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TAF&E Welcomes Chris Shivers Executive Director

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 24, 2017

Chris Shivers joined the Texas Association of Fairs & Events (TAF&E) as the new executive director of the organization, beginning September 1. In addition to Shivers taking the reins of the organization, TAF&E welcomes Ranch House Designs, Inc., as the organization's new communications and marketing coordinators. The team brings a wealth of knowledge to the position with close to 20 years of experience in association management, communications, meeting planning and participation in fairs and events.

“We are proud to be working with our new association management, and I personally am excited to introduce Chris Shivers to our membership,” said Daryl Real, President of TAF&E. “Chris comes to us with a great background in leading a membership organization from the American Brahman Breeders Association, and is teamed up with the communications savvy of Ranch House Designs to present a great team that will springboard our association into the future.”

Chris Shivers will lead the organization as executive director. Ashley Fitzsimmons will serve as marketing account manager, followed by Lynn Hough as primary administrative contact. Ranch House Designs will provide the main office space, storage, and equipment. Ranch House corporate executives Rachel Cutrer and Ashley Grant will serve as marketing strategists for the organization's growth and development. The remaining 15 members of the Ranch House staff will support the project in graphic design, web design, and event planning.

The team is extremely well-versed with experience in participation and exhibition at fairs. Several members of the team have personally exhibited and participated at every major show in the United States and have attended these events since 1983 to present. Members of the team currently attend over 30 major stock shows and state fairs annually.

The new team is up and running and looks forward to working with the association members, promoting TAFE and providing education.

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About TAFE:

The Texas Association of Fairs & Events is a membership based non-profit trade organization for fair, festival and event professional staff and volunteers; and for businesses and organizations that supply fairs and festivals with goods and services. Our members deliver outstanding family entertainment that is Texas-friendly, including state, regional and county fairs, petting zoos, BBQ cookies, agricultural exhibitors, carnivals, art displays, concerts, dances and more.


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HURRICANE HARVEY RELIEF/CONTIBUTION/DONATION SITES

Here is a helpful list of several website and other information for those that are interested in helping our TAFE Friends and Associates that have been affected by Hurricane Harvey.

If you know of any other resources we can share – please email nkimmey@ntfair.com

”HELPING OUR NEIGHBORS WITH OPEN HEARTS AND HANDS”

Texas Cares – North Texas Phone Bank (WFAA- DALLAS/HOUSTON)

Taking donations from 5:00am – 7:00pm on Tuesday – August 29, 2017

1-972-988-8888

To donate $10.00 immediately - text HARVEY to 90999

Magnolia Market – SELLING Texas Forever Tshirts for $26.00 www.magnoliamarket.com

ALL Proceeds going to Hurricane Harvey relief victims

May Designs – (Custom Calendars and Itinerary Books) TEXAS COLLECTION - all price points

www.maydesigns.com

Texas Monthly Magazine - http://www.texasmonthly.com/the-daily-post/ways-can-help-people-hurricane-harvey/

Lori Harvey – Hampton Inn Waco Taking donations at the Waco location until September 4th

Email her at Lori.harvey@hhmlp.com

THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR EFFORTS IN HELPING OUR TEXAS ASSOCIATION OF FAIRS AND EVENTS NEIGHBORS AND FRIENDS. HOEPFULLY THIS LIST WILL HELP OTHERS AS WELL.

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