Meet the Visit Pensacola Board

Annual Meeting

Visit Pensacola’s incoming board members and officers were welcomed at the annual meeting by staff, industry leaders, tourism partners, and community members. The annual meeting marks the beginning of a new fiscal year for the organization. President Steve Hayes remarked on the value of the board.

“I am so grateful to this board of directors for all of their hard work,” Hayes said. “It’s an extreme time commitment and their dedication to the organization has positioned it for continued success.”

Outgoing Board Members

  • Chairman: Rob Overton, Jr., UWF Historic Trust
  • J.C. Lowe, WEAR3
  • Ryan Christopher, ResortQuest by Wyndham
  • Tish Patel, Pinnacle Management and Investments

The board is responsible for working cooperatively to advance the goals and objectives of Visit Pensacola. Each director serves a three-year term. Rolling onto the Visit Pensacola Board of Directors include the following:

  • Gabe DiCianni, Innisfree Hotels
  • Jatin Bhakta, North Florida Hotels
  • Jessica Andrade, Beggs & Lane
  • Suzanne Lewis, UWF Historic Trust

Continuing Board Members and Officers include:

  • Board Chairmen: Sterling Gilliam, USN Retired, NAS Pensacola
  • Vice Chairmen: D.C. Reeves, Studer Family of Companies/Perfect Plain
  • Secretary: Dr. Lusharon Wiley, Innisfree Hotels
  • Treasurer: McKenzie Nicholas, Southern Rentals and Real Estate
  • Cam Price, Flora-Bama Lounge
  • Joe McCay, Margaritaville Hotel
  • Cindi Bonner, Rally Pensacola

For more information on the Visit Pensacola Board of Directors, visit