About The US Virgin Islands Hotel & Tourism Association

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 HamiltonPresidentlisa@usvihta.com
Laurel KaufmannPublic Relations kaufmann.laurel@gmail.com
Karen RiceAccountant 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 DerricksonMarriott Frenchman’s CoveChairman
Joel KlingEmerald Beach ResortVice Chairman/Hotel
William NewboldIsland Business GraphicsTreasurer/Allied
Susan WarrenLeeward Islands ManagementSecretary/Appointed
Terri BrownMLB CreativeImmediate Past Chairman
Richard DoumengBolongo Bay Beach ResortHotel Director
Patrick KiddCaneel Bay ResortHotel Director
Kurt WikstenFrenchman’s Reef HotelHotel Director
Akhil DeshwalGallows Point ResortHotel Director
Arjun ChannaThe Ritz Carlton St. ThomasHotel Director
Eugene MartinThe Westin Resort & Villas St. JohnHotel/TS Director
Kalina KennedyMargaritavilleHotel/TS Director
Mikhail ShamkinBluebeards CastleHotel/TS Director
Trudie PriorCoral World Ocean ParkAllied Director
Anthony SchultzTropical Treasure Hunt CompanyAllied Director
Michael deLugoConcessions InternationalAllied Director
Samuel ReyHost-U Training ServicesAllied Director
Phil BlakeYacht Haven Grande – IGYAllied Director
Katya RuizCape AirAppointed
Anthony OttleyWest Indian Company LtdAppointed
Amoi FoersstelFrench Quarter BistroAppointed
Chantel HohebVI Children’s MuseumAppointed
Nick PourzalHonorary 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.

Strategic Partners