About Us

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
Laurel Kaufmann Public Relations kaufmann.laurel@gmail.com
Karen Rice Accountant accounting@usvihta.com


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 Associated Property  Capacity
Scott Derrickson Marriott Frenchman’s Cove Chairman
Joel Kling Emerald Beach Resort Vice Chairman/Hotel
William Newbold Island Business Graphics Treasurer/Allied
Susan Warren Leeward Islands Management Secretary/Appointed
Terri Brown MLB Creative Immediate Past Chairman
Richard Doumeng Bolongo Bay Beach Resort Hotel Director
Patrick Kidd Caneel Bay Resort Hotel Director
Kurt Wiksten Frenchman’s Reef Hotel Hotel Director
Akhil Deshwal Gallows Point Resort Hotel Director
Arjun Channa The Ritz Carlton St. Thomas Hotel Director
Eugene Martin The Westin Resort & Villas St. John Hotel/TS Director
Kalina Kennedy Margaritaville Hotel/TS Director
Mikhail Shamkin Bluebeards Castle Hotel/TS Director
Trudie Prior Coral World Ocean Park Allied Director
Anthony Schultz Tropical Treasure Hunt Company Allied Director
Michael deLugo Concessions International Allied Director
Samuel Rey Host-U Training Services Allied Director
Phil Blake Yacht Haven Grande – IGY Allied Director
Katya Ruiz Cape Air Appointed
Anthony Ottley West Indian Company Ltd Appointed
Amoi Foersstel French Quarter Bistro Appointed
Chantel Hoheb VI Children’s Museum Appointed
Nick Pourzal 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.