500 Festival Announces Staff Promotions

500 Festival Announces Staff Promotions

The 500 Festival, a nonprofit organization providing life-enriching events and programs that celebrates the spirit and legacy of the Indianapolis 500®, today announces the following promotions:

Josh Reichart has been promoted to Director of Strategic Partnerships. Reichart joined the 500 Festival team in 2008 and is the longest-standing employee of the 500 Festival. He is responsible for the management of sponsorship fulfillment and helps to produce strategic partnerships that include onsite activation. Reichart serves as the liaison between the 500 Festival corporate partners, overseeing the day-to-day management of the Corporate Member Program. Reichart is a graduate of the University of Indianapolis and earned a Bachelor of Sciences Degree in Marketing with a Concentration in Sports Marketing and a Minor in Computer Information Systems.

Sara Adams has been promoted to VP of Operations. She is responsible for the operations and production of the Post Race Party, The InField (previously Running Club Village), and course entertainment during Indy Mini weekend, Breakfast at the Brickyard, presented by Midwestern Engineers, Inc., and oversight of Corporate Member events and the Board annual dinner. Adams joined the 500 Festival in 2014 and is a graduate of Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis and earned a Bachelor of Science in Tourism, Convention, and Event Management.

Glenn Amos has been promoted to VP of Operations. With a special focus on the 500 Festival’s running events, he is responsible for the operations and production of the Miler Series, presented by OrthoIndy, OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon & Delta Dental 500 Festival 5K, and the mini-mini. In addition, Amos oversees The American Legion Memorial Service, one of his favorite 500 Festival events. He joined the 500 Festival in 2014, and is a graduate from Indiana State University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Sport Management.

Laura Bliss has been promoted to VP of Operations. In this role, Bliss is responsible for managing all operational and logistical efforts for the Kickoff to May, presented by STAR Bank, AES 500 Festival Parade, and the Princess Program, presented by The National Bank of Indianapolis. She joined the 500 Festival in 2016 and will continue to oversee the aforementioned areas as well as the Volunteer Coordinator. Bliss graduated with her bachelor’s degree in 2012 from Indiana University.

Christin Rollett has been promoted to Registration, Ticketing, and Customer Service Senior Coordinator. She is responsible for overseeing numerous programs that fall within the Indy Mini weekend – Mini with a Meaning, Employee Wellness Challenge, Living Well Program, Badge Match, Elites, and Ambassador Program. Another large focus for her is ticketing setup and responding to customer and participant inquiries. Rollett joined the 500 Festival in 2021, and is a graduate of Indiana University with a bachelor’s degree from the School of Public Health.

“These team members are some of the best in their respective lines of work,” said Bob Bryant, president & CEO of the 500 Festival. “We are a small team given the scope and scale of all that we produce, and these promotions are well deserved and hard-earned. Their peers and 500 Festival stakeholders commend them on exemplary performance.”

To learn more about the 500 Festival’s events and programs, please visit 500festival.com.

About the 500 Festival | Founded in 1957, the 500 Festival is a not-for-profit organization that produces life-enriching events and programs celebrating the spirit and legacy of the Indianapolis 500 and fostering a positive impact on the city of Indianapolis and the state of Indiana. As one of the largest festivals in the nation, each year more than half a million people attend an event or program produced by the 500 Festival. Since its founding, the 500 Festival has contributed more than $500 million in economic value to Indianapolis. To learn more about the 500 Festival, visit 500festival.com or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

 

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