Bart Hudson, a third generation Floridian, is from Fort Walton Beach, Florida. He was educated in the Okaloosa County public school system where he graduated from Choctawhatchee High School. He attended Huntingdon College in Montgomery, Alabama where he received his B.A. in each of the Behavioral Science disciplines.
After college, Mr. Hudson returned to Fort Walton Beach and assumed a management role in his family's solid waste management and disposal firm. He was instrumental in expanding the family's interests into real estate development including multi-family housing projects and retail/commercial developments. In 1985, Mr. Hudson and his family sold their waste management firm to Waste Management, Inc. He joined the staff of Waste Management as Sales Manager in the panhandle region and eventually was promoted to Marketing Representative for the Southeast Region. In 1991, Mr. Hudson left Waste Management to return to the helm of his family's business interests.
While in Florida, Mr. Hudson was involved in a number of civic and charitable organizations. He was involved in local politics, arts and education, Leadership Okaloosa and sat on the boards of several charitable organizations. He was citizen of the year in 1984.
In 1999, Mr. Hudson became Executive Director of Florida House, in Washington, D.C. There, he manages the daily operation of Florida's embassy in our nation's capital. With over 10,000 visiting Floridians, it is Mr. Hudson's responsibility to ensure that each receives "gracious, unparalleled hospitality." In addition, he is charged with facilitating the efforts of the Board of Trustees and ensuring the financial viability of Florida House.
Laura Murtha is the Manager of Operations for Florida House. She greets guests, gives tours of Florida House, oversees rentals of the House and all administrative operations.
Laura is a sixth generation Floridian from Windermere, Florida. She graduated from Florida State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Affairs and Criminology with a minor in Italian. During college she studied abroad in Israel and was president of her sorority.
She has worked at Walt Disney World and at Sea World. Her experience has also lead her to intern with Florida's Attorney General Pam Bondi, the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice as well as with the 306 Foundation which works to combat human trafficking in Central Florida.
After college Laura lived in Madagascar and worked with the Antaimoro people. Her Washington experience includes stints in the offices of Congressman Jim Jordan and Congressman Ron DeSantis. Laura is knowledgeable in five languages and is a member of Theta Alpha Sorority and Lady Spirithunters.
Located just outside Orlando, Liz is responsible for facilitating the work of the chapters and committees as well as working with the trustees to promote the mission and goals of Florida House. In addition, she writes and distributes the Florida House newsletters and oversees the website and social media.
A native Floridian, Liz graduated from Clemson University. After graduation, she lived in South Carolina and in Atlanta, working in the tourism industry. During her career she developed and implemented marketing and communication plans and programs to promote destinations to groups and travelers in the U.S., Europe and Asia. Taking her experience in creating and managing meetings, programs and projects, she re-located to her hometown and opened a consulting business where she specialized in marketing communications, strategic planning, building consensus, meeting planning and the development of print and electronic collateral materials.
Liz was introduced to Florida House by her mother and is a second-generation member of the Central Florida Council. She has served as Treasurer, Vice President and President. Liz was also a member of the Florida House Board of Trustees, serving as Secretary; has held many leadership positions at the First Presbyterian Church; serves on the Learning and Cultural Center Board for the local library, is a member of the Tiger Bay Club of Central Florida and is a Chi Omega. She still loves to travel but happily lives beside a sparkling lake in her childhood home with Sam, her golden retriever.