The Dublin Irish Festival is pleased to announce the selection of long-time Festival supporter Bill Stemm as the 2021 Honorary Chair. Stemm was was originally selected to serve in 2020, prior to the cancellation of last year’s in-person Festival due to the coronavirus pandemic. Former Dublin Irish Festival Honorary Chairs, Mayor Greg Peterson, and City Manager Dana McDaniel, selected Bill Stemm as Honorary Chair in recognition of his support and dedication to the Festival.
In this role, Bill Stemm will preside over festivities surrounding this year’s unique Dublin Irish Days event that’s presented by the Dublin Irish Festival, Aug. 4-8, 2021. He will also serve as an ambassador and spokesperson for the Festival year-round. In addition, other official roles include starting the Dublin Irish Festival 5K presented by IGS Energy and leading the Dublin Irish Days Finale.
A major contributor to the Dublin Irish Festival for years, Stemm’s active involvement will continue to strengthen given his new role.
“To be recognized in such a significant way, by the Festival and Dublin, Ohio, is truly a fantastic honor. I am humbled to be part of such a remarkable group of men and women,” said Bill Stemm. “The Dublin Irish Festival is an event beyond compare and my goal is to be a worthy ambassador of this award-winning, international event.”
Bill Stemm, CTA
Vice President, On Premise Sales
G&J Pepsi Cola
Bill has been with G&J Pepsi for 17 years and has held several positions including Director of Sales, Market Director and his current position, Vice President, On Premise. In his position as Vice President, On Premise, Bill is responsible for On Premise sales which include College & Universities, Hotels, Fairs & Festivals, Restaurants, Leisure, Workplace sales and Prestige Partners as well as the MEM department, Chilled Beverages and G&J Call Center.
Prior to coming to G&J, Bill spent 23 years with another local Columbus company, Big Bear Supermarkets. Bill spent his time with Big Bear Supermarkets as Store Manager, District Manager and DSD Buyer.
Bill attended Franklin University in Columbus and served on the Board of Directors for the Members First Credit Union for 14 years, including several years as Board President.
Bill is a current board member with the Columbus Sports Commission and was also elected as Honorary Chair for the 2020-21 Dublin Irish Festival.
Hobbies include golfing, traveling and sports.
Bill and his wife Debbie live in Pickerington, Ohio and have one son, Corey and one daughter, Cailyn, both of whom are married. Bill and Debbie also have two granddaughters, Oakland & Sutton, and one grandson, Owen.
Bill Stemm joins a prestigious group of past Irish Festival Honorary Chairs, including Denny Lynch of Wendy’s International (1997); Terry O’Connell of Time Warner Communications (1998); Terry Tindel, formerly with Verizon Wireless (1999); Mike Kelty of The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company (2000); Ron Geese of Continental Office Environments (2001); Don Hunter of Duke Realty Corporation (2002); Dave D’Antoni of Ashland, Inc (2003); Mike Kehoe of AT&T (2004); Tom Thon of Clear Channel Columbus Radio (2005); Cheryl Herbert of Dublin Methodist Hospital/OhioHealth (2006); Dan Sullivan of the Memorial Tournament (2007); John Fleming of Superior Beverage Group (2008); Frank Willson of WBNS 10TV (2009); Randy Hicks of Bob Evans (2010); Jim and Leslie Finn (2011); Scott White of IGS Energy (2012); and Frank Slavik of Tim Hortons (2013); Brian Ferrier of Giant Eagle, Inc. (2014); Pete Fingerhut of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium (2015); Ed Gaughan of the County Mayo Corporation (2016); Kitty Munger, Wendy’s franchise association (2017) and Patrick and Molly Byrne, Byrne’s Pub (2018); Chris and Carol Clinton, Timeless Skin Solutions (2019).
About Dublin Irish Days presented by Dublin Irish Festival
Irish attitude is all you need to experience the Dublin Irish Festival in Dublin, Ohio, USA. Since 1988, the first weekend in August has been reserved for what is now the world’s largest three-day Irish celebration. The 2021 Dublin Irish Days event will take place Aug. 4 – 8, 2021 in Coffman Park and Downtown Dublin. With concerts, Irish dance, shopping, theater and more, there is truly something for everyone. For more information, please visit DublinIrishFestival.org.
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