President, USVI Hotel & Tourism Association
Born and raised in Savona, a small town in Western New York State, she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree at the SUNY Geneseo. Upon graduation, she spent four years at the seasonal resort The Montauk Yacht Club where she worked her way up the ranks from server to restaurant manager to the banquet director.
A resident of St. Thomas since 1992, Lisa began her professional Virgin Islands’ career as Conference Services Manager at the Marriott Frenchman’s Reef Hotel. She went on to hold the positions of Sales Manager and Regional Sales Director before departing the hotel business in 1999 to explore other career opportunities. From 1999-2001 she worked for Innovative Corporation in advertising sales with the Daily News as well as manager for the company’s newly created B2B sales force. In 2001, the Hospitality Industry came calling again and she rejoined the Marriott as Director of Sales & Marketing until 2008 when she departed to assume the position of President of the USVI Hotel & Tourism Association.
Hamilton has served on the Board of the USVI Hotel & Tourism Association since 2004, is a current executive committee board member of the Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association and the President of CSHAE. Additionally, she has served as President of SKAL International, member of the Boys & Girls Club of American board and is currently serving on the boards of the University of the Virgin Islands CELL (Continuing Education and Lifelong Learning) and My Brother’s Workshop.