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March 13 CyberBurst

Incorporating a Makers Faire in your Fair

With a do-it-yourself mindset, celebrate arts, crafts, engineering and science projects at your annual fair. CyberBurst presenter will define a Makes Faire and describe how to incorporate a Makers Faire at your annual event. Presented by Adam Heffron, CFE – Washington State Fair

Adam Heffron is an improvement-focused executive responsible for driving the expansion and physical plant improvements of the Washington State Fair and Event Center, one of the top 20 fairs in North America. His charge is to lead an operations team to enhance the functionality, aesthetics, and guest experience for year-round patrons.

With years of experience across North American with some of the largest attended public expositions and trade show facilities, Adam has been instrumental in developing and executing strategies that have lead several departments and organizations to be at the top in their related fields. Prior to his leadership role in Washington, Adam served as the Director of Event Services for Wisconsin State Fair Park, effectively establishing a new Events Department and enhancing the fairgoer experience with the creation of a new in-house produced and branded mobile amusement park- SpinCity.

Before joining Wisconsin State Fair Park, Adam worked for Meet Minneapolis as Director of Sales for the Minneapolis Convention Center responsible for the sales and marketing efforts of the 1.4 million square foot Convention Center securing over 500 annual international and national conventions, trade shows, and corporate events. He came to Meet Minneapolis from the Minnesota State Fair where he served as the Event, Attraction and Group Sales Coordinator.

Adam currently serves the International Association of Fairs and Exposition as an instructor for an Event Management course, while volunteering as an incoming chair of an executive certification committee. He also serves on both the boards of St. Francis House which serves the poor and needy of western Pierce County, and the Puyallup Main Street Association.