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Marla Calico, CFE, President and CEO IAFE

Marla Calico

IAFE Keynote Speaker

“Fairs Focus on Youth and Communities”
This presentation was made before the Rural Development Agriculture & Natural Resources Committee of the Washington House of Representatives this past session.

Marla Calico, CFE,
President and CEO IAFE

(Riverfront Ballroom C D)

Rob Curley, Editor Spokesman-Review

The Virtuous Circle: Local Journalism’s Fight For Survival

Rob Curley, Editor Spokesman-Review

Dating back to the early days of the Internet, Spokesman-Review editor Rob Curley has long been considered one of the newspaper industry’s biggest innovators. Through his times at some of the largest news organizations in the nation, like The Washington Post and Orange County Register, to working at such small midwestern papers as the Lawrence Journal-World and Topeka Capital-Journal, it’s his passion for community journalism that drives him. After building some of the most award-winning news sites on the Internet, he has been featured on the cover of national magazines and even in an Apple commercial. Creativity Magazine named him one of the 50 Most Creative People in the World, and he’s one of the only newspaper editors in the world to give “Tech Talks” to Google's programmers on the web giant’s main campus in Silicon Valley.

WSFA Speakers

Speakers that care about Fairs...
Marla Calico CFE, President & CEO of IAFE
Ron Curely Editor, Spokesman Review
Jeremy Wissing, Lieutenant, Marijuana Non-Retail Unit WA State Liquor Control Board
Jared Webley Public Policy and Communications Manager for Spokane County
Washington State Veterinarian Dr. Brian Joseph
Washington Fair Commission
Mary Kae Repp Genesis Marketing
Nancy Deringer State 4-H Program Leader
Jessica McLaughlin, Fair Coordinator, Spokane County Fair
Andrea Thayer Grounds Entertainment/Competitive Exhibits Manager, Washington State Fair
Kady Porterfield Director, Kittitas Valley Event Center
Kristi Pimentel Entries Superintendent, Jefferson County Fair
Michael Bleau, CEO Event Hub
Erin Gurtel, Director, Spokane Interstate Fair, WSFA Vice President
Kathi Johnson, Home Arts Superintendent, Jefferson County Fair
Tom Muchoney, WSFA President and Sue McIntire, WSFA Director
Penny Nelson, WSFA Service Director and Hazel’s Diner John Morrison, WSFA Past President
Terry Atchison WSFA Immediate Past President
Paul S. Kuber Ph. D North East Regional Livestock ExtensionSpecialist, Washington State University
Michael Richardson, NW ADA Center Director
Robert Duke Business Development Manager, Phoenix Protective Corporation
Holly Ball Washington State Fair, Foundation Development Manager
Brittany Teverbaugh Marketing Manager, North Idaho Fair
Karen Quest Giddyup Productions
The members of the WSFA Board cover many important topics during the WSFA Convention. Look for their hosted sessions
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