Hospitality Executive Carlos M. Molinet has been named Senior Vice President of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau.   In his new position, Molinet will report directly to Nicki E. Grossman, president of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau, and have oversight responsibilities for CVB operations, sales and marketing. 

"Carlos M. Molinet, CHA, brings 25 years' experience in hospitality, business and motivational management and leadership to the Convention & Visitors Bureau, including senior level positions with some of the country's leading lodging brands including Starwood, Wyndham, Hyatt and Hilton hotels," said Nicki E. Grossman.  

Molinet recently was General Manager of the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina; Director of Operations for LXR Resorts and Hotels Fort Lauderdale; and the General Manager of the Fort Lauderdale Grande.  Previously, he was the Area General Manager for the Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty-Six and Bahia Mar Beach Resort. 

Among his many industry awards and designations include Certified Hotel Administrator from the American Hotel & Lodging Association, HSMAI's General Manager of the Year award in 2009  and the State Leadership Award from the AH & LA in recognition of his work with the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association. 

"Carlos is a community leader in Greater Fort Lauderdale and an integral force in contributing to and helping to reshape our hospitality sector," added Nicki E. Grossman, president of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau. He is currently the Chairman and immediate past President of the Broward Chapter of the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association (FRLA) and he has also been inducted to the 2011-12 Executive Committee of the FRLA. He has served as the Vice Chair of the Beach Business Improvement District (BID) and was formerly the vice chair of the Beach Redevelopment Advisory Board for the City of Fort Lauderdale. He is a former member of the Broward County Tourist Development Council, and a graduate of Leadership Broward Class XXVI. 

Carlos currently lives in Davie, Florida, with his wife Silvia who is a clinical psychologist. He has two daughters: Alexandria, 27 and Kimberly, 25. Carlos is a seasoned marathoner and runs for many charitable organizations, including the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, and the University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center among others. He serves as Chair of the Entertainment and Media division Development Committee of United Way Broward County, and is also on their Military Families Advisory Committee.

As President and CEO of The Molinet Institute, he recently published his first inspirational book, "Running through Life" From Adversity to Possibility.

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