Name:

Gary McCann

Title:

Executive Director, Runaway Country – Space Coast Music Fest

Children:

Sean, 24, a 6th year medical and student doctor at Florida Hospital; and Jenna, 27, a Certified Nurse Assistant.

Years in Brevard:

Seven years. I moved to the beach from Orlando where I resided since 1996.

DO YOU SOCIAL NETWORK?

I follow Runaway Country on Facebook, but I don’t personally post. We have some wonderful people on staff who are all really good at the social networking part of the business. (www.facebook.com/RunawayCountry)

WHAT IS ONE THING YOU’VE DREAMED OF DOING BUT HAVEN’T YET?

Racing NASCAR. I live vicariously through race car drivers. Not just the going fast part, but the strategy and the technology, the smell of fuel, rubber and overheated brakes… awesome! My sisters think I’m a nut case; I raced them like there was no tomorrow at Andretti Thrill Park. I can be a little competitive, but I like to think I’m more like Carl Edwards than Kyle Busch.

WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT YOUR JOB? What’s the expression?

“Love what you do, do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life.” I get to listen to and observe brilliant people in every aspect of the business. What’s not to love? I get schooled by creative geniuses, marketing gurus, techies, strategic planners, songwriters, community leaders – some of the brightest and most learned people in the country. In short, great people make this a job that really isn’t a job.

WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO START THE RUNAWAY COUNTRY FESTIVAL?

I think it was a combination of things. More than anything, I’ve always enjoyed throwing a good party. A few years back, I was discussing event opportunities for the Space Coast with Rob Varley, the Executive Director of the Space Coast Office of Tourism. We went through several ideas with the focus on building a signature event for the area, clearly something with measurable economic benefits for the entire community. Our discussions kept coming back to the concept of building a music festival, not just any festival but the most desirable festival experience anywhere in the country for both fans and artists.

WHAT WOULD MOST PEOPLE BE SURPRISED TO KNOW ABOUT YOU?

My favorite movie is “Babe” – not an adult video, but the Oscar-winning movie about a pig raised by sheepdogs starring James Cromwell. Great life lessons and it brings back fond memories of raising my children.