Rick Vymlatil Named 2018 Chair of IAFE
Las Vegas, Nev. – November 29, 2017 – Rick Vymlatil, CFE, president/CEO of the South Florida Fair & Palm Beach County Expositions, Inc., in West Palm Beach, was elected the 2018 chair of the International Association of Fairs and Expositions (IAFE) today during the final business session of the 127th IAFE Annual Convention. The convention began Nov. 26 and continues through today at the Paris Hotel in Las Vegas, Nev.
Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Vymlatil became a Floridian when his parents relocated to Palm Beach County in 1961. He completed middle and high school there and received his associates degree from Palm Beach Junior College. He earned his Bachelor's Degree in Business Management from Wilmington College in 1974.
Vymlatil began his fair career in November of 1982 as assistant general manager of the South Florida Fair. During his 35 year career, he also served as manager of the St. Lucie County Fair in Fort Pierce, Fla., for two and a half years and as executive director of the Florida State Fair in Tampa for eight years.
Vymlatil has served as president/CEO of the South Florida Fair & Palm Beach County Expositions, Inc., since July 2004. In this position, he is responsible for overseeing every aspect of the fair and fairgrounds operations. He supervises a staff of 52 full time employees.
Active in the fair industry, Vymlatil received his Certified Fair Executive designation from the IAFE in 1998. He has served as co-chair of the IAFE Management Conference Committee and previously served on the IAFE Industry Relations Committee. Prior to his current service to the IAFE Board, Vymlatil served as the IAFE Zone 2 director. He is a past chair of Florida Federation of Fairs, the Mid-West Fairs Association, and the Florida Festival & Events Association. He was inducted into the Florida Federation of Fairs Hall of Fame in 2003.
Vymlatil is a trustee of the Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches and the Central Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce. He is also a board member of the Law Enforcement Assistance Foundation. He and his wife Denise reside in Tequesta, Fla., and are the proud grandparents of Lucas Harnek, 9, of Jacksonville Beach and Dane Vymlatil, 3 months, of Fort Lauderdale.
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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.