Jason R. Hughes has over 25 years of experience in operations, sales, fundraising, marketing, communications, and management in both non-profit and for-profit organizations.
His background includes founding Fresh Magazine, a publication designed to expose 18-to-34-year-olds to Canadian arts and culture. In addition to founding the magazine, Hughes served as editor and publisher. At PrideVision/OUT TV, he directed the sales and marketing efforts of the world’s first LGBTQ television network, securing major national advertisers, including Pepsi, Proctor & Gamble, Labatt, and Nissan.
Responsible for opening, staffing and leading the only Classical Radio network in South Florida, American Public Media’s Classical South Florida radio, Jason led the management, marketing, fundraising and programming efforts of a network of 4 stations serving over a half million listeners from Miami, Palm Beach, Naples and the Florida Keys, making it the largest classical music network in Florida.
Hughes has also worked in Artist Relations for Atlantic Records in New York City and as Assistant Promotions Director for 99-9 Virgin Radio (formerly 99.9 MIX FM) in Toronto, the flagship of Canada’s Virgin Radio stations.
Hughes holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. While at UNC, he won several leadership awards, was Concert Chair at the Student Union, Social Director for 25 campus residences, founded a campus-wide First Aid training organization (now led by the Red Cross), and was inducted into the prestigious Order of the Old Well.
An appointed member by the Mayor of the City of Fort Lauderdale, he sits on the Beach Redevelopment Board, Beach Business Improvement Board, and sat for six years on the Economic Development Advisory Board for the City of Fort Lauderdale, where he resides. Jason was also President of the Board of Trustees for ArtServe serving on the Board for 5 years.