Kentucky Venues Promotes from Within for Kentucky Exposition Center Director of Operations

Published: March 5, 2024 Updated: March 5, 2024

Kentucky Venues announced the promotion of Chris Brawner to Kentucky Exposition Center Director of Operations effective today. Brawner, who has worked at Kentucky Venues since 2010, has served in several roles including Event Coordinator, Assistant Director of Public Safety, and Compliance Officer.

The operations department plays an essential role with the over 150 events that lease the facility each year, including Kentucky Venues’ six owned and operated – the National Farm Machinery Show, the Championship Tractor Pull, Kentucky State Fair, World’s Championship Horse Show, North American International Livestock Exposition, and North American Championship Rodeo.

Kentucky Venues sought a dynamic leader who understands the logistics of envisioning plans and operating within a complex regulatory environment. Brawner brings over a decade of experience working directly with clients, and leading projects.

"Celebrating the advancement of our own colleagues is a true testament to the talent and dedication within Kentucky Venues. Promoting from within not only recognizes hard work and commitment but also fosters a culture of growth and opportunity,” said David S. Beck, President & CEO of Kentucky Venues. “We take great pride in nurturing our employees' professional development, and Chris Brawner’s promotion exemplifies our ongoing commitment to cultivating excellence within our organization."