Dr. Don Farr, Chair

Chip Tatum, Vice Chair

Next Hotels & Restaurants Advisory Council Meeting:
January 2023 (TBD)

The advisory council was created by the Florida Legislature to:

  • promote better relations, understanding, and cooperation between the hospitality industry and the division;
  • to offer ways to better protect the health, welfare, and safety of the citizens and visitors using the hospitality industry services;
  • to provide knowledge and experience concerning the industries and individual businesses affected by the laws and rules administered by the division; and
  • to promote and coordinate the development of programs to educate and train personnel for such industries.

Section 509.291, Florida Statutes, provides more information on the advisory council.



Josh Gold

Executive Vice President
Florida Apartment Association
105 E Robinson Street
Suite 301
Orlando, FL 32801

Geoff Luebkemann

Senior Vice President
Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association
230 South Adams Street
Tallahassee, FL 32301-1729

Denis Hanks

Executive Director
Florida Vacation Rental Management Association
7862 W. Irlo Bronson Highway
Suite 305
Kissimmee, FL 34747

Ethan Perry

Public Policy Representative
Florida Association of Realtors
200 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32301



Laura Puckett – Term Expires: August 17, 2024

The Luxury Group
625 8th St. S
Naples, FL 34102

Elizabeth Ray – Lay Member – Term Expires: December 05, 2022

Steven ‘Chip’ Evans Jr. – Term Expires: December 05, 2022

Operator, Willie Jewell’s Bar-B-Q
5442 Thomasville Road, Suite 6
Tallahassee, FL 32312

Bharat Patel – Term Expires: December 05, 2022

General Manager, Quality Inn
4800 N. Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL 34234

Dr. Donald Farr – Term Expires: October 6, 2024

Dedman School of Hospitality, The Florida State University
288 Champions Way, Suite 4100
Tallahassee, FL 32306

Scott A. Justice Term Expires: December 05, 2022

Principal Counsel
Walt Disney World Resort
1375 Buena Vista Drive
4th Floor North
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

Need Help?

All requests for public records, complaints, forms, and applications for licenses can be obtained by contacting the Customer Contact Center.

Steven von Bodungen, Director

Division of Hotels and Restaurants
2601 Blair Stone Road
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1011

Telephone: 850.487.1395
Email: dhr.info@myfloridalicense.com