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The Western Stock Show Association, doing business as the

National Western Stock Show, is the premier livestock show,

rodeo and horse show in the nation.

More than 15,000 head of horses, cattle, sheep, swine, goats,

llamas, alpacas, bison, yak, poultry and rabbits set foot on the

grounds of the National Western Stock Show each year. The

National Western Stock Show is noted for hosting the world’s

only carload and pen cattle show; it is the pre-eminent marketing

platform in the U.S. for livestock with its unique “on the hill

and in the yards” set up. More than 350 vendors fill the nearly

100-acre show grounds with a variety of food and shopping

opportunities. The National Western Trade Show offers a variety

of western heritage products including fine art and jewelry, cloth-

ing, household items, and agricultural products and equipment.

In addition, the National Western Complex is also home to 222

events throughout the remainder of the year.

Principal participants:

Ron Williams, Chairman of the Board

Ron Williams has been a member of the Board of the Western

Stock Show Association for 10 years and has served as Chair-

man since 2012. Along with his ties to the ranching community

and his strong leadership within the Denver business com-

munity, Ron served as a longtime member of the Children’s

Hospital Foundation Board and chaired the Capital campaign

that successfully secured private funding for construction of

the new state of the art Children’s Hospital at the Fitzsimmons

campus. Ron spent his career as the President and CEO of The

Gary-Williams Company and was in partnership with Sam Gary

for 35 years. He was raised in rural Nebraska and moved to

Colorado upon graduation from college in 1967. Ron owns and

manages a cow/calf operation in the “gyp hills” of southern


Pat Grant, Vice Chairman of the Board

Pat Grant has been involved with the National Western Stock

Show his entire life. He joined the Executive Committee of

the Western Stock Show Association in 1985 and became

President and CEO in 1991. Pat stepped aside from the Presi-

dent and CEO position after nearly 20 years in 2010 when he

decided to focus on the future of the National Western.

During Pat’s tenure as President and CEO, he oversaw the

funding and construction of the Events Center, the Expo Hall

and the Hall of Education; the addition of the Coors Art Exhibi-

tion and Sale (with proceeds going to the NWSS Scholarship

Trust); increased ticketed events from 23 to 43 each year

by bringing in new exciting shows including Mexican Rodeo

Extravaganza, Martin Luther King Jr. African American Heritage

Rodeo, PBR Denver Chute Out Bull Riding, An Evening of Danc-

ing Horses, and Super Dogs. Pat planned the most successful

National Western Stock Show in history, the 100th Anniversary

show in 2006 that drew almost 750,000 guests. He is regarded

as a legend in the stock show and rodeo entertainment world

and has received PRCA Rodeo Committee of the Year Awards

on numerous occasions.

Paul Andrews, President and CEO

Paul Andrews became President and CEO of National Western

on November 1, 2010. In this role, Paul is responsible for day-

to-day operations, programming and administration for the

National Western Stock Show and the year-round shows of the

National Western Complex.

In the first four years of his tenure, Paul has assembled and

managed a team that has produced impressive results for

the National Western Stock Show as well as for the National

Western Complex. Yearly events have risen from around 100

to nearly 230, producing double-digit revenue increases. The

Stock Show has also grown, with new exciting events and tech-

nology that has driven the customer experience to high levels.

Paul brought vast experience in marketing, sales, ticketing and

entertainment to NWSS. He began his career with the

Denver Nuggets as an account executive in 1990 and rose

through the ranks to Executive Vice President of Kroenke

Sports Enterprises. Paul also oversaw venues for KSE that

varied in size from 1,800 seats up to 20,000 seats, including

such notable venues as the Pepsi Center, Dick’s Sporting

Goods Park, the 1st Bank Center and the Paramount Theatre.


Colorado State University, established in 1879, is Colorado’s

land grant university. CSU has eight colleges, a number of

interdisciplinary centers and programs, 72 undergraduate

programs, 99 graduate programs, and 22 professional

degrees. CSU is recognized as providing extraordinary value

to its students, 79% of whom are Colorado residents. CSU

offers education and extension services throughout the state

that improve the health of animals, support our agricultural and

ranching industries, and promote wise management of our

natural resources.

• CSU is a Carnegie Research University and generates

more than $300 million in annual research expenditures;

innovation drives research and technology advances for

Colorado business.

• The CSU Professional Veterinary Medicine program

is tied for third in the nation in U.S. News and World

Report’s ranking.

• CSU Extension provides information and educational pro-

grams in 62 of 64 Colorado counties. Extension applies

research to address local issues such as cutting-edge

agricultural production technologies, water quality and

conservation, nutrition and food safety, gardening, 4-H

youth development and community economic develop-

ment. CSU’s Denver County Extension programs serve

18,000 youth in 4-H and 5,750 adults in the Denver metro

area with its courses and programs.

CSU has been a partner to the Western Stock Show Association

since its inception and envisions a fruitful continuing partnership

with NWSS and the other NWC partners to create a thriving,

year-round destination.

Tony Frank, President and Chancellor

Dr. Anthony A. Frank became the 14th President of Colorado

State University on June 24, 2009. He had acted as Interim

President of CSU since November 2008, after having served

the university for more than 16 years, including four as Provost

and Senior Vice President. His commitment to the mission of the

land-grant university was shaped by his own experiences grow-

ing up on a farm in rural Illinois and later by his experience as

a student, faculty member, and researcher. Today he’s proud to

work closely with CSU’s distinguished faculty, staff, students, and

alumni to advance CSU, a major research university with a partic-

ular emphasis on involving students in research, scholarship, and

hands-on, service-oriented learning.

Tony earned his bachelor’s degree in biology from Wartburg

College and his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the

University of Illinois. He completed a Ph.D. and residencies in

pathology and toxicology at Purdue University. He served on the

faculty at Oregon State University before joining CSU in 1993,

where he was chairman of the Department of Pathology and

Associate Dean for Research in the College of Veterinary Med-

icine and Biomedical Sciences. Tony’s research interests have

included toxicologic and infectious disease pathology, and he

has authored and co-authored numerous scientific publications.