Pat Conklin has been on the job as the new chief executive officer of the Sonoma-Marin Fair less than three months, but she already feels like she?s part of the community.
?I?ve been welcomed with open arms and I?m thrilled to be here,? said Conklin, who took over in January from longtime CEO Tawny Tesconi, the new manager of the Sonoma County Fair.
?I love fairs,? she said. ?They serve a valuable purpose to the community.?
In January, Conklin moved her family and pets from Gridley to the west side of Petaluma to begin her new job.
?I?m thrilled to be going to the Sonoma-Marin Fair because it?s always had a good reputation,? she said. ?The area that encompasses the 4th District Agricultural Association is a wonderful location, with a great atmosphere. I especially like the team effort of the fair staff and their dedication to the community.?
Being the manager of a smaller fair enables Conklin to be more diverse in her job duties and work closely with the staff to create a strong team environment.
?It?s not about the job or the pay,? said Conklin. ?It?s what the fair represents.?
Conklin and her family enjoy exploring Petaluma and getting to know their new home.
?Petaluma is a city that feels like a small town,? said Conklin. ?I like driving two minutes outside of town and finding myself in the middle of the country.?
Conklin appreciates the rolling hills that surround Petaluma and its proximity to the ocean. She looks forward to enjoying the North Bay?s temperate summer weather.