The Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association’s Broward Chapter is celebrating schools, instructors, and students at its 7th Annual Excellence in Education Gala scheduled for May 5. The event, designed to support local hospitality education in area high schools, is slated to take place at the Marriott Harbor Beach Resort and Spa in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The night’s guest of honor is Broward's tourism czar and CEO of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention and Visitors Bureau, Nicki Grossman, who is retiring after 21 years and is credited with making significant advancements in the local tourism industry. In addition, 101.5 FM’s Julie Guy will act as master of ceremonies and Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation Secretary Ken Lawson will provide the night’s keynote speech, “Fired Up for the Future.” 

“Broward County is filled with all-star students and instructors who work tirelessly to shape the future of Florida’s hospitality industry,” says Carol Dover, president and CEO of the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association. “We are thrilled to celebrate their accomplishments and pleased that our wonderful community leaders are showcasing their support for hospitality education.” 

FRLA’s Educational Foundation is the only organization in Florida that offers the ProStart program and the Hospitality and Tourism Management Program (HTMP). These programs were developed to increase the quality and employability of today’s high school graduates by providing them with training related to important job skills as well as opportunities for careers and higher education. FRLA’s Broward Chapter is proud to support these efforts at the local level. 

Event details are as follows:

Honoree: Nicki Grossman, Broward’s tourism czar and CEO, Greater Fort Lauderdale CVB

Keynote Speaker: Secretary Ken Lawson, Department of Business and Professional Regulation

Master of Ceremonies: Julie Guy, 101.5 FM Morning Host 


May 5, 2016

5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Reception

6:30 to 9:00 p.m.  Dinner/Awards


Marriott Harbor Beach Resort and Spa

3030 Holiday Drive

Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316


$125 Per Person

$40 for Instructors/Principals/Students

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