Cherry Blossom Festival hires new CEO

A local high school marching band makes their way down to Cherry Street during last year's Cherry Blossom parade.

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A local high school marching band makes their way down to Cherry Street during last year's Cherry Blossom parade.

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The International Cherry Blossom Festival announced on Sept. 13 that they have appointed Thomas Wicker as their interim president and CEO.

This announcement came just days after Jake Ferro was asked to resign on Sept. 6, according to a Telegraph article.

“Thomas is fully committed to bringing his experience and wealth of knowledge to the Cherry Blossom Festival and the Board is honored and thrilled that he has accepted this position,” said Board Chair Stacy Ingram in a press release.

Wicker has worked with the festival before and is very familiar with the Macon area.

He has held several positions with the Cherry Blossom Festival before.

He was on the board of directors from 2007 to 2012, the executive committee and board chair from 2011 to 2012 and he was festival chair in 2011.  

“The festival has been a boost to Middle Georgia’s economy, drawing thousands of visitors from across the southeast and the nation,” Wicker said in a press release.

Wicker has also held several positions in Macon including working for the Tubman Museum and the Macon Chamber of Commerce, as well as serving on Mercer’s National Engineering Advisory Board.

Wicker has also received many community awards such as the 2013 Community Service Award and 2014 Leadership Award from NewTown Macon.

He is taking this position after retiring from Georgia Power where he served as the region vice president.

“I am excited and enthusiastic to build upon the festival’s foundations which began with Carolyn Crayton’s vision and William A. Fickling, Sr.’s generosity,” Wicker said.

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