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Business Observer Thursday, Sep. 15, 2022 2 months ago

Bowl game names all-star lineup of executive committee members

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Big names from the Tampa Bay business, government and philanthropic communities will help plan the Union Home Mortgage Gasparilla Bowl.

The Union Home Mortgage Gasparilla Bowl on Thursday announced the 20 members of its executive committee, a group that will be tasked with creating an exciting bowl week experience for student-athletes, teams, fans and partners.

Tampa Bay’s annual college football bowl game has had a series of unusual names over the past few years, including the Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl, MagicJack St. Petersburg Bowl, Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl and Bitcoin St. Petersburg Bowl. Union Home Mortgage became the title sponsor in 2020.

Executive committee members are:

  • Don Barnes, executive officer, Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla
  • Thaddeus Bullard, founder, Bullard Family Foundation
  • Santiago Corrada, president and CEO, Visit Tampa Bay
  • AnnMarie Courtney, director of partnership engagement and philanthropy, Hillsborough County Public Schools
  • Marina Dieker, corporate sponsorships lead, Union Home Mortgage
  • Cindy Flynn, chief marketing officer, Union Home Mortgage
  • Walt Fudge, regional sales manager, Good Karma Brands
  • Bill Gieseking, director of marketing, Pepin Distributing Company
  • Ken Hagan, Hillsborough County commissioner
  • Mike Harrison, associate tournament director, Valspar Championship
  • Eric Hart, president and CEO, Tampa Sports Authority
  • Rob Higgins, executive director, Tampa Bay Sports Commission
  • Michael Kelly, vice president and director of athletics, University of South Florida
  • Jim Kirkpatrick, Florida market president, Republic Bank
  • Jill Manthey, vice president of sales and community relations, Starship Cruises
  • Ron McAnaugh, general manager, JW & Tampa Marriott Water Street
  • Stephanie Prince, market manager and vice president, Good Karma Brands
  • Kristen Shaver, director of events and football operations, ESPN Events
  • Dennis Thomas, former commissioner, Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference
  • Tracy West, executive vice president of Pro Links Sports and Valspar Championship tournament director

“We’re thrilled to have cultivated such a revered group of individuals to help guide the Gasparilla Bowl throughout this season and into the future,” Executive Director Scott Glaser states in a news release. “This event, and its resulting impact on the Tampa Bay community, will undoubtedly benefit from their strong leadership, insight and influence. We look forward to continuing to build on the excitement and tradition our game brings to Tampa.”

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