Tampa, FL (PRWEB) October 16, 2012
The Gasparilla Music Festival (GMF) announced the recent hire of Ty Rodriguez as its Executive Director. Rodriguez will manage the Tampa, Florida-based music festival which will be returning to downtown Tampa's Curtis Hixon Park for its second year in 2013.
Rodriguez is a Tampa native who attended Jesuit High School in Tampa and the University of Florida in Gainesville and has been a strong advocate for the local food movement in the Tampa Bay region through his magazine, The Local Dirt, where he serves as the managing editor. Additionally, he has over 13 years’ experience in the hospitality industry and is an avid music fan who has attended the Bonnaroo music festival in Tennessee every year since its inception.
"Ty showed an incredible passion for GMF and was a key component to its success last year," said David Cox, current President of the Gasparilla Music Festival. "We are ecstatic to now have his enthusiasm, local connections and organizational skills representing us year round."
"One of my top priorities for GMF is to create the ultimate fan experience," said Rogriguez. "From the food offerings to the viewing areas to the VIP experience, I want to make GMF fun, effortless and exciting for all our attendees and something Tampa can be proud of."
GMF will also welcome two new members to its Board of Directors, Brian Funk and Manny Leto. Funk works for Carlyle Investments, a real estate development firm with projects throughout Florida. Leto is the director of marketing for the Tampa Bay History Center and was previously the managing editor of Cigar City Magazine. Both are Tampa natives and ardent local music supporters.
The Gasparilla Music Festival is a non-profit corporation that organizes an annual music festival in downtown Tampa the second weekend of March. The 2013 festival will take place in Curtis Hixon Riverfront Park and Kiley Gardens Park on March 9th and will feature dozens of musical acts from a wide variety of genres on several stages and cuisine from the region’s top restaurants. As part of its mission to support and promote music and education, the organization is involved throughout the year in several initiatives including providing scholarships to music students.
GMF was founded in 2011 with financial support from several Tampa Bay area based businesses including Tech Data, Amscot Financial, Tampa Downtown Partnership, Ferman Automotive, JJ Taylor, Trombley & Hanes, Clinical Research of West Florida, Gulfshore Bank, Tampa Yankees, Caspers Company, FL Legal Group, Hattricks Sports Bar, Northstar Bank, Hill Ward & Henderson, and the Downtown Community Redevelopment Agency as well as Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Heineken and the organization’s founding members, The Ring of Fire.