Executive Trustee Member Bio

Don Kolodz, Discover the Palm Beaches, Florida

Don Kolodz serves as the Senior Vice President, Operations at DISCOVER THE PALM BEACHES the official marketing organization for tourism. In this role, he is responsible for the development and implementation of a comprehensive stakeholder relations and integrated communications strategy aimed at achieving organizational vision and goals. He oversees industry relations, human resources, strategic alliances and business intelligence functions. He is also responsible for the technology direction of the company to include budgets for programs and projects, purchases and equipment upgrades. He assists President/CEO relative to enterprise wide strategy formulation, legal and contractual requirements. He nurtures key stakeholders and governance relations - both government and private sector - and synthesizes their input into development of long term strategic goals and short term marketing objectives.

He previously served as Chief Strategy Officer at Coastal Car Worldwide, the largest luxury ground transportation company in southern Florida, in which he was responsible for all key strategies including business development, operations and customer satisfaction.

Prior to that Kolodz was Senior Vice President, Business Development for The Resource Group in which he was responsible for or spearheading sales and channel strategies for SATMAP a neural network, artificial intelligence engine that matches callers and call center agents in real time based upon personality mapping.

In addition, Kolodz held officer level positions at Choice Hotels International, the largest franchisor of hotels on a global basis with over 5,000 properties and the Promus Companies that represented leading brands such as Hampton Inn, Homewood Suites, Embassy Suites and Harrahs Entertainment.

Mr. Kolodz resides in West Palm Beach, Florida with his wife Belinda and they have two children. To contact Don Kolodz, call 561.233.3090 or email dkolodz@ThePalmBeaches.com