Young Professionals

Our Mission

The IAFE Young Professionals are dedicated to recognizing and celebrating the success of others, creating a community, and inspiring change both within and outside of the fair industry.

Join the Young Professionals!

The Steering Committee is for anyone 40 or younger who wants to network and learn from industry peers. This group enjoys watching others succeed and helps each other grow. Anyone in this age group may participate in the organized events.

The Committee organizes events and sessions at conventions that are open to anyone. Members serve a two-year term. To apply, complete the application and return it to the IAFE office. The application period is in the spring of each year. After receiving applications, current Steering Committee members vote on the applicants to determine who will serve the next two years.

Applications are due May 31, 2024.
Seeking applicants in Zones 2, 4, 6, 8, and one associate member.

Young Professionals Events

Many events occur virtually throughout the year and are open to all IAFE members. Other events are only open to those 40 years old and under. To see a full schedule of YP Events, click the button below.

YP Mentor Program

Connect with a mentor in the fair industry. These connections are confidential and are a 12-month commitment. Request a mentor today!

Rising Star Award

Sponsored by Wade Shows, Inc., this award recognizes a young person who demonstrates leadership in the IAFE. Nomination deadline is August 31.

The 2024 YP Steering Committee


Kyle Gustafson
South Carolina State Fair

Vice Chair

Rachel Lisk
Lewis County Ag Society, NY

Past Chair

Amy Listle
Jefferson County Fair, WI

Zone 1

Maria Zaffuto
Sykesville Ag & Youth Fair, PA

Zone 2

Jeremy D’Angelo
Lewis County Ag Society, NY

Zone 3

Rachael Lough
Ohio State Fair

Zone 4

Danielle Dullinger
Minnesota State Fair

Zone 5

Karli Schulz
Nebraska State Fair

Zone 6

Jamie Jones
Grady County Fair, OK

Zone 7

Michaela Woempner
North Idaho State Fair

Zone 8

Kaitlyn Findley-Thorn
San Diego County Fair, CA


Justin Horvath
Noise New Media


Ashley Leopold

Board Liaison

Kelly Collins, CFE
State Fair of West Virginia

Staff Liaison

Brittney Harper

Stay up-to-date!

Complete the online form to be added to the email list and stay up-to-date on committee activities.
Questions? Contact a committee member or email Brittney at the IAFE office.