Stephen Chambers Named Executive of the Year
Las Vegas, Nev. – November 27, 2017 – At the International Association of Fairs and Expositions (IAFE) 127th Annual Convention, held Nov. 26-29, at the Paris Hotel in Las Vegas, Nev. Stephen Chambers of the Western Fairs Association (WFA) was named the State and Provincial Executive of the Year. The Executive of the Year Award goes to an association executive who has been in this position for at least five years. They have to be recommended by their association and are judged on their participation and involvement in their local, state, and the fair industry.
Chambers has served as executive director of the WFA for 30 years. During that time, the association has increased membership to include all fairs in Oregon, Washington, Nevada, Arizona, and California. A strong advocate for the fair industry, Chambers has worked diligently to obtain, maintain, and sometimes replace funding for fairs in his association. Through his leadership, WFA has sponsored and presented educational opportunities, trainings, seminars, conferences, and conventions that have lifted the standards of fair operations throughout the industry. Chambers has served as a mentor for many new fair CEOs and service members, helping guide them through some difficult times.
Chambers' service as a liaison to legislators is aided by his vast, historical knowledge of fairs. His perspective has shaped policies on multiple fair boards and legislatures. After his long, productive career as WFA executive director, Chambers plans to retire this year. A true mark of his lasting impact can be seen in what fair leaders say about him.
"Stephen is one of the most honest, forthright, and trustworthy persons that I have ever encountered. Stephen has an infectious enthusiasm that infuses itself into every person he meets and forms the basis of each and every interaction with them," stated 2017 WFA President Joseph Anderson of the Napa Town & Country Fair in Napa, Calif.
"Stephen's passion for the fair industry is obvious once you start any conversation with him. He is an ardent supporter of all the fairs and service providers. His role as leader of the Western Fairs Association will be one that will be hard to fill," stated WFA Treasurer Judy Carrico of the Alameda County Fair in Pleasanton, Calif.
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The International Association of Fairs and Expositions (IAFE), based in Springfield, Mo., is a voluntary, nonprofit corporation, serving state, provincial, regional, and county agricultural fairs, shows, exhibitions, and expositions. Its associate members include state and provincial associations of fairs, non-agricultural expositions and festivals, associations, corporations, and individuals engaged in providing products and services to its members, all of whom are interested in the improvement of fairs, shows, expositions, and allied fields.
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