About Us

Lisa Hamilton President USVI HTA

Who we are and what we do at the U.S. Virgin Islands Hotel & Tourism Association.




Association Staff

The day to day operations of the USVI HTA are run by the President, Lisa Hamilton, and her staff.

Lisa Hamilton President lisa@usvihta.com
Nicole Friday Manager nicole@usvihta.com
Nyka Jn-Baptiste Events Coordinator nyka@usvihta.com
Laurel Kaufmann Public Relations kaufmann.laurel@gmail.com
Karen Rice Accountant accounting@usvihta.com
Alicia Husband Welcome Center Associate

2015-2016 Board Of Directors

The Board of Directors is elected by the membership. The board, which consist of the following hotel and allied members, meets on a monthly basis.

Director Capacity Associated Property
Trudie Prior Chairman Coral World Ocean Park
Joel Kling Vice Chairman Best Western Resorts
William Newbold Treasurer Island Business Graphics
Judi Nagelberg Secretary Island Meetings & Incentives
Richard Doumeng Immediate Past Chairman Bolongo Bay Beach Resort
Nikolay Hotze Hotel Director Caneel Bay Resort
VACANT Hotel Director Dream Sugar Bay Resort & Spa
Jean Paul Nel Hotel Director Frenchman’s Reef Marriott
Ahkil Deshwal Hotel Director Gallows Point Resort
Alex Tamas Hotel Director Margaritaville Vacation Club
Scott Derrickson Hotel Director Marriott Frenchman’s Cove
Bernd Kuhlen Hotel Director The Ritz Carlton St. Thomas
Mike Ryan Hotel Director The Westin Resort & Villas St. John
Susan Warren Allied Director Leeward Islands Management
Michael de Lugo Allied Director Concessions International
Samuel Rey Allied Director Host-U Training Services
Charlie Irons Allied Director Yacht Haven Grande – IGY
Kris Walton Appointed American Airlines /US Airways
Kelly Kiernan Appointed Charter House
Joseph Pacillio Appointed JetBlue Airways
Terri Brown Appointed MLB Creative
Joseph Boschulte Appointed West Indian Company Ltd.
Nick Pourzal Honorary Member
Edward Thomas Honorary Member


The U.S. Virgin Islands Hotel & Tourism Association is a not-for-profit corporation, which serves as the unifying organization for hotels, guest houses, inns, condominiums, campgrounds and other tourism related business in the St. Thomas-St. John district of the United States Virgin Islands.




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