The Board of Directors of the Central Washington Fair Association announced today that Kathy Kramer has been named President and CEO of the Central Washington State Fair, succeeding longtime President Greg Stewart, who is retiring from the organization after 48 years.
Kramer will take over the position on February 1, 2020.
“We are excited to have Kathy bring her experience, talents and enthusiasm to our Fair and to State Fair Park,” said Fair Association Board chairman Dave Hargreaves. “We are looking forward to having her help us grow into the future.”
Kramer has a diverse background in for-profit, government and non-profit organizations, holding key roles in the areas of management, strategic planning, sales & marketing, venue operations, production of major events and corporate sponsorship. For the past five years she was CEO of the Orange County Fair and Event Center in Costa Mesa, California.Prior to that she was with Northlands in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada where she was the Vice President of Business Operations. Previously, she was Deputy Director of the Phoenix Convention Center and Venues, Vice President of Convention Sales & Marketing for Century Link Center in Omaha, Midwest Regional Director of Sales & Marketing for Six Continents Hotels and Resorts and Director of Sales & Marketing for Harrah’s Casino and Hotel. She holds a CFE (Certified Facility Executive) from the International Association of Venue Managers and is a Certified Meeting Professional (CMP).
“I am very excited and humbled to be joining the Central Washington Fair Association team as the new President and CEO,” Kramer said. “I am truly looking forward to working with the board, staff and community to move this organization to the next level.We have such a great opportunity to continue to build on the rich history of this organization and Yakima Valley to ensure that State Fair Park continues to be a vital part of the community for years to come.”
Greg Stewart joined the Fair in 1972 and took over as general manager the following year.In his time at the Fair it has grown from a 5-day to a 10-day Fair and has become the biggest family event in Eastern Washington.He will officially retire on December 31 of this year.