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DeSantis Announces His Inaugural Committee Leadership

November 27, 2018 - 3:30pm
Brian Ballard, Stanley Gaines, and Bill Rubin
Brian Ballard, Stanley Gaines, and Bill Rubin

Governor-elect Ron DeSantis and incoming First Lady Casey DeSantis announced Tuesday leadership for the 2019 Inaugural Committee.

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 full list of individuals serving on the Inaugural Finance and Host Committees is provided below.

“We are excited to announce this special group of Florida leaders who have graciously agreed to serve on the 2019 Inaugural Committee,” said the DeSantises. “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.”

Further details will be forthcoming at

2019 Inaugural Committee Leadership
Chairs & Co-Chairs

Inaugural Chairs, Brian and Kathryn Ballard of Tallahassee

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 Gov. Rick Scott and Gov. 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 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

Slater Bayliss
Rodney Barreto
The Honorable Allan Bense
Brady Benford
David Browning
The Honorable Dean Cannon
Thomas L. Corr
Carson Good
Representative Byron Donalds
Rebekah Dorworth
Tre Evers
Joseph G. Fogg III
Anthony Farhat
Dr. Jeffrey Feingold
Tony Grippa
John Hamlin
The Honorable Adam & Jillian Hasner
Jeff and Sonya Hartley
Ken Jones
Marva Johnson
Jeff Johnston
Manny Kadre
Fred & Autumn Karlinsky
Tom Kukk
Ben Leon, Jr.
Kelly Mallette
Albert Maury
Chris Moya
The Honorable Pat Neal
Bridget Nocco
Richard Parrillo
Robert W. Pereira
Tom Petway
Ike & Laura Perlmutter
Ambassador John Rood
The Honorable Robert Schenck
Ambassador Mel & Betty Sembler
Kent Stermon
Rick Sontag
Monte Stevens
The Honorable Will Weatherford
Katie Webb
Derek Whitis

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