David Dellin has been appointed CEO of the Fort Worth-based American Paint Horse Association, a multimillion-dollar international organization and the world’s second largest equine breed registry.
Dellin will lead APHA’s family of brands: the nonprofit American Paint Horse Association, its wholly owned for-profit subsidiary Marked For Greatness Properties LLC, and the charitable American Paint Horse Foundation.
“Dave Dellin is the right leader to capitalize on existing and emerging opportunities,” APHA President David Lands said in a statement. “Dave has illustrated the ability to coalesce and inspire our team of professionals who work extremely hard for our customers, partners, sponsors and donors. APHA staff and the board of directors are genuinely excited for Dave, our organizations and Paint fans around the world. I’m confident in his ability to lead and work collaboratively to ensure our continued success.”
Dellin has more than a decade of experience as part of APHA’s senior management team and brings a wealth of experience and a proven track record of success to the position, the organization said.
Dellin first joined APHA as director of judges in 2012 and was instrumental in the development of innovative showing- and judge-education resources, including APHA’s interactive learning platform horseIQ.com.
His expertise and experience have yielded partnerships between APHA and other equine organizations to streamline, modernize, and create their own stakeholder resources through APHA’s proprietary platform, the organization said.
An innovative leader in the equine industry
Previously, Dellin was a professional horse trainer and judge; he also served as past president of the National Snaffle Bit Association.
APHA said the move capitalizes on Dellin’s extensive leadership experience, passion for the equine industry, and commitment to continue APHA’s drive for innovation and collaboration.
It said that Dellin will “cohesively position APHA’s family of brands for future growth and industry-leading performance.”
“I’m honored to have the opportunity to lead APHA into the future,” Dellin said in a statement. “For the last decade, I’ve been proud to be part of one of the most innovative and creative organizations in the equine industry. The opportunity to now lead that same organization is one that I look forward to with great enthusiasm.”
Based in the heart of the historic Fort Worth Stockyards, APHA has direct access to more than 3 million annual visitors in the revitalized historical district.
The association’s iconic “Legacy of Color” bronze horse statues, located in the center of the Stockyards’ Mule Alley, are one of Fort Worth’s most recognizable and photographed public art pieces.
“I’m excited about the alignment and elevation of the APHA and its philanthropic component, the American Paint Horse Foundation, and its wholly owned for-profit subsidiary, Marked for Greatness Properties,” President-elect Kelly Boles-Chapman said. “Dave Dellin is an excellent leader to take our organization into this new era, with focus on incredible opportunities for our members.”
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