Jay Downie

For over thirty years, Jay has been involved in the planning, marketing and management of projects and events throughout the United States, Canada and Australia.

He led the entertainment and event initiatives of several major theme parks in the United States, Canada and Australia and helped conceive, develop and produce thousands of live shows, programs and events.  Responsibilities included special events planning and promotions, international performer auditions and recruitment and the operational planning and management of the entertainment departments for each of the parks.  His duties took him throughout the theme park system to coordinate and activate the entertainment programs, including the opening of new parks in Canada and Australia.

Jay produced major public and non-public events for corporate, convention and civic clients including the Centennial Celebration of Fiesta San Antonio, the Bicentennial Celebration of Cincinnati, Ohio and Knoxville, Tennessee’s Bicentennial Celebration. Corporate clients have included Avon Products, Proctor & Gamble, Kroger, Cintas, Time Warner Cable and AT&T.

Creating Tall Stacks in Cincinnati, Cincinnati’s centerpiece bicentennial event, celebrating the sternwheeler age in America, Jay also served as senior consultant and President/CEO for Grand Excursion, a multi-state initiative promoting the upper Mississippi River region.

Working with hundreds of dedicated volunteers, Jay has produced the MAIN ST. Fort Worth Arts Festival for nineteen years, and the XTO Energy Parade of Lights for twelve years. These award-winning events have helped Downtown grow and prosper.

Jay currently serves on the board of directors of the International Festivals and Events Foundation (IFEA), and is chairman of the Texas Festivals and Events Association (TFEA), the IFEA state affiliate. He is a member of Downtown Fort Worth Rotary Club and attends the First Presbyterian Church. He’s married to Debbie, an art teacher, and has two children – Drew, living in Santa Monica, and Kelsey Thueneman in Cincinnati. Jay resides in Downtown Fort Worth and loves the active, exciting environment of the Downtown community!

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