Nevada County Fairgrounds Board Names New CEO

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – May 27, 2015

Contact:     Arnie Romanello, Nevada County Fairgrounds, Board President
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Nevada County Fairgrounds Board Names New CEO
New CEO brings business development, marketing, management, and fundraising experience to job

GRASS VALLEY – The Nevada County Fairgrounds Board of Directors announced this week the appointment of Rea Callender as the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Nevada County Fairgrounds, effective June 8, 2015.  The Board of Directors retained Ralph Andersen and Associates to conduct the extensive search, which produced interest from talented candidates from across the nation.

An entrepreneur and philanthropist with corporate, start-up and non-profit experience, Callender, brings more than 25 years of sales and business development experience to the job; as well as accomplishments in fundraising, marketing, team building, and management.

Callender has served as CEO and Founder of several businesses. He founded Schoolpop, Inc., an online loyalty marketing company and fundraising tool for K-12 schools, which raised $250 million since 1999 for K-12 schools nationwide. Additionally, he founded and built Animated Systems and Design, Inc., a website development company, which he sold to Bozell Advertising.

“We are thrilled that Rea is joining the Fairgrounds’ team and will be leading the organization in the future,” said Arnie Romanello, president of the Fair Board. “This was an extensive process, with many applicants, and we are confident that Rea’s accomplishments, his active involvement in the business world, and his significant experience in fundraising for non-profits will serve the Fairgrounds well.”

Callender spent part of his youth in Nevada County, and his family owned a working 2,000 acre cattle ranch in Grass Valley.  He participated in the Junior Livestock Auction at the Nevada County Fair in his youth, and his father ran the JLA for many years – and it was there that his love for the Nevada County Fair was born.

He is a former Board Member of Child Family Health International; The Menlo Park Atherton Education Foundation; and The Parker School, where he implemented the “Leadership Speaker Series,” which brings business education to high school students via access to business leaders and real-life leadership experiences. He is a graduate of University of California, Irvine, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics.

Rea Callender will begin as CEO at the Nevada County Fairgrounds on June 8.  He replaces Sandy Woods, who became the CEO of the Fairgrounds in 2009, and has been at the Nevada County Fairgrounds since 1995.  He will be responsible for overseeing the annual Nevada County Fair, the Draft Horse Classic, and the Country Christmas Faire; as well as the interim events and facility rentals, the RV Campground, and the infrastructure of the Nevada County Fairgrounds.

For more information about the Fairgrounds, visit NevadaCountyFair.com.

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Fairgrounds Board Names New CEO

The Nevada County Fairgrounds Board of Directors announced this week the appointment of Rea Callender as the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Nevada County Fairgrounds, effective June 8, 2015. The Board of Directors retained Ralph Andersen and Associates to conduct the extensive search, which produced interest from talented candidates from across the nation.

An entrepreneur and philanthropist with corporate, start-up and non-profit experience, Callender, brings more than 25 years of sales and business development experience to the job; as well as accomplishments in fundraising, marketing, team building, and management.

Callender has served as CEO and Founder of several businesses. He founded Schoolpop, Inc., an online loyalty marketing company and fundraising tool for K-12 schools, which raised $250 million since 1999 for K-12 schools nationwide. Additionally, he founded and built Animated Systems and Design, Inc., a website development company, which he sold to Bozell Advertising.

“We are thrilled that Rea is joining the Fairgrounds’ team and will be leading the organization in the future,” said Arnie Romanello, president of the Fair Board. “This was an extensive process, with many applicants, and we are confident that Rea’s accomplishments, his active involvement in the business world, and his significant experience in fundraising for non-profits will serve the Fairgrounds well.”

Callender spent part of his youth in Nevada County, and his family owned a working 2,000 acre cattle ranch in Grass Valley. He participated in the Junior Livestock Auction at the Nevada County Fair in his youth, and his father ran the JLA for many years – and it was there that his love for the Nevada County Fair was born.

He is a former Board Member of Child Family Health International; The Menlo Park Atherton Education Foundation; and The Parker School, where he implemented the “Leadership Speaker Series,” which brings business education to high school students via access to business leaders and real-life leadership experiences. He is a graduate of University of California, Irvine, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics.

Rea Callender will begin as CEO at the Nevada County Fairgrounds on June 8. He replaces Sandy Woods, who became the CEO of the Fairgrounds in 2009, and has been at the Nevada County Fairgrounds since 1995. He will be responsible for overseeing the annual Nevada County Fair, the Draft Horse Classic, and the Country Christmas Faire; as well as the interim events and facility rentals, the RV Campground, and the infrastructure of the Nevada County Fairgrounds.

Photo: Rea Callender, CEO of the Nevada County Fairgrounds

Rea Callender Photo (May 2015)

 

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Board of Directors Appointments

Governor Brown recently made appointments to the Nevada County Fair’s Board of Directors.  Arnie Romanello has been reappointed; Steve Steele and Andrew Trygg have been appointed as new directors.  The brief biographies below are from the Governor’s news release.  

  • Arnie Romanello, 84, of Grass Valley, has been appointed to the 17th District Agricultural Association, Nevada County Fair Board of Directors, where he has served since 2001. Romanello has been a park monitor for the City of Grass Valley since 2008. He was a partner at Arnie Romanello’s Appliance Installers from 2002 to 2005 and owner of Arnie’s Bluebird Café from 1994 to 2001. Romanello was managing partner at Birds Landing Hunting Preserve from 1980 to 1993. He is a member of the Lions Club International. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Romanello is a Democrat.

 

  • Steven Steele, 56, of Rough and Ready, has been appointed to the 17th District Agricultural Association, Nevada County Fair Board of Directors. Steele has been an owner and operator of Hog Hollow Farm since 1988. He served in multiple positions for Nevada County from 1980 to 2012, including road superintendent and fleet services manager for the Department of Public Works and equipment shop supervisor for the Department of Transportation. Steele is a member of the Nevada County Farm Bureau, the Nevada County Ag Youth Boosters and the California Pork Producers Association. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Steele is a Democrat.

 

  • Andrew Trygg, 31, of Grass Valley, has been appointed to the 17th District Agricultural Association, Nevada County Fair Board of Directors. Trygg has been a lead instructor at Public Safety Training Consultants since 2011. He has served in multiple positions at the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office from 2008 to 2013, including communications manager and senior sheriff’s dispatcher. Trygg was a public safety dispatcher at the Placer County Sheriff’s Office from 2005 to 2007 and a sheriff’s dispatcher at the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office from 2002 to 2005. He is a volunteer fire captain at the Nevada City Fire Department and a member of the Firefighters Association of Nevada City. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Trygg is registered decline-to-state.

 

Steve and Andrew join our current Board of Directors – Thomas Browning, President; Arnie Romanello, Vice President; Sandy Ballou; Shanti Emerson; Karen Henderson; Simi Lyss; and Jeanette Royal.

During these challenging times for the California fair industry, a critical component to the Fair’s success is a strong Board of Directors, composed of community leaders with common sense and vision.  We are confident that the Board of Directors will continue to provide excellence in leadership. 

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