Ray Malerbi, assistant manager at the California State Fair, will succeed Buck King as chief executive officer of the 39th District Agricultural Association, also known as the Calaveras County Fair and Jumping Frog Jubilee. The announcement was made Wednesday.
Malerbi, who will earn about $72,000 a year, began his fair career in 1965 as a stage hand. “I just worked a number of fairs, worked my way through school working fairs n every state fair since 1965. I have a total of over 50 fairs and have been responsible for over 5,000 events,” Malerbi said. He is 55.
He has an extensive background in fair management, and currently manages the state fairÂ´s Interim Events Program, Audit and Analysis Department, Revenue and Cash Control Department, Commercial Exhibits and Concessionaires, Admissions, Parking and Traffic Control, Event Support Services and the RV Parks Departments.
“In one word, â€˜excitement,Â´” Malerbi said when asked about his new job. “It is really an unbelievable opportunity. IÂ´ve loved the fair and the Jumping Frog Jubilee for many years. My first experience was probably 18 or 20 years ago when one of my daughters was doing a paper on amphibians and wanted to come to the Jumping Frog Jubilee as part of that,” he said. “To be able to be involved with a world-known event — what more can you ask?”
“I am really looking forward to working with the community,” he added. “ItÂ´s one of the things that is very important to the success of the fair.”
According to the fair board, MalerbiÂ´s management philosophy includes building and nurturing partnerships with private industry, government agencies, the community, guests, clients and business partners to benefit all parties, and he believes in fostering consensus and team building.
Malerbi also is a certified fair executive, an honor bestowed upon him by the International Association of Fairs and Expositions.
“The board of directors is highly enthusiastic about Ray MalerbiÂ´s appointment. He will be a tremendous asset to the fair, to the facility and the staff and the Calaveras County Community. He has passion and skill for the business and a love of this area and its quality of life. The fair shall remain in very good hands,” said Board President Bob Trinchero.
MalerbiÂ´s predecessor, King, retired from the post in June after overseeing six county fairs as manager. As a volunteer and director before that, he participated in nearly 35 expositions as an Angels Camp Booster, and most recently eased fears of the state Fish and Game Department, which was concerned about the re-release of frogs captured for competition.
Malerbi presently lives in Sacramento, but is looking to relocate to Angels Camp, and put an offer on a house there last weekend. He and his wife, Nancy, have six grown children, four grandchildren and one on the way.
Malerbi will be starting on a part-time basis in August and will be the full-time CEO starting Sept. 15.
“We want this to happen very quickly if we can,” he said.
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