Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation’s ‘Speaker Series’ for youth continues |

Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation’s ‘Speaker Series’ for youth continues

Rea Callender, CEO of the Nevada County Fairgrounds recently addressed more than 20 FFA and 4-H students from Bear River, Nevada Union and Placer high schools, and served as the third speaker in the Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation’s ongoing Speaker Series.

The series, hosted by the Fairgrounds Foundation and sponsored by Sandy Ballou and California Outdoor Properties, brings business education – through access to business leaders and real-life leadership experiences – to local high school students.

Rea has an entrepreneurial and philanthropic background with corporate, start-up and nonprofit experience. He has served as CEO and Founder of several businesses – including Schoolpop, Inc., an online loyalty marketing company and fundraising tool for K-12 schools which raised $250 million since 1999 for schools nationwide. Quoting from his favorite book, “The Four Agreements” by Don Miguel Ruiz, Rea ended the evening with four key points – “be impeccable with your word, don’t take anything personally, don’t make assumptions, and always do your best.”

The Fairgrounds Foundation’s speaker series, which began in October, features six speakers and will run through April. Students have an opportunity to hear about the speaker’s career path, how they achieved their goals, insight regarding their area of expertise and opportunities for questions. Upcoming speakers include Fiona Ma, California State Assembly and John Paye, former NFL player for the San Francisco 49ers.

The Nevada County Fairgrounds Foundation’s mission is to support and improve the community’s fairgrounds, and to support youth in agriculture. For more information about the Fairgrounds Foundation, or to become a member, visit

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