AMBASSADOR committee

The Ambassador Committee consists of regional leaders who serve as your local point of contact for FFEA. Each Ambassador acts a resource to the members in their region, hosts regional networking events and workshops and acts as an additional point of contact between FFEA and its current and future members.

Congratulations to the following individuals on taking the initiative to not only help advance FFEA but their professional development as well.


Kris Koch, City of Clearwater

Central FL West - Citrus, Hernando, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas, Sarasota Counties

Kris spent over a decade climbing the ladder in professional baseball prior to joining the City of Clearwater in 2013 holding jobs overseeing food service, stadium operations, sponsorship sales, marketing, and ticketing operations.  Kris, along with his dedicated team partner and produce over 50 events annually including the Clearwater Sea-Blues Festival, Fun n’ Sun Clearwater, the Turkey Trot, Maxima Concierto Herencia Hispana, and also advise and permit over 100 other local events. Kris has been an FFEA Member for 3 years and an Ambassador since 2015.  EMAIL KRIS

David Ballard, City of Gainesville

North Central FL -  Alachua, Bradford, Columbia, Dixie, Gadsden, Gilchrist, Hamilton, Jefferson, Lafayette, Leon, Levy, Madison, Suwanee, Taylor, Union, Wakulla Counties

In his position as event coordinator with The City of Gainesville, David is currently in charge of the “Free Fridays” Concert series, The Downtown Countdown New Year’s Eve Celebration, The Holiday Tree Lighting and  his newest creation, Jest Fest, which showcases world renowned cirque and comedy/variety entertainers. David is also a master puppeteer and performing artist. He has entertained at such venues as the Smithsonian Institution, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, the National Park Service and Walt Disney Productions. In addition to being an Ambassador, David also serves on the Entertainment Committee and Board of Directors for FFEA. EMAIL DAVID


Tasha Hyder, Clay County Fair

Northeast FL -  Baker, Clay, Duval, Flagler, Nassau, Putnam, St. John’s Counties

Hailing from the mountains of Tennessee, Tasha moved to Jacksonville, FL in 2004. She began her journey in event management as the Director of Basketball Operations for the University of North Florida Women’s Basketball team. She traveled across the state to Pasco County where she gained valuable experience in local government Parks and Recreation operations. She was called back to Jacksonville as the Events and Recreation Coordinator for the Town of Orange Park. Tasha directed and improved annual events such as the Fall Festival, Carrie Clarke Day, and Kid’s Fishing Day. Tasha also created several new events such as Kids Fest, Bark Fest, Farmers’ Market and Hometown Holiday in the Park. Most recently, Tasha took the role of General Manager for the Clay County Fair, she is very excited about the new opportunity to grow a community favorite event. Tasha currently serves as a board member for FFEA since 2015 and has served as the Northeast Ambassador for FFEA since 2014.EMAIL TASHA


Lanie Shapiro, Touch Poll South Florida

Southeast FL -  Broward County




Elyzabeth Spires, Westin Cape Coral

Southwest FL - Charlotte, Collier, Glades, Hendry, Lee, Monroe Counties

Lyz Currently has been working in events for the past 10 years. She studied Event Management at Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers, Florida where she gained her love & passion for events, marketing and volunteering. One of her biggest passions is giving back, all of the Chamber of Commerce events that she manages give to companies like Wounded Warrior Project, Special Operations Communicators Association, Invest in Vets Cape Coral, Cape Coral Caring Center & Food Pantry, ACT for Girls, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer & local public services. In her free time she volunteers with Relay for Life – Cape Coral & Cypress Lake Youth Football and Cheerleading, spends her weekend with family, and owns a cupcake company with her husband. She is married with two furry children Stella & Ice. EMAIL LYZ