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on film and in personal appearances. You see President Roosevelt contracted polio and had significant mobility issues. His presidency was of course before the advent of television, which many believe would have hindered his ability to have been elected President of the United States. He had special chairs built, wore iron braces, taught himself to walk short distances with only the aid of a cane, and when speaking to the American people sat behind a desk or reinforced podium which was designed to hold his torso upright. In private he used a wheel chair, and many Americans did not even know he had the disease. None the less, he was a superior leader and the nation believed in him and trusted him because of his leadership. As a first-time fair manager, I had to earn the trust of my team, my board, and membership. I came into this business not knowing fairs and carnivals, learning along the way and many times by just jumping in and doing what need- ed to be done. I arrived on the job only 90 days out from a fair that pretty much was al- ready in place and was set up by others, knowing I still was going be held accountable if things went south. I’m still building on that trust as I now work on the 2020 fair including everything from logistics to entertainment, knowing that accountability doesn’t stop and the buck stops with me. It is my confidence as a leader that carries me each day as I contin- ue to learn to be the manager of a county fair and the best leader I can be. The basic princi- ples of leadership don’t change, just as the dynamics of business approaches and man- agement remain the same. Finances, project management, marketing, contract negotia- tions, planning, and leadership skills I am confident in and knew I could bring these qual- ities to the table. That being said, somebody forgot to warn me about fair management and how it is a totally different animal…no pun intended for you livestock people. There is so much more to the topic than


what can be covered in one article. Hopefully, I’ll be invited back to continue the topic as we look further into the leadership equation. Leadership continues to evolve, and some say it will be hard to match some of the great lead- ers in history. Leaders today face generation- al challenges with new demands and ways of looking at what a leader should be including how entitlement should be a basis for working yourself up the corporate ladder. New chal- lenges will no doubt be faced by the genera- tions that succeed us and how leadership is perceived will be modified as time goes on.


Faircracker SUMMER 2019


Who will our next great leader be and what will they be recognized or remembered for? Will it be a doctor that discovers the cure for cancer? Will it be a business leader that makes a contri- bution to society with new technology such as Bill Gates? Will it be a President or Prime Min- ister who takes a country out of challenging times? Will it be you? Could it be you?


##### Larry has written for national and international


trade publications, is a published author of both reference books and novels, and has been a motiva- tional speaker, keynote presenter, consultant, and trainer or over twenty-five years before becoming a fair manager. Larry has also been a cast member


with Walt Disney Parks and Resorts and played a leadership and training role with this international organization known for world class service and de- veloping exceptional leaders. He is considered a subject matter expert on topics such as leadership, budgeting, marketing, risk management, financial analysis, emergency preparedness, and specific areas related to business and facility and project management. He has been asked to speak and present workshops for organizations such as Thom- asville Furniture Industries, Nations Bank, Jackson Hewitt Tax Service, Disney, and management com- panies and associations across the country. He is currently the General Manager of the Osceola Coun- ty Fair in Kissimmee, FL and was a presenter for the 2019 Florida Federation of Fairs annual conference and trade show.


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