Lisa Lombardo Named to FRLA Board

Oct 15, 2018

[Tallahassee, Fla] This month, representatives from the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association (FRLA) announced Lisa Lombardo, Chief People and Culture Officer of HDG Hotels, will join the board as a director at-large. Board members are chosen by chapters or recommended by FRLA senior staff. The Association’s Executive Committee must approve all nominees.

As a member of the board, Lombardo will serve a three-year term and be entitled to one vote at annual and special meetings of the Association.

Lombardo was added to the executive team of HDG Hotels in 2016. In her role as the Chief People and Culture Officer, Lombardo oversees internal and external engagement. Internally, she designs and implements programs and experiences that encourage retention (in an industry with a reputation for high turnover). Such programming includes professional development plans, one-on-one coaching, community outreach prioritized by the organization’s nearly 500 team members, bed-making takeover days and more. Her office includes the departments of communications and public relations, engagement, human resources and payroll. Externally, Lombardo represents HDG Hotels nationwide at industry events and also within the local communities in which HDG has a presence. She plays a significant role in partner relations and also serves as in-house government relations for HDG’s advocacy efforts at local, state and federal levels.

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About HDG Hotels

HDG Hotels is a hotel development and management company headquartered in Ocala, Florida. With 17 hotels owned and operated from the Gulf to the Atlantic coasts and nearly 500 team members, HDG has a significant footprint in the Sunshine State and on the hospitality industry within and outside of Florida. The Vision of HDG Hotels is “to positively impact the people and world around us”.

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About the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association

FRLA is Florida’s premier non-profit hospitality industry trade association. Their mission is to ‘Protect, Educate and Promote’ Florida’s $111.7 billion hospitality industry which represents 1.4 million employees – making it the state’s number one industry. FRLA offers regulatory compliance and food safety training (RCS Training and SafeStaff®); provides industry- developed career-building high school programs (FRLAEF); sponsors the only event in Florida exclusively serving the restaurant and foodservice industry (FR&L Show); and safeguards the needs of the hospitality industry by providing legislative advocacy. FRLA represents and serves more than 10,000 independent and household name members, suppliers and theme parks.