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Skal International USA Announces Officers

June 4, 2016 Appointments No Comments Email Email

Skal International USA, the only international organization bringing together sectors of the travel and tourism industry while networking, conducting business and helping communities locally, nationally and internationally, installed its slate of officers for 2016.


John Mavros who is elected as the 47th president to SKAL USA, has been a member of SKAL since 1984. Mr. Mavros was President and CFO of Preferred Hotel Management Corp, an Irvine CA based management Company. Prior to PHMC he was Executive VP of California Hotels Corp. His global hotel management experience includes nearly 15 years with Westin Hotels at the Westin Century Plaza, Westin South Coast Plaza, Westin Philippine Plaza and the Hotel Grande Bretagne in Athens Greece. John was opening General Manager of Loews Ventana Canyon Resort in Tucson, AZ and VP/GM of Registry Hotels in Irvine andUniversal City CA. He currently works as a consultant and hotel expert.

The Skal International USA Board has 8 board members along with the President who represent 50 clubs with over 2000 members within USA. The list of the SKAL USA 2016 Officers are as follows:

VP of Administration – Holly Powers, Skal International Boston – President, Powers Travel & Event Management

VP of  Finance – Alton Hagen, Skal International Kansas City – General Manager, Agenda: USA

International Skal Councilor – Cyndi Golden, Skal International Fort Worth – President, Golden Enterprises, LLC

VP Region I – Jim Dwyer, Skal International Northern New Jersey – Managing Director, Papa’s Travel Store

VP Region II – Tim Hemphill, Skal International New Orleans – VP of Sales and Marketing NOLA CVB

VP Region III – Dave Ryan, Skal International Sacramento – Business Development Manager, Classic Vacations

VP Region IV – Burcin Turkkan, Skal International Atlanta – President, USEH International, Inc / Travel To Turkey Now

VP Region V – Klaus Billep, Skal International Los Angeles – Managing Director, UTS-Travel

The new officers, called to serve Skal International USA for one year, each fulfill a unique and important role.  “Our goal is to make SKAL USA more vocal, visible and relevant in the promotion of travel and tourism. It is the only way we can build and sustain membership.” said John Mavros, SKAL USA 2016 President.

SKAL USA is the second largest National Committee within SKAL International, which has 350 Clubs with over 16,000 members who are executives from all branches of travel & tourism industry.

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