Arts/Entertainment/Sports

MARK BELLISSIMO

CEO, EQUESTRIAN SPORT PRODUCTIONS, WELLINGTON

Starting in December, more than 2,500 riders and 7,500 horses descend on Wellington, a community of nearly 65,000 west of Lake Worth, to be part of Wellington’s Winter Equestrian Festival, an event that attracts some of the world’s best equestrian competitors. Palm Beach County’s sports commission says the 12-week festival adds more than $100 million to the local economy.

Bellissimo’s impact on that festival — and on Wellington’s status as one of the nation’s most significant equestrian hubs — is significant. His Equestrian Sport Productions, which he founded in 2006, produces horse shows such as the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center, which is owned by ESP parent company Wellington Equestrian Partners.

His involvement with horses started in the late 1990s when his daughters started participating in horseback riding competitions in Wellington. By 2006, Bellissimo and his partners had purchased Wellington’s showgrounds and gained control of the Winter Equestrian Festival.

The winner of the South Florida Sun Sentinel’s 2013 business leader of the year award in Palm Beach County, Bellissimo and daughter Paige co-founded ESP’s Great Charity Challenge, which has given $13.5 million to 240 Palm Beach County charities during the last eight years.

STACEY ALLASTER

UNITED STATES TENNIS ASSOCIATION

KEN BABBY

FAST FORWARD SPORTS GROUP

Mark Bellissimo

Equestrian Sports Productions

TOM BRADY

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS

Matt Caldwell

Florida Panthers Hockey

Tony Dungy

Broadcaster

Tom Garfinkel

Dolphins and Hard Rock Stadium

STEVE HOGAN

FLORIDA CITRUS SPORTS

NANCY HOGSHEAD-MAKAR

CHAMPION WOMEN

Derek Jeter

Miami Marlins

Shahid “Shad” Khan

Jacksonville Jaguars

JUDY LISI

STRAZ CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

Alex Martins

Orlando Magic

Duncan McClellan

Duncan McClellan Gallery

Jay Monahan

PGA Tour

ERIC POMS

ORANGE BOWL COMMITTEE

J. Michael Prince

USPA Global Licensing

KATHY RAMSBERGER

DR. PHILLIPS CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

KAY RAWLINS

ORLANDO CITY SC

Matt Silverman

Tampa Bay Rays