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Bryan Schulz General Manager

Bryan Schulz is the Fair's General Manager.

Schulz is a 1991 graduate of North Dakota State University, with a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications, Speech and Animal Science. Bryan was most recently the General Manager of the Las Cruces Convention Center, 55,000 square foot, multi-use, convention facility in Las Cruces, New Mexico.

Prior to this, Schultz served as the Executive Vice President and General Manager of the Red River Valley Fair Association in West Fargo, North Dakota from January 2008 to December 2019.

In addition to his work with the Red River Valley Fair Association, Schulz was also active within the International Association of Fairs and Expos (IAFE) where he graduated from the Institute of Fair Management in 2012 and received his Certified Fair Executive (CFE) designation in 2013. He was a member of the North Dakota Association of Fairs Board of Directors from 2011 to 2019 and served as President in 2016.

Schulz served as a West Fargo City Commissioner for 8 years where he served as Vice-Mayor for two years, and as a member of the 119th Fighter Wing of the North Dakota Air National Guard. He is active in the community serving on several committees and boards.

Schulz and his wife, Lisa have two daughters, Karli and Katie.


Email: bryan.schulz@ks.gov
Phone: 620-669-3625


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Connie Schmitt - Industry Relations Director

Connie Schmitt is the Fair's Industry Relations and Development Director. She is responsible for increasing the Fair’s corporate sponsorship revenue and supervising the sales team. Schmitt also works directly with the Kansas Fairgrounds Foundation to grow capital funds to meet the Fair's long-term goals.

Schmitt has been with the Fair since May 2007. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Business from Fort Hays State University.


Schmitt and her husband, Tommy, have two children and several grandchildren.

Email: Connie.Schmitt@ks.gov
Phone: 620-669-3610

Jenn Galloway - Competitive Exhibits Director

Jenn Galloway is the Competitive Exhibits Director. She joined the Kansas State Fair 2014 and was most recently the Fair’s Livestock Coordinator. Galloway oversees all Kansas State Fair competitions, including livestock and creative and traditional competitions.



Email: Jenn.Galloway@ks.gov
Phone: 620-669-3623

Janene Starks - Commercial Exhibits Coordinator

Janene Starks joined the Fair in 2017 and has been an integral part of the Commercial Exhibits Department. She is in charge of managing all of the Fair's commercial spaces and building, which includes more than 650 different vendors.


Email: Janene.K.Starks@ks.gov
Phone: 620-669-3612

LaMonna Galyon - Admin Assistant & Entertainment

LaMonna Galyon serves as the General Manager's Administrative Assistant. She is also the Kansas State Fair Liaison to the Fair Board and the Entertainment Coordinator.

She and husband, Chris, have raised four children — Nicolle, Taylor, Riley and Cooper — in Sterling, Kansas where they reside.



Email: LaMonna.Galyon@ks.gov
Phone: 620-669-3887

Nathan McClanahan - Facility Rentals Coordinator

Nathan McClanahan joined the Fair in 2018. He graduated from Colby Community College with a degree in Hospitality Management. McClanahan oversees all Facility Rentals during the non-fair season. He also oversees special events during the Kansas State Fair.

McClanahan is a Salina native. He and his wife, Cecily, have one daughter, Berkley.


Phone: 620-669-3608
Email: Nathan.McClanahan@ks.gov

Marla Parsons - Sponsorship/Marketing

Marla Parsons joined the Fair team Sept. 1, 2018 as Sponsorship and Special Events Coordinator and has recently taken on the role of Marketing Coordinator.

Parsons lives in Hutchinson. She and her husband, Troy, have two grown daughters.



Email: Marla.Parsons@ks.gov
Phone: 620-669-3613

Jacki Eckert - Education Manager

Jacki Eckert is responsible for the development and implementation of education programs for both children and adults. This includes managing the Fair's new Education Center and organizing field trips.

Education programs take place year-round on the Fairgrounds. Part of the Fair's education curriculum is on the importance of pollinators. Eckert has worked to create pollinator gardens across the Fairgrounds and recently helped the Fair become an official Monarch Watch Waystation.

Eckert attended Hutchinson Community College and the University of Kansas. She and her husband, Bret, have one son, Clay.


Email: Jacki.Eckert@ks.gov
Phone: 620-669-3607

Denny Vick - Accounting Specialist

Denny Vick has been employed as the Accounting Specialist for the Kansas State Fair since 2006. His duties include accounts payable, accounts receivable and payroll for Fair-time employees.

Denny is a graduate of the University of Arkansas. He is a long time Hutchinson resident.


Email: Denny.Vick@ks.gov

Tim Herrman - Physical Plant Manager

Tim Herrman is the Fair's Physical Plant Manager. He oversees the maintenance staff and Fairgrounds projects.

Email: Tim.Herrman.ks.gov
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