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

2020-2021 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
Terri Brown Chairman MLB Creative
Joel Kling Vice Chairman/Hotel Emerald Beach Resort
William Newbold Treasurer/Allied Island Business Graphics
Susan Warren Secretary/Appointed Leeward Islands Management
Scott Derrickson Immediate Past Chairman Mariott Frenchman’s Cove
Richard Doumeng Hotel Director Bolongo Bay Beach Resort
Patrick Kidd Hotel Director Caneel Bay Resort
Kurt Wiksten Hotel Director Frenchman’s Reef Hotel
Akhil Deshwal Hotel Director Gallows Point Resort
Cliff Brutus Hotel Director The Ritz Carlton St. Thomas
Adam Isreal Hotel Director Mafolie Hotel
Cliff Brutus Hotel Director The Ritz Carlton St. Thomas
Eugene Martin Hotel/TS Director The Westin Resort & Villas St. John
Kalina Kennedy Hotel/TS Director Margaritaville
Mikhail Shamkin Hotel/TS Director Bluebeards Castle
Trudie Prior Allied Director Coral World Ocean Park
Anthony Schultz Allied Director Tropical Treasure Hunt Company
Michael deLugo Allied Director Concessions International
Samuel Rey Allied Director Host-U Training Services
Phil Blake Allied Director Yacht Haven Grande – IGY
Katya Ruiz Appointed Cape Air
Anthony Ottley Appointed West Indian Company Ltd.
Amoi Foersstel Appointed French Quarter Bistro
Chantel Hoheb Appointed VI Children’s Museum
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.