Wes is a 28 year resident of Destin/Fort Walton Beach, Florida, having moved here from Louisville, KY in August 1990, where he was in the jewelry and thoroughbred horse racing business. And I am currently promoting the Emerald Coast Home and Boat Show, which is in it’s 19th consecutive year, and is now the largest and best organized business event in NW Florida.
Over the past twenty years. Wes has promoted many business expos, home shows, health fairs, job fairs, boat shows and music festivals in this area, as well as publishing three magazines and maps for the Destin Chamber of Commerce and the Okaloosa County TDC. Wes is also an advertising, sales and marketing professional having worked with over 1500 business owners from Panama City to Pensacola.
The music festivals were known as The Paradise Music Festivals with Al Jardine of the fabulous Beach Boys, Little River Band, Jeff Cook from Alabama, Vince Vance and the Valiants, Tracy Lawrence, Julie Roberts and many other groups. Wes has also promoted other musical events including The Emerald Coast Sing Off.
The home shows and health fair events were called the Northwest Florida Business Expo and the Emerald Coast Home and Boat Show since the year 2000. These events have been held at the Santa Rosa Mall in Fort Walton Beach, FL, Destin Middle School in Destin, FL, Saint Mary's Parish Life Center and the beautiful Emerald Coast Convention Center in Fort Walton Beach, FL over the past ten years.
The magazines were two real estate magazines for Remax and Coldwell Banker, and a Health Care magazine called the Emerald Pages.
The current event - The Emerald Coast Home and Boat Show is a Fundraiser for One Hopeful Place and will be held at the Emerald Coast Convention Center and will be the 32nd event Wes has promoted in this area since 2000.
Wes and Travis Fell with The Little River Band
Alex Fell with Jeff Cook from the Band Alabama
Wes Fell with Bob Lind, who wrote and sings the all time classic song "Elusive Butterfly"