Pete Van de Putte, CFEE was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. He has a BA in Music Education from St. Mary’s University, and is a Certified Festival and Event Executive (CFEE). Pete is chairman of Dixie Flag and Banner Company® and DFest® - Dixie Flag Event Services Team®. He has served on numerous community and industry association boards, and has been a featured speaker at a variety of conventions and educational seminars across the country. In 1995, The Texas Festivals and Events Association awarded Pete the Hall of Honor Award for Lifetime Achievement. He has twice received the George Washington award for patriotism by the Freedom’s Foundation at Valley Forge and the Betsy Ross Award for Outstanding Service by the National Independent Flag Dealers Association. Pete is a Past Chair of the Texas Festivals and Events Association, the World Board of the International Festivals and Events Association and the IFEA Foundation. Pete was inducted into the IFEA Hall of Fame in 2011. In 2012 Pete was inducted into the Hall of Fame of the Texas Association of Fairs and Events and was named a Distinguished Alumnus of St. Mary’s University in San Antonio.