We are so proud and honored to introduce our 2021 Grand Marshal for the Gasparilla Concours d'Elegance.
Mr. duPont is a graduate of the Lawrenceville School, ROLLINS COLLEGE BA and the University of Delaware MA.
After serving one term in the Delaware State legislature and subsequently WILMINGTON TRUST COMPANY, Mr. duPont and his family moved in 1976 to Belleair, Florida to go to work for budget Rent-A-Car of Tampa where he eventually became a partner of the Florida franchise group . The franchise group was sold in 1983.
That year , Mr. duPont founded First Tampa Capital Corp. an independently funded SBIC licensed venture capital company focusing on start up enterprises in the Bay Area.
In 1985, Mr. duPont and his partner launched the first issue of the duPont Registry, A Buyers Gallery of Fine Automobiles . Other titles including Homes , Boats , Celebrity Cars and the duPont REGISTRY TAMPA BAY followed the success of the now 35 year old car title . The Tampa Bay magazine and its related media platforms are now Mr. duPONT’s focus and are growing at a year over year rate of 15%.
He holds the title of Publisher Emeritus for all duPont Registry titles and is the active Publisher of duPont REGISTRY TAMPA BAY, which is owned operated by REGISTRYMedia, LLC.
In addition to his Publishing duties , Mr. duPont is managing director of Randalea, LLC, Winchester Drive,LLC, TGIP and on the board of several other investment and financial entities.
Mr. duPont has served his community with distinction by holding positions with numerous associations and organizations including founding president of the Tampa/ Hillsborough Convention and Visitors Bureau, Chairman Emeritus of the Board of Trustees of Saint Paul School, a member of the board of trustees of the FLORIDA AQUARIUM foundation, and a member of the board of WEDU.
During his Publishing career, Mr. duPont has received several distinguished honors including the 2016 Lee Iacocca Award for Meritorious Service to the collector car industry and in 2018 became a member of the Legends Of Auto.
Mr. and MRS. duPont have three daughters, three son-in-laws and seven grandchildren all of whom live in Florida.
This year, Mr. duPont receives the distinguished honor of becoming the GRAND MARSHAL of the 2021 Gasparilla Concours d’ELEGANCE .