Grant to step aside as president/CEO of NWSS

Jun 25, 2010
by WLJ

Pat Grant, president/CEO of Western Stock Show Association, a/k/a National Western Stock Show (NWSS), will step aside from his current duties in the near future.

The announcement was made by Jerry McMorris, chairman of the board. “Pat might be stepping away from the day-today responsibilities of running NWSS, but he will continue in his role as a key resource for our long-range planning process,” McMorris explained.

Grant joined the NWSS executive committee in 1985 and became president/ CEO in 1991.

During his tenure, he oversaw the funding and construction of the Events Center, the Expo Hall and the Hall of Education; the addition of the Coors Art Exhibition & Sale (with proceeds going to the NWSS Scholarship Trust); increased ticketed events from 23 each year to 43 by bringing in new exciting shows, including Mexican Rodeo Extravaganza, Martin Luther King Jr. African-American Heritage Rodeo, PBR Denver Chute-Out Bull Riding, An Evening of Dancing Horses, Super Dogs and planned the most successful NWSS in history, the 100th Anniversary show in 2006 which drew almost 750,000 guests.

“This is not about what I have done,” Grant said, crediting his staff, volunteers, the executive committee, the board and the thousands of others who helped with the accomplishments of the past 20 years, “it’s about what many people have contributed over the years.”

NWSS will be conducting a national search to identify and select a dynamic leader who will continue to build upon the stock show legacy, tradition, charitable mission and history.

Grant will continue as president during the entire search and transition process. — WLJ