John Duce to continue his tenure as Chairman of Gator Bowl Sports Board

John Duce
John Duce

In May, it became clear which volunteer leaders would helm The Gator Bowl Sports Board of Trustees this season, after an unprecedented pandemic season: Wells Fargo Executive John Duce and Northeast Florida CEO of BBVA, Nelson Bradshaw.

Duce will serve a second term as chairman with duties that include presiding over all Gator Bowl Sports initiatives such as the TaxSlayer Gator Bowl football game and game related events, Gator Bowl Charities youth initiatives, Gator Bowl Green Jacket Membership, and the annual Florida vs Florida State neutral site baseball game.

Bradshaw has also been named volunteer chairman-elect and serve concurrently as well as Vice Chairman of hospitality and will transition to the Chairman role in April 2022. Chairman-Elect Bradshaw is a graduate of LSU and began his banking career thirty-six years ago with J.P. Morgan Chase in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Duce and Bradshaw will work alongside the Gator Bowl Sports Board of Trustees, newly announced President/CEO Greg McGarity, green jacket volunteers and staff to plan and execute the 77th TaxSlayer Gator Bowl game and events. The game date and time for this year’s TaxSlayer Gator Bowl is expected to be announced later this month.

 “Gator Bowl Sports has been a long-time staple in our community and having the opportunity to serve a second year as chairman is an honor and privilege,” Duce said. “Last year, despite challenges presented by COVID-19, we were still able to execute a successful TaxSlayer Gator Bowl game albeit a scaled down version. I look forward to a full year of events and activities which continue the long history of successes through our economic impact, charitable programming, and community engagement initiatives.”

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