Member Biography

Lino Maldonado

Title: CEO

Organization:

Committee Position: Immediate Past Chair

Term: 07/01/2019 to 06/30/2023

In his previous role, as VP of Operations for Wyndham Vacation Rentals, he led business development and ownership strategy across North America. He worked for the company for 23 years, beginning his hospitality career in 1996 at Mainsail in Miramar Beach in the management training program offered by ResortQuest by Wyndham Vacation Rentals (formerly known as Abbott Resorts). Lino moved through several key positions in operations, sales and marketing. He led a staff of over 1200 full, part time, seasonal and contracted associates and budgets in excess of $500 million over operations and real estate sales.

Understanding the importance that community and industry involvement play in the overall success of any business, Lino sits on a number of State level boards such as Visit Florida where he serves on the 2018 Executive Board as Chairman. Lino is the 2016 past Chair for the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association. Lino was also selected by Governor Rick Scott as one of his six appointees to serve on the Gulf Consortium, which was tasked with helping to structure the States expenditure plan for the settlement funds from the 2010 BP Gulf Oil spill.

Locally, Lino serves/has served on boards for The United Way, The American Heart Association, Okaloosa County Tourists Development Council and was a founding member of Coastal Vision 3000 “THE Beach” group that was instrumental in bringing the first low cost air carrier (Southwest Airlines) into the Northwest Florida Panhandle. Deeply committed to the local community, Lino has grown ResortQuest’s presence as a generous and engaged sponsor and supporter of numerous causes, charities and local events all along the Northwest Florida Gulf Coast.

Lino has been recognized at the state and local levels for his accomplishments in the industry. He was recently the recipient of the Van Ness Butler Jr. Hospitality Award, which is an award, established by the Walton County Tourist Development Council and is bestowed upon a community member for their visionary leadership in helping to shape South Walton into a premier tourist destination.

Lino is married to Vicki, his wife of 26 years and has three daughters, Stephanie 32, Maci 22 and Madison 19.