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Steve Hogan

Distinguished Alumni May 2013

Steve is the Chief Executive Officer of Florida Citrus Sports, a non-profit event management company that produces the Capital One Bowl, Russell Athletic Bowl, Florida Blue Florida Classic, Orlando Citrus Parade, and other Florida-based events that impact the economy and benefit at-risk children and educational initiatives in Central Florida.

Steve received his Associate of Arts degree in Communications from Polk State College in 1989. He received his bachelor’s degree in Advertising and Public Relations from the University of Central Florida in 1991.

After working for McCaw Communications and The New York Times, Steve started his employment at Florida Citrus Sports in 1995 in the events department. He worked his way up to become the Events Manager, Assistant Executive Director (COO), and interim Executive Director (CEO). After a nationwide search, Steve was named CEO in 2006.

During his tenure, Steve has worked on a variety of major sporting events. In 1999, he created a college football all-star game from scratch that lasted seven years on ESPN and boasted over 100 NFL draft picks. Over the years, he has managed several NFL pre-season, college football regular-season, and international soccer neutral-site games. Additionally, he has negotiated television, title sponsorship, and conference agreements that have elevated the organization into one of only three communities that stage multiple bowl games.

Steve has worked tirelessly for the last decade with community leaders to dedicate funding for the reconstruction of the Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium. Overcoming significant challenges and the recent recession, the near $200 million project received approval in 2012 to move forward immediately following the 2013 bowl season.

Steve serves nationally as Chairman of the Football Bowl Association and locally as the current Chair of Leadership Orlando. Other board service includes Orlando Inc., the Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis, and the Community Health Impact Council.

Steve and his wife, Angie, live in Orlando with their two sons, Davis Brownlee and Anderson Hogan.