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William Henry Hobbs V

Festival Director

Phone: 973-882-5464, ext. 11
E-mail: whobbs@balloonfestival.com

William Hobbs joins The Festival Group as festival director for both the New Jersey Lottery Festival of Ballooning and the Rock, Ribs & Ridges music and food festival, two highly popular destinations on New Jersey’s summer destination calendar.

Hobbs possesses a well-rounded background in special event production, management, and operations with various music festivals, non-profits, universities, business start-ups, and local municipalities. 

A self-described “man of many hats,” his experience includes digital marketing, box office operations, vendor relations, merchandising, volunteer staffing, and event administration, with events and organizations including the Blue Ridge Rock Festival, Suwannee Hulaween, FloydFest, Red Wing Roots Music Festival, and the 5 Points Music Foundation.  

A native of Roanoke, Virginia, Hobbs received a Certificate in Event and Music Industry Essentials from NYU, has a Certificate in Entrepreneurship Management from Virginia Western Community College, and has an Associate’s degree in Environmental Health Sciences from Virginia Western Community College. 

He is passionate about music and making people feel excited and feel at home as they experience all that the festivals have to offer.