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Kentucky Venues Promotes Chris Brawner to Kentucky Exposition Center Director of Operations

LOUISVILLE, Kentucky — Kentucky Venues has promoted Chris Brawner to Kentucky Exposition Center Director of Operations. 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 150-plus events that lease the facility each year, including Kentucky Venues’ six owned and operated events: 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 leading projects and working directly with clients.

“Celebrating the advancement of our own colleagues is a true testament to the talent and dedication within Kentucky Venues,” said David S. Beck, president and CEO of Kentucky Venues. “Promoting from within not only recognizes hard work and commitment but also fosters a culture of growth and opportunity. 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.”

One of the largest venues in the country, the Kentucky Exposition Center boasts 1.2 million square feet of indoor event space, including 45 function rooms, as well as 300 acres of outdoor space. The center is located less than one mile from the Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport and is surrounded by nearby hotels, restaurants and convenient parking.

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