June 18, 2020

Erin Isaac

Meet the Jacksonville 2020 Host Committee

The Jacksonville 2020 Host Committee today announced the 32 members leading the efforts to host the Republican National Convention in just 66 days. The group of community and business leaders from here in Jacksonville and across Florida will welcome tens of thousands of visitors August 24 - 27.

"Community and business leaders from here in Jacksonville and across the Sunshine State are sharing their time, talent and experience to ensure Jacksonville is able to host a successful convention for our visitors on this expedited timeframe," said Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry , Co-chair of the Jacksonville 2020 Host Committee. "We are thrilled to host the Republican National Convention this August and look forward to sharing with the rest of the country the things that make Jacksonville, and our people, so special."

"Florida has long been an international destination for visitors from around the world and played host to premier events and conventions including Super Bowls and the 2012 Republican National Convention," said Brian Ballard , President of Ballard Partners and Jacksonville 2020 Host Committee Co-chair. "Florida's First Coast is no stranger to welcoming an international spotlight and I am honored to be part of this team."
Jacksonville 2020 Host Committee Co-Chairs

Lenny Curry
Jacksonville Mayor

Brian Ballard
President, Ballard Partners

Jacksonville 2020 Host Committee Members

John Rutherford
Member of the United States House of Representatives

Colonel Michael Waltz
Member of the United States House of Representatives

Bill Galvano
President of the Florida Senate

Jose Oliva
Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives

Wilton Simpson
Florida Senate President Designate

Chris Sprowls
Florida House of Representatives Speaker Designate

Rob Bradley
Florida Senate Appropriations Chair

Travis Cummings
Florida House of Representatives Appropriations Chair

Fernando Acosta-Rua
President & Chief Executive Officer of Pet Paradise  

Andy Allen
Founder of Corner Lot Properties

Max Alvarez
Founder of Sunshine Gasoline Distributors

John Baker
Chairman and CEO of FRP Holdings, Inc.

Pam Bondi
Former Florida Attorney General and Chair of Ballard Partners Corporate Regulatory Compliance

Ed Burr
President and CEO of GreenPointe Holdings, LLC

Robert Coker
Senior Vice President, Public Affairs, of U.S. Sugar

Michael Corrigan
President and CEO of Visit Jacksonville

J. David & Jodi Coxwell
President of J.B. Coxwell Contracting

Daniel Davis
President and CEO of JAX Chamber

Carol Dover
President and CEO of the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association

Nat Ford
Chief Executive Officer of the Jacksonville Transportation Authority

Josh Garrison
President of Miranda Contracting

Leon L. Haley Jr., M.D.
Vice President for Health Affairs, University of Florida; Dean, College of Medicine - Jacksonville; CEO, UF Health Jacksonville

Bishop Vaughn McLaughin
Founder and Senior Pastor of the Potter's House International Ministries

Rick Morales
President of Morales Construction Co.

Tom Petway
Jacksonville Business and Civic Leader

Ty Petway
Chief Executive Officer of US Assure

John Rood
Founder of The Vestcor Companies

Kent Stermon
Chief Operating Officer of Total Military Management

Aundra Wallace
President of JAXUSA Partnership

Based on economic impact studies of past events, National Conventions have the potential to create hundreds of direct jobs with an associated tens of millions of dollars in labor income, draw tens of thousands of visitors to the host city and inject $100+ million into the local economy.

Host cities enjoy an international spotlight that introduces them to millions of potential visitors. Home to 22 miles of sandy white beaches, Jacksonville has more shoreline than any other city in the nation and the largest park system in our country. Northeast Florida boasts first class shopping, dining and entertainment experiences, major league football, minor league baseball and hockey. More than 22 million visitors choose Jacksonville each year.

The Jacksonville 2020 Host Committee will continue announcing logistics and event details in the coming days and weeks. Please sign up to be among the first to learn more.
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