☛ Why is Jim Bret Campbell out as NCHA ED? 8-26-16
WHY IS JIM BRET CAMPBELL OUT AS NCHA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR?
An editorial by Glory Ann Kurtz
Aug. 26, 2016
Jim Bret Campbell
An announcement made on the NCHA’s website on Aug. 25 stated, “effective immediately, Jim Bret Campbell is no longer serving as the Executive Director of the NCHA.” It also stated that NCHA President Chuck Smith would be the interim Executive Director until a new Executive Director is hired. The statement, signed by the NCHA Executive Committee, left many questions unanswered.
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Why was Campbell leaving without serving out his five-year contract that had previously been told to me was a 5-year, million-dollar contract that started on June 10, 2013? The 2014 NCHA 990 had Jim Bret Campbell receiving $224,827 plus $8,400 from other organizations.
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Rumors have been running rampant, and I will attempt to find some answers in the days to come. There has also been some word that some members of the Finance Committee have also resigned. I tried to contact Jim Bret for a statement; however, his wishes are to not talk to me for a couple of days. I also put in a call for Lach Perks, vice chairman of the Finance Committee but so far, no response.
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I hate to see Jim Bret leave the NCHA as he was the first NCHA Executive Director that had some transparency. Jim Bret was the first Executive Director who was willing to take my phones calls, return my phone calls and answer my questions. I was even invited to go to the NCHA office to go over their tax returns with Jim Bret and the accountants. Jim Bret even held an open meeting for all members when trainers were complaining about the payout at the major aged events.
The only other Executive Director I could also communicate with was the short-lived Executive Director Alan Steen, who lasted 11 weeks on the job and when he left in August 2012, from a lawsuit he filed against NCHA, he received the amount of money that he had invested or lost during his short-term employment in 2012. Steen replaced long-time Executive Director Jeff Hooper, who wouldn’t take or return my phone calls.
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Perhaps some of this upheaval came from finances, but I would think that fault lands with the Finance Committee or Treasurer. The latest IRS 990s that I could get from most of the Western horse organizations was for the 2013-2014 years, as 2015 would not have been filed yet. The NCHA finances were near the bottom of the list, showing a loss of $1,071.447 in 2013 and $484,711 in 2014, up $586,736. However, their net assets were down $493,168 from $6,243,541 in 2013 to $5,750,373 in 2014.
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Over the years, the NCHA has received millions of dollars from the State of Texas and City of Fort Worth; however, that money, coming from the state’s Major Events Trust Fund, has moved from the State Comptroller’s office to the Governor’s office and according to news reports is being carefully looked over.
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I will try to keep informed if I can find someone who will talk to me.