VHTA Announces 2013 Officers and Board of Directors

Owen Matthews

Owen Matthews

Recently the Virginia Hospitality & Travel Association (VHTA) inducted its officers at its annual meeting at the Hotel Roanoke.

Owen Matthews, Kings Dominion, is the 2013 chair. During his acceptance talk he said, “I am honored to begin my term as your VHTA Chair. Over my term, one of my focus points will be to ensure that VHTA is connected, diverse, and evolving.

“It was great to witness the power of members connecting with members and finding solutions to their operational problems (from health care to cleaning grout). I am confident that our membership will continue to grow through welcoming all size and make-up of businesses within our tourism industry.  This growth will create even more partnerships and bring greater value to our members. VHTA will remain committed to aggressively pursuing legislative initiatives that support our members.

“I encourage all members to listen in on our monthly government affairs calls to keep VHTA informed and properly represented. We will also continue to work with the National Restaurant Association, American Hotel and Lodging Association, and the US Travel Association to ensure that we are delivering the best value to our members. Each of these national associations has helped VHTA to become a stronger organization. We will continue to work with them and ask for their support to help us help our members.”

2013 Officers and Board VHTA


Chairman: Owen Matthews, Kings Dominion

Vice Chair: Kimberly Christner, Cornerstone Hospitality

Secretary: Debbie Donehey, Griffin Tavern

Treasurer: Brad Capps, The Breaker’s Resort Inn

Immediate Past Chair: Jenifer Jackson, Comfort Inn Harrisonburg

2nd Immediate Past Chair: Chris Savvides, Black Angus Restaurant

Virginia Hotel & Lodging Association President: Vinay Patel, Fairbrook Hotels

Virginia Restaurant Association President: Bob McNulty, Sine Irish Pub

Virginia Suppliers Association President: Kelly Kuhn, A-1 Flood Tech

Virginia Travel Association President: Sheryl Wagner, Staunton CVB


Appalachia and Blue Ridge Highlands: Allison Dugan, Shenandoah Caverns

Shenandoah Valley: John Shaffer, Luray Caverns

Northern Virginia: Greg Miller, PMHS

Central-Southern Virginia: Matt Simmons, Capital Ale House

Tidewater-Hampton Roads: Nancy Perry, VBH&MA

Chesapeake Bay-Eastern Shore: Paige Addison, Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel


Virginia Hospitality Suppliers Association

Randy Thompson, VistaGraphics

Debbie Stocks, Allstate

Wiley Ruth, Southern Wine & Spirits

Virginia Hotel & Lodging Association

Kristen Karrfalt, Residence Inn Arlington Courthouse

Patrick Foley, Holiday Inn Express Reston/Herndon

Chris Canavos, Country Inn & Suites

Virginia Restaurant Association

John Haggai, Cafe Caturra

Bob McNulty, Sine Irish Pub

William Gambrel, Tautog’s

Virginia Travel Association

Sarah Elson, Massanutten Resort

Julie O’Neil, Busch Gardens

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