Naturalization Ceremony in Miami Beach on March 22nd, 2016

On Tuesday, March 22nd U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services in partnership with the City of Miami Beach hosted a naturalization ceremony for 10 Miami Beach employees.

For this special occasion, the keynote speaker was Mr. Leon Rodriguez, Director, USCIS.

Jimmy Morales, City Manager, City of Miami Beach; Marcia Monserrat, Special Project Administrator; City of Miami Beach; Wendy Kallergis, President & CEO, GMBHA & Leon Rodriguez, Director, USCIS


FIU Alumni Association 15th Annual Gala Torch Awards

On Saturday, March 19th Florida International University Alumni Association held its 15th Annual Gala Torch Awards at the iconic Fontainebleau Miami Beach Resort. Among the Distinguished Alumni Award recipients was Bruce A. Blum (Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management ’82) who is Co-Founder & President, GB Lodging, Inc. (pictured holding the award).

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Congratulations to him and all the other award recipients.

For a list of all the evening award recipients, please click here

GMBHA’s Educational Campaign for a Miami Beach Convention Headquarter Hotel

March 11th, 2016

Dear GMBHA Hotel, Allied, Allied Upgrade Members and Partners,

Our GMBHA Board of Directors unanimously endorsed the GMBHA’s resolution to support the Miami Beach Referendum on March 15th, 2016 approving the City of Miami Beach’s lease for a 100 percent privately funded  800 room convention headquarter hotel. The success of the soon to be renovated and expanded Miami Beach Convention Center is reliant on a convention headquarter hotel that will attract business and especially highly coveted citywide conventions.

Our role throughout the campaign is to educate our members on the benefits of this project and provide them with posters and educational material for you to share with your employees and colleagues who are Miami Beach residents.  To view and download a copy of the poster in English, please click here, and for Spanish version, please click here.

For more information, please click here to read our press release, click here to read an article from USAE, a national publication and click here to view the dates and times of early voting sites. Other helpful links are as follow:

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Please share with your friends and colleagues to Vote YES #60!


Thank you so much for your attention and we look forward to celebrating our win together!

Warm regards,

Wendy Kallergis
President & CEO
Greater Miami & The Beaches Hotel Association

Miami Beach Commission for Women

On Tuesday, March 8th Miami Beach Commission for Women honored four women worth knowing in the Hospitality Industry. Among the honorees was our Immediate Past Chair Peggy Benua, General Manager, Dream South Beach and our GMBHA members Janine Ostow, Dining Room Manager, Joe’s Stone Crab; Deborah Plutzik Briggs, EdD, Vice President for Philanthropy, The Betsy Hotel & Ana Cecilia Velasco, Executive Vice President of Operations, Mango’s Tropical Cafe.

Congratulations to all the Honorees!