Phil Pagano, Executive Director
Phil Pagano moved to the Sarasota area 22 years ago from Wayland, MA and also spent time in Holderness, NH. Spending 30 years in the floor covering business, Phil started as a vendor at the market in 2005 selling natural rugs, including seagrass and sisal. Phil was a volunteer for the market when he first started, which eventually grew into management. Phil has been the Executive Director/Manager since 2009. One of Phil’s passions over many years is working with the community and assisting with non-profits in relation to the market. Over 100 non-profits have attended the market over the last 7 years. Phil has helped expand the market over the last 10 years with an estimated 500,000 attendees per year. Some of Phil’s accomplishments over the years has been adding more space to the market including east State Street and west State Street, expanding the entertainment program to include such music the Sarasota Jazz Project, Ocean’s 11, Big Night Out and weekly small performing artists. Phil has also increased the amount of agriculture, including more local growers over the years and locally acclaimed artisans.