Member Relations – Expands and retains membership and increases membership participation at events and on committees.


Education & Training – Provides educational opportunities for members and their employees in hospitality principles, current issues, and personal development, which result in “Growing Hospitality Leaders for Tomorrow”.

John Avella | CSUMB-Sustainable Hospitality Management | 831.582.3725
Teri Owens |  | Embassy Suites | 831.241.9138

Finance – The Executive Director, Finance Chair and MCHA Chairman prepare the annual budget for approval by Executive Committee.  Conducts mid-year review of budget. Makes long-term budgetary planning recommendations.

Mark Watson | Inns by the Sea | 831.601.6014

Governance (Ad Hoc) – Review, revise and monitor by-laws.

Janine Chicourrat | Portola Hotel & Spa | 831.649.4511

Advocacy/Governmental Affairs – Minimizes government intervention and maximizes MCHA participation and influence in governmental actions.

Rick Aldinger |Big Sur River Inn | 831.667-2700

PR/Communications – Provide internal and external outreach to membership and community on governmental issues relevant to hospitality, MCHA activities and events, and ways hospitality contributes  positively to our community.

Chris Chidlaw | Chidlaw Marketing | 83.641.0657

Rancho Cielo (Ad Hoc) – Continues to build and strengthen relationship between MCHA and Rancho Cielo.  Meets to update, revise, and ensure that objectives are met.

Carol Chorbajian | CCME | 831.646.5952
 Angela Hernandez | Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa | 831.646.1700


Annual Dinner – Social event of the year!  The MCHA Annual Dinner and Auction is one of our major fundraisers for the organization.  The event includes the presentation of the Hospitality Professional of the Year Award.

Kaitlin Ford |  Pocket Full of Plans | 831.917.5708

 Employee Appreciation Day – Over 1,300 employees participate in this event that begins with daylong activities ranging from kayaking to golf.  The day culminates with friendly competitions between hospitality employees, followed by awards and a BBQ for employees and families.

Paula Calvetti | Hyatt Regency Monterey | 83.657.6535

 Golf Tournament – Enjoy an opportunity to socialize with fellow MCHA members and guests on one of our beautiful MCHA golf course member properties. The tournament is followed by a dinner and awards ceremony.  The event is a major fundraiser for MCHA.

Gary Cursio | 831.262.3310
Chris Sommers | Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa | 831.917.3731

Hospitality Recognition Lunch – The Hospitality Recognition Lunch honors 600 hourly hospitality employees. Ten finalists, including the “Papa Vince” recipient and the Special Achievement Hourly Supervisor recipient, receive plaques, proclamations, and gifts.

Vicki Tackett | Certified Folder Display Service | 831.901.1083
Marion Abaunza | Hilton Garden Inn | 831.333.2400