Heidi Gallegos, Thomas Hsieh and Darryl Porter have been announced by the Los Angeles County Fair Association (LACFA) as its three newest members, bringing the total to 50, plus an 11-member board of directors.
The LACFA is a longtime part of the community with leaders that represent a wide spectrum of expertise, community involvement and knowledge. The newest members also bring a commitment to education and entertainment, long-held components of the Association’s mission.
Heidi Gallegos, vice president of Rowland Unified School District Board of Education, a delegate to the California School Board Association Region 23 and a member of the Regional Economic Association of Leaders of California’s Education Subcommittee. Gallegos is also active in the community as president and chief executive officer of the Regional Chamber of Commerce San Gabriel Valley; secretary/treasurer of the Los Angeles County Business Federation; chair of Mt. San Antonio Community College Bond Oversight committee; and a member of Rotary Club of Walnut Valley. She has received California PTA’s Golden Oak Service Award and was chosen California Assemblyman Bob Huff’s 2008 Woman of the Year.
She served in law enforcement as a peace officer and trainer at the Los Angeles Police Academy for 12 years. She is a graduate of Biola University, Glendale Community College and the Los Angeles Police Academy. She and her husband, Bob, reside in Walnut and are parents to five children and have five grandchildren.
Thomas Hsieh served more than 10 years with EarthLink before starting his own company, SplinterRock. He managed more than 450 employees with EarthLink as vice president of engineering. Supporting a commitment to community service Hsieh is involved with a number of non-profit organizations including as founding president of the board of Pomona Hope, an organization that grew to have its own community center, after school program, computer lab, community organization effort, job creation/economic development program in partnership with the city of Pomona and providing housing services in conjunction with Habitat for Humanity. He also serves on the board of Servants Partners. He
received an executive MBA from the Drucker School of Management and a bachelor of science degree in Physics from Harvey Mudd College. He resides in Pomona with his family.
Darryl Porter is co-CEO and founder of PorterGeller Entertainment in Hollywood. The company focuses on film, television and new media projects based on iconic brands and trademarks. Porter previously was senior vice president with the Tribune Entertainment Company Business Group and senior associate at McBride, Baker & Cole in Chicago, specializing in entertainment and sports. Community involvement includes serving on the board of the I Have a Dream Foundation. He is a graduate of DePaul University, College of Commerce and the University of Illinois, College of Law. Porter and his wife, Adabelle and their two children, reside in Sherman Oaks.
The LACFA is a not-for-profit 501(c) (5) mutual benefit corporation. The facility’s signature event, the L.A. County Fair, 88 years strong, is complemented by 500 additional year-round events including those of The Learning Centers at Fairplex. The facility has a strong commitment to education, youth and serving the community. Its staff and association members are active throughout the community and active within the association to improve, strengthen and grow the many facets of the 543-acre campus. For more information on Fairplex, its Association, and educational programs and opportunities, visit www.fairplex.com.
Under the direction of the Los Angeles County Fair Association, Fairplex is home to the L.A. County Fair, the largest county fair in the world, as well as The Learning Centers which encompasses Fairtime Learning, The Child Development Center, The Career and Technical Education Center (CTEC), the Junior Fair Board, and the Millard Sheets Center for the Arts. Fairplex also operates a diverse hospitality business with the Sheraton Fairplex, McKinley’s Grille, KOA RV Park, Finish Line Sports Grill, Cornucopia Foods, and the Sheraton Fairplex Hotel and Conference Center (opening 2011). The campus is also home to the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum and the Auto Club Raceway at Pomona; horse-racing and Barretts Equine Limited; as well as the Los Angeles International Wine & Spirits Competition. For more information, please visit www.fairplex.com.