Janet Wright, Wichita Festivals CEO, Announces Retirement

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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Wichita Festivals, Inc. announced today that Janet Wright had decided to retire as President/CEO at the end of 2012. Wright is the longest serving CEO in the organizations history, having served in this position since 1999.

“Janet will be sorely missed but has certainly earned the right to a respite from the frantic activity her job entails,” said Richard Honeyman, chair of the Board of Directors. “She has been a terrific steward of the magical thing we call Riverfest and
is making sure Autumn and Art, held in September, continues to grow. Our loss is her family’s gain but we know she’ll be around, it’s in her blood.”

“I have loved being involved with this organization, having had the chance to work with and meet great people, especially our volunteers; but I think it’s time for some new blood and for someone younger to assume this role,” said Wright. “My goal has always been to make sure WFI brings quality entertainment to our community and I think that’s been accomplished over the last 13 years. And, selfishly, I’d like to have more time to spend with my grandchildren!”

Wright will work through the end of the year to assist in planning the 2013 Riverfest and this years’ Autumn & Art, September 14-16, 2012. A search committee will be formed immediately and begin seeking candidates to fill Wright’s position.

Wichita Festivals, Inc. is a non-profit corporation established in 1972 and has been producing special events in Wichita for the past 41 years.

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