TCP019: Bonus Episode - Carol Dover, President and CEO of the FRLA
Today is our BONUS episode so if you were looking for our Food Safety series, don’t worry, this upcoming Tuesday we will be continuing with that.
This is a special episode I wanted to bring you today because I thought it was important to share all the great things that the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association has been doing for the great State of Florida and more importantly, how they need YOUR help for upcoming initiatives, especially Florida’s amendment 2 that addresses the $15 minimum wage increase that is soon to be on the ballot.
Carol Dover, CEO and President of the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association (FRLA)
Carol B. Dover has served as President & CEO of the more than 10,000-member Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association (FRLA) since July of 1995. Dover is a professional association manager, a lobbyist, a former government executive, and a Florida State University Dedman School of Hospitality graduate with a degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management.
After graduating from Florida State University in 1978, Dover accepted the position of Assistant Director of the Beer Industry of Florida. This position familiarized her with the rules, regulations and tax laws associated with the beverage industry – information which has been beneficial in her role with FRLA.
In 1989, Dover moved inside the halls of the Florida Capitol and was appointed Deputy Chief of Staff, Executive Office of the Governor, serving in the Martinez administration. As Bob Martinez’s Deputy Chief of Staff, Dover was responsible for the Governor’s many executive appointments, served as his spokesperson, and represented his administration before the Florida Legislature.
Dover’s other professional accomplishments include positions at the Department of Business and Professional Regulation as the Director of the Division of Hotels and Restaurants, the first woman to serve as Chief of the Bureau of Fire Prevention in the State Fire Marshall’s Office, and President/CEO of the Florida Outdoor Advertising Association.
As FRLA’s President & CEO, Dover works to protect, educate, and promote the diverse interests of Florida’s $111.7 billion hospitality industry. Comprised of 1.5 million employees, hospitality is the Sunshine State’s largest industry and represents individuals from every walk of life.
She also serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the National Restaurant Association, Council of State Restaurant Associations, International Society of Hotel Association Executives, VISIT FLORIDA, Florida State University College of Business Board of Governors, Florida TaxWatch and the Florida Agriculture Center and Horse Park.
On opening day of the 2003 Legislative Session, Dover was diagnosed with breast cancer and courageously fought to beat the cancer. Dover, a native of Orlando, is married and has three children and three grandchildren. In her spare time, she enjoys outdoor activities including dressage riding and running.
Next Tuesday is part 4 of this series. I will be talking to Manik Suri, Founder and CEO of CoInspect, a technology startup whose mission is to help protect our food and our planet. I have had personal experience with his product on multiple occasions so I am a huge advocate about how they can help solve for your food safety problems.