May 26, 2017
I can't believe that I am rapidly approaching my six-month mark as President and CEO of Fairplex. I am fortunate and grateful to lead an institution in this region with a demonstrated 95-year-old history of providing new traditions and public benefits to the residents of Southern California.
I am also excited about Fairplex’s future and the potential impact we can have in being a major economic driver in the San Gabriel Valley and beyond. I am confident that in working in partnership with the Fairplex Board and Association, community, neighbors, stakeholders, and City, County, State and Federal public officials, our best 100 years are ahead of us.
To help lead us into the future, I am excited to announce some new additions to our Executive Team:
Senior Vice President Lucas Rivera – if you attended Fairplex’s April 13 strategic planning session on education, craftsmanship and the arts then you saw Lucas’ presentation. Lucas comes to Fairplex from Grand Park, the downtown Los Angeles park in the middle of the Music Center and City Hall where he served as Vice President overseeing all park programming and operations since 2012. Grand Park is more than a “park” – it’s a gathering place providing residents of all walks of life a place to come together to celebrate, reflect and shape the future. Lucas served in similar capacities at arts and cultural agencies in Philadelphia. He is a graduate of Temple University. As Senior Vice President, Lucas will oversee the integrated vision for the future of the campus and the development of Fairplex into a “place.” His role also includes coordinating the sales and marketing of events, and operations.
Vice President of Hospitality David Teig – David has been with Fairplex since 2009, starting as the executive chef of the Sheraton Fairplex Hotel & Conference and eventually being promoted to general manager of Cornucopia then managing director of The Farm and Hospitality. In his new position, David will focus on hospitality, Fairplex’s agricultural mission and The Farm. He’ll oversee the hotel, food & beverage, event management, Los Angeles International Commercial Competitions, KOA and the RV park.
Chief of Staff Cielo Castro – Cielo and I worked together at the City of Los Angeles. She is a former deputy to Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda Solis and a special assistant with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. She is a graduate of Boston University and Harvard University Kennedy School of Government. As Chief of Staff, Cielo will be the liaison to the Association and oversee Community Relations, employee recognition and organizational development.
Vice President of Marketing - With Cielo taking Community Relations under her title, Vice President Michelle DeMott will now lead marketing, communications and sports development, looking at how to integrate sports programming on the Fairplex campus. She made a huge leap toward this earlier in the year with Modern Pentathlon and the addition is in direct response to what we’ve been hearing at the strategic planning workshops – the community wants a sports facility. Michelle’s new title is Vice President of Marketing.
Thank you for your support. Have a great Memorial Day weekend.