John Reyes, former president and CEO of Visit Jacksonville, begins a new position next week as executive vice president and chief customer officer at the San Francisco Travel Association. Reyes left Jacksonville in March 2010 to become president and CEO of the Monterey County Convention & Visitors Bureau, about 100 miles south of San Francisco. He is returning to where his career in hospitality began. Reyes graduated from San Francisco State University and worked in the area as a hotel desk clerk and tour guide before joining sales.
• Learning to cook, or to cook better? Chef Jose Pierre, executive chef of Morton’s The Steakhouse in Jacksonville, will demonstrate how to prepare filet mignon with a Diane sauce, Morton’s new Brussels sprouts and Key lime pie from noon-2 p.m. Sept. 17 at Williams-Sonoma at The Avenues Mall.
• Correction: The standby pay for JEA employees in the proposed labor contract between the utility and the Professional Employees Association is $28 a day. The term was incorrect in the Aug. 17 Daily Record.
• Audrey Moran, who becomes senior vice president of social responsibility and community advocacy at Baptist Health in October, will be the keynote speaker at the University or North Florida Management Conference Sept. 23 at the UNF University Center. Registration starts at 8 a.m., followed by Moran’s presentation from 8:30-9 a.m. Currently CEO of the Sulzbacher Center, Moran will talk about the status of the nonprofit sector in Northeast Florida. There are sessions throughout the morning and a best-practices panel from 11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Information: 620-2476 or www.sbdc.unf.edu.
• Jacksonville Jaguars CFO Bill Prescott and his wife, Kim, are booking their second “Dine with Us Downtown.” It’s Sept. 9 at Indochine Downtown. Their first dining party drew 110 people to Café Nola and Chew. The Prescotts ask folks to make reservations between 5-10 p.m. They booked their seats at 8:30 p.m. They’ll also attend that night’s 6-11 p.m. Teal Town Downtown block party on Bay Street to kick off the Jaguars 2011 season. “Share this invitation with your friends and business associates,” said Prescott’s email. Indochine is at 21 E. Adams St., 598-5303.
• Speaking of the Jaguars, single game tickets for the 2011 home games at EverBank Field are on sale starting at 9 a.m. today. Seats are available for all nine remaining home games, including the Sept. 1 preseason game against the St. Louis Rams. The regular home season opens Sept. 11 against the Tennessee Titans. Advance tickets are 10 percent off the price of tickets sold at the stadium on the day of game. The Jaguars are offering a five-game “Half Pack” at a discount of 17 percent from the price on game day.