Tom Quarles graduated from Commerce, Texas High School and
received both his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Agricultural Education from
East Texas State University, now Texas A&M University-Commerce. He taught Agricultural Science at Lindale
High School in East Texas before serving as a graduate research assistant and
receiving his PhD in Agricultural Education/Educational Administration at
Oklahoma State University. After
finishing his doctorate, Tom served as Assistant Professor of Agricultural
Education at Western Illinois University and then became Director of
Vocational, Technical and Career Education for the Grand Prairie, Texas
Independent School District.
In 1980, Tom became Assistant Professor of Agricultural
Education at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas. He was later promoted to Associate Professor
and Chairman of the Department of Agriculture.
In late 1984, Tom was employed by the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo
as Assistant General Manager for Operations and Logistics/Service Support where
he remained for 20 years until a semi early retirement in 2004. After leaving Houston, Tom became a full time
rancher in Madison County producing F1 Braford and Brangus females to sell to
commercial cattlemen for replacement females.
In addition, he also became the Executive Director of Economic
Development for Madison County.
In July 2006, Tom became the first Director of Event
Facilities for Brazos County. He was
employed in this position just as ground breaking began for Phase I of the new
Brazos County Exposition Complex which officially opened in October 2007. Phase II (expansion) was officially added in
March, 2010. In addition, the Brazos
Valley Fair and Exposition was organized and began in September 2012. Tom was named General Manager of the Brazos
County Exposition Complex and the Brazos Valley Fair in October 2013.
Tom Quarles - General Manager
Fiona Tizard-Meyer - Senior Manager - Fiona is originally from Canada but has resided in Texas since 1982 when her father came to work at the Texas A&M University Veterinary School. Fiona has had close ties with agriculture since a young age showing horses in every discipline from Hunter/Jumper, to barrel racing and cutting while growing up. Her extensive background in Beef Cattle was developed during her 13 years of raising and showing registered Hereford Cattle for one of the nation's largest Hereford Operations. She has over 15 years of marketing experience and an extensive background in livestock management and operations. Prior to working at the Fair Fiona also owned her own marketing company. Fiona has visited every major livestock show across the US and Canada and has extensive knowledge of fairs from an exhibitors standpoint. Fiona graduated from Texas A&M University with a B.S. in Biomedical Science and Animal Science.
Meghan Woodall - Assistant Manager - Meghan is originally from Calallen, a suburb outside of Corpus Christi, TX. Her experience in the Calallen FFA inspired her to pursue a degree in agriculture. She received a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Science and a Master of Agriculture Education at Texas A&M University. During college she interned with the Houston Stock Show & Rodeo and upon graduation began work with the San Antonio Livestock Exposition. She is eager to bring her experience working with the two largest stock shows in our nation, along with her personal show experience at fairs and stock shows, to the Brazos Valley Fair and have the opportunity to educate the public about agriculture and provide the fair experience to the Brazos Valley.
Mandy Hooks - Fair Clerk