BOARD OF DIRECTORS 2017

Valley Forge Tourism & Convention Board

 

Rick Odorisio

CHAIRMAN

Odorisio is currently chief operating officer of the Valley Forge Hotel Management Association. His experience includes extensive senior management responsibilities for properties that include those under the Marriott, Wyndham, Omni and Hilton brands. He also served as Director of Sales for the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau. Odoriso's other professional distinctions include: Chapter President Representative - Hospitality and Marketing Association International; President of Greater Philadelphia Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association; Associate Professor, Business Department/Tourism and Travel Curriculum Harcum Junior College. He is a West Chester University graduate. 

Rep. Tim Briggs

Vice Chairman

Representative Briggs is currently serving his fourth term as State Representative for the 149th Pennsylvania Legislative District, comprising Upper Merion Township, Bridgeport and West Conshohocken Boroughs and parts of Lower Merion Township. Briggs has consistently advocated for public education, early childhood education and has introduced legislation focused on improving the lives of children. He is a proud member of the Green Dog Caucus, a strong coalition of environmentally-conscience legislators in the House, earning a 2010 accolade as the top environmental legislator in Pennsylvania by the Sierra Club's Pennsylvania Chapter. For several years, Briggs served as a volunteer firefighter and sat on the board of directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters in Montgomery County. He received his undergraduate degree in political science from West Chester University. At 30 he returned to school and, while still working full time, earned his law degree from Temple University's Beasley School of Law. Briggs lives in Upper Merion Township with his wife, Robyn, and their four children. 

James L. Gratton

TREASURER

Gratton's hotelier career began when he was 15 years old. Over 35 years of hospitality experience later (28 with Marriott International) Gratton has worked in a variety of markets throughout the East Coast, with expertise that ranges from resorts to downtown to suburban to conference centers. He currently oversees 18 hotels located throughout Pennsylvania, Delaware and Southern New Jersey. Active within various groups related to hospitality, Gratton is a past president of the Greater Philadelphia Hotel Association, Vice-Chair of the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau and on the Board of Directors for the Greater Philadelphia Tourism & Marketing Corporation. Currently he is an Officer for the Pennsylvania Restaurant & Lodging Association, as Treasurer. He is on the James Madison University Hospitality & Tourism Advisory Board as well as yearly hosts multiple internships and assists Marriott's college recruitment program. Gratton graduated from James Madison University with a degree in Business and Hospitality Management. He resides in Chester Springs PA with his wife Karen and their three daughters.  

Robert C. Hart

Secretary

Hart is a seasoned shopping center professional with more than 30 years of experience in commercial real estate management and development. Hart has been the General Manager of King of Prussia Mall - the largest retail space in the U.S. - with Simon Property Group for the past 11 years. Prior to King of Prussia, Hart worked for Kravco Company as a District Property Manager responsible for management oversight of approximately one third of the company's portfolio, including regional shopping centers, office buildings and community centers. Hart is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers, as well as being a board member of the King of Prussia Rotary, Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce, Greater Valley Forge Transportation Management Association and chairman of the King of Prussia Business Improvement District.  

Kristopher Fair

Kristopher Fair is General Manager of Blue Bell Country Club. Blue Bell Country Club and its sister property, Normandy Farms Hotel and Conference Center, generate more than 350 weddings, 40 golf outings and thousands of room nights on an annual basis. His past experience includes serving as general manager and COO of Waynesborough Country Club, Paoli. Prior to that, he was General Manager of the ACE Club, Lafayette Hill, and LuLu Country Club, North Hills. His educational background includes multiple sessions across the nation with the Club Managers Association, for which is president of the Philadelphia and Vicinity Chapter. He has been a featured speaker and guest lecturer for organizations that include the Widener University Club. Fair holds a Certified Club Manager (CCM) designation from the Club Managers Association of America, a trade organization that has been recognizing excellence in the golf industry since 1965. Fair lives in Blue Bell, Pa.

Dulcie F. Flaharty

Flaharty works to build and foster partnerships through connecting municipalities, organizations and landowners to Natural Lands Trust programs, preserves and services. Prior to the blending of Natural Lands Trust with Montgomery County Lands Trust (MCLT) in 2012, she was Executive Director of MCLT for two decades. She directed that organization in its mission to preserve open space and provide education for the citizens of Montgomery County, which resulted in conservation easements on 47 properties, permanent protection of close to 3,000 acres and educational outreach to over 1,800 municipal leaders. She has been a board member of the Montgomery County Planning Commission since 1994 and is currently Vice-Chair. She participated in the Steering Committee for Montco 2040, which developed a new comprehensive plan for the County. In 2003, Flaharty focused a successful citizen outreach effort, pivotal in passing the $150 million ballot question that funded the Open Space Program for Montgomery County for ten years. In addition to her ongoing participation on the VFTCB Board, she is also chair of the VFTCB Marketing and Communications Committee.  

Jennifer Galle

Galle is a marketing professional who most recently served as Chief Marketing Officer for the Valley Forge Casino Resort, which caps more than a decade in the gaming industry, with prior experience gained at Caesar's Entertainment (Indiana and Atlanti City), Rush Street Gaming (Pittsburgh) and Harrah's (Missouri). Her educational background includes a BA from Truman State University and post-graduate work at Bond University, Queensland, Australia.   

Wendy Klinghoffer

Klinghoffer is Executive Director of the Eastern Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce, where she works to promote members while inspiring economic health. Prior positions include roles as legislative assistant to Ellen M. Baird of the PA House of Representatives, 153rd District; teacher within the Abington and Lower Moreland School Districts; and group coordinator at Childventure Museum in Fort Washington. Her work with the Temple University School of Medicine helped establish a four-year undergraduate curriculum in geriatrics. Further community involvement includes work with the Abington Township Economic Development Committee, the Montgomery County Workforce Investment Board, the Rotary Club of Jenkintown Board of Directors, and the PA Association of Chamber Professionals.  

Christopher Molineaux

Christopher Molineaux is president and CEO of Pennsylvania Bio, Wayne, Pa., He oversees the strategic direction for the association, ensuring that Pennsylvania Bio continues to be the catalyst that makes Pennsylvania the top location for life sciences companies. His experience includes service as worldwide vice president of pharmaceutical communications and public affairs for Johnson & Johnson, as well as experience with the federal Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Agriculture. He also served a member of the White House staff of President George H. W. Bush. 

Beth Moy

Beth Moy is Executive Director of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Consortium for Higher Education (SEPCHE), a collaborative of eight independent colleges and universities in the Philadelphia region. As such, she facilitates the collaborative work of consortium committees and the Presidents Council. In addition to overseeing the budget, Moy manages consortium development efforts and nurtures relationships with community, foundation and government partners. Past positions include work with Moore College of Art & Design and Constituent Services for Philadelphia City Councilwoman-At-Large Happy Fernandez. In addition to her position on the VFTCB board, Moy provides her guidance to the boards of the Higher Education Committee of Philadelphia Academies, Inc., the Association for Consortium Leadership and the Association for the Global Advancement of Universities and Colleges. Moy has an undergraduate degree in English from the University of Texas at Austin and a master’s degree from the School of Social Administration at Temple University

Steven Sims

Ex-Officio Member

Steven Sims was named superintendent of Valley Forge National Historical Park in June 2017. During his 20-year federal career, Sims has served as the facility manager for Independence National Historical Park and was the civil engineer and facility manager for the National Mall and Memorial Parks in Washington DC from 2007 until 2011. Prior to working for the NPS, he served as a consultant engineer for Alpha Corporation and an Army engineer officer. He is a registered professional engineer, a certified facility manager and a project management professional. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from the United States Military Academy, a master’s degree in Engineering Management from the University of Missouri and a master’s in Business Administration from Norwich University.