The MBVCA is a seven member authority, appointed by the City of Miami Beach Commission, with the goal of encouraging, developing and promoting the image of Miami Beach locally, nationally and internationally as a vibrant community and superb tourist destination. To this end, the MBVCA strategically focuses its funding investments in a balanced manner, fostering outstanding existing programs, stimulating new activities, and encouraging partnerships. The MBVCA is committed to a careful, long-term plan for allocation of resources to build the uniqueness of Miami Beach as ones of the world's greatest communities and tourism destinations.
Peggy Benua was appointed to the MBVCA in January 2020. She has been General Manager of Dream South Beach hotel since November 2008 and was previously General Manager of the Marriott South Beach.
Steven Haas, Miami’s born and bred tastemaker, is currently the new Executive Director for Centerplate at Miami Beach Convention Center. He was previously the chair of the MBVCA from 2004 to 2008 and a board member from 2002 to 2004.
George Neary was appointed to the MBVCA in January 2020 and has created, and is currently operating, a tour company, Tours “r” Us specializing in curated tours that concentrate on the historic communities of Miami Beach, the historic Art Deco District, MiMo resort architecture; Wynwood, Miami Design District, Little Havana, Little Haiti, Downtown Miami, Historic Overtown, Coconut Grove and beyond.
Jonathan Plutzik was appointed to the MBVCA in January 2020. He retired as a Vice-Chairman of Credit Suisse (CS) in 2002, after a 24-year career. His responsibilities included Chairing the firm’s global financial institutions practice, heading the firm’s Washington DC investment banking activities, and leading the firm’s practice with State and Local governments. He also led the firm’s financial advisory team that served New York City during its return to the capital markets after the financial crisis.
Christopher Rollins is the Vice President of South Beach Group Hotels Inc, a 20-property conglomerate of over 1,500 hotel rooms. The single largest most successful operator of hotels in Miami Beach. Chris is responsible for overseeing the strategic vision and daily operations.