Get Started in the Institute of Fair Management
This course will briefly touch on the many aspects of this broad subject: recent update on use of technology, how fair websites have developed and a general review of basics of a good site, maintaining databases and utilizing e-newsletters, general information on social media (this is not a marketing course, though), recent developments in online ticketing as well as other software resources for fair management. In addition, the course will provide information on developing an IT infrastructure on the fairgrounds.
John Johnson Jr is a Senior Advisor for the Hebron Harvest Fair in Hebron, Connecticut. John received his BS in Computer Science from Eastern Connecticut State University in 2003 with a minor in Business Administration. He has served as Treasurer and Assistant Fair Superintendent for the Fair since officially joining the Lions Club in 2005. John served a 3 years as the Fair Superintendent and remains on the Fair Board as a Senior Advisor.
Johns' involvement with the Hebron Harvest Fair began when he was called to assist with Y2K issues in their Concessions software in 2000. Johns technical expertise has helped the Hebron Harvest Fair to become one of the most technologically advanced Fairs. John developed software for the Concessions, Admissions, Online Ticketing, Food and Beverage, and Competitive Exhibit operations. A vast wired and wireless network covers the Fairgrounds to support all of the technology including live webcams on the Fairs website that can be viewed year-round.John graduated from the IAFE Institute of Fair Management in 2010. While John’s official profession and full time job is his software business, volunteering with the Fair is a second home, not to mention a second full time job. John’s business, Buddy Automotive Innovations LLC, formed in 2003 and currently has over 1,000 customers across the United States, Canada, Guatemala, Costa Rica, and Australia. John writes over 90 percent of all Buddy’s software sold to the Automotive Recyclers (junkyards)
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