Executive Director Announced
NCHA hires Kirk Slaughter as the new Executive Director
Lewis Wray, NCHA Interim Executive Director, Kirk Slaughter, incoming NCHA Executive Director, and Phil Rapp, NCHA President
The National Cutting Horse Association announces the hiring of Kirk N. Slaughter as the association’s Executive Director. Slaughter will officially begin his role May 1, 2019.
Slaughter’s ties to the Fort Worth community run deep and his passion for the equine industry is strong. Since 1998, Slaughter and a very talented team, have led the Will Rogers Memorial Center, the Fort Worth Convention Center, the Office of Outdoor Events, the Fort Worth Sports Authority and various other related services.
Slaughter’s background includes leading first-class equestrian, livestock and agricultural facilities and major convention centers. Kirk believes in delivering outstanding customer service and having a passion for high-quality, cost effective service delivery with accountability for results within the private and public sectors.
“We are extremely excited to welcome Slaughter to the NCHA team,” said Lewis Wray, Interim Executive Director. “His vast knowledge in event production and project development will be vital resources. But the Leadership that he brings to NCHA, will propel this association into the future in the most positive way!”
Phil Rapp, NCHA President, is proud of the Executive Committee and their decision to offer the position to Slaughter. “After a tedious process led by our Search Committee, we feel the best candidate has risen to the top and was unanimously selected by the EC. We know Kirk will be a driving force for NCHA, and the integrity he brings to the office will help the association prosper.”
The Will Rogers Memorial Center (WRMC) client list includes many prestigious equestrian and agriculture-related organizations, such as the National Cutting Horse Association, American Paint Horse Association, American Quarter Horse Association, National Reined Cow Horse Association, Appaloosa Horse Club, and Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo.
Slaughter has a BBA degree in Marketing from Texas Tech University. Kirk’s wife, Holly, works for the American Paint Horse Association. His son, Jake, is currently in college and his daughter, Jaden, will begin college in the fall of 2019.