The General Committee is comprised of a General Chairman and 10 committee chairmen who oversee the operation of the individual committees. The chairmen are selected from the volunteer force based on their merit and dedication to their particular committee, and in most cases, serve a three-year term. The General Chairman is chosen from a pool of past committee chairmen. Each committee is responsible for carrying out specific functions of Cheyenne Frontier Days™ and incorporates the motivation and talents of willing volunteers proportionate in number to the tasks of the committee.
Bill is a 20-year volunteer veteran. He oversees the 10 committees that work in unison to produce the “Daddy of ‘em All®”. “From the first year volunteer to the eldest HEEL volunteer, we are proud in our success of our three-legged mission: support the community by promoting western heritage and lifestyle, encouraging economic success, and providing educational opportunities. We all strive to give our consumer the best experience imaginable and plan year round to ensure the best product. I am proud of all of our volunteers and staff, and our exuberant pride is shown in our entertainment product.”
Family: Wife, Heidi; daughters, Danielle, Madison and Emma
Employment: Department of Defense Employee; Retired U.S.A.F.
Years of CFD Service: 20 years
Hobbies & Interests: Family, camping, A.T.V.ing, and hunting
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The Concessions Committee oversees all activities pertaining to the carnival midway and the food and beverage concessions, exhibits and free entertainment “The Garden” area at Frontier Park. The committee, through hard work and diligence, has secured an outstanding working relationship with the City and County officials to ensure compliance with all safety and health standards for the Carnival and Food vendors. The Committee takes pride in monitoring and ensuring the integrity of the midway’s carnival gaming and safety of the carnival rides for the public. They also contract with and coordinate the exhibit areas, to include the old west township “Frontier Town.” All done to standard ‘Western Theme’ so visitors can enjoy their shopping/browsing experience. Alan and the great volunteers of the Concessions Committee are anticipating a banner year. They welcome all visitors to Cheyenne Frontier Days™ (CFD) and know that all will enjoy taking part in the state of the art carnival, food concessions, exhibit, and entertainment areas. They would like to extend the opportunity to take a step back in time at the Frontier Town and by all means “live the legend” of Cheyenne’s Western Celebration.
Family: Wife, Marcy; daughter, Taylor; son Michael
Employment: Black Hills Energy
Years of CFD Service: 18 years
Hobbies & Interests: Camping, A.T.V.ing, hunting, fishing, and spending time with the grand baby
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The Contract Acts Committee produces the Frontier Nights® entertainment. Some of Contract Acts’ responsibilities include contracting with the artists, stage set up, sound, lights, video, artist security, concert security, and artist merchandise. Contract Acts also operates the Buckin’ A Saloon. Fleming was elected to the HEELS organization in 2008. Scott and all of the great volunteers of the Contract Acts Committee are looking forward to a spectacular year of world class entertainment. They are proud to present concert experiences that are equal to any venue in the Rocky Mountain West.
Family: Wife, Cathy; son, Tyler; daughter Danielle
Employment: Dyno Nobel Inc.
Years of CFD Service: 23 years
Hobbies and Interests: Motorcycles, hunting, fishing, and golf
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The Grounds Committee takes care of maintenance and repair at Frontier Park. They also take care of the electrical, plumbing, restroom, and park clean-up activities. The Grounds Committee coordinates the workdays and work nights for 2,500+ volunteers. The Grounds volunteer doctors and medics take care of the First Aid Stations and are also arena doctors. Bill has been a HEEL since 2001 and this is his second year as Grounds Committee Chairman. Bill is a very proud volunteer and enjoys working with the many dedicated volunteers to produce the number one rodeo in the world.
Family: Significant other, Debbie. Children: Zac, Shae and Scott
Employment: State of Wyoming
Years of CFD Service: 22 years
Hobbies & Interests: Refereeing and watching sports
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The Indian Committee volunteers negotiate contracts for dancers, entertainers, and vendors for the Indian Village, as well as maintain the village grounds at Frontier Park. The group also facilitates the activities of Miss Frontier and her Lady-in-Waiting, and produces the three free pancake breakfasts during Cheyenne Frontier Days™ in partnership with Cheyenne Kiwanis Club members and city personnel. Bob is honored to be serving as a first-year chairman, and He encourages everyone to experience the hospitality and free entertainment at the Indian Village and Pancake Breakfasts. The 2018 show promises something for everyone—Native American dancing, singing, storytelling and flute playing; kids crafts; numerous vendors; Indian Tacos and more. Bob and the Indian Committee hope to see you there.
Family: Wife, Erica; Sons, Bobby & Owen
Employment: Blue Federal Credit Union
Years of CFD Service: 14 years
Hobbies & Interests: Music/CountryClub Band, Hunting, Fishing, Spending time outdoors
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This is Matt’s third year as the Military Chairman. Military personnel from F. E. Warren Air Force Base have been an integral part of Frontier Days since they helped kick off the very first rodeo with a historic cannon blast in 1897. Today, over 300 active duty, National Guard, civilian, and retired Military Committee volunteers support Frontier Days in countless ways, to include the planning and execution of the Coronation Ball (where Miss Frontier is crowned), Military Appreciation Day, the Fort D.A. Russell Days open house, and the annual United States Air Force Thunderbirds Air Show. The Military Committee also integrates a number of military demonstration teams into Frontier Days events, such as the Wyoming Air National Guard, the Wyoming National Guard, the United States Army’s Artillery Half-Section, the United States Army’s Fort Carson Cavalry, the United States Navy’s Leapfrogs, and a number of military bands from across the different Services. The Military Committee also provides the Cowboy Medics during rodeo events, a highly trained and professional team of medical personnel who aid injured cowboys in the arena.
Family: Wife, Elizabeth; children: Madeline, Grace, and Bridget
Years of CFD Service: 6 years
Hobbies & Interests: Hunting, fishing, and hiking
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Terry is a third-year Parades chairman, who oversees Cheyenne Frontier Days™ largest volunteer committee. The Parades Committee produces four Grand Parades, the rodeo’s grand entry, and the Chuckwagon Cook-off. The Parades Committee partners with the Pancake Breakfast security, the W-HEELS organization, the CFD Old West Museum, visiting rodeo royalty, and the CFD ambassadors riding group—The Dandies. Ruiz was elected into the HEELS organization in 2005.
Family: Wife, Kelly; sons, Trevor and Kyle
Employment: Owner of One Hour Cleaners
Years of CFD Service: 38 years
Hobbies & Interests: Baseball
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This is Mike’s second year as Public Relations (PR) Chairman. The PR Committee provides information to the general public, facilitates media events, and serves as hosts for sponsors, visiting rodeo royalty, and other special guests. Public Relations volunteers help to produce and distribute publications such as the official Cheyenne Frontier Days™ (CFD) Souvenir Program, Schedule of Events, and Media Guide. The PR volunteers also represent CFD at promotional shows and other events throughout the year. These volunteers also provide photography services to other CFD committees and coordinate social media and other promotions. The CFD Western Invitational Art Show is also an arm of the PR Committee.
Family: Wife – Kelley; daughters – Hayley and Sarah Martin, Halley and Hannah Jankovsky
Employment: Chief Lending Officer – Blue Federal Credit Union
Years of CFD Service: 17 years
Hobbies & Interests: Golf, biking, and hiking
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This is Mitch’s third year as Rodeo Chairman, his committee oversees all aspects of the nine rodeo performances and slack events. Production activities range from actual rodeo duties done to bring the show to the viewing public; to behind the scenes activities such as contracting with the stock contractors, announcers, bullfighters, clowns, and specialty acts. He works year round with the governing bodies of Rodeo, the PRCA, and WPRA. Other behind the scenes activities include checking in and accounting of the approximately 1,800 contestants, keeping the official results, calculating payoffs, and issuing winnings to contestants. Other areas of responsibility for the committee are the Cowboy Hospitality area, coordinating the annual cattle drive to kick off Frontier days, the finals Calcutta, Night of Champions Award ceremony, working with veterinarians to ensure the care and responsible treatment of all livestock.
Family: Wife, Lori; son, Jonathon; daughter, Shayne
Employment: Carter Brothers Construction
Years of CFD Service: 17 years
Hobbies and interests: Family, hunting, and sports
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The Security Committee manages the overall safety and security of Frontier Park. During Cheyenne Frontier Days™ (CFD) they provide for gate access and crowd control and handle all traffic and parking on and off the park, including the shuttle site. Their duties include contracting uniformed security and coordinating shuttle bus services for Park and Ride. They maintain an Emergency Response Plan for the entire park and coordinate efforts with the Cheyenne Fire and Police Departments, Laramie County Sheriff’s Department, Wyoming Highway Patrol, and Homeland Security. Additionally, this committee is responsible for the First Aid on the West side of the park, providing doctors and nurses for any situation. Lastly, they are also responsible for over 90 percent of the signs around the park: printing, hanging, and maintaining them. This is Buck’s first year serving as Chairman of the Security Committee, and he is proud to represent such a great committee and be part of the “Daddy of them All®”.
Family: Wife, Koko; daughter Melissa son in law Roy, daughter Becky son in law Shawn, granddaughter Kymberely
Employment: retired Wyoming Highway Patrol
Years of CFD Service: 24 years
Hobbies & Interests: Family, Hunting and fishing
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As a first year chairman to the Ticket Committee, John Svoboda, and his group of 350 volunteers are responsible for several aspects of our guest’s experience at Cheyenne Frontier Days™ (CFD). The Ticket Committee handles all CFD ticket sales, including rodeo, night show, and gate admission to Frontier Park. They provide assistance to patrons with disabilities; handle all issues that arise with tickets and provide ground transportation for patrons on the park. The Ticket Committee has volunteers on the park from the beginning of slack early in the morning until all patrons are safely out of the stands at the conclusion of our night shows. We are very proud of the hard work, dedication, and energy given by the Ticket Committee family of volunteers.
Family: Wife, Kimberley; daughter, Kathryn, son-in-law, Joe, son, Kenny, granddaughters, Kassidee, Caycee, and Carsynn
Employment: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Construction Representative
Years of CFD Service: 22 years
Hobbies & Interests: Hunting, Camping, and Gardening
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