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IGLTA Global Staff

Board of Directors

Our board represents leaders in the gay and lesbian tourism industry and come from all over the world. If you are interested in how our board operates or want more information about becoming a board member, please e-mail iglta@iglta.org.

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  • Juan Julia, Chair
  • Juan Julia 2013

    Axel Hotels

    Juan P. Juliá Blanch is the founder and owner of Axel Hotels. AXEL HOTELS is a small hotel chain specializing in the LGBT community. “It all started with a dream… to open a hotel for the GLBT world, my world”. Each of its hotels provides a setting where ambience, diversity and respect are highly valued. Axel Hotels provide accommodation with a professional and personalized service, anticipating the needs of their guests for the purpose of ensuring their loyalty. Axel Hotels knows and vitalizes the local gay scene and offer their guests information and a heterofriendly environment. Each of its hotels are places where diversity and respect are valued. Axel Hotels is a hotel chain aimed at the LGBT public,but, above all, it is a free and respectful space, where diversity and respect are highly valued and two men, two women, or a man and a woman are equally welcome. Any person regardless of his/her sexual orientation is welcomed, valued and respected. For this reason, Axel Hotels does not wish to define as gay, because Axel Hotels represents much more, for which it has coined a new term: heterofriendly. A space aimed at the gay public but open to everyone. Axel Hotels was founded in 2003 with the opening of the first Axel Hote in Barcelona. Juan Juliá has been involved in the gay Community since early thirties when he opened the Axel Barcelona. Juan has also being engaged with the young entrepeneurs as mentor and giving lectures in different conferences and universities.


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  • Jon Munoz, Vice Chair
  •  Jon Munoz

    Hilton Worldwide

    Jon Muñoz is senior director of global diversity and inclusion for Hilton Worldwide. Muñoz leads Hilton Worldwide’ s diversity management strategies focused on culture, talent and marketplace. Muñoz is responsible for leading external engagement with diverse strategic non-profit partners, consulting with internal diversity stakeholders, launching and executing team member resource groups strategies and developing diversity training initiatives.

    Prior to joining Hilton Worldwide, Muñoz served in diversity roles for Sprint and marketing roles for Nextel Communications, Bank One Corporation (now JPMorgan Chase) and NationsBank (now Bank of America).

    Muñoz actively serves in numerous leadership positions of diverse non-profit organizations, including Friends of the American Latino Museum (FALM), League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) Corporate Alliance, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) ACT-SO Advisory Council, the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) Corporate Advisory Council and the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) Senior Executive Corporate Advisory Board.


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  • Felipe Cardenas, Treasurer
  • Felipe Cardenas 

    Colombian LGBT Chamber of Commerce

    Felipe is the Co-Founder & CEO of the Colombian LGBT Chamber of Commerce where he leads the board & operations for 160+ members and 15+ corporate partners in Colombia. He represents the organization internationally and ensures the consolidation of its portfolio geared at membership, partnerships, events, and certifications. Felipe has more than 10 years of experience leading high performance teams, both in physical and virtual environments at the local, national and international level. He is also an advisor to different entities in Latin America and Europe about growth, organizational development and foreign trade. He is an entrepreneur interested in senior management, business development & LGBTQ initiatives. He speaks three languages and was recognized with an IGLTA Honor - leadership in Networking - at the 2015 Annual Global Convention in Los Angeles.


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  • Don Skeoch, Secretary
  •  Don Skeoch

    Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board

    Don Skeoch is Chief Marketing Officer for the Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board, the organization responsible for marketing and promoting Los Angeles as a top global destination for leisure and business travel. In 2016, Los Angeles welcomed a record 47.4 million visitors, making it one of the most visited destinations in the world. Los Angeles is projected to have another record year in 2017, with approximately 49 million visitors.

    Renowned both nationally and internationally as a global brand marketer and strategist, Skeoch leads L.A. Tourism's global brand strategy, market-growth and innovation initiatives, as well as the global marketing and communications functions. He oversees offices and representation in 12 countries including the U.S., the U.K., Germany, China, Japan, S. Korea, India, Mexico, Australia, Brazil, Gulf/Middle East, Scandanvia, and Canada.

    Skeoch is a member of the U.S. Tourism Marketing Advisory Board (BrandUSA), the California Tourism Marketing Advisory Board as well as a former Executive Board member of the San Francisco Travel Association. He also is an Executive Board member of LA's largest non-profit law firm, Levitt & Quinn Family Law Center, which provides legal services to the working poor.

     


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  • Dan Melesurgo, Past Chair
  • Dan Melesurgo

    American Society of Association Executives (ASAE)

    Dan Melesurgo is the Vice President, Strategic Partnerships for ASAE: The Center for Association Leadership.  As part of the leadership team, he is responsible for the management and strategic direction of the Alliance Partnership Program.  This program was created to provide the industry partner community with opportunities to align itself with ASAE through customized marketing platforms.  These comprehensive bundled packages are designed to assist industry partners in building and maintaining year round relationships with our 20,000 plus members in 50 countries.

    He also works closely with the Global Development Team at ASAE as the organization seeks to be the leader in developing/tailoring and delivering products and services to different markets around the world.

    Prior to joining ASAE, Mr. Melesurgo was the founder and principal of Plural Solutions, which provided marketing solutions to destination marketing organizations and the association community.  He has also held executive leadership positions with the Canadian Tourism Commission and the Puerto Rico Convention Bureau.  Earlier in his career he was part of the opening team at the Hotel InterContinental Los Angeles and held senior positions with Sheraton and Wyndham Hotels & Resorts.

    Mr. Melesurgo currently sits on the board of directors for the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association (IGLTA) and is part of the executive committee currently serving as Past Chair.  As an active member of the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA), he has served in a variety of committee leadership and task force capacities.


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  • Earl Fowlkes, Board Member
  •  Earl Fowlkes

    Center for Black Equity (CBE)

    Earl is the President/CEO of the Center for Black Equity (CBE). The CBE membership is comprised of indigenous Black LGBTQ Pride and other Community Based Organizations in nearly 40 U.S. cities and eight countries around the globe. Over 250,000 men and women attend Black Prides domestically each year. CBE was started as the International Federation of Black Prides in 1999 to organize Black Gay Pride events around the world. The IFBP became the CBE in 2012 to broaden the scope of its work in the Black LGBT community. Earl previously worked in the hospitality industry for fifteen years as a hotel manager for the Westin, Novotel and Sheraton Chains. His experience in hospitality, event planning and destination travel has provided a unique lens to view the travel industry, especially from the perspective of a person of color.

     

     


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  • Richard Gray, Board Member
  • Richard Grey

    Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau

    Moved to the United States from London in 1982, and after a successful career in Investment Banking on Wall Street in 1991. He changed careers and entered the world of LGBT travel, opening The Royal Palms Resort in Fort Lauderdale. The Royal Palms became the global standard bearer for gay accommodations and took gay lodging to the luxe level.

    In 2012 he was appointed Managing Director for the LGBT market at the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau. The only CVB in the US with a full time designated employee whose sole responsibility is the LGBT market and with a budget that exceeds $1 million. This position was a natural succession for me as in 1996 I created the GFL CVB’s LGBT marketing initiative, and became their LGBT liaison.

    He joined IGLTA in 1991 and in 1993 and was elected to the IGLTA Board for four consecutive terms and served on the Executive Board as Vice President and Treasurer. In 1997 he received the President’s Award and in 2001 was inducted into the IGLTA Hall of Fame.


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  • Shiho Ikeuchi, Board Member
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    Hotel Granvia Kyoto

    Ms. Shiho Ikeuchi, Director of Overseas Marketing at the Hotel Granvia Kyoto, Japan, has over 20 years of professional experience in the hospitality industry, with an extensive and diverse management background in hotel and restaurant operations, sales, and marketing. Over the past few years, Ms. Ikeuchi has been aggressively involved in the development of LGBT tourism in Japan, and steadfastly works to increase the number of national IGLTA (International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association) members. 

    In coordination with her team at the Hotel Granvia Kyoto, Ms. Ikeuchi was instrumental in creating the ‘Same-Sex Wedding Package’ in March 2014. At present, same-sex marriage is not legally recognized in Japan, and the number of wedding venues that accept ceremonial same-sex couples is very limited. As the direct result of Ms. Ikeuchi’s keen insight and continuous efforts, Hotel Granvia Kyoto was the very first hotel in Japan to officially announce the acceptance of same-sex weddings – a true feather in the cap of the hotel that has been highlighted by numerous international and domestic media outlets. This exclusive three-night package offers LGBT couples from around the world a rare opportunity to experience an authentic traditional Japanese wedding, and it  attracts not only international travelers but also domestic couples in Japan.

    In her role as the Director of Overseas Marketing, Ms. Ikeuchi’s unwavering focus towards attracting and satisfying the special needs of LGBT travelers, as well as her tireless efforts towards organizing the involvement of local communities and governments – are talents that are truly deserving of exceptional applause.

     

     


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  • Uwern Jong, Board Member
  •  Uwern Jong

    OutThere Publishing

    Uwern is the Editor-in-Chief for OutThere Publishing. He has  guided the OutThere brand from its inception to what it is today, a leading luxury and experiential travel journal and portal for the high-end gay traveller segment driving audience figures to what is now over 250,000 people in 20 markets across the globe. In addition, Uwern has exponentially grown the brand commercially and OutThere is now the flagship title within the portfolio of five publications. An avid traveller, Uwern's reach extends across the globe, and is particularly engaged in Southeast Asis in his capacity as Luxury and LGBT Travel Ambassador for the Kingdom of Thailand.

     


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  • Richard Kreiger, Board Member
  •  Richard Krieger

    Pride World/The Isramworld Portfolio of Brands

    Richard is the President for Pride World/The Isramworld Portfolio of Brands located in New York, NY. With a background spanning more than 20 years in the travel industry, Richard has had a broad range of experience. His early career was spent as a retail travel agent in New York City. From there, he moved into agency management and relocated to South Florida. During these years he opened PrideWorld, an LGBTQ tour operator/travel agency. Post September 11, he also did consulting and management work focusing on agencies that were looking to evaluate their position in the market and expand, merge, sell or close. In 2008 he was asked by the owner of The Isramworld Portfolio of Brands to move back to New York to work with him on expanding into new markets and destinations as well as placing a fresh focus on PrideWorld. In 2013 he took on the leadership role as company president, overseeing all aspects of the portfolio and its five hallmark brands. 


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  • Steven Larkin, Board Member
  • Steven Larkin

    Delta Air Lines

    Steven has more than 20 years in the travel industry spanning retail, wholesale and airline. He currently serves as the Director of Sales, Canada for Delta Air Lines. He oversees the leisure and corporate segments of the market as well as acting as the brand 'voice and face' for the brand via sponsorship, partnership and community outreach. Steven is a former co-owner and founder of OUT Adventures, a proud member of IGLTA that ahas run successful LGBTQ tours worldwide since 2008. He also previously let Intrepid Travel Canada, a small group adventure tour operator specializing in Asia, Africa and Europe; served as Vice President Global Sales of G Adventures, the world's largest independent small group tour operator, and held senior sales roles with Virgin Atlantic Airways and Singapore Airlines.

     


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  • John Tanzella, Ex Officio Board Member
  •  John Tanzella

    IGLTA

     

    John Tanzella is the President/CEO of the International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association. Founded in 1983 with 25 members, IGLTA has grown into the leading global organization dedicated to LGBT tourism. Since his arrival in 2005, IGLTA membership has increased to more than 75 countries. Prior to joining IGLTA, Tanzella has worked for Delta Air Lines, the Washington D.C. Convention Bureau, and the Human Rights Campaign. He was born in Massachusetts, attended the University of Georgia, lived for three years in Italy and now resides in South Florida. In addition to serving on both the IGLTA Board and the IGLTA Foundation Board, he also serves on two other boards: the National Stonewall Museum & Archives Board and the Advisory Board for Atout-France (the National Tourism Offics of France).

     


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