If you live and work in our beautiful County, you know for a fact that tourism is a major part of our economy. Every year the local news reports ever-increasing visitor counts. New hotels are going up, new high rise condos are being built on every available piece of land, and major investors are streaming into Palm Beach County to build Class A office buildings.
Do you know the financial impact of these tourists? They spend more than $82 BILLION every year on lodging accommodations and in our restaurants. The hospitality industry represents one-quarter of Florida's economy and is the state's number one employer with more than 1.1 million employees.
Today's guest list includes Jodi Cross who is the Executive Director of the Palm Beach Chapter of the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association (FRLA) which is a nonprofit trade group providing regulatory compliance, food safety training, career-building programs and legislative advocacy to make sure Tallahassee don't inadvertently do something to harm this major economic engine
Also sharing his views on the show is the inimitable Jason Emmett who is the CEO of Duffy's Sports Grill, our homegrown restaurant chain. While Duffy's isn't yet on every street corner, no doubt anyone reading this knows where they can find their closest Duffy's.
FEATURED IN THIS EPISODE
Jodi Cross is a high caliber, marketing executive and brand strategist. Cross is known as a leader in the luxury hospitality and resort marketing fields. She has worked for/on such brands as; The Biltmore Hotel, Doral Golf Resort & Spa, PGA National Resort, Trump International, Sonesta Hotel Collection, ES Suites and The Colony Resort. Marketing case studies can be seen at www.crossnm.com, her passion for travel comes alive in her blog www.CTtakesoff.com , where you can read about her adventures and insights. Jodi specializes in providing marketing solutions for companies that are re-positioning, transitioning, re-launching or opening. She is an exceptional go-to-market strategist, conversion specialist, rebranding engineer and creative marketing plan executor.
Jason Emmett is a second-generation Duffy's executive following in the footsteps of his late father, Paul. Jason has made sure that his father's vision of "creating the best casual dining, sports-themed restaurant in America - one guest at a time) still drives every management decision.
Larry Ornstein spent his 41-year career at a Fortune 100 corporation where he was an SEC "Top 8" reporting executive and ran the finance group for a $25 billion division. He has led merger and acquisition activities totaling billions of dollars and negotiated contracts with the most powerful leaders of some of the world's largest national oil companies.
Palm Beach SCORE
Palm Beach SCORE is a non-profit who's mission is helping local small businesses, startups and entrepreneurs grow and thrive by offering mentoring, workshops, business consulting and counseling services, networking opportunities, events and partnerships within the Palm Beach / South Florida business corridor.
SCORE-ing Your Business' host Penny Pompei serves as Chapter Chair for our local Palm Beach SCORE Chapter #224, located in beautiful downtown West Palm Beach.