Visit Sarasota County Announces New Board and Recognizes Outgoing Member

Visit Sarasota County (VSC) has announced changes to its Board of Directors for the 2024 fiscal year, which starts October 1.

The new Chair of the Board of Directors is President of Sarasota Memorial Hospital’s Sarasota Campus Lorrie Liang. Liang has spent the past two years as VSC Board Vice Chair. The current chair, Nick Mavrikas, will remain on the Board as the Immediate Past Chair. 

The 2024 VSC Executive Committee will be: 

Lorrie Liang, Chair

Nick Mavrikas, Owner of Magna Hospitality - Immediate Past Chair

Richard Russell, General Director of the Sarasota Opera - Vice Chair

John LaCivita, President of Willis Smith Construction - Secretary/Treasurer


The other members of the Visit Sarasota County 2024 Board of Directors are as follows: Hon. Ron Cutsinger of the Sarasota County Commission; Ann Frescura, Executive Director of the Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce; Mark Gordon, Managing Editor of the Business Observer; Rick Konsavage, Managing Director of The Resort at Longboat Key Club; Kara Morgan, CEO of Venice Main Street; Mike Quillen, President of Gecko’s Hospitality Group; Wes Santos, General Manager of the Hyatt Regency Sarasota and Tim Self, Financial Advisor at Gulfside Investment Services.


“These amazing individuals bring diverse expertise and perspective to our organization,” said Erin Duggan, incoming President and CEO of VSC. “Their insight and dedication is critical to us continuing to achieve our lofty goals.” 


Farewell to the outgoing Board

Departing the Board is Christine Johnson of the Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast. Johnson has served as Immediate Past Chair and Chair over the past four years. 

“With immense gratitude we extend our sincerest thanks to Christine for her service and dedication over all her time on our Board,” said Virginia Haley, retiring President and CEO of VSC.