Cowboys and cowgirls from all over the country will be in town to show off their skills and battle for top rodeo rankings at the International Professional Rodeo Association-sanctioned event. Gates will open at 6 p.m. each night, and the rodeo will start at 8 p.m. Seating is limited. Doors will be closed to general admission once attendance has reached maximum capacity. The arena is a covered venue, and the event will take place rain or shine. About 100 student volunteers from the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences have worked for months to prepare for the rodeo. Since 1974, the event has introduced thousands of UGA students and northeast Georgians to the world of steer wrestling, barrel racing and bull riding. April 20 is “Tough Enough to Serve” night, recognizing the service of America’s military men and women. Attendees are encouraged to show their support by wearing red, white and blue. Organizers will donate $1,000 to Faces of Freedom, a combat veterans support organization spearheaded by Col. Michael Steele, who is a UGA alumnus, former Bulldog football player and retired U.S. Army officer. April 19 is “Tough Enough to Wear Pink” night. The rodeo organizers will donate $1,000 to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. Attendees are encouraged to wear pink in support of those who have battled and survived breast cancer. UGA alumnus and professional rodeo announcer Roger Mooney will provide commentary. Events will include saddle and bareback bronc riding, breakaway roping, barrel racing, team roping, steer wrestling and Brahman bull riding. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for children under 12. Children 3 and under are free. To preorder discounted tickets of $10 for children and $12 for adults, call (706) 542-9374 or visit www.GreatSouthlandStampedeRodeo.com. The University of Georgia’s Block and Bridle Club is gearing up for the 39th annual Great Southland Stampede Rodeo, which will roll into Athens April 18-20 at the UGA Livestock Instructional Arena, 2600 South Milledge Ave. The rodeo kicks off April 18 with “Tough Enough to Be a Dawg” student night. Students will be able to purchase tickets at the door for $10 with a valid UGA identification card. The Block and Bridle Club has expanded the children’s activities available before and during the rodeo with face painting, pony rides, a petting zoo, photo booth cutouts and rodeo-themed games. There also will be a wider variety of food vendors with more child-friendly options. For more information, call (706) 542-9374 or visit www.GreatSouthlandStampedeRodeo.com.
Jan Blittersdorf Named CEO of NRGHinesburg, VT–Jan Blittersdorf, former vice president and chief financialofficer for NRG Systems, has been named president and chief executiveofficer of the Hinesburg company. As president/CEO, Jan concentrates onoverall company management and strategy development, helping to determineNRG’s role in the global wind energy industry. Jan replaces DavidBlittersdorf, founder and former president of NRG Systems, as CEO. Davidwill concentrate on product engineering and design as director ofengineering.Jan officially joined NRG Systems in 1987, focusing on the operational andfinancial side of the business. As the company grew, Jan took over thehuman resources function of NRG. She developed a hiring process thatmatches prospective employees with NRG’s corporate culture. She alsodesigned an employee benefits program and incentive program that includesa monthly cash profit sharing plan, paid sabbatical and other perks. Heremphasis on financial integrity and workplace quality has been rewarded bya loyal, highly motivated 43-person team, which is expected to more thandouble in five years.NRG’s recently completed manufacturing facility and office building, amodel in sustainable design and energy efficiency, will accommodate thecompany’s expected growth and provide employees a healthier workenvironment. Jan’s success in fostering company growth and managing NRG’sfinancial prosperity was instrumental in its selection as a Deane C. DavisVermont Business of the Year and as the Small Business Administration’sNew England 2003 Exporter of the Year.Jan is on the board of directors for the Vermont Businesses for SocialResponsibility (VBSR), is a board member of the Child Care Fund of Vermontand is on the Board of Advisors for the School of Business at theUniversity of Vermont. She received bachelor’s degrees in humandevelopment and professional nursing from the University of Vermont. JanBlittersdorf resides in Charlotte with husband, David, and their twochildren, Alyssa and Evan.NRG Systems, founded in 1982 by David Blittersdorf, manufactures windenergy measurement systems for the global wind industry. Its product lineincludes complete wind assessment systems, towers, instruments, sensorsand accessories. NRG products can be found on every continent in more than100 countries, serving electric utilities, wind farm developers, researchinstitutes, government agencies, universities and homeowners. For moreinformation, visit www.nrgsystems.com(link is external).