The American Royal Association is beginning a strategic planning process that includes a search for a new chief executive officer, following the departure of Glen Alan Phillips later this month. Phillips will take a new role in his home state of Texas as chief operating officer with Rodeo Austin. The move opens an opportunity for the American Royal Association “to build upon momentum and define the next version of the American Royal” at its new home in Kansas City, Kansas.
Shortly before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the American Royal announced it was one step closer to its future home, after acquiring 115 acres. The Association’s vision is to be the national destination for the food and agriculture industry and the “Epicenter of Agriculture.” A Kansas City tradition since 1899, the American Royal provides opportunities for youth and adults from around the world to compete in a variety of agriculture events.