Contact Brent Cross, President & General Manager

Brent Cross is a seasoned hospitality professional with a passion for excellence in guest experiences and operational management. In 2024, he assumed the prestigious role of President & General Manager of The Gasparilla Inn & Club, marking a significant milestone in his career trajectory.

Brent earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Kentucky. Building upon this foundation, he went on to earn his Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Midway University, equipping himself with advanced knowledge and skills in business management and leadership.

Brent’s journey in the hospitality industry began in 2008 when he first joined The Gasparilla Inn & Club. Through dedication and a commitment to learning, he swiftly progressed through various departments, gaining invaluable experience in Front Office, Reservations, Housekeeping, and Accounting along the way. Brent most recently served as Director of Operations and Assistant General Manager of The Inn.

With his academic qualifications and extensive hands-on experience, Brent emerged as a dynamic leader in the hospitality industry. His strategic vision, coupled with a deep understanding of operational intricacies, has been instrumental in driving The Gasparilla Inn & Club’s success under his leadership.

In addition to his role at The Gasparilla Inn & Club, Brent actively contributes to the industry’s advancement and community development. He currently serves as the President of The Southern Innkeepers Association, where he collaborates with industry peers to promote best practices and innovation in hospitality management. Furthermore, his commitment to education and philanthropy is evidenced by his role as Treasurer of The Island School Foundation, where he helps support educational initiatives in the local community. 

Brent resides in Boca Grande with his wife, Sharon, and their children, William, Caroline, and Oliver and their goldendoodle, Higgins. 


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