NWSS names Paul Andrews as new president/CEO

Oct 15, 2010
by WLJ

Paul Andrews has been named president/CEO of Western Stock Show Association (also known as National Western Stock Show (NWSS)). Andrews, who will start at NWSS on Nov. 1, is currently executive vice president of Kroenke Sports.

The announcement was made by Jerry McMorris, chairmen of the board of NWSS. “It’s been a long, careful and extensive search,” McMorris said, “and we’ve found a dynamic leader who will continue to build upon the stock show legacy, tradition, charitable mission and history.”

NWSS, a Denver institution since 1906, will be celebrating its 105th year Jan.

8-23, 2011. The show features livestock and horse shows and sales, 43 performances (including 23 Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association Rodeos, three Professional Bull Rriders Denver Chute Outs, Mexican Rodeo Extravaganza, Martin Luther King Jr. African- American Heritage Rodeo, An Evening of Dancing Horses and Super Dogs), Coors Western Art Exhibit and Sale, activities for kids, educational exhibits and the region’s largest trade show.

As president/CEO, Andrews will not only be responsible for the day-to-day operations, programming and administration for NWSS and the year-round shows of the National Western Complex, but also take a leadership role in NWSS’ long-term planning.

“It’s very exciting to be part of the long-established icon, National Western,” Andrews said, “and even more exciting to be part of its future.”

Andrews experience is a match for NWSS needs. He began his career with the Denver Nuggets as an account executive in 1990 and rose through the ranks to executive vice president. Due to his leadership, the Nuggets had their most successful sellout streak in franchise history and the Pepsi Center has been honored as the National Basketball Association’s most fanfriendly arena.

He was instrumental in creating TicketHorse, the ticketing provider for all of Kroenke which sells millions of tickets to events each year. Under Andrews’ leadership, the Avalanche sold out for more than a decade at McNichols and Pepsi Center, including a record 487-home-game sellout streak. A native of Colorado and a graduate of Alameda High School, Andrews worked summers on his grandfather’s ranch in Golden. He has a bachelor’s degree in marketing from the University of Wyoming. Andrews and his wife, Marlie, have two sons, Aaron and Trace.

Andrews replaces Pat Grant as president/CEO. Grant, who’s been involved with NWSS since 1985, will work closely with Andrews during the transition and continue to be an integral part of NWSS’ long-term planning. — WLJ