Devon Horse Show and Country Fair Board Re-elects Richard O'Donnell as President

Wednesday, January 21, 2015


January 21, 2015 Devon, PA - The Board of Directors of the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair, Inc. re-elected Richard M. O'Donnell as President and Wayne W. Grafton as Chairman during its annual meeting held last Friday night.

The Board of Directors also elected Norma Hamm as Treasurer and Mimi Killian as Secretary and re-elected Directors Sandy Shinners and Dolly Somers. The Board also announced new Directors Holly Griffin, Deborah Martin, John Frazier Hunt and Michael G. Tillson III.

"Given the history of our special event and its prominent position among the world's elite competitions, I accept this role with the utmost honor and respect," Mr. O'Donnell said. "Working with the board, committees and our volunteers gives me a great sense of pride knowing our annual efforts produce such a special outcome with all proceeds going to our charitable partner, the Bryn Mawr Hospital.  My goal is to enhance our event by strengthening the bond among our team and work towards making Devon shine like never before."

Chairman Grafton noted, "I'm delighted to be working closely with an old and dear friend, Rich O'Donnell, and the many board members I've known and worked with over years. I am confident that we will meet the challenges that come with producing a world class show with great success at our iconic show grounds."

Mr. O'Donnell has served on the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair Board of Directors since 1980. He was made a Vice President in 1985 and served as Secretary from 2004 through 2013. Most recently he held the position of Treasurer.  Mr. O'Donnell is a Senior Vice President with Univest Bank & Trust Co. He has 35-plus years of experience in the financial services industry. He has held leadership roles at Continental Bank, Norristown, PA, Commerce Bank and First National Bank of Chester County. Mr. O'Donnell holds a Bachelor's Degree in Finance as well as a degree from the Stonier Graduate School of Banking.

Mr. O'Donnell also was recently elected as President of the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair Foundation.

Mr. Grafton has held senior management and consulting positions in the public and private sectors, as well as for non-profit organizations for 45 years. Mr. Grafton holds a Master's Degree in Urban and Regional Planning.   He is a well-known lecturer on Land Use Planning issues and is a Principal in The Grafton Association.  Throughout his career he has continuously been involved with a variety of philanthropic activities.  Mr. Grafton has been on the Board of the Ludwigs Corner Horse Show, having served as the President for five years.  Currently, he is President of The Philadelphia Four-in-Hand Club.  Additionally, he was involved with the Evening in Old Saratoga Drive, which benefited The New Bolton Center of the University of Pennsylvania.  He was a committee member on the Laurels at Landhope Combined Driving Show.  He has been a box holder and supporter of the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair for more than 30 years and his wife, Marjorie, has been a competitor in the carriage division for several years.

About the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair
Steeped in rich heritage dating back to 1896, the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair continues its glorious tradition as the oldest and largest outdoor multi-breed competition in the United States. With the grandeur of Philadelphia's prestigious Main Line setting the stage, the event features a world-class field that annually ranks among the most prominent internationally. The dates for this year's are event are May 21 to May 31.

The Devon Horse Show and Country Fair is a nonprofit institution that has donated approximately $47 million (in current dollars) since 1919 for the good works of its charitable beneficiary, the Bryn Mawr Hospital.