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COD : William Stinson

2004 Certificate of Distinction Winner William Stinson

William Stinson


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Bill Stinson served on Gov. Evan Bayh’s administrative staff before being named as the Executive Director of the Indiana State Fair. He graduated from Xavier University in Cincinnati, OH.

Although Bill has no agricultural background, he is truly dedicated to the progress and growth of the Indiana State Fair. Under his direction, the fair and fairgrounds has shown steady improvement. He was able to secure a bond sale shortly after September 11, 2001 that has since gone on to improve the West Pavilion, the East Pavilion, and refurbishing the 4-H Boys Dorm and 4-H Exhibit Hall. Bill has also worked to update and beautify the Pioneer Village “The Showplace of Our Early Heritage to Agriculture”.  Before his appointment, the fairgrounds and the fair itself were in a dilapidated state. However with Stinson at the helm the State Fairgrounds is a beautiful place that hosts events year round. The Fair itself has more exhibits, parades, livestock shows, and increasingly larger crowds.

As an administrator he is sensitive to his staff’s individual skills and gifts. He allows them to utilize their gifts for the benefit of the team.  He considers himself as a member of the team, not the taskmaster.  Other organizations have recognized his talents and have appointed him to serve on the International Association of Fair and Expos Security Committee. Fairs and expos across the country have implemented his ideas to protect their patrons.  Stinson has worked hard to promote the agriculture industry and earned the respect of countless Hoosiers along the way.