SHARON MCALLISTERExecutive Director ArtFest Fort Myers, Inc.
McAllister, Executive Director of ArtFest Fort Myers, southwest Florida’s
premier art festival and largest weekend event with 95,000 attendees has been
in the festival industry for 20 years. Directing a 4-person staff, Sharon is
responsible for the festival’s vision, sponsorships and marketing. She is
dedicated to the pursuit of applying new technology and best practices to
ArtFest Fort Myers and events & festivals overall. A 20-year member of
FFEA and past Board member, Sharon has a BBA from the University of Hawaii
and MBA from the University of Chicago. For 18 of those years she transformed
a meager craft event into an award winning & nationally recognized art
festival bringing an unparalleled art experience and economic impact to the
southwest Florida community. Sharon’s commitment to creating a vibrant Fort
Myers has resulted in her being directly involved in the entire planning
process of the downtown waterfront redevelopment plan and the arts and event
management in the City.