Incoming Gov. Ron DeSantis and incoming First Lady Casey DeSantis announced the leadership for his Inaugural Committee on Tuesday.
“The Inaugural Committee will be chaired by Brian and Kathryn Ballard of Tallahassee. Stanley and Gay Hart Gaines of Palm Beach and Bill and Lys Rubin of Broward County will serve as co-chairs,” the Republican Party of Florida (RPOF) noted.
“We are excited to announce this special group of Florida leaders who have graciously agreed to serve on the 2019 Inaugural Committee,” said the incoming governor and first lady. “The 2019 Inauguration will be a celebration of our great state as we move forward together toward continued success. The Inaugural Committee will play a critical role in organizing inclusive inaugural events which reflect the diversity and uniqueness of Florida.”
The leadership of the event, with some biographies provided by the RPOF, are below.
Inaugural Chairs, Brian and Kathryn Ballard
Brian and Kathryn Ballard of Tallahassee will serve as chairs of the 2019 Inaugural Committee. Brian and Kathryn have extensive experience leading the inaugural process. They were selected by two previous Florida governors to plan and execute their inaugural ceremonies and events, serving as co-chairs for both Governor Rick Scott and Governor Charlie Crist. Brian Ballard has served as a top advisor to numerous presidential and Florida gubernatorial candidates throughout his career, including President Trump and Governor-elect Ron DeSantis.
Inaugural Co-Chairs, Stanley and Gay Hart Gaines
Stanley and Gay Hart Gaines of Palm Beach will serve as co-chairs of the 2019 Inaugural Committee and are known for their longtime service to the state of Florida. Gay Hart Gaines has been one of Governor-elect DeSantis’ strongest supporters and has decades of experience advising political candidates from the local to presidential level.
Inaugural Co-Chairs, Bill and Lys Rubin
Bill and Lys Rubin of Broward County will serve as co-chairs of the 2019 Inaugural Committee. Bill Rubin served on Governor Rick Scott’s inaugural committee and has a distinguished record of accomplishment in both the public and private sectors.
Inaugural Finance Committee
Chair, Nick Iarossi
‘Co-Chair, James “Bill” Heavener
Co-Chair, Mori Hosseini
Inaugural Host Committee
The Honorable Allan Bense
The Honorable Dean Cannon
Thomas L. Corr
Representative Byron Donalds
Joseph G. Fogg III
Dr. Jeffrey Feingold
The Honorable Adam & Jillian Hasner
Jeff and Sonya Hartley
Fred & Autumn Karlinsky
Ben Leon, Jr.
The Honorable Pat Neal
Robert W. Pereira
Ike & Laura Perlmutter
Ambassador John Rood
The Honorable Robert Schenck
Ambassador Mel & Betty Sembler
The Honorable Will Weatherford