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Grant now in planning mode

By Larry Dreiling

While Paul Andrews has taken over the big office as president and CEO of the National Western Stock Show, Rodeo and Horse Show, his predecessor, Patrick Grant, has taken a smaller place in the warren of offices at the show's Expo Hall.

Grant is as ebullient as ever in describing his new role as director of long-range planning at the National Western.

"I'm still coming into work, but it's just on the singular matter of managing our long-range planning efforts," Grant said. "We still have some time to go on what we want to accomplish and so it's good for me and the National Western that I can spend my time on this while enabling a good succession."

And what about the old boss and the new boss? How's that going?

"I think a lot of Paul Andrews. I'm really impressed with him," Grant said. "He has shown his talents over the years working for and he's going to be a very strong CEO for us at the National Western.

"He's got the livestock industry in his blood, what with his grandfather being a long-time cattle rancher up in the Golden area. He brings his managerial talents along with his understanding and passion for the culture of the National Western. I think he's going to be a great CEO for us."

As for the new job, which has a lot of the old job as its focus, Grant said, there still is plenty of work to be done, but he can now focus on the planning process, which should help the executive committee of the National Western come to creation of a master plan for the show's future.

"We are still meeting with our consultants on the things we need to discuss before we go any further," Grant said. "There are numerous entities we need to work with to make the process the best it can be.

"If any final decisions are made it will first be made by our long-range planning committee made up of Paul Andrews, our chairman of the board of directors, Jerry McMorris, and myself. We will then present the plan to the executive committee for approval."

While nothing is in concrete, Grant said a plan is needed to address the future needs of the National Western.

"We all know what we have now is unsustainable," Grant said. "We are meeting with all sorts of different people from different sectors of the citizenry to help us determine how to create the best possible future for the National Western and to make certain it continues its long-standing and important role in the cultural and economic fabric of our area, the nation and, for that matter, the world.

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