HOUSTON, TX — The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo broke records in 2017, attracting 2.611 million visitors, including a record day featuring a concert by Willie Nelson. Despite that, the show's COO, Dan Cheney, will not be back in 2018.
“Dan offered a fresh perspective to our operations, and Joe Bruce, as a volunteer for 20-plus years, brought a unique background that fostered productive volunteer-staff relations,” , president and CEO of Rodeo Houston, said in the release. “We thank them both and wish them well in their future endeavors.”
Cheney joined the rodeo in 2014, succeeding Leroy Shafer, who spend 40 years with the non-profit. Cheney's last day at the organization was June 19. As reported by Houston Business Journal, no decision has been made about the use of a search firm in the effort to find a successor for Cheney.
In addition to the departures, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo announced several new hires, including Amber Burda as executive director of sponsorships, business and corporate development, and Lisa Gagnon, who will serve as director of marketing, public relations and presentations. James A. Winnie III is now chairman of the board.
The 2018 version of the show kicks off on February 27 and runs through March 18.
— Image: Dan Cheney (Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo)
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Originally published June 20, 2017.
Source : https://patch.com/texas/houstonheights/houston-rodeo-puts-leadership-out-pasture