Here in South Florida Chapter we are lucky to have an active chapter that has events throughout the year including our Winemaker’s Dinner, South Florida Lodging Outlook, holiday party and reception during the CHRIS/HOLA conference. Come join us for an event! You can find more information on our Facebook page and if you would like to be added to our list-serve please e-mail 

Alexandra Lalos, Chapter President

About the Chapter

Board Members

Alexandra Lalos ’12, President
Jennifer Jin ’12, 1st Vice President
Ben Appelbaum ’05, 2nd Vice President
Melissa Benhaim ’12, Marketing Chair
Derek Suarez MMH ’12, Membership Chair
Blake Whealey MMH ’12, Events Coordinator

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Event Recaps

CHS South Florida – Third Annual CHRIS/HOLA Reception

On May 21, 2019, the CHS South Florida Chapter hosted the third annual CHRIS/HOLA reception at the Royal Palm Miami.

CHS South Florida Hospitality Outlook Breakfast

On November 7, 2018, the South Florida Chapter of CHS hosted our 8th annual hospitality outlook breakfast panel at the Hyatt Centric Brickell.

South Florida Chapter Celebrates CHS at 90

In partnership with CBRE, CHS South Florida Chapter hosted 136 alumni and industry friends on May 16, 2018 to celebrate CHS 90th Anniversary.

CHS South Florida Celebrates the Holidays by Viewing the Annual Winterfest Boat Parade

On December 9th, 2017 Lee ‘69 and Mary Pillsbury hosted a beautiful holiday party for the CHS South Florida Chapter in their Ft. Lauderdale home.

CHS South Florida Welcomes Dean Walsh

On November 28, 2017 the CHS South Florida Chapter welcomed Dean Kate Walsh and Meg Keilbach to Miami with a cocktail reception at The Conrad Miami.

CHS South Florida – Banfi Food & Wine Festival

On November 4, 2017, the CHS South Florida chapter hosted the Banfi Food & Wine Festival at The Diplomat Resort & Spa.

Hotel School and CHS Honor Tourism Minister Dionisio James D’Aguilar ‘86

On Friday, July 28, 2017, Dionisio D’Aguilar, the Minister of Tourism for the Bahamas was honored.

CHS South Florida – Why The Hotel Industry Is Embracing Virtual Reality

On June 14, 2017, the CHS South Florida chapter, in conjunction with the local HSMAI chapter, hosted a seminar entitled, “Why The Hotel Industry Is Embracing Virtual Reality”.

Second Annual CHRIS/HOLA Reception In Miami

On April 26, the South Florida chapter hosted the second annual Cornell Hotel Society reception in conjunction with the CHRIS/HOLA conferences.