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Opening Keynote – Rob Curley, Editor Spokesman Review
The Virtuous Circle

Could "kindness" be a business model or even the secret sauce behind community success? Spokesman-Review (Spokane, Wash.) newspaper editor Rob Curley explains how Spokane’s oldest and largest news source embraced the concept of "the virtuous circle" — showing how a community grows in innumerable ways when it works together for a greater good. More importantly, it illustrates that positive leadership during difficult times can feed more than just a bottom line ... it can reenergize a hometown. This highly engaging, fast-moving presentation is filled with lots of laughs that turn into moments of inspiration and practical solutions to complex problems. With his homespun speaking style, Curley makes a powerful case that in today's highly polarized world, simply being nice is often the overlooked difference between success and failure.

Rob Curley, Biography-
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 biggest newspapers in the nation like The Washington Post and Orange County Register to working at small midwestern papers like the Lawrence Journal-World and Topeka Capital-Journal, it’s his love of community journalism that drives him ... never the size of the newspaper.

After building some of the most award-winning news sites on the Internet, Curley has been featured on the cover of national magazines and even 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.
In 2019, Editor & Publisher magazine named The Spokesman-Review as one of the “10 Newspapers That Do It Right” in the United States, focusing on the newspaper’s ground-breaking community events

IAFE Speaker
Change the Next Opportunity
Michael Bradley, MHB ProductionChange is the very word that we all fear. It also is the word that defines our future and success. COVID-19 has turned us upside down and will continue to do so. This presentation outlines the impacts of the Pandemic and our future, but more importantly the opportunities for fairs. From entertainment seating, to livestock shows to the safety of our guests and staff. How will we react and benefit from creativity? It can be done! Hear the top 10 creative ideas for 2020 and beyond as we enter this new and exciting world of change.
Michael Bradley, MHB Productions

Michael Bradley (California) operates MHB Productions, a management consulting business and is an active keynote speaker addressing a wide range of subjects including Visionary Fair Programing, fundraising, leadership, youth development, agriculture awareness and education as well as issues related to fairs and festivals throughout North America. He has traveled to Hong Kong, South Korea, and mainland China on behalf of several Universities and the IAFE to develop training programs for exposition professionals in Asia.
Michael served as the Chief Executive Officer of the California Mid State Fair and Paso Robles Event Center. He was the Executive Director for the Arizona National Livestock Show, Inc., Division Manager at the California Farm Bureau Federation and was employed with the California Exposition and State Fair.

Bradley is a current board member and Past Chairman for the California FFA Foundation. He has served as a Board Member of the Western Fairs Association, a 29-year member of the Advisory Committee for the Animal Science Department at California Polytechnic State University and a founding Board Member of the Kautz Ironstone Concours Foundation. Bradley also serves as a member of the California Department of Food and Agriculture Fairs Advisory Committee.
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