TIGLFF appoints new Executive Director and two board members

January 13, 2012
For immediate release
Contact: Ken Hodges, President 813-966-8525

The Tampa International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival (TIGLFF) has appointed a new executive director and added two new members to its Friends of the Festival board of directors.

Board President Ken Hodges announced today that Larry Biddle has been named executive director of the organization, and that Marisa Gonzalez and Omar Montes have been elected to the board.

Marisa Gonzalez was born in Mount Clemens, Michigan and grew up in West Palm Beach, Florida. Since her days as a law student at Stetson University College of Law, Marisa has made gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender issues a focus of her study and practice. Marisa, now a licensed attorney in the State of Florida, lives in Clearwater with her girlfriend of 7 years and their two dogs.

Omar Montes works as a marketer and educator by day, and a film enthusiast by night. He holds a BA degree in Mass Communications from the University of South Florida. When not working, sleeping, or viewing films, you can find Omar on stages throughout the Tampa Bay area as a local actor. He is thrilled to make the move from Festival attendee to organizer.

Larry Biddle has provided strategy, communications and development guidance to small businesses, nonprofits, political and community advocacy organizations for more than 40 years. He has raised more than $350 million for nonprofit organizations and $31 million for political purposes - including the Howard Dean for President campaign. Most recently he served as the director of development for the film festival. He has a degree in organizational management from the University of Delaware and is an E-Commerce Fellow at the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. He lives in St. Petersburg with his partner of 20 years.

"I am very excited to announce these additions to our team," said Hodges. "These two exceptional new board members represent a broad segment of our community and will bring diversity, energy and new ideas to our organization. Larry's experience and talent has been evident during the past year as he exceeded his goals as development director and will be a tremendous asset as he takes on this important leadership role as executive director."

  • New TIGLFF Executive Director Larry Biddle

When the 2012 Tampa International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival hits the screen (presumably in October), it will be under the guidance of a new executive director. In the post will be Larry Biddle, who has until recently been the director of development for the festival. Those around Creative Loafing know Biddle well, as he's the 20-year partner of CL editor David Warner. So don't expect me to give you an unbiased take on his hiring. I've known Larry for over 7 years now, and think he's an excellent choice, one sure to keep TIGLFF fresh and exciting for years to come.

The festival also added two new board members, Marisa Gonzalez and and Omar Montes. "I am very excited to announce these additions to our team," said TIGLFF president Ken Hodges. "These two exceptional new board members represent a broad segment of our community and will bring diversity, energy and new ideas to our organization."

Read the full TIGLFF press release with more on Biddle, Gonzalez and Montes, after the break …

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