Brown names key execs to State Fair team

Published: Friday, Mar. 29, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 2B
Last Modified: Monday, Apr. 1, 2013 - 7:38 am

Women from Sacramento and West Sacramento have been named to the California Exposition and State Fair's executive team.

Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday announced the appointment of Michelle Prater, 44, as marketing and public relations manager and Carrie Wright, 37, as programs manager.

Rick Pickering, CEO of the California Exposition and State Fair, described Prater, a Sacramento resident, as a seasoned executive with experience in advertising, marketing, corporate partnerships and brand development.

She served as the environmental sustainability and marketing manager at Best Buy from 2010 to 2012 and was senior business manager of strategic alliances at Maloof Sports and Entertainment from 2001 to 2010.

Prater has a bachelor's degree in applied communications from Point Loma University in San Diego.

Wright, of West Sacramento, has been involved in what Pickering described as cutting-edge programming at fairs across the United States and Canada.

She has held various positions with the Western Fairs Association since 2008, including marketing director and programs director.

She was the owner of Carrie Wright Designs from 1999 to 2008 and curator of noncompetitive exhibits for the California Exposition and State Fair from 1998 to 2005.

Wright has a bachelor's degree in environmental design from UC Davis.

Call The Bee's Cathy Locke, (916) 321-5287.

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