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Tom Umiker Becomes 31st Person Inducted into Florida Federation Hall of Fame.


Tom Umiker was honored as the Hall of Fame recipient


during the Florida Federation of Fairs and Livestock Shows Conference on May 19, 2018 in Orlando, FL. The Florida Federation of Fairs and Livestock Shows Hall


of Fame award is an opportunity to recognize people who have made a difference in the industry. The recipient of the award must be nominated and must meet a list of criteria, including being involved in the fair industry for at least ten years, consistently attending Federation meetings and con- ferences, and making a difference in his or her fair’s com- munity. Paul Davis, current Federation President says “When I


think of Tom Umiker, the first word that comes to mind is “mentor.” Though I have known Tom for approximately 40 years, my admiration for him reached a new level when I became a Fair Manager 10 years ago. Having never served on a Fair staff, I immediately had a mentor in Tom. He pro- actively helped guide me through the principles of what a Fair Manager should be, and I still utilize those lessons to- day. A consistent need we have in our industry is veteran managers who consistently mentor those coming behind us, and Tom Umiker does this better than anyone I know. He is


SUMMER 2018 A Publication of the Florida Federation of Fairs & Livestock Shows, Inc. 12802 Balm Boyette Road / Riverview, Florida 33579 ▪ Phone: 813-763-0161 ▪ Fax: 888-233-1501 ▪ lisahinton@floridafairs.orgwww.floridafairs.org Summer Workshop July 27-28 in Plant City. See Page 7 for details


a professional, a leader, and a friend to all in the Federa- tion.” Tom is currently the manager


of the Greater Hillsborough County Fair where he has vol- unteered numerous years and service to the Fair. Tom is also the owner and President of All About Ag, Inc. which provides agricultural exhibits to Fairs for people of all ages. Tom also served as the Executive Direc- tor of the Florida State Fair from 1986-1990 where he worked from 1982 until 1990 when he left to follow his dream of owning and operating a dairy. Tom has received numerous awards and recognitions in-


cluding: Agriculture Educator of the Year from the Plant City Chamber of Commerce; The Lifetime Achievement Award from the Greater Hillsborough County Fair; his CFE from the IAFE; and was the 1st place winner in the American Farm Bureau Discussion Meet as well as the Southeast Regional Winner in the National FFA Speaker Contest. Continued on page 6


Your 2018-2019 Board of Directors


Front row: (left to right): Rita DeMier Lincoln, South Florida Fair; Fran Crone, Southwest Florida & Lee County Fair; Rhonda Ward, Secretary/Treasurer, Collier County Fair; Paul Davis, Presi- dent, Florida Strawberry Festival; Dawn Rowe, Immediate Past President; Lisa Hinton, CFE, Executive Director Florida Federation of Fairs; Back row (left to right) Mark Harvey, North Florida Fair, Hal Porter, Citrus County Fair; Tim Stevens, Associate Director; G.L. Berg Associates; Bill Olson, CFE 1st Vice President, Greater Jacksonville Agricultural Fair; Jim Ward, 2nd Vice President, Pasco County Fair; Shawn Krauel, Central Florida Fair and Terry Atchley, Hardee County Fair. Not pictured: Richard George, Associate Director, George’s Fun Foods.


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