Longtime Pinellas County tourism and sports executive Tim Ramsberger has taken over U.S. operations of international marine motorsport promoter Powerboat P1 Management, which hosts the Powerboat Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.
The United Kingdom-based Powerboat P1 announced on Wednesday Ramsberger will work as president and chief executive of its United States operation. Ramsberger served as chief operating officer of Visit St. Pete/Clearwater since 2016 and stepped down from the agency on Sept. 3.
“I was approached about this opportunity and the more I looked at it the more I felt it was something that really excited me,” Ramsberger said. “It’s something that I felt would really bode well to use the experience and skill set that I have developed over the past several years doing sports and events.”
Ramsberger departs Visit St. Pete/Clearwater, Pinellas County’s tourism agency, as the destination is not only rebounding from the coronavirus pandemic but breaking records. Pinellas collected $8.27 million in tourist development tax in June, which is a 46 percent increase from June 2019, a record setting year.
Visit St. Pete/Clearwater CEO and President Steve Hayes said staff is absorbing duties of Ramsberger’s former position until the agency can hire a new COO.
Ramsberger, who will work remotely from his home in Treasure Island, will be responsible for running Poweboat P1′s commercial actives, offshore racing and Aquax jet ski events, and digital activities. That includes the Powerboat Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, which took place earlier this month near the St. Pete Pier following years running in St. Pete Beach.
“I think it’s got great potential, it’s a near perfect lifestyle event for our destination because it combines the beauty of our waterfront, it’s great for television, it’s great for spectators, it’s fun, it’s fast, it’s exciting,” he said of the St. Pete race.
Prior to his work with Visit St. Pete/Clearwater, Ramsberger spent a decade leading the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. He also worked for Disney Sports, FIFA World Cup, Olympic Organizing Committee, Andretti Sports Marketing and Indy Car.