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National Finals Rodeo Committee hires Glen Alan Phillips as GM

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The National Finals Rodeo Committee announced today that Glen Alan Phillips has been named as the general manager of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. The annual event, held at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, is scheduled for Dec. 3-12 this year.

Phillips will work closely with Las Vegas Events, NFRC and the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association on all aspects of rodeo production.

A seasoned professional with more than 20 years as an executive, Phillips has spent his career based in the livestock show, equine, rodeo and fair industry. During this time, he has produced the largest livestock shows, equine shows and rodeos in North America. He began his career with the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo and transitioned to the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo, where he spent 19 years. He currently serves as the president and CEO of the American Royal Association in Kansas City, Mo.

During his career, Phillips has overseen all elements of rodeo and livestock production, including operations and logistics, partner engagement, volunteer coordination and budget management. He has a proven track record in working alongside stock contractors, contract personnel, rodeo committees, contestants, the PRCA and the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association.

A passionate supporter of the sport of rodeo, Phillips has served on the Board of Directors for the Association of Rodeo Committees, PRCA Committee Advisory Council, PRCA Convention Committee and currently serves as the president of the North American Livestock Show and Rodeo Managers Association.

“The PRCA is excited that Glen Alan has been selected as the new NFR General Manager,” PRCA CEO George Taylor said. “His experience is exactly what the NFR needs and will be good for our fans. We are looking forward to working with Glen Alan as he leads one of our nation’s premier sporting events into the future.”

Known as the richest and most prestigious rodeo in the world, the Wrangler NFR attracts the top 15 contestants in bareback riding, steer wrestling, team roping, saddle bronc riding, tie-down roping, barrel racing and bull riding to compete for a share of the $10 million purse and the coveted PRCA Gold Buckle. In 2019, the event had a total attendance of 168,289 over the 10 days of competition and has sold out more than 330 consecutive performances.

Courtesy of PRCA