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.

2019 VBHA Priorities

VBHA Board of Directors

Executive - Board Of Directors - Staff


  • Russell Lyons
    Coastal Hospitality Associates
  • John Zirkle, Jr.
    Vice President
    DoubleTree by Hilton Virginia Beach
  • Oliver Joyner
    Capes Hotel
  • Duane Gauthier
    Commonwealth Lodging

Board of Directors

  • Jimmy Capps
    Breakers Resort Inn
  • Jackson Cherry
    Holiday Inn & Suites
    North Beach
  • Mary Elizabeth Collins
    Holiday Inn Virginia Beach-Norfolk
  • Michele Colson
    VSA Resorts
  • Joe DaBiero
    Past President
    Best Western Plus
    Virginia Beach
  • Martino DeStefano
    Hilton Virginia Beach Oceanfront
  • Christine Geist
    Wyndham Virginia Beach
  • Ellen Ruane
    The Founders Inn
    & Spa
  • Chris Thiele
    Crestline Hotels
    & Resorts
  • Glenn Tuckman
    Gold Key/PHR
  • Howard Woods
    Suburban Capital


  • Diana Burke
    Executive Director
  • Deborah Buringa
    Executive Office Manager

VBHA Members

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Member Application

Associate Members

For a list of our associate members click here.

Associate Member Application

Top 5 Reasons to Engage with the VBHA