Ruby is a Tampa Native and was appointed Festival Chairperson in 2010. She has been actively involved in planning events for the Tampa Bay Black Heritage Festival for the past eleven years. She is currently employed at the University of South Florida, College of Education – Office of the Dean, for more than 25 years. Ruby is the proud mother of two sons, a daughter-in-law and 3 grandchildren.
William is the Founder of Unlimited Gospel Expressions and a Gospel Music Historian. He has been involved with the Tampa Bay Black Heritage Festival since the beginning and he has been instrumental in incorporating the Gospel components while actively helping to coordinate other Festival events. He is active in his church, the Tampa Bay religious community and has been a Festival Chairperson since 2010.
Michael plays a significant role in the logistical element of the Festival. He strategically plans the layout for the heart of the Festival – the two-day Street Festival. Michael has also been actively involved in both the professional and civic community through the Tampa Organization of Black Affairs and Habitat for Humanity, amongst other incredible efforts. He is actively involved in his church and has spent seven years as an airport designer for Hillsborough County Aviation Authority. Michael is married to his wife Jacqueline of 19 years and they are the proud parents of one son.
Fred joined the Festival’s Board in 2009 to provide financial expertise. His terrific effort has resulted in the Festival securing funds to continue to provide a unique cultural event to the heart of Tampa Bay.
Bill found a successful niche in finance and marketing and is providing his expertise to the Tampa Bay Black Heritage Festival. His ten years of experience in the financial industry play a significant role in planning financial and business seminars that the Festival offers. Bill believes in serving his community and has been a network group leader for the Temple Terrace Chamber of Commerce. He also serves as a board member for G.E.M.S, Girls Empowered Mentally for Success and past board member of The Housing and Education Alliance and The Tampa Bay Academy of Hope, Inc.
Connie is a native of Kingsport, TN but has called Florida her home for the past 34 years. She has always been an advocate for community service and encourages her children to be advocates as well. Connie joined the board in 2012 to bring her expertise and enthusiasm to the sponsorship and gala committees. Connie is currently employed by Florida Blue which supports and also encourages her volunteer efforts.