Brevard Tourism Development Council Board Announces Committee Chairs and Appointees

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Brevard County TDC Board Chair Tim Deratany announces Committee Chair selections


SPACE COAST DAILY TV: Veteran Brevard County Tourist Development Council member Tim Deratany was unanimously elected chairman of the board for 2019.

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Brevard County Tourism Development Council board members announced their Committee selections during the TDC’s regular board meeting held this week at the Cocoa Beach Hilton.

TDC Board Chair Tim Deratany also released his Chair selections for each Committee, which includes Beach, Capital Facilities, Cultural, Sports and Marketing.

A veteran TDC member, Deratany was unanimously elected Chair by the nine-member board, with restaurateur Laurilee Thompson getting the nod as vice chair.

In addition to Deratany and Thompson, the TDC board includes District 2 Brevard County Commissioner and Vice Chair Bryan Lober; media, special event and sports management/promotion entrepreneur Giles Malone; Palm Bay City Council member Harry Santiago; West Melbourne City Council member Andrea Young; Anna Palermo, an account executive for Spectrum Reach; Bob Bauger, CEO of the Baugher Hotel Group; and Debra Green, general manager of the International Palms Resort in Cocoa Beach.

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2019 Brevard County Tourism Development Council Committee Chairs include, left to right: Special event and sports management/promotion entrepreneur Giles Malone, Capital Facilities; restaurateur Laurilee Thompson, Beach; Spectrum Reach account executive Anna Palermo, Marketing; Palm Bay city council member Harry Santiago, Sports; and West Melbourne city council member Andrea Young, Cultural.

Brevard County Tourism Development Council Committee Chairs and Appointees Include:

BEACH COMMITTEE
Board Member Laurilee Thompson, Chair
• Duanne DeFreese, appointed by Board Member Andrea Young
• Ray Walton, appointed by Board Member Harry Santiago
• Brooke Goldfarb, appointed by Commissioner Bryan Lober
• Bobby Freeman, appointed by Board Member Anna Palermo
• Debbie Knight, appointed by Board Member Debra Green
• Tom Williamson, appointed by Board Member Bob Baugher
• Michael Goldstein, appointed by Board Chair Tim Deratany
• Mac McClouth, appointed by Board Member Giles Malone

CAPITAL FACILITIES COMMITTEE
Board Member Giles Malone, Chair
• Marcia Gaedcke, appointed by Board Member Laurilee Thompson
• Tom Hermansen, appointed by Board Member Bob Baugher
• Jeff Whitehead, appointed by Board Member Harry Santiago
• Keith Winsten, appointed by Board Member Debra Green
• Jim Handley, appointed by Board Member Commissioner Bryan Lober
• Donna Cayer, appointed by Board Member Anna Palermo
• Theresa Farnsworth, appointed by Board Chair Tim Deratany
• Bill Benson, appointed by Board Member Andrea Young

CULTURAL COMMITTEE
Board Member Andrea Young, Chair
• Jim Ridenour, appointed by Board Member Laurilee Thompson
• Javier Molinares, appointed by Board Member Harry Santiago
• Susan Hammerling Hodgers, appointed by Commissioner Bryan Lober
• Elizabeth Lamb, appointed by Board Member Anna Palermo
• Julie Braga, appointed by Board Member Debra Green
• Tom Powers, appointed by Board Chair Tim Deratany
• John Knox, appointed by Board Member Bob Baugher
• Susan Thompson, appointed by Board Member Giles Malone

SPORTS COMMITTEE
Board Member Harry Santiago, Chair
• Nany Evans, appointed by Board Member Laurilee Thompson
• Bill Jurgens, appointed by Board Member Andera Young
• Bill Hendrickson, appointed by Board Member Debra Green
• Paul Alfrey, appointed by Commissioner Bryan Lober
• Tom O’Hara, appointed by Board Member Anna Palermo
• Scott Levey, appointed by Board Chair Tim Deratany
• Joe Shanks, appointed by Board Member Bob Baugher
• Rusty Buchanan, appointed by Board Member Giles Malone

MARKETING COMMITTEE
Board Member Anna Palermo, Chair
• Bob Baugher, appointed by Board Member Bob Baugher (self-appointed)
• PK Kapur, appointed by Board Chair Tim Deratany
• Jackie Barker, appointed by Board Member Laurilee Thompson
• Andrea Hill, appointed by Board Member Debra Green
• Tres Holton, appointed by Board Member Harry Santiago
• Karina Connor, appointed by Commissioner Bryan Lober
• Gary Tietjen, appointed by Board Member Andrea Young
• Natalie Sellers, appointed by Board Member Giles Malone

SPACE COAST DAILY TV: Peter Cranis has been selected as the new Brevard County Tourism Development Office Director.  Cranis’ confirmation was made by the Board of County Commissioners during a Board meeting on Feb. 12. He is expected to begin his new position on Monday, March 4, and will earn $115,000 a year.

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Last month, Brevard County Manager Frank Abbate selected Peter Cranis, formerly of Visit Orlando and the Orlando Eye, to become the new Space Coast Tourism Development Office Director.

Cranis’ confirmation was made by the Board of County Commissioners during a regular board meeting on Feb. 12 and he is expected to begin his new position on March 4.

The Brevard County Tourist Development Council was established to promote growth, development and quality of tourism on the Space Coast.

The Brevard County Tourist Development Council consists of nine members appointed by the County Commission that oversees the Tourist Development Tax (Resort Tax), a 5 percent tax on the total rental amount collected from every person or other party who rents, leases, or lets for consideration living quarters or accommodation in any hotel, apartment hotel, motel, resort motel, apartment, apartment motel, rooming house, mobile home park, recreational vehicle park, or condominiums for a period of 6 months or less.

This tax, which is projected to generate about $16 million this year, is collected by the Brevard County Tax Collector and is in addition to the 7 percent State of Florida Sales and Use Tax remitted to the Florida Department of Revenue.

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