Board of Trustees

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Jim Sinclair

IAFE Education Foundation 

President

Jim Sinclair is the Deputy General Manager of the Minnesota State Fair. During his forty plus (40+) year tenure at the State Fair, Jim has had numerous management responsibilities and undertaken multiple program and operational initiatives on behalf of the exposition including management of the fair's concession, exhibit and attraction operations, administration of non-fair events and facility utilization, and oversight of the exposition’s Sales Division, Facilities, Purchasing and Events Groups. A native of Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, Jim Sinclair began his career in the exposition industry with the Northern Wisconsin State Fair (Chippewa Falls) at the age of 15, where he continued to work until after graduation from college at the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire. Sinclair has played an active role as chairman of the IAFE Board (2010) and in service on several I.A.F.E. committees.  He is a Certified Fair Executive and 2012 graduate of the IAFE Institute of Fair Management. 

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Marla Calico

IAFE Education Foundation Secretary

Marla Calico is President & CEO of the IAFE, a past chair of the Board (2003) and Hall of Fame recipient. She spent nearly three decades on the staff of the Ozark Empire Fair, including 10 years as the CEO.

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Steve Siever

IAFE Education Foundation Treasurer

Steve Siever is Director of Sales for the IAFE, managing the annual trade show as well as all sponsorships and advertising sales for the Association.

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Jim Tucker

IAFE Education Foundation Trustee

Jim Tucker is President Emeritus of the IAFE, and also serves the Association as legal counsel.  He was the President & CEO of the IAFE from 2000 through 2015.

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Rey O'Day

IAFE Education Foundation Trustee

Rey O'Day is Wings of Fame consulting, a frequent speaker and trainer at industry gatherings and serves as the Director of NICA-West.

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Shari Black

IAFE Education Foundation Trustee

Shari Black has been involved in the fair industry for more than 20 years. Her career began at Waukesha County Fair in Southeastern Wisconsin where she served as Executive Director. In 2016 she began serving as Senior Director of Event Services at Wisconsin State Fair Park, which includes managing year-round facility rentals as well as the Fair’s Independent Midway, SpinCity, during the annual Wisconsin State Fair. Shari served as the Wisconsin Association of Fairs President in 2016 and was also Chair of the IAFE County Fairs Committee.  She graduated from the IAFE’s Institute of Fair Management in 2013 and became a Certified Fair Executive in 2014. She is still active as a 4-H Leader in her community and enjoys watching her three children Gavin, Lauren and Mason show their pigs and carry on her passion for agriculture and the Fair Industry. 

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Mitchell Glieber

IAFE Education Foundation Trustee

Mitchell Glieber joined the State Fair of Texas in 1999, spending the majority of his time working with corporate partners developing sponsorship, marketing, and promotional programs, more than tripling sponsorship revenue.  Prior to joining the State Fair, Mitchell spent nearly a decade with the Dallas Mavericks marketing team, serving as the organization’s Sales Manager for season and group tickets. Raised in Dallas, Mitchell graduated from Southern Methodist University with a double-major in Finance and TV & Radio.  He served as Captain of the SMU Mustangs football team in 1989, and was chosen as one of only 11 National Football Foundation Scholar Athletes in the country, that same year.  He is the former President of the SMU Letterman’s Association and is an active member of the Dallas Salesmanship Club, a non-profit organization dedicated to transforming children’s futures by serving at-risk families in the Greater Dallas area.  Mitchell is son to nationally-known CBS Sportscaster, Frank Glieber, who passed away in 1985.  Mitchell and his wife Lisa are devoted parents to their three children; Thomas, Kaki and Charlotte.

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Miranda Muir

IAFE Education Foundation Trustee

Miranda Muir, CFE is the General Manager of the Elkhart County 4-H Fair in Goshen, Indiana.  She has served the International Association of Fairs and Expos as the Chair of the Young Professionals Initiative and the Competitive Exhibits Committee.  In 2017, Miranda was honored to be named the IAFE's Rising Star in recognition of her dedication to the industry and work promoting agriculture education.  She is a self-proclaimed Fair Junkie, but more importantly Mom to two boys, Wrisley and Huxley.  Miranda credits two things for her success; the support of her friends and family, especially her husband Steve, and industry scholarships which enabled her to further her "Fair" education.

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Jo Reynolds

IAFE Education Foundation Trustee

I am from Indianola, Iowa. I was a 9 year 4-H member and studied Agricultural Business at Iowa State University. My husband, Martin, and I have been married for 36 years. We have three grown children and five beautiful grandchildren.We purchased my family’s Century Farm where we raise corn, soybeans, and hay.  We own a 200-head commercial cow/calf operation and sell feeder calves with our youngest son and wife. For 31 years I have owned and been an agent for my Crop and Farm Insurance agency. (so that I can afford this Fair passion that I have!!) I am currently and have been the Fair Manager for the Warren County Fair for 21 years.

 

I received my Certified Fair Executive (CFE) designation from the IAFE in 2013. In 2017, elected as (IAFE) Zone 5 Director which allowed me to serve on the IAFE Board of Directors representing the states of Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Nebraska, and Kansas. This term is up in December of 2020. I will be the 2021 Membership Chair. I have served on several committees including the Ag Committee, Membership Committee, Convention Planning Committee, County Fairs Committee, and I have been a presenter at the IAFE Convention. I began serving on the IAFE Foundation Board beginning in 2020. I love the Fair industry and proud to serve on the IAFE Foundation Board. 
 

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Pam Shultz

IAFE Education Foundation Trustee

Pam Shultz strives to be innovative and relevant with her STEM-based interactive attractions, continually researching simple and fun ways to bring science to fairs and festivals in North America.  She is respected by her service member peers, fair personnel, and those who have watched her as she has expanded her business.  She is recognized for her ability to be flexible, providing valuable service member insight, and for her leadership within the industry.

She has been a Director on the Western Fairs Association (WFA) Board since 2017.  During this time, she served on the Search Committee for a new CEO/President.  As an associate member of IAFE WFA, and RMAF, she has been on numerous committees:  Professional Development, Blue Ribbon Foundation, Convention Programming, and Leadership.  She is currently on the Rocky Mountain Association of Fairs (RMAF) Board, recently assisting in planning and then navigating the cancellation of the 2020 convention due to COVID19.  Pam has been involved with the silent and live auctions, seeking donations and raising funds for scholarships and continuing education.

Previously, Pam (with her husband Rob) created and began their business in 1995, with Wild Science!.  Her educational attractions have been featured at 19 state fairs, in 28 states, 4 Canadian Expositions, Disneyland, and a variety of other venues.  Due to the high demand for quality interactive attractions, Wizard’s Challenge!, Mind Works!, and Science Nest! were added to IG Presents line-up.  Pam has used her expertise to develop and grow IG’s promotional materials, website, and social media presence.

Pam believes in education and loves learning.  She graduated from the IAFE IFM program in 2019.  She holds a BS in Journalism and a BA in Public Relations.  Prior to starting IG Presents, she worked at Blue Diamond Almonds in their international division (Europe and Middle East), Risk Management for Loma University Medical Center (LLUMC), and Service Member Coordinator for LLUMC’s self-insured health plan.  She is actively involved with Feeding San Diego and has served as a team leader, feeding 500+ families per week. 
 

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Alexcia Jordan

IAFE Education Foundation Trustee

Alexcia Jordan, is the General Manager at the North Idaho State Fair in beautiful Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.  Her fair love started long before that as she watched her mom’s career in the Fair Industry and was constantly enlisted to help at many events.  She graduated from the IAFE’s Institute of Fair Management in 2018 and is working to receive her CFE.  Alexcia currently serves on the Rocky Mountain Association of Fairs Board of Directors, representing the Northwest District and is the incoming 2021 Chair of the Non-Fair Facility Committee with the IAFE.  She is the proud mother of two great kids, has too many horses, is an active 4-H Leader and serves on the local Elementary PTU. 

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Andrew Vandepopulier

IAFE Education Foundation Trustee

Andrew Vandepopulier has over 12 years of insurance industry experience and is a producer in our Programs Insurance Division. Andrew comes from a background of both claims and sales and this allows him to support his clients in building great programs and mitigating large exposures. His clients represent Fairs, Festivals, Rodeos and other Special Events all around the country. He works hard to serve on multiple committees and boards within the industry to facilitate the continued expansion of strong risk management practices for all types of events. He is an active participant in the IAFE Young Professionals Initiative as well as a continued contributor to the Fair and Festival speaker’s panels annually. Andrew also serves as a sponsorship chair for the American Royal Rodeo Committee and assists it the annual rodeo held in October in Kansas City.  Andrew has completed the Institute of Fair Management through the IAFE and is wrapping up his CFE through the IFEA. Prior to coming to Haas & Wilkerson Andrew Graduated from the University of Central Missouri with a Degree in Business Education. He played 3 years of college baseball at Maple Woods CC and Truman State while on scholarship and continues to be active in all outdoor sports in his downtime.