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Kentucky State Fair Board names Jason Rittenberry as next CEO

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) --  Jason Rittenberry, chief strategy officer at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, will become president and CEO of the Kentucky State Fair Board.

Rittenberry was offered the position, at a $250,000 annual salary, after a meeting of fair board on Tuesday, said Dr. Mark Lynn, who chairs the board.

“He is a go-getter. He is very energetic,” Lynn said.

Rittenberry will replace Rip Rippetoe, who left the position earlier this year for a job in San Diego.

In his resume, Rittenberry describes himself as a “proven successful C-level sports and entertainment venue manager.”

He has been with Circuit of the Americas, a 3.4-mile Grand Prix racetrack outside of Austin, for a little over a year. Circuit of the Americas also includes Austin360 Amphitheater, a large outdoor concert venue.

Before that, Rittenberry was president and CEO of IRG Sports + Entertainment, a sports and entertainment marketing and promotions company in Juniper, Florida, from 2009 to 2015, according to his resume.

Lynn said Rittenberry grew up on a farm in Tennessee, so he understands farm culture in addition to events management.

"He’s got a well-rounded background, understands our history and is really one of the most energetic guys I have met in a long time," Lynn said.

The fair board runs the Kentucky State Fair, held every August in Louisville. It also manages the Kentucky Exposition Center and the Kentucky International Convention Center in Louisville.

Rittenberry is a 1997 graduate of the University of Memphis, according to his resume.

Lynn said Rittenberry's start date has not been set, but he expects it to be before the end of the year. 

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