Bradley joins the Arizona National Livestock Show

Sep 6, 2013
by WLJ

The Arizona National Livestock Show last week named Michael Bradley of Granite Bay, CA, as the new Executive Director.

“The success and future of the Arizona National Livestock Show (ANLS) are in the very capable hands of an experienced leader who is highly regarded within the nation’s fairs and expositions industry,” said Jim Loughead, President of ANLS. “We are excited to have Mr. Bradley as our new Director and welcome him to our Arizona National family.”

Loughead wasn’t the only one with positive comments about the move.

“I have known Michael for many years and admire his enthusiasm and dedication for agriculture,” said Karen Ross, Secretary for the California Department of Food and Agriculture.

“He demonstrates vision, creativity and passion in all he sets out to do and we will truly miss him in California. He is a great selection for this leadership position and Arizona agriculture is gaining a valuable friend.”

Bradley has been called an innovator and Livestock Market Digest declared that he was one of 25 individuals, businesses or organizations who are making a difference for the American livestock industry. He has developed an international reputation for creating the nation’s most innovative livestock and agricultural showcases. His exposition talents are diversified having created and directed expansive outdoor entertainment venues, premier wine and food events and rodeos in addition to museum-quality exhibit programs.

“The announcement of Mike Bradley as the next Executive Director of the Arizona Livestock Show is exciting news,” said Jim Tucker, President of the International Association of Fairs and Expositions.

“Mike’s expertise as a team builder, as well as his exceptional leadership and people skills make him the perfect cohesive force to fast track the Arizona National to the next level.

Mike Bradley will deliver the innovation necessary to engage all the stakeholders of the Arizona National— exhibitors, members, sponsors, partners, the citizens of Arizona and the national agriculture community.”

In response to the appointment, which came after a nation-wide search, Bradley had this to say:

“I am honored to have been selected for the position of Executive Director and look forward to serving all stakeholders of the Arizona National Livestock Show. My passion for agriculture and its value to our society, economy and future will drive the groundbreaking programs that this historic Southwest event can provide for decades to come.”

About Bradley

Bradley hails from California and has worked with the Western Fairs Association, International Association of Fairs and Expositions and the North American Livestock Show and Rodeo Managers Association. He dedicated 28 years of management experience with the California State Fair and during the past five years with the California Farm Bureau Federation.

In addition, he has a passion for agricultural youth.

Bradley is serving as the immediate past Chairman of the California FFA Foundation, served as a longtime board member for the California 4-H Foundation, has directed the California State Fair Scholarship program and has been a volunteer 4-H leader for the past 14 years.

The Bradley family includes Michael’s wife of 28 years, Kimberly, and their sons Gabriel (25), Luke (21) and Levi (12).

About ANLS

The ANLS is the largest livestock show in the Southwest, annually attracting exhibitors from more than 19 states. It is a western tradition that began in 1948 for the Grand Canyon State that also produces a prestigious and highly successful horse show held at West World equine complex in Scottsdale, AZ.

The Arizona National Livestock Show, Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting youth and promoting livestock and agriculture to the public while preserving our western heritage.

For more information call the Arizona National office at 602/258-8568. — WLJ