The Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration® has formed a search committee to find a new chief executive officer and show manager.  Director Pat Marsh, who will serve as the committee’s chairman, selected the seven-person committee.

The members of the committee are all members of the TWHNCsm Association.  They include Tommy Anderton, David Crowell, Edward C. Huffman, Jr., Scott McDonald, D.B. Nelson, Jr., and Donna Stone.

“I’m pleased that this group of individuals has agreed to take on this very important task,” said Marsh.  “They all understand the importance of The Celebration® to this community and will work extremely hard to target the right individual to move this organization forward.”

The committee will convene in the next week for an initial meeting to review the job description and finalize the search process.

All applications and resumes should be sent to The Celebration® office at P.O. Box 1010, Shelbyville, Tenn. 37162. They should be sent to the attention of Administrative Assistant Connie Nixon.  After the first of the year, the committee will meet weekly to review any applications that have been received.  All information from applicants should be received by January 31, 2008.

After the committee has received and reviewed all applications and resumes, they will make recommendations to the Celebration Board of Directors.

“I want to personally thank each of these individuals for agreeing to be on this committee and bringing their talents to it,” said Celebration Chairman David L. Howard.

The Board of Directors is hopeful of having a new CEO in place within 60-90 days.

Here is the official position announcement released by The Celebration.

Job Title:
     Chief Executive Officer – Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration® 

Function:     To implement the strategic goals and objectives of the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration® to enable the Board to fulfill its governance functions.

To give direction and leadership toward the achievement of the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration’s philosophy, mission, strategy, and its annual goals and objectives.

Reports To:     Board of Directors

Major Functions:      Board Administration and Support…supports Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration® and administration of Board by advising and informing Board members, interfacing between Board and staff.

Program, Product and Service Delivery…oversees design, marketing, promotion, delivery and quality of programs and services.

Financial, Tax, Risk and Facilities Management…recommends yearly budget for Board approval and prudently manages Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration® resources within those budget guidelines according to current laws and regulations.

Human Resource Management…effectively manages the human resources of the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration® acccording to authorized personnel policies and procedures that fully conform to current laws and regulations.

Community and Public Relations…assures the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration® and its mission, programs, products and services are consistently presented in strong, positive image to local community and throughout the country speaking at civic clubs, attending meetings, community events, etc., and working with Public Relations Director to make sure local media is kept up to date.

Corporate Sponsorship…oversees sponsorship revenue.  Establishing strategies to approach new and current sponsors.

Show Manager…support operations and administration to ensure the show continues in the same professional manner our customers are accustomed to.

Qualifications:     Strong sense of customer service
   Good organizational and people skills
   Bachelor’s Degree

All information should be submitted by January 31, 2008 to:
     The Celebration® 
     Attn:  Connie Nixon
     P.O. Box 1010
     Shelbyville, TN 37162