by David Mott, Founding Member
The League began as a means for a newly appointed director of an agricultural exposition center to meet others who did comparable work and pick their brains about facility design, management, and operations procedures; I was that person, David Mott, former manager of a cost-recovery professional development business in higher education whose clients included professional organizations and whose training and development I designed and funded through registration fees, grants, and sponsored events.
In the winter of 1996 prior to my first show season, I reached out to other facility managers with the hope they could be convinced of the benefits of attending such a meeting, and I hosted the first event at my facility in Georgia. The following fall, Bill Chambers, an attendee of the first meeting, contacted me to find out where the next meeting would be held. Appreciating his enthusiasm, I easily convinced him to host the second meeting in 1997 at his facility in Maryland.
INTERVIEW WITH FOUNDING MEMBER BILL CHAMBERS
Take a look at Former Chairman of the Board for The League of Agricultural and Equine Centers Bill Chambers interview!