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GETTING TO KNOW OUR NEW BOARD MEMBERS WELCOME


MARK SPARKS


What a nice and talented guy,” is the first thing people think whenever they meet Mark Sparks, a familiar face in the entertainment industry


since he was seven. A magic set for Christmas triggered a love for entertaining anyone who would volunteer to be his audience. His first performance at the Ozark Empire Fair at the age of 13 started his long and prosperous love affair with the Fair industry, making many friends throughout the years. In the early 1990’s Mark and his wife Susan started


More Than Magic Productions, a small boutique booking agency. Specializing in booking unique variety acts to Fairs, casinos and corporate events for years. The couple and their young son Zaqary were thrilled when opportu- nity came knocking in 1997. “David Snowden of Triangle Talent approached us with an offer to merge our agen-


cies,” stated Sparks. “As the saying goes, the rest is his- tory!” Mark loves his job and the Fair industry, but he also


finds time to volunteer for various organizations such as the International Brotherhood of Magicians, serving as president of the Springfield Missouri chapter and Produc- tion Coordinator for the Downtown Bolivar Association. He was also honored as the Showman of the Year in 2009 by the Association of Iowa Fairs. Besides being a new As- sociate Board Member for the Florida Federation of Fairs, Mark was also named the 2012 Florida Federation Associ- ate of the Year. “Being elected to the Board and honored as the Associate of Year left me speechless. I promise to do my best to assist in any way possible to better things for the members as well as the associates.”


CONGRATULATIONS TO


RICK VYMLATIL SOUTH FLORIDA FAIR


FOR BEING ELECTED TO THE


IAFE BOARD OF DIRECTORS REPRESENTING ZONE II


ZONE II NEWS—Rick Vymlatil, CFE, Zone II Director And, just to get it on your cal-


HELLO TO ALL OF OUR ZONE II MEMBERS IN FLORIDA!


Now that our Fair here in West Palm Beach has wrapped


up I’m anxious to begin in earnest my duties as the new Director for IAFE Zone II. Our Zone members are some of the most active Fairs in the USA and we certainly hope that we can keep it up. To that end, I wanted to remind our Flor- ida Members of opportunities that will present themselves in the next few months. First up is the IAFE Spring Seminar focusing on Agricul-


tural Facility Usage and Physical Plant/Operations. This year’s seminar will be held at the Midtown Holiday Inn in Grand Island, Nebraska from March 11-13. Next, from March 25-27, will be the IAFE Institute of Fair


Members, the 45th Annual IAFE Spring Management Conference will take place right here in West Palm Beach at the Marriott Hotel. The dates are April 25-28. We also have several IAFE CyberSeminars on the calen-


Management Summit. The program will take place at the Ramada Hotel in Rochester, Minnesota. Finally, and this is a real opportunity for all of our Florida


endar, the IAFE Annual Con- vention and Trade Show will take place a week later this year in Las Vegas. The dates are December 8-12. All the best to everyone and I


look forward to seeing every- one at one of the meetings mentioned above or perhaps at our annual FFF/Zone II Con- vention in Naples later this Spring!


Take Care, Rick Vymlatil, IAFE Director Zone II


dar between now and the first week of June. Topics include Competitive Exhibits, Agricultural Programming, Email Mar- keting and Online Marketing Measurement. Check out the calendar in the latest issue of Fairs & Expos Magazine or contact Marla Calico in the IAFE Office for further informa- tion.


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