Brian Meister, President / C.E.O, Image 360 – Lauderhill, Florida
Brian Meister brings an entrepreneurial spirit and success-driven attitude to Image360 – Lauderhill. As President and CEO, he works closely with the entire staff to ensure Image360 – Lauderhill is the premier provider of professional grade graphics solutions to businesses and organizations throughout South Florida and beyond. After a long career in the travel and tourism industry, Meister purchased his franchise in 2004, and has steadily guided his business to a level that now places it among the top tier producing centers within the Alliance Franchise Brands network.
Prior to starting his franchise sign and graphics company, Meister spent more than 25 years in the travel industry, holding key positions in Sales, Marketing and Marketing Automation working with American Airlines, VE Tours and Resort Marketing, Inc., (a company contracted by The Myers Group which operated Radisson Resorts of the Bahamas, including the Radisson Cable Beach & Golf Resort and the Radisson Lucaya Beach Resort.)
Meister has long been active in a variety of local civic and business organizations. Currently he is a board member for HandsOn Broward and HandsOn Miami, whose focus is on community volunteerism.
GEORGE W. deMERCADO /Retired Travel Executive
A truly distinguished career in the travel and tourism industry for over 50+ years, George deMercado is an accomplished executive who has displayed a tireless commitment to the development of the Caribbean tourism product worldwide.
George began his career at Pan American World Airways in Jamaica, where he held supervisory and managerial positions in Customer Service, Sales and Training. In 1972, he joined the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) as Sales Manager based in Kingston. He was quickly promoted to Director of Sales Overseas then Director of Marketing for North America. Later he was appointed to General Manager, North America where he supervised all operations of JTB in the USA and Canada. In 1979, he was appointed by Jamaica Resorts Hotels to the position of President and General Manager directing the marketing and sales efforts of all government-owned hotels in Jamaica.
George then joined Air Jamaica in 1986 as the national carrier’s Regional Manager in charge of all the airlines’ operations in Canada. In late 1991, he returned to the JTB as Deputy Director of Tourism with responsibility for international sales and promotions, a position he held until his re-appointment to Air Jamaica in 1997. Back at Air Jamaica, George held the positions of Director, Senior Director and Vice President Sales with responsibility for global sales for the airline.
From January of 2011 thru December 31, 2015, George served as Director of Membership Development for the Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association.
Affectionately known as “Mr. D” to his colleagues and friends, George is now retired and is enjoying his time with his wife his wife of 45 years, Loraine, his four sons; Scott, David, Brian, Matthew and 10 grandchildren.
George is a graduate of St. George’s College in Kingston, Jamaica.
JOHN H.H. BELL /Retired Travel Executive
John Bell’s passion for the Caribbean region and hospitality industry has spanned more than 50-years which included nearly three decades as the director general and CEO of the Caribbean Hotel Association, two years as the President of the International Hotel & Restaurant Association, President of the Trinidad & Tobago Hotel & Tourism Association General Manager of the Bel Air Hotel, Trinidad and Assistant General Manager of the Blue Lagoon Hotel, St. Vincent.
John was instrumental in building CHA to a powerhouse within the region and the international hospitality industry, creating iconic forums including Caribbean Marketplace, the annual tourism marketing meeting that brings together Caribbean hoteliers and international buyers, “Taste of the Caribbean” culinary event designed to foster and elevate the culinary excellence of the region, the Leadership Conference for national hotel association executives, the Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Investment Conference designed to connect international investment with Caribbean tourism development projects, CHIC – the annual Caribbean Hotel Industry Conference, a three day learning conference focused on marketing promotion and innovation, Caribbean Gold Book, the travel agent’s “Bible” for the Caribbean hotel industry, CHARMS, the regional electronic reservation service, and the private sector-led regional marketing trust known as ‘Great Places in the Caribbean’.
John is currently enjoying his retirement in his adopted country of Trinidad while writing a regular tourism column and consulting on special projects.