What is the VBHA?

The Virginia Beach Hotel Association, VBHA, is a representative trade association serving the Virginia Beach hotel industry to advance and promote ethical practices; education and training of employees; cooperation with local government officials and city leaders; and a spirit of friendly cooperation among members to better serve the public.

2018 VBHA Priorities

VBHA Board of Directors

Executive - Board Of Directors - Staff


  • Russell Lyons
    Coastal Hospitality Associates
  • Stacey W. Shiflet
    Vice President
    Virginia Beach Resort Hotel & Conference Center
  • Oliver Joyner
    Capes Hotel
  • Brad Weissman
    Gold Key/PHR

Board of Directors

  • Verne Burlage
    Past President
    Burlage Management
  • Jimmy Capps
    Breakers Resort Inn
  • Mary Elizabeth Collins
    Holiday Inn Virginia Beach-Norfolk
  • Michele Colson
    VSA Resorts
  • Joe DaBiero
    Past President
    Best Western Plus
    Virginia Beach
  • Christine Geist
    Wyndham Virginia Beach Oceanfront
  • Rachel Inman
    Holiday Inn & Suites
    North Beach
  • Ellen Ruane
    The Founders Inn
    & Spa

  • Axel Suray
    Gold Key/PHR
  • Andy Vakos
    Oceanfront Inn
  • Howard Woods
    Suburban Capital
  • John Zirkle, Jr.
    DoubleTree by Hilton Virginia Beach


  • Diana Burke
    Executive Director
  • Deborah Buringa
    Executive Office Manager

VBHA Members

For a list of our members click here.

Member Application

Associate Members

For a list of our associate members click here.

Associate Member Application