Executive Producer, Visionary, Creator
FLORIDA NATIVE – DEEPLY ROOTED
Born in 1966 Mark Hess is a native Floridan from Tampa. It’s here his family is deeply rooted since early 1900’s, among them holding positions such as the Mayor of Tampa, Director of the first Tampa Tourism, State Attorney, and Founder of Senate Coffee, later sold to Maxwell House.
In 1985 Hess moved to the Panama City Beach, Florida to work in the family business, at Ebro Greyhound Park & Poker Room where he remains today as Marketing Director and assisting his younger brother Rick, and their father Stockton Hess, President & General Manager in all management aspects. However, Mark’s shared love for the family business wasn’t enough.
In 1999, he founded Hess Entertainment Inc. and never looked back. For seventeen years, he produced some of the very best musical entertainment Bay County has every experienced, producing over 100 concerts events to date. Among some of the artists were Tony Keith, Brad Paisley, Blake Shelton, Kenny Rogers, Travis Tritt, Hank Williams Jr, ZZ Top, Styx, REO Speedwagon,, Foreigner, Boston, Steve Miller Band, Tony Bennett, BB King, and Engelbert Humperdinck.
TAKING A DIFFERENT TRAIL
Timing is critical, and it was time for Hess to set in motion a 10+ year plan with multi projects each created to strengthen the other. Beginning in 2016, Hess founded Florida Jeep Jam in Panama City Beach, Florida. A Multi-Day Jeep Beach Vacation for Jeep owners, enthusiast & their families, in 2020 the event celebrates it’s 5th year. It was during this time Hess & business partner Mark Forrest created “The American SuperJeep Challenge” a Motor Tread Network competition TV series. Most recently, Hess worked with Florida Legislators and the top Florida lobbyist to secure passing legislation that allows for the addition of the NEW “Explore Off Road” Florida Specialty License Plate administered by Florida Off-Road Foundation, Inc, (FORF) a nonprofit corporation under s. 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
SERVING HIS COMMUNITY ON THE FOLLOWING BOARDS
Washington County Chamber
Panama City Beaches Chamber Washington County EDC
Gulf Coast College Foundation Florida Restaurant & Lodging
Bay County American Cancer Society
American Cancer Society
Florida Off-Road Foundation, Inc, (FORF) 501c