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Source: American Royal Association news release

Recognizing agriculture as the foundation of the region's economy, coupled with an invigorating vision for the future, the American Royal Board of Governors' held its Annual Meeting February 11 at the Downtown Marriott and Folly Theater. 2014 American Royal Chairman Mariner Kemper was energizing and vocal in his visions for the upcoming season.

"The American Royal is not an isolated activity for Kansas City or the Midwest. It is the AMERICAN Royal. You can build a case that every person, every company, every community is touched by and obligated to play a role in our agriculture system. After all, our economy and livelihood are reliant on a functional and safe agricultural system. We are lucky to have such a rich ag history in Kansas City that gives us the platform to not only provide leadership but to celebrate what Kansas City and our surrounding regions mean to our national food and agrarian culture.

The American Royal is truly Kansas City's most authentic asset. Every city has a performing arts center. Every city has a football team, but there are only a handful of cities in America that have something as special as the American Royal," Kemper said.

The official elections results were as follows:
American Royal Officers of the Board of Directors
Chairman: Mariner Kemper, UMB
Chair-elect: John Mitchell Jr., Treat America Food Services
Corporate Secretary: Charlie Tetrick, Walz Tetrick Advertising
Treasurer: Angie Stanland, Cerner
Vice Chairs of Agricultural Center Campaign: Brant Laue, Laue Ranch and Cynthia Pistilli Savage, Raphael Hotel Group

Kemper concluded with, "As we look to the future, our role is not to defend The American Royal, but rather to promote it and build excitement for what we offer. We have an obligation and a responsibility before us. President Eisenhower once said, 'Whatever America hopes to bring to pass in the world must first come to pass in the heart of America.' Well America, here we are. The American Royal."

The American Royal Association is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) corporation that has been a Kansas City tradition since 1899. Each year more than 270,000 people attend events at the American Royal Complex. In 2013, the Royal was able to give $1.4 million in scholarship and educational awards.

In addition to its educational mission, the American Royal generates some $60 million of economic impact, $4.4 million in local tax revenues, and supports 450 jobs. For further information, see

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