Hi! I'm Kari Wells and I am so glad to be your president again for the 2017 year! I was born in Gainesville, FL, raised in Tallahassee, and have been in Ocala since 2005. I have had a career in the hospitality industry for 16 years and I love what this organization stands for. I am the Senior Sales Manager for the Hilton Ocala for the past 2 years and I love my job and what I get to do on an everyday basis. Please reach out to me if you have any questions regarding the council. We would love to have you!
Cindy Renee is a native Floridian. She attended Palm Beach Atlantic University (PBAU). She studied Speech Communications/Theatre arts as her major and a minor in Political Science with a specialization in Behavioral Psychology.
Cindy Renee became a native to Ocala back in 1993 and she has made such an impact in her community serving in her current roles such as, but not limited to, Ocala Marion County Hospitality Council (OMCHC), Chamber and Economic Partnership (CEP of Ocala), MCSB student enrichment programs, Hospitality/Culinary scholarship student awards projects; currently serving on various charitable organizations, too.
Cindy Renee is a face-to-face interactive 'gal who enjoys building personal relationships and professional partnerships which is always a part of her daily activity. She became very interested in the "people business" at a very young age as she lived directly in the land of Walt Disney World working and volunteering amongst a variety of limelight opportunities. She upholds herself as a very energetic, fun-loving, kind hearted individual. Her passion and charisma is a bright light as she strives to make a difference every where she goes; motivating others to be the best version of themselves as well as encouraging others to reach far in their life goals. In her spare time, she enjoys being a mother to three amazing teenagers, enjoys the great outdoors and staying as active as possible through various athletic activities, she thrives on experiencing new exciting adventures, exploring new places all over the world; never leaving home without having her camera at her side to capture amazing moments in her life and the lives of her peeps all around her. All in all, she feels completely blessed to maintain and cultivate a fulfilled and balanced lifestyle, both personally and professionally. She is so very thrilled to be involved, for the second year, with this membership of fellow Hospitality minded professionals. She is driven to give back to her community and has a huge passion to continue representing local businesses through this fantastic networking arena.
I am the Director of Sales and Event for Island Grove Wine Company. I have been with the winery since March, 2011. Island Grove Wine Company is a local winery specializing in fruit wines.
My position on the Board is, Committee Chairperson for Membership. I have been with the OMCHC since 2014. (I'm guessing!).
My professional background has been General Management positions. I was an founding member of the first BNI in Marion County in 2009.
I am a member of Grace Presbyterian Church in Ocala