We are proud and honored to have Mr. Steve Griggs as our
2022 Grand Marshal
for the Gasparilla Concours d'Elegance.
Steve Griggs is the CEO of Vinik Sports Group and the two-time Stanley Cup Champion Tampa Bay Lightning.
Raised in Aurora, Ontario, Canada, Steve is a philanthropic community leader in Tampa Bay and a tremendous supporter of FARA (Friedreich's Ataxia Research Alliance), which benefits from Gasparilla Concours d'Elegance proceeds. Steve and his wife, Janell, have a daughter, Maddie, and a son, Jack.
During Steve's tenure with the Lightning, the organization has risen to unprecedented heights, evidenced by its 290 consecutively sold-out games entering the 2022-23 season, a streak that started in 2015. Under Steve's leadership, the Lightning introduced the Community Hero program in 2011-12, a cornerstone for the organization that has since been renewed twice and continues to this day. The Lightning Community Hero program donates $50,000 each game, totalling more than $27 million to over 600 unique Tampa Bay-area nonprofits.
A fan of fast-paced sports, Steve is also an avid fan of collectable cars and motorcycles.
Steve will usher in Gasparilla Concours festivities in the featured centennial car, a 1922 Rolls Royce Silver Ghost owned by Bob and Nancie Thompson of Port Elgin, Ontario, Canada. Joining Steve are Gasparilla Concours Founders and Executive Directors Brando and Joanne Pistorius, Master of Ceremonies Ed Lucas, and announcer Gary Wurmlinger. The Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla Cutthroat Chorus Pirates, Santa, and other dignitaries will also join in kicking off opening ceremonies for a day filled with elegance, food, fun, and the most unique and historically significant vehicles ever gathered in the Tampa Bay Area.
A little fun Q&A:
Q. What was your first car?
A. 1978 Grand Lemans (daily driver) the days it would start. lol
Q. Which has been your favorite vehicle?
A. Ford Raptor
Q. Have you ever owned a vintage car?
A. Not yet, but I have my eye on a couple restorations.
Q. Steve clearly shows a love for fast paced sports,
Have you ever dabbled in car/ motorcycle racing?
A. No , however I do own and ride a Harley Davidson
Q. What was your fondest memory of a family road trip?
A. 1977-Toronto to Colorado in back of a station wagon with reverse seats.
It is a wonderful memory of my childhood.