Copyright WHR 2007

The Board of Directors of the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration announce that Chief Executive Officer and Show Manager, Ron Thomas, will no longer serve in that position.

After an extensive career in the insurance business, Thomas was hired as Executive Secretary of The Celebration in 1984. That title was later changed to Chief Executive Officer.

During his tenure, The Celebration saw unparalleled growth in entries, attendance, and corporate sponsor support. A building program also saw the advent of Calsonic Arena, Champions Arena, Celebration Plaza, and a re-build of nearly half the barns at the venue. Thomas was inducted into the TWHNC Hall of Fame in 2004.

“Ron’s service to The Celebration is appreciated by current and past members of our board,” said Chairman David L. Howard. “He helped sharpen The Celebration’s identity and bring it into the twenty-first century. We all wish him the very best.”