The Memphis in May board of directors voted on January 25, 2024, to name Mack Weaver as the permanent President & CEO of Memphis in May International Festival. Weaver will assume his new role beginning February 1, 2024, following the retirement of former President & CEO Jim Holt on January 31st.
Weaver has been with Memphis in May for over 25 years, most recently as the Executive Vice President & CFO.
“We’re fortunate to have the right person already on staff to step into the role of President.” said Al Gossett, 2024 Board Chair, “Mack’s intimate knowledge of the organization and extensive experience producing large-scale events makes him ideal for the position and we’re confident in his leadership because we’ve already seen him in action for 25 years.”
Weaver is a lifelong Memphian and graduate of Northside High School and South Carolina State University with a BS in Mathematics. He was an All-MEAC and All-American defensive back serving as Team Captain his Junior and Senior years.
Weaver was a Memphis Business Journal “Top 40 under 40” honoree in 2002, a two-time CFO of the Year finalist and, a graduate of the 2006 Leadership Memphis class.
Dedicating his time and leadership to the Memphis community, Weaver has served on the Board of Directors at several local organizations including Hattlioo Theatre, where he served as Treasurer, Memphis Tourism and the Memphis Rock-N-Soul Museum where he served as Board Chairman 2022-2023. Weaver is an active member of Greater Community Temple Deacon Board since 1998 also serving as Board Chairman.
“Mack Weaver has been serving from a place of excellence for quite some time, though I’ve watched his corporate leadership and business savvy from afar.” Said Bishop Brandon B. Porter, Sr, COGIC General Board Member, “For over 25 years he has served as the Chairman of our deacon’s board at Greater Community Temple COGIC where I have seen his incredible gifts up close. This leadership role has shown his integrity and balance, both with God and man.”
“I look forward to guiding the festival into the next chapter,” said Mack Weaver, “We are in good shape financially, have a respected and world-renowned brand, experienced team, and dedicated volunteers. We are going to do what we do best, just as we have for the past 46 years.”
Weaver is married with two adult children and enjoys golf, travel, and as a Memphis in May Certified Barbecue judge refining his grilling skills much to the delight of family and friends.