The Celebration will Begin - October 6 - October 12th, 2014

Board & Staff

The 2014 Board and Members:

Brian Smith

President of the Board & Executive Producer for Entertainment

Brian Smith is Executive Producer and CEO of 82 South, an event production and consulting firm who partners with event planners and marketing & communication professionals to create individualized unique experiences. Brian celebrates over twelve years of experience in the event and entertainment industry. His passion is the driving force to create innovative experiences for his clients. He actively pushes the boundaries in creative and technical solutions on his projects and he is excited to bring this to COWP for the third year in a row. Brian resides with his partner of ten years in Winter Park and enjoys the arts, outdoors and traveling.

Mikael F. Audebert

Executive Director & Senior Executive Producer

Mikael Audebert has been the Executive Director of Come Out With Pride for 3 years. He is also the President of the parent organization, MBA Orlando and, during his (little) downtime, an avid traveler through his own luxury travel company. Mikael was named one of the 2013 40 people under 40 by the Orlando Business Journal. His work with Come Out With Pride started in 2008 when he joined the organization as Marketing Director to quickly rise to Executive Producer of Development before becoming the organizations’ first Executive Director. He is one of the co-founders of Converge Orlando, a non-profit organization with the mission to develop and expand LGBT tourism to Orlando. Mikael was born in France and moved to the US at age 18. He has lived in Orlando since 2000.

Russell Mann

Financial Director

I have been in the Central Florida area for 5 years and work at BMO Harris Bank in the Downtown Orlando district. I knew it was important for me to become involved in COWP because it embraces important values that are part of my life. If I can help my community through the volunteer work of COWP then I know it is helping the LGBT community come that much closer to full acceptance. Everyone who is part of this organization is hardworking and committed to a great cause and through their dedication we can, and will make great things happen for the Central Florida community.

Eric Townsend

Executive Producer of Development

In his 3rd year with Pride, Eric returns this year as our Atmosphere Director and Special Events Manager. One of his primary duty is to look for new ways to “beautify” our events. Eric also manages the Pride at Halloween Horror Nights outing. Eric is a rising star at Hilton Grand Vacations, his full time employer AND one of Kesha’s favorite fans!

Andrew Gillette

Executive Producer of Operations

After joining Come Out With Pride last year as the World Showcase Director, Andrew joins us again this year as the Executive Producer of Operations. In this role, he oversees the Festival, Food & Beverage, Parade, Security, and Logistics. Andrew has been a proud member of the Orlando community since moving here in 2008. In addition to his role with COWP, Andrew is an industrial engineer at the Walt Disney World Resort and a part-time instructor at West Virginia University.

Bob Azzarito

Board Member at Large

Originally from New York, been in FL for 25 years. A public school teacher for 35 years and a Come Out with Pride volunteer for 9 years (since the beginning).

The 2014 COME OUT WITH PRIDE Production Team:

If you are interested in being part of the Production Team,
please email our Executive Director by clicking here

Karen Brown

Chair, Opening Ceremony

She’s Florida’s own – Straight Girl in a Gay World, featured columnist for What’s Happening Magazine. Karen has worked as a manager in the entertainment field and has served as chairperson of Orlando’s Most Outrageous Event – Headdress Ball; benefiting the Hope and Help Center of Central Florida.

Kristian Cosme

Executive Producer of Communications

Kristian Cosme has lived in Orlando for the last 28 years and loves to give back to the community. As an active member of the Young Democrats of America, Kristian currently serves as Chairman of the LGBTQ Caucus, leading chapters across the national. As Chair, Kristian was the first to introduce a measure to endorse Marriage Equality and successfully had it passed. Kristian currently works for AT&T as a Reporting and Analytics Manager. He has been with AT&T for 10 years. Kristian is a 2012 Graduate of the University of Central Florida, where he majored in Political Science. This is Kristian’s first year on the Pride Production team and he is looking forward to a wonderful celebration of our progress.

Michael Deeying

Food & Beverage Director

Michael has been involved with the Central Florida community since the mid-1990′s, dedicating his time to the Special Olympics of Florida and the Wat Florida Dhammaram Buddhist Temple. Currently, he is the Commercial Property Manager and Manager of IT Solutions at Real Property Specialists, Inc., an Orlando-based commercial real estate and brokerage company. In his spare time, Michael is an avid epicurean and is the President/Founder of Fatty Fatty Moo Moo, a local food blog. With his love for food and drink, it’s no surprise that Michael jumped at the opportunity to join Come Out with Pride as their Food & Beverage Director.

Keith Conrad

Festival Director

I moved to Orlando 4 years ago from New Jersey after graduating from Montclair State University with a Degree in Finance. I was inspired to move to Orlando while I was attending The Disney College Program because of the open and welcoming community. I currently work as an Associate for Bank of New York in Lake Mary, Florida. I am also very active in the Central Florida Softball League.

Kyle Peterson

Marketing Director

Work for Publix Supermarkets. Helps out with campaigns such as March of Dimes, Children’s Miracle Network, and the United Way. Help out the Community by Volunteering with Come Out With Pride and also by doing the Corporate 5K every year with the Publix team. Anything I can get my hands on to help I try to take on.

Deb Ofsowitz

Silent Auction Manager

Deb is VP Marketing & Finance for Balance Orlando, a proud MBA Orlando member. Deb is returning in her role as Silent Auction Manager for the 3rd year and has been instrumental at raising much needed funds for this organization.

Ben Laube

Technology Manager

Ben Laube serves as the Technology Manager for Come Out With Pride which includes managing improvements to the COWP website and other technical tools. His day job is being President for POLR Marketing, a Orlando based web marketing company whose focus is to take companies to the next level by increasing their web presence. In his free time, Ben enjoys scuba diving, sky diving and any activity that involves high adrenaline.

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