The Rotary Club of Charlottesville

"Americas Founding City - Charlottesville as a hub for culture and innovation"
Feb 28, 2017
Paul Beyer, Founder & Director of Tom Tom Festival
"Americas Founding City - Charlottesville as a hub for culture and innovation"

Our Club theme for the month of February is GENERATIVITY - a human pursuit to contribute something, often through communities, to the next generation. Our speaker today has contributed something valuable to the Charlottesville community in the form of a foundation and a unique annual festival focused on innovation and entrepreneurship. Don't miss our talk with Paul Beyer at the Rotary Club of Charlottesville on Feb 28th. 

Paul is the Founder and Director of the Tom Tom Foundation and the Tom Tom Founders Festival. Tom Tom is a Festival of music, art, and innovation held each April over Jefferson’s birthday week in Charlottesville, VA. Since its inception in 2012, Tom Tom has hosted over 127,000 attendees, 300 bands, and dozens of public artists at wide-ranging creative events throughout the historic downtown. Tom Tom’s innovation programming has featured 350 speakers, including founders of Reddit, the Container Store, Chromat, Crutchfield, Gizmodo, and the Maker Movement, and its competitions have seeded nearly $2.9M in grants and funding to entrepreneurs and nonprofits. As Director of the Festival, Beyer oversees the visioning, programming, and marketing of the event that both builds the Charlottesville community and increasingly draws national entrepreneurs and creatives to explore the art of founding.

 

Beyer grew up in Charlottesville, and graduated New York University’s Gallatin School with concentrations in screenwriting and history in 2003. Paul returned to Charlottesville in 2006 to work for R.L. Beyer Custom Homes, a family run homebuilding business established in 1972.

 

Paul has spent his professional career in Charlottesville invested in a number of civic and entrepreneurial pursuits in the region. Paul sits on the Board of the Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce (2014 – ), the Charlottesville Economic Development Authority (2016 – ), and the Mayor’s Advisory Council on Innovation and Technology (2016). Prior to that he chaired Albemarle County’s Housing Committee (2007-2010), and participated on the steering committee of the Charlottesville Cultural Plan (2012 – 2013).