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James E. Henwood Jr.

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Background

Employment History

  • President and Chief Executive Officer
    L.A. County Fair
  • General Manager
    South Coast Plaza

Board Memberships and Affiliations

Education

  • bachelor of science. degree
    School of Hotel and Restaurant Administration at Oklahoma State University
183 Total References
Web References
Citing federal tax records, a Times ...
www.latimes.com, 13 Nov 2015 [cached]
Citing federal tax records, a Times investigation last week found that association Chief Executive James Henwood Jr. collected nearly $900,000 in total compensation in 2013, a year the organization lost $3.4 million. Four members of Henwood's executive staff received pay and benefits that ranged from about $321,000 to about $389,000 that year, the most recent year for which the Internal Revenue Service filings were available.
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James Henwood Jr., left, chief executive of the Los Angeles County Fair Assn., and J. Michael Ortiz, president of the association's board of directors, at a meeting of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)
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James Henwood Jr., left, chief executive of the Los Angeles County Fair Assn., and J. Michael Ortiz, president of the association's board of directors, at a meeting of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)
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Henwood and the four other managers received $2.8 million in bonuses and incentive pay in that same period, boosting their total compensation to $8.75 million, the tax records show. Over those four years, Henwood averaged about $846,000 in annual compensation.
James Henwood ...
www.latimes.com, 4 Nov 2015 [cached]
James Henwood Jr.
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James Henwood Jr.
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Los Angeles County Fair Assn. chief executive James Henwood Jr., right, listens to County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich, left, as they promote the annual event.
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Los Angeles County Fair Assn. chief executive James Henwood Jr., right, listens to County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich, left, as they promote the annual event.
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The fair's chief executive, James Henwood Jr., 69, collected nearly $900,000 in total compensation in 2013, dwarfing that of other fair managers in California, according to the tax filings and state records. That same year, the association lost $3.4 million.
From 2010 through 2013, Henwood and four members of his executive team received a combined $2.8 million in bonuses and incentive pay, boosting their total compensation to $8.75 million, according to the tax filings. In those four years, Henwood averaged about $846,000 in annual compensation.
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In 2013, Henwood received more in bonuses and incentive pay than the association paid to the county for year-round use of the public fairgrounds, known as the Fairplex.
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Henwood and the other managers declined to be interviewed.
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Henwood, a former shopping mall manager from Orange County, has led the association for two decades.
Ortiz said Henwood has excelled at managing the association's Learning Centers programs.
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Asked why Henwood and his management staff were handed bonuses in years the association lost money, Ortiz said, "I don't think we have to explain.
Los Angeles County Fair ...
www.dailybulletin.com, 7 Nov 2015 [cached]
Los Angeles County Fair Association President and CEO James Henwood, right, and former Cal Poly Pomona president and Los Angeles County Fair Association Chairman Michael Ortiz respond to criticism of Fairplex operations in Pomona on Saturday.
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Los Angeles County Fair Association President and CEO James Henwood in front of the administration building at Fairplex in Pomona on Saturday. Rachel Luna Staff Photographer
POMONA >> To say the nonprofit Los Angeles County Fair Association has strayed from its agricultural roots could not be further from the truth, said James Henwood, president and chief executive officer of the association Saturday.
The Fair Association remains committed to its agricultural mission, he said.
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The two topics were brought up in an article published by the Los Angeles Times last week critical of Henwood. The publication reported Henwood was making close to $900,000 in compensation and that organization has been drifting away from its agricultural mission and increasingly focusing on profit-generating ventures.
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Henwood is responsible for putting on the monthlong Los Angeles County Fair along with running revenue generating businesses such as the Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center and a catering operation.
He is also responsible for bring events to Fairplex that keep it operating year-round in addition to the nonprofit Learning Centers at Fairplex, which includes the Child Development Center at Fairplex and the Career and Technical Education Center, a vocational training program for youth and young adults.
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I dont sit to defend my worth, others do that, Henwood said.
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Henwood was hired as president and CEO in 1995 after having been general manager of South Coast Plaza for 17 years and executive assistant manager of Westin Hotels and Resorts for close to nine years.
At the time he was asked to enhance the business purpose of the hotel which at that point was losing about $500,000 a year.
His bosses told Henwood they would like him to grow the year-round business aspect of Fairplex.
A 1988 lease between L.A. County contained a stipulation.
It had a specific requirement to increase the economic purpose of the campus, Henwood said.
A week after arriving Henwood learned horse racing was not doing as well as hed been told and he learned people had concerns associated with visiting the carnival section of the Fair at night due to the presence of gang members.
Steps were taken that made the Fair a safe environment for fair-goers and efforts made to keep horse racing going until last year when the Fairs race meet was moved to Los Alamitos where it has been successful, he said.
Every indication is that it performed at a higher and better level, than the year before based on the satisfaction of those who attend, he said.
While the Fair is successful high summer temperatures impacts attendance.
On three or four weekends this year Fair-goers didnt begin arriving until 4 p.m. Increasingly the Fair is becoming an evening attraction, Henwood said.
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Fairplex continues to meet all of its financial obligations, Henwood said.
Henwood said the Fair Association remains committed to agriculture.
We are as connected to agriculture if not more, he said.
In L.A. County, large farms that cultivate acres of crops are almost nonexistent so the Fair Association has adapted offering programs that still promote agriculture but in a more relevant way such as the case of the urban farming concept. The Farm, on the White Avenue side of Fairplex, has expanded to showcase that form of farming and its available year-round. Henwood said.
Fairplex is working to develop a program that will bring 4H programs back to the fairgrounds but that include an educational structure.
Henwood said recent days have not been easy. To see this organization placed in the position it has been over the last week and a half is disheartening, disappointing and in many ways a poor reflection on the work of lots of people historical and currently, he said.
That includes many people who have volunteered their time and worked to make Fairplex a success.
Its not a fair representation of the company, Henwood said.
Los Angeles County Fair ...
www.dailybulletin.com, 7 Nov 2015 [cached]
Los Angeles County Fair Association President and CEO James Henwood, right, and former Cal Poly Pomona president and Los Angeles County Fair Association Chairman Michael Ortiz respond to criticism of Fairplex operations in Pomona on Saturday.
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POMONA >> To say the nonprofit Los Angeles County Fair Association has strayed from its agricultural roots could not be further from the truth, said James Henwood, president and chief executive officer of the association Saturday.
The Fair Association remains committed to its agricultural mission, he said.
...
The two topics were brought up in an article published by the Los Angeles Times last week critical of Henwood. The publication reported Henwood was making close to $900,000 in compensation and that organization has been drifting away from its agricultural mission and increasingly focusing on profit-generating ventures.
...
Henwood is responsible for putting on the monthlong Los Angeles County Fair along with running revenue generating businesses such as the Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center and a catering operation.
He is also responsible for bring events to Fairplex that keep it operating year-round in addition to the nonprofit Learning Centers at Fairplex, which includes the Child Development Center at Fairplex and the Career and Technical Education Center, a vocational training program for youth and young adults.
...
I dont sit to defend my worth, others do that, Henwood said.
...
Henwood was hired as president and CEO in 1995 after having been general manager of South Coast Plaza for 17 years and executive assistant manager of Westin Hotels and Resorts for close to nine years.
At the time he was asked to enhance the business purpose of the hotel which at that point was losing about $500,000 a year.
His bosses told Henwood they would like him to grow the year-round business aspect of Fairplex.
A 1988 lease between L.A. County contained a stipulation.
It had a specific requirement to increase the economic purpose of the campus, Henwood said.
A week after arriving Henwood learned horse racing was not doing as well as hed been told and he learned people had concerns associated with visiting the carnival section of the Fair at night due to the presence of gang members.
Steps were taken that made the Fair a safe environment for fair-goers and efforts made to keep horse racing going until last year when the Fairs race meet was moved to Los Alamitos where it has been successful, he said.
Every indication is that it performed at a higher and better level, than the year before based on the satisfaction of those who attend, he said.
While the Fair is successful high summer temperatures impacts attendance.
On three or four weekends this year Fair-goers didnt begin arriving until 4 p.m. Increasingly the Fair is becoming an evening attraction, Henwood said.
...
Fairplex continues to meet all of its financial obligations, Henwood said.
Henwood said the Fair Association remains committed to agriculture.
We are as connected to agriculture if not more, he said.
In L.A. County, large farms that cultivate acres of crops are almost nonexistent so the Fair Association has adapted offering programs that still promote agriculture but in a more relevant way such as the case of the urban farming concept. The Farm, on the White Avenue side of Fairplex, has expanded to showcase that form of farming and its available year-round. Henwood said.
Fairplex is working to develop a program that will bring 4H programs back to the fairgrounds but that include an educational structure.
Henwood said recent days have not been easy. To see this organization placed in the position it has been over the last week and a half is disheartening, disappointing and in many ways a poor reflection on the work of lots of people historical and currently, he said.
That includes many people who have volunteered their time and worked to make Fairplex a success.
Its not a fair representation of the company, Henwood said.
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