our events and supporting our club. Thanks so much to all that have and continue to furnish items.

     

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  • 10/12/2015 11:51 AM | Steven Rodriguez (Administrator)

     

    Tampa Convention Center
       
     
      Event Time: 6 pm to 8:30 pm 
    Suggested Dress: Business Attire 
     
      PARKING GARAGE OR METERED STREET PARKING
     
    Special Features:
     
       2015 Salute to Tourism
              
     

    Dinner on the Landing

    Assorted Breads with Infused Oil and Citrus Butter

    Salad

    Caramelized Apple and Poached Pear Salad with Grape Confit, Calabaza Squash, Rosemary Marinated Cherry Tomatoes with Lolla Rosa, Red Oak and a Sun Dried Cherry Vinaigrette

    Entrée

    Cinnamon Braised Beef Short Rib in Pumpkin Stout paired with Honey Fennel Glazed Halibut, Asparagus Flan and Truffle Potato Custard with Grilled Oyster Mushrooms

    Dessert

    Butterscotch Lava Cake with Chocolate Batons and Pecan Crème Anglaise

     

     

    Extra Raffle Items:
                   
    Note: Our 50/50 raffle is cash only
     
     
     
    PLEASE NOTE:
    If paying by credit card, please do so online
    If paying by check please mail to:
    Skal
    c/o Steven Rodriguez
    14280 Passage Way
    Seminole, FL 33776
     
       
     
          

    Tampa Convention Center

     333 S Franklin Street, Tampa, FL 33602
    (813) 274-8511

  • 09/21/2015 3:37 PM | Steven Rodriguez (Administrator)

     

     
     
                           

    Dan Peretz

                                    

    President’s Corner September 2015 

     

    Fellow Skalleagues,

    We met in September at the newly renovated Hilton Downtown in their stylish Restaurant 211.

    Thanks to our hostess for the evening Frances Ramirez.  The hors d’oeuvres were fantastic, especially the flat breads!  The board of directors recognized Colette Florido with our first Skal Baby Shower (she is due at the end of September) at the end of our board meeting.

    Tim Coultas opened the dinner with the Skal toast. We welcomed several guests and potential members:  Mike Falconer the DOS of Le Meridien, Kimberly Scafidi-Sullivan the DOSM of Jackson’s Bistro, Tyler Scarborough with Network Limousines and Kaila Sanders from St Leo College… along with a few “better halves”.

    The Hilton served a delicious dinner with choice of lobster bisque or cucumber carpaccio salad, French Cut Chicken with truffle potato puree and seasonal vegetables. A classic NY style cheesecake with raspberry coulis was the final touch!

    We gave our appreciation to Roberta Blum for the planning of the enjoyable membership recruitment reception at Ulele on August 27th.  After our golf rain out in July, I was delighted to announce our October 12th dinner will be back at Belleair Country Club (Host Ed Shaughnessy).  Dan Peretz gave a brief recap of the SIUSA National Committee Meeting which he attended in August. Tampa member Mark Hubbard will be attending the Skal International Congress in Malaga, Spain in October. Members were reminded what great travel opportunities are available with Skal.  Our Salute to Tourism will be on Thursday, November 12th. Mark your calendars as we will again be at the Tampa Convention Center.  Rick Hamilton and staff promise as memorable of an evening as we enjoyed last year. Also, coming up on Monday, December 14th is our Holiday Celebration, Wine Pull and Silent Auction at Andy Brouilliard’s TPepin’s Hospitality Centre!

    Members were reminded to please “like” the Skal Tampa Bay Facebook page and to “check-in” on occasion.  Members were also encouraged to let George or Steven know if they have any interest in serving on the Board of Directors in the upcoming year as the nominating committee will meet soon.

    Also let us know if you would be willing to serve on the Salute to Tourism committee or the Christmas/Auction committee.

    Please start collecting wine to donate for December ($10 minimum retail value) which you can bring to the October and November dinners.  We also encourage donations of room, attraction, services and restaurant certificates for the auction in December.

    Congratulations to Oliver and Allison Kugler who won the 50/50 drawing ($105).  Tyler Scarborough won four passes to Dali, Colette and Tim won Hubbard’s excursion certificates and dinner for 2 at the Tradewind’s “Palm Court” was won by Dan Peretz.  John Heather from St. Leo College led our closing Skal toast.  Thanks to everyone that attended a very enjoyable evening.

    George Hoch

    President

     

     

     

                                                                  

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

                           

     

     

     

     

                     
                     
    Belleair Country Club
          
              
      Event Time: 6 pm to 8:30 pm 
    Suggested Dress: Business Attire 
        FREE PARKING ON SITE  
            Special Chef's Menu:     
       
      SPECIAL FEATURES:
                 
           Extra Raffle Items:    
        Brunch for Two at Belleair Country Club     
          Two Night Stay at Birchwood Hotel    
       Sailing for Two from Dolphin's Landing
                                              
    Note: Our 50/50 raffle is cash only  
      
     
    PLEASE NOTE:
    If paying by credit card, please do so online
    If paying by check please mail to:
    Skal
    c/o Steven Rodriguez
    14280 Passage Way
    Seminole, FL 33776
     
       
           Florida's FIRST Golf Club         
       1 Country Club Lane     
    Belleair, FL 33756-2098
    Phone 727.461.7171
     
                 http://www.belleaircc.com       
     
                     
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    Collecting items for our Raffle and Annual Auction

     

    The extra raffle items graciously donated by many of you have been great incentives for our members to participate. We have had some fantastic "extra opportunity drawing" items. THANK YOU!!

    We are now collecting wine and silent auction items for our annual Holiday Dinner in December.  Please bring these items to the October and November meetings. We will be mindful of any time sensitive or restricted items but please try to put an expiration date of at least one year on any certificate.

    This entire year we are adding additional prizes to our monthly drawing to garner more excitement and showcase our members. If you would like to donate items for the upcoming dinners and holiday dinner, please email me and let me know what you will be donating and then mail the certificate, gift card, etc. to the following address:

    Skal Tampa Bay

    c/o Steven Rodriguez

    14280 Passage Way, Seminole FL 33776

    This is a great way of advertising your business while increasing odds of winning at our events and supporting our club. Thanks so much to all that have and continue to furnish items.

     

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  • 09/16/2015 12:36 PM | Steven Rodriguez (Administrator)

     

    Saint Leo University’s 2015 Fall Career Fair

    Thursday, October 8th at 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

    Location: Marion Bowman Activities Center (Gym)

     

    Registration link to follow: https://advance.saintleo.edu/fallcareerfair 

  • 09/15/2015 12:35 PM | Steven Rodriguez (Administrator)

    We had a fantastic time at our September Dinner Meeting. Thank you for hosting us!  

  • 08/28/2015 12:42 PM | Steven Rodriguez (Administrator)

    It was great meeting new faces and enjoying the ambiance of Ulele. We look forward to many of our new guests becoming a member of Tampa Bay SKAL   

  • 07/17/2015 1:00 PM | Steven Rodriguez (Administrator)

    Unfortunately, our Annual Golf Tournament was rained out! We encourage all of you Golfers to participate in the FRLA Golf Tournament being held in August.

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