From:                     on behalf of CFHLA

Sent:                               Friday, September 30, 2016 12:11 PM


Subject:                          CFHLA -  Back of the House - September 30, 2016


 Volume 3 - Edition 14


In This Issue...










This Newsletter proudly sponsored by:


September Allied
Member of the Month


Holly Howarth
Symbiont Service Corp

September Lodging
Member of the Month

Jeff Swirsky

Floridays Orlando Resort

CFHLA Executive Committee

Dave Bartek
Loews Hotels

1st Vice Chairperson
Brian Comes
Hyatt Regency Orlando

2nd Vice Chairperson
Fred Sawyers
Walt Disney World
Swan & Dolphin

Keith Wolling
B Resort & Spa Lake Buena Vista

Jetse Pottinga
Melia Orlando
Suite Hotel

Assistant Treasurer
Jesse Martinez
The Alfond Inn at Rollins

Laura Sherman
CLC Regal Oaks

Immediate Past Chair
Gerald Urquiola
Caribe Royale Resort & Convention Center

Partners of the Month:

Patriot Day Breakfast

Presenting Sponsor

Radio One / Motorola

Corporate Sponsor

Orlando Health

Heroes Table Sponsors


Belfor Property Restoration, (USA) Inc.

Bright House Networks Enterprise Solutions

Dense Networks

Edlen Electrical Exhibition Services

Loews Hotels

Orlando Mattress Company
6/12 Table Sponsors

11th Hour Business Solutions

Balloons by Renee

CFHLA Allied Relations Council

CFHLA Food & Beverage Council


Global Sourcing International, LLC

Greenery Productions

Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek

Kids Nite Out

Minuteman Press

Premier Elevator Co

Sheraton Vistana Resort

Sheraton Vistana Villages

Wealth Management Strategies

Allied Relations Council Breakfast

Associated Planners Group

Executive Committee Meeting

Sunshine Recycling

Governmental Affairs Committee Meeting

Spin Out Guest Laundries

Tee It Up For Tourism Golf Outing & Luncheon

Presenting Sponsor

Mid-Florida Golf Cars

Hole Sponsors

AwnClean USA

Blue Team Restoration

Edlen Electrical Exhibition Services


Honeydo Commercial Floor Repair

Mid-Florida Golf Cars

CFHLA Board of Directors Meeting

Summit Broadband

Hospitality Updates:

Go big or go home: iSquare Mall + Hotel developer still confident in huge I-Drive project

Orlando Business Journal

Richard Bilbao

Construction hasn't started yet on the $500 million iSquare Mall + Hotel, but it is getting closer to becoming a reality.

That's the latest from Abdul Mathin, developer of the proposed 1.6 million-square-foot, mixed-use project slated for Orlando's International Drive tourist corridor.

"We have concluded our initial round of value engineering on the structural [components] with PCL Construction Services," Mathin, The Blackmine Group chairman and CEO, told Orlando Business Journal.

"We now are working through the hard numbers to establish the guaranteed maximum price before we begin to send the bid packages."

PCL is the general contractor for the project, which will feature a 23-story, dual-tower complex with 539 hotel rooms divided between a Capella Suites and a Solis Orlando Hotel, along with more than 434,800 square feet in a multilevel upscale mall, plus restaurants, meeting rooms, office space and a seven-story parking garage.

Executives with PCL declined to comment and deferred information on bid packages to the developer. Mathin previously told OBJ that bid packages won't be released until construction documents are 30 percent complete.

Plans for iSquare Mall + Hotel also include amenities such as a heliport, rooftop infinity pool and an indoor ice-skating rink.

"It has taken a lot of time as various structural components in the design needed to be evaluated, especially the curtain wall that covers the entire building with glass," Mathin said. "We are working with glass manufacturer Harmon to fine-tune the exterior curtain wall which has caused significant design delays.

"We are hoping to wrap up soon to complete the design package and start the construction documents."

The project still needs some city of Orlando approvals, but it appears to be on track to break ground by the end of this year or in early 2017.

Orlando's hotel industry still is fairly healthy, at above 70 percent occupancy, which means there's still capacity for new inventory - including high-end hotels, since many international travelers tend to spend more money.

Room demand in the U.S. is anticipated to increase by roughly 2 percent next year with occupancy remaining flat, according to studies by hotel research firms Tourism Economics and STR Inc.

That means Orlando, which constantly is growing its hotel inventory to catch up with booming visitation, should be ready for more variety in hotels like iSquare.

Orlando welcomed a record 66 million visitors in 2015.

The hotel industry follows the area's ever-dominant theme park industry, where businesses have continued to invest in new attractions like Walt Disney World's Star Wars and Toy Story expansions and Universal Orlando Resort's new Volcano Bay water park to keep tourists coming back and staying in local hotels.


This week, the CFHLA Food & Beverage Council, in partnership with the CFHLA Allied Relations Council, hosted the
"Best Ever"
After Hours Networking Reception
at the beautiful
Hyatt Regency Orlando
(Thank you Brian Comes, General Manager).

Over 150 CFHLA Members
attended this activity, and enjoyed
complimentary food and beverage provided by:

Hyatt Regency Orlando

Orlando Brewing

PW Wine Distributors

CFHLA Allied Member Matt Grier of Greenery Productions, Allied Relations Council Board Member Jay Hunt of Massey PrevenTech Commercial Services, CFHLA Allied Member Linda Grier of Greenery Productions, and CFHLA 1st Vice Chairman Brian Comes of the Hyatt Regency Orlando

CFHLA Ex-Officio Board Member Ron Caimano, CFHLA Board Member
Mark Politte of the DoubleTree by Hilton at the Entrance to Universal Orlando,
and CFHLA VIP Member Glen Lyons of ATM FLA

CFHLA Board Member John Luke of the Hilton Orlando, CFHLA VIP Member
Kalee Taylor of System Tech Services, Inc., and CFHLA Board Member
Steve Cadaret of the DoubleTree Suites by Hilton in the Disney Springs Area

CFHLA Silver Partner Darrin Whipple of Blue Squid Solutions, CFHLA Outgoing
Treasurer Jetse Pottinga of the Melia Orlando Suite Hotel, and CFHLA Allied Relations
Council Board Member Steve Vinciguerra of SeaWorld Parks & Resorts

CFHLA Board Members Carlton Hudson of the Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando
and CFHLA Allied Member TJ Worrell of Encore Event Technologies

CFHLA Security & Safety Council Chairman Loren Poor of the Hilton Orlando, CFHLA Board Member Bill Friedrich of the Embassy Suites Orlando I-Drive / Convention Center, CFHLA Immediate Past Chairman Gerald Urquiola of the Caribe Royale Resort & Convention Center, and CFHLA VIP Member Charlie Weddle of TRS Wireless Inc.

CFHLA Ex-Officio Board Member Louis Robbins, CFHLA Incoming Assistant Treasurer Sonja Giselbrecht of the Sheraton Suites Orlando Airport, and CFHLA Silver Partner Member Michael Hanley of Wealth Management Strategies

CFHLA Allied Relations Council Board Member Bill Droste of Orlando Brewing, Maija Russel of Orlando Brewing, and CFHLA Chairman David Bartek of Loews Hotels



If you enjoy Frightening Amounts of Fun,
please consider registering to participate in the
2016 Halloween Golf Open!

This always popular golf event is set to occur
Friday, October 28
(7:45AM Shotgun Start)
at the
Hawk's Landing Golf Club
18 Holes of Tricks & Treats
provided by the
Spook-tacular Hole Sponsors.

For more information and registration, please visit:

This activity is proudly presented by:

Additionally, all members are invited to purchase tickets for the new

Tickets may be purchased online for $5
(or $20 for 5 tickets) and provide the chance to win! 

Five lucky CFHLA Members will walk away with
$100 in CASH and a Pumpkin. 
(Attendance at the Halloween Golf Open not required to win).

CLICK HERE to purchase your Pumpkin Raffle Tickets today!

The Pumpkin Raffle is proudly sponsored by:


On Saturday, December 3, the Orlando destination will host the
Atlantic Coast Conference
Football Championship
at the
Camping World Stadium!

CFHLA congratulates
Florida Citrus Sports
on successful efforts to secure this elite event.

"We're thrilled to bring more big time college football to Orlando,"
said Steve Hogan, CEO of Florida Citrus Sports. "The

Atlantic Coast Conference
has been a tremendous partner
of ours for decades and we are grateful for the opportunity to
bring their showcase football event to Camping World Stadium."

For more information relating to this event, please CLICK HERE.



SeaWorld Parks & Resorts
announced new attractions to be introduced to the park in 2017.

This list includes a new virtual reality
roller coaster, a dolphin nursery,
shows and entertainment, and more!

To read more about these new attractions, please CLICK HERE.





Have you secured your tickets for the 
Hospitality Gala?

This holiday celebration is  set to occur
Saturday, December 10
at the beautiful and new
Loews Sapphire Falls Resort
at Universal Orlando.
(Thank you CFHLA Chairman David Bartek)

For more information and registration, please visit:

This evening celebration is presented by:


Recently, CFHLA VIP Member
Where Orlando Magazine
won three awards from the Florida Magazine Association
in the group's annual Charlie Awards competition.

The honors included a first-place Charlie Award for Best Visitor Publication. Where Orlando received a silver award for Best Online Video for "Secrets of the City" and a bronze award for feature writing on the engineering of roller coaster, "Science of Screams."



Below please find current employment opportunities
in the Central Florida Hospitality Industry:

Sales Manager
Floridays Orlando Resort
CLICK HERE to view the job description

Intern Sales Representative,
Restaurant Supervisor,
and MORE!
Crowne Plaza Orlando Downtown
CLICK HERE to view the open positions

Re:fuel / W XYZ Bar Food Attendant
Aloft Orlando Downtown
CLICK HERE to view the job description

Front Desk Agent,
Bistro Cook,
and MORE!
Courtyard Orlando Downtown
CLICK HERE to view the open positions

Banquet Captain
Aloft Orlando Downtown
CLICK HERE to view the job description

This Newsletter is Proudly Sponsored By:


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