Ina Lee is the owner of Travelhost Magazine of Greater Fort Lauderdale, now celebrating its 34th anniversary. She has propelled Travelhost to the leader in visitor publications, now serving 16,000 upscale hotel rooms each month as well as 96 prestigious condominium buildings. Her Travelhost edition has been recognized with numerous national awards and is considered the best Travelhost in the country, out of 80 markets.
Ms. Lee has dedicated herself to Fort Lauderdale Beach since l986 when she founded and chaired for seven years the Beach Council of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce. Under her leadership, the Beach Council played a major role in the transformation of Fort Lauderdale Beach. She is now serving as its chair, 25 years later. She has served on the Beach Redevelopment Advisory Board of the City of Fort Lauderdale for many years and has also served as its chairperson, and currently is the Mayor’s appointment to that board. She also serves on the board of the Beach Business Improvement District.
She was recently honored by the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce’s as the recipient of the Carolyn Michaels Leadership Award.
Ms. Lee was the founder of Winterfest, and served as its chairperson of Winterfest for its first 6 years. Under her leadership Winterfest became a nationally recognized festival featured on the Today Show and Entertainment Tonight. During her tenure Winterfest became the backdrop for the Bob Hope Christmas special, which was seen by 30 million Americans. This was the first network television special originating from Broward.
Ms. Lee has served the tourist industry for 19 years as a member of the Marketing and Advertising Committee of the Convention and Visitors Bureau and now serves as its Vice Chair. She is also on the board of the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association, Broward Chapter. She is currently on the board of trustees of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce.
She is also a senior Seminar Leader for Landmark Education for 10 years, leading transformational seminars to thousands of people and currently leads weekly meditation classes free of charge at George English Park Tennis Recreation Center, Fort Lauderdale.
She was born in Connecticut, went to Simmons College in Boston, was the managing editor of two national magazines in New York, Status owned by Curtis Publishing Company and Show, owned by Huntington Hartford.
She has two sons, Adam, a financial planner, and Noah, a family practice physician specializing in HIV and a granddaughter Jaedyn. She is married to Gary Foster, a general contractor.
- Small Business Person of the Year, 2008- Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber
- Citizen of the Year – City of Fort Lauderdale, 1988
- Chairman’s Award – Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce, 1988
- Signature Grand Award- Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce, 1996
- March of Dimes Women of Distinction, 1996
- Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America Women of Distinction, 1995
- Travelhost Omni Awards, 1991, 1994, 2000, 2005