Jerome Hobon, Executive MBA ’07

Jerome, current vice president of operations at the OC Fair & Event Center (OCFEC) in Costa Mesa, has been named the interim CEO which became effective May 1, 2012.

“Jerome has been with the OC Fair for 19 years and possesses a wide historic and current knowledge base. He has proven his leadership through the years and will be invaluable during this time of change. We are confident in his leadership,” said Joyce Tucker, OCFEC Board Chair.

Jerome has served for the past four years as the vice president of operations and oversaw fair planning and layout; master plan and construction; event operations; facility maintenance; creative services; information technology; audio/visual; event production; sales; and sponsorship and marketing. As vice president, he managed a projects’ budget of more than $30 million, 500 employees and contractors, and the operation of more than 100 events each year.

“I am honored to be chosen to lead the OC Fair & Event Center into this next generation of the fair,” said Jerome.

Jerome earned an Executive MBA from Pepperdine University while working full-time for the fair. His bachelor’s of science degree is in agricultural business, marketing from California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo, which credits for giving him a strong foundation and understanding of agriculture and the need for the fair industry. He is also a graduate of the Public Assembly Facilities Management School (PAFMS) and is a member of the International Association of Assembly Managers (IAAM) and the Western Fairs Association (WFA).

The 2012 OC Fair will take place July 13 – August 12.

Jerome Hobon, Executive MBA ’07

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