Going back to when you first started with your organization to now, what has been your proudest personal accomplishment?
Well, It’s a three-way-tie. 1) Through the years we have had some great sponsors, but the turning point was aligning with Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino and they been so supportive and now the parade is recognized internationally and more famous than I ever dreamed; 2) Being named President and CEO; And 3) Moving the boat parade downtown… successfully.
What is your greatest strength(s) that makes you such an asset to your organization?
Believing in what I do, my commitment to the Winterfest, making it grow and knowing what this great event does for the community. I am a very positive person and I work hard for what I believe in.
How do you friends, peers, business associates see you.
Probably very Playful, but when work needs to be done I am very focused.
How do you relax?
Cooking for others and entertaining. Putting a smile on my friends faces puts a smile on mine. And since my husband is a steak and potato guy, it also gives me the opportunity to experiment and try new things.
What do you wish you could have a never-ending supply of?
Ongoing enthusiastic support of Winterfest and …Wine!
What can make you laugh? Everything!
What can make you cry? Everything!
Is there a fond childhood memory you can share with us?
Going to the boat parade and dragging my family with me. Finding that special location…Packing food (My mom and I would make little treats for all) and sharing a great family event. I think that is why I want to make sure there are many “special” locations for families and friends to view the boat parade.
When you were a little girl, what did you say you wanted to be when you grew up?
A Princess, of course!
What is your vision and hope for the future?
That the economy bounces back at the speed of light and that the people who are feeling the ill effects of the economy will recover.
Do you have a motto, or some words of wisdom, that has guided you through your life?
If you don’t ask the answer is NO!
What charitable organizations are you involved with at this time?
Pinion, Board of Directors/Publicity, an organization that supports the athletes of Special Olympics; Women’s Way steering committee of United Way and Co-Chair for a special event held every February (Luncheon di Amore); as well as Beaux Arts a fundraising arm for Fort Lauderdale Museum of Art.
What is something your parents taught you that you will never forget?
To understand the worth of relationships not just the worth of money.
What’s been the key to the success and growth of the Winterfest Boat Parade?
Having a solid team around me. Dawn Read has been with the boat parade for 14 years and Kathy Keleher for 8 years, which speaks for itself and means a lot to our success along with our 50 Board of Directors who are like family and share my passion for this important holiday tradition.
What is a talent you wished you had?
Singing…My husband wishes I had that talent as well!
What three things are always in your refrigerator?
Chocolate, Champagne & spaghetti sauce and meatballs!
If there were a movie being made about your life, what actor/actress would best play you?
Goldie Hawn, Kurt Russell would definitely play David my husband.
What is one of the things you want to be remembered for?
As the daring blonde who moved the boat parade when most everyone else said it could not be done.
Got it….And I cherish everyday with my family, friends, David and our puppy dogs.
Constantly reinventing Winterfest and the parade.
I am a very positive and passionate about everything I believe in.
LISA SCOTT-FOUND'S BIO
A Fort Lauderdale native, Lisa graduated from Stranahan High School and received a Bachelor of Science degree in communications from Florida State University. Upon completion of her education, she became director of PR for the Center for Theoretical Physics at the University of Miami, which enabled her to work with the most notable scientists in the world, many of whom were Nobel Laureates. At a young age of 25 she traveled to Moscow to meet with the Supreme Soviet and address over 700 leading scientists on issues facing the 21st century. After this whirlwind adventure, Lisa owned 2 successful businesses which she sold to go back into PR. She accepted a position with the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce as Director of Advertising. A few years later, she joined Winterfest where she found her true calling.
From childhood, Lisa’s holiday connection with Winterfest catapulted her desire to produce this South Florida tradition. Under her direction, Winterfest has grown into an internationally recognized event, which has earned the title “The World’s Most Watched Boat Parade.” The parade is viewed by millions live and on television giving it the rank as the largest one-day live spectator event in Florida and seventh largest one-day live spectator event in the country. Winterfest has been listed in Reader’s Digest as “America’s 100 Best” and has been named the 20th Best Parade in the World by the International Festival and Events Association and the USA Today. Lisa is committed to creating a quality, high profile event for the community, but more importantly, an event that brings family and friends together.
In 2007, Lisa realized Winterfest's 36 year old tradition needed a new direction. With less public viewing locations along the Intracoastal - her vision was to alter the route to give more people the opportunity to see the parade up close and personal. Against the critics who voiced their opinions loudly in the media - Lisa with the help of the Winterfest board, boat committee and other visionaries – changed the starting point of the parade from Port Everglades to the New River. This one bold direction added over 250,000 spectators to view the staging area of the parade in addition to the 850,000 along the existing route. Because of this decision, the new staging area of this holiday tradition welcomes an additional 250,000 viewers
Lisa is happily married to David Founds. She enjoys family time, traveling, dining out, swimming, boating, entertaining and playing with her beagles.
Lisa is also actively involved in various community service groups and has integrated many charitable opportunities under the Winterfest umbrella. Her volunteer endeavors include Past-President of Beaux Arts, PINION Board of Directors, Leadership Broward Foundation, High Heel Hike and Women’s Way lunch chair, Valley Board, She has received many notable awards and distinctions including an appointment to Ftl Marine Advisory Board, and recipient of the 2007 Chamber Salute to business Circle of Excellence Award from the Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce. Just recently she was honored as one of the 2008 March of Dimes Women of Distinction.