Lodi man takes reins as San Joaquin County Fair CEO
by TP staff
Jan 24, 2014 | 3982 views | 1 1 comments | 36 36 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A Lodi man with a background in dairy and food processing has been named the chief executive officer of the San Joaquin County Fair.

Kelly Olds will immediately take the reins of the financially troubled fair, which won’t be in operation this year as leaders reorganize and plan for new concepts aimed at making the fair financially self-sustaining.

Olds, a San Joaquin County resident for the past 20 years, has served as CEO of Provisions Food Co. and as vice president of operations, sales and marketing for Super Store Industries.

He began his career as a human resources manager and labor-relations professional before managing a dry grocery and frozen-food distribution center with 1,000 employees and combined annual sales of more than $1 billion.

Joe Valente, president of the fair board, said Olds is a good choice to lead the fair back into operation after this year’s hiatus.

“We couldn’t be more fortunate to find somebody of Kelly’s background and skill at a time when the fair looks to rebrand itself and develop a stronger bond with the residents of this county,” he said.

Olds attended UC Berkeley and is a graduate fellow of the California Agricultural Leadership Program.

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January 24, 2014
Let's hope he can make some changes for the better. I have a little County Fair experience and don't understand why these folks that run these fairs don't reach out to the public to get ideas. I went to the fair for years when my kids were younger and they didn't know any better, but now it would be a boring for them. I have great ideas that would cost little or nothing and would bring people to the fair. You can't have the same old stuff year after year.

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