Announcement of new AFA Executive Director

The American Farrier's Association (AFA) is proud to announce their new Executive Director, Bryan Quinsey. Bryan comes to the AFA with an extensive background in marketing, economic development, operations, ...The American Farrier's Association (AFA) is proud to announce their new Executive Director, Bryan Quinsey. Bryan comes to the AFA with an extensive background in marketing, economic development, operations, ...

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The American Farrier’s Association (AFA) is proud to announce their new Executive Director, Bryan Quinsey. Bryan comes to the AFA with an extensive background in marketing, economic development, operations, and visioning. Bryan’s experience and skills are a direct fit with the AFA Executive Director role requirements; he has worked with Chambers of Commerce, Tri-County Economic Development Corporation, and volunteer organizations, both as a volunteer and leader of volunteers. Common themes that stood out in Bryan’s interview process and reference checks were his honesty, incredibly high work ethic, communication skills, and achieving measurable results.

While working as the Executive Director of the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce, Bryan was primarily responsible for recruitment of new investment into the county. During the 2001 and 2002 Masters® Gold Tournament, Bryan was the primary staff person for both the Georgia Red Carpet Tour and Augusta Showcase. As the Vice President for the Tri-County Economic Development Corporation (Tri-Ed), Bryan was responsible for recruiting new businesses into three counties of Northern Kentucky. Over a five year period (1996-2000) he worked to recruit over $1.4 billion in new investment and 15,000 new jobs to Northern Kentucky.

Bryan’s interest and affection for the equine industry came as early as high school when he was employed as a groom, trainer, and manager at horse operations in Iowa, Illinois, Kentucky and his native Ontario, Canada. He has worked with show horses, race horses, and carriage driving horses. He was once employed by the late Mrs. Kenneth Wheeler of Keswick, Virginia (niece of August A. Busch, Jr.). Bryan is also a former contributor for numerous horse magazines, including: The Hackney Journal, Horse World, and Saddle & Bridle. He is a former member of the board of directors of the Carriage Association of America, a former member of the United Professional Horseman’s Association (UPHA) and American Hackney Horse Society (AHHS).

Bryan will begin work with the AFA on December 1st, 2004 and his immediate focus will be the AFA’s 33rd Annual Convention, to be held in Rochester, NY, February 25-28, 2004. The AFA’s Annual Convention attracts leading farriers and veterinarians specializing in hoof care. Drawing more than 1,000 farriers from the AFA’s 55 chapters and 23 countries, this annual event focuses on continuing education and features lectures, demonstrations, hands-on clinics, discussions, awards, contests, and more.

Bryan’s continued focus will be on increasing awareness of the AFA and its educational programs, growth and retention of members, development of sponsorship and alliances, and ensuring fiscal health and balance. Bryan will work closely with Ink & Anvil, publisher of the Professional Farrier™, to ensure that the official magazine of the AFA continues to be a strong, informative, and educational member benefit.

The AFA wishes to recognize and thank Lisa Knipp, who has been acting as the Interim Executive Director since the end of June. Lisa’s experience with operations and project management brought stability and process to the AFA foundation in the office, with the Board of Directors, and with the general membership. Lisa will transition the AFA work to Bryan during the first two weeks in December. The AFA wishes Lisa good luck in her future career endeavors.

The American Farrier’s Association is a non-profit organization with a mission to further the professional development of farriers, to provide leadership and resources for the benefit of the farrier industry, and to improve the welfare of the horse through continuing farrier education. For more information about the American Farrier’s Association, call (859) 233-7411, or go to www.americanfarriers.org on the Internet.