SKAL International Orlando elects new officers


Skal International Orlando, the only international organization bringing together sectors of the travel and tourism industry while networking, conducting business and helping communities locally, nationally and internationally, has officially installed its slate of officers for 2018 as follows:

  • President, John Stine, General Manager/Director of Business Development, I-Drive 360
  • Vice President, Keith Wolling, Senior Hotel Executive
  • Secretary, Ross Burke, General Manager, Blue Heron Resort
  • Treasurer, Andrew Schiavone, General Manager, Ramada Gateway Hotel
  • Executive Secretary-Treasurer, Tom White, former Skal Orlando and Skal USA President.
  • Skal USA Representative, Duane Winjum, General Manager. Melia Orlando Suite Hotel

The new officers, called to serve Skal International Orlando for the next term of office, each fulfill a unique and important role.  The club president sets goals for the club, supports and creates values for members and leads all meetings, while being actively involved in all club initiatives. The vice president assists with all specified club initiatives, assuming the president’s responsibilities in his absence and prepares to assume the role of president for the next term.  The club secretary ensures meetings are held in accordance with governing documents, prepares and provides minutes to directors.  The treasurer ensures the proper fiduciary disposition of revenues and expenses, annual auditing of financials and also assists the executive secretary/treasurer.  And the Skal USA representatives represent the local Skal Orlando Club within the national Skal organization, reporting back to the local club.

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“Our club is extremely fortunate to have such visionary officers for 2018.  They are highly-accomplished industry leaders who represent Skal locally, nationally and internationally with great pride,” said John Stine, Skal International Orlando president.

Ranked as the second largest Skal  Club in the United States and among the top 10 in the world, Skal International For more information, go to  For membership information, contact Dennis BeMent, Membership Development Officer, Skal International Orlando, at [email protected]

Juergen Thomas Steinmetz has continuously worked in the travel and tourism industry since he was a teenager in Germany (1979), beginning as a travel agent up through today as a publisher of eTurboNews (eTN), one of the world’s most influential and most-read travel and tourism publications. He is also Chairman of ICTP. His experiences include working and collaborating with various national tourism offices and non-governmental organizations, as well as private and non-profit organizations, and in planning, implementing, and quality control of a range of travel and tourism-related activities and programs, including tourism policies and legislation. His major strengths include a vast knowledge of travel and tourism from the point of view of a successful private enterprise owner, superb networking skills, strong leadership, excellent communication skills, strong team player, attention to detail, dutiful respect for compliance in all regulated environments, and advisory skills in both political and non-political arenas with respect to tourism programs, policies, and legislation. He has a thorough knowledge of current industry practices and trends and is a computer and Internet junkie.