Committees

 Allied Committee
Forum for the discussion of issues of particular importance to Allied members. Presents recommendations and suggestions to the Association based on its broad expertise and experience.

Chair:  Rafael O’Farrell, Imperial Dade

Association Governance Committee
Oversees issues and procedures related to the governance of the Association.

Chair: Noel Vera

Casino Committee
Deals with all aspects and common issues of casino operations and legislation. Responsible for the development of casino personnel training.

Chair:  Miguel Vega, HI Development

Conservation Committee
Seeks ways to solve important issues affecting the tourism industry in environmental awareness, the control of stray animals and more, in coordination with other groups and organizations.

Chair: Jose Torres, St. Regis Bahia

Human Resources Committee / People Development Committee
Works with members’ human resources representatives in issues such as salaries, benefits and the latest labor law legislation. Creates programs to improve professionalism of the tourism work force, particularly through the organization of seminars and through its relationship with educational institutions. Works with members’ human resources and training representatives to create and coordinate programs to improve professionalism of the tourism work force.

Chair: Johanna Garay, Embassy Suites Dorado - Co-Chair:  Olga Martínez, El Conquistador Resort

Executive Committee
Joaquin Bolivar III; SJ Water & Beach Club Hotel/Courtyard by Marriott San Juan-Miramar, Pablo Torres, Caribe Hilton; Miguel Vega, HI Development; Aida Ramírez, CPA, Kevane Grant Thornton; Noel Vera Ramírez, NVR PR LAW LLC and Clarisa Jiménez, Puerto Rico Hotel & Tourism Association

Government Affairs Committee
Keeps abreast of legislation affecting the tourism industry. Develops and recommends legislation of benefit to the common interest.

Chair: Miguel Vega, HI Development – Co-Chair: Noel Vera, NVR PR LAW LLC

General Manager's and Owners Committee
Discuss current challenges facing hotel and other lodging facilities:  marketing, operational costs, security and destination quality.  

Chair:  Jose Gonzalez Espinosa, SJ Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino

Marketing Committee
Forum for the discussion and implementation of action aimed at improving our ability to market Puerto Rico as a visitor destination and to increase wholesalers' room nights production.

Chair:  Letty Rivero, Caribe Hilton Hotel

Membership/Engagement Committee
Forum for the discussion of issues of particular importance to attract members to the Association. Presents recommendations and suggestions to the Association based on its broad expertise and experience.

Chair:  Kelley Cosgrove, Fairmont El San Juan Co-chair: Jose Gonzalez Espinosa, SJ Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino

Restaurant Committee
Medium for restaurant members to explore those issues that can help them be more effective and profitable in their businesses.

Chair: TBA

Security Committee
Maintains direct communication with the police force in the tourism areas and other state and federal agencies.  Looks after the strengthening of the security to our visitors by means of monthly meetings to discuss special situations and alleviate potential problems.

Chair:  Carlos Martínez, CM Hotel Security Consultant

Porta Caribe / Porta del Sol Region
Holds regular meetings to discuss the needs and issues of the Porta Caribe region and its members.

Chair Porta del Sol: Tomás Ramirez, Combate Beach Resort

Chair Porta Caribe: TBA

Vieques and Culebra Region
Gathers to discuss issues concerning this region and to monitor their development as it relates to tourism and hospitality.

Chair: TBA

Finance Committee

The Finance Committee provides financial analysis, advice, and oversight of the organizations budget. Their sole responsibility is to ensure the organization is operating with the financial resources it needs to provide programs and services to the organization

Chair: Aida Ramirez, Kevane Grant Thornton LLP

Members: Joaquin Bolivar III, SJ Water & Beach Club Hotel/Courtyard by Marriott San Juan-Miramar, Johanna Garay, Embassy Suites Dorado; Clarisa Jimenez, PRHTA