INDIANAPOLIS (January 2, 2013) – Kirk Hendrix, President & CEO of the 500 Festival, is leaving the organization after 10 years of service to become President & CEO of AAA Hoosier Motor Club.
“Under Kirk’s leadership, the 500 Festival has been successful on a number of fronts, foremost engaging more and more people in participation,” said Ted Dickman, 500 Festival Chairman of the Board. “Over the past 10 years, Festival events have performed for record crowds while also earning numerous international accolades. Kirk was instrumental in forging the many successes we have enjoyed. He has further strengthened the long-standing legacy of the 500 Festival and we are extremely grateful for his leadership. We are well-positioned to find a highly capable leader to succeed Kirk,” Dickman said.
Hendrix will continue to serve in his 500 Festival position into February and will work closely with Festival board leadership to ensure a smooth transition while the organization conducts a search for his replacement.
“I treasure my time with the 500 Festival,” Hendrix said. “It’s been the most impactful 10 years of my career and a rewarding part of my family’s life, as well. The 500 Festival has long held a special place in the community and to have had the chance to work alongside such a dedicated force of staff and volunteers has been a privilege.”
Over the past decade, the 500 Festival has expanded its event and program offerings to further serve Indianapolis and the state of Indiana in celebration of the Indianapolis 500.
The mission of the 500 Festival is to advocate and celebrate the spirit, heritage and legacy of the Indianapolis 500®. Through social, cultural and educational events and programs, the 500 Festival enhances the quality of life for all citizens of our communities.
The 500 Festival, a not-for-profit volunteer organization, was created in 1957 to organize civic events celebrating the greatest race in the world. Over the past 56 years, the 500 Festival has grown to become one of the largest festivals in the nation.
Last year, more than 500,000 Hoosiers and visitors participated in nearly 50 events and programs throughout the month of May. Whether they were athletes running the Mini-Marathon, fourth grade students participating in the Education Program, families enjoying the state’s largest festival for kids or spectators being dazzled by one of the nation’s premier parades, they were there, celebrating the legacy.
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