The Florida Festivals and Events Association's mission is to promote and strengthen the festival, event and fair industry in Florida through education, networking, dissemination of information, and the cultivation of high standards for the industry.
SINCE 1994, FFEA has grown to more than 600 members strong and collectively represents 3,500 events throughout the state of Florida. FFEA has hosted more than 3,300 event organizers, vendors, speakers and sponsors at its annual convention and trade shows. In addition, FFEA has presented nearly 1,000 awards recognizing the creative and technical innovations of its members.
As CEO of FFEA, I am responsible for all aspects of operation of the organization ranging from Membership and Sponsorship Recruitment and Retention to Convention Planning and Production and everything in between. My goal is to bring together the many dedicated individuals in the event industry in the State of Florida by providing excellent educational and networking opportunities for them to grow their organization.
Prior to my current role at FFEA, I worked as the Vice President for the Northern Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce. In this position I directly oversaw the operations of one of Palm Beach County's largest business organizations with a staff of 8 individuals to produce over 50 events per year. I was responsible for the production of the ArtiGras Fine Arts Festival, Art Fest by the Sea and the Loggerhead Triathlon with a combined annual attendance of more than 225,000 and a budget over $2M. During this time we garnered several awards for operational and marketing excellence.