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Meet the Team

Matt Bixenman

Fairgrounds Site Manager
303-795-4958; mbixenman@arapahoegov.com

Matt is the Fairgrounds Site Manager overseeing daily operations of the Fairgrounds and Event Center. Born and raised on a farm in western Kansas, he brought his knowledge and passion for agriculture to the Arapahoe County Open Space Department in 2013. Matt has supported open space maintenance, the Event Center and the county fair before moving into his current role. He graduated from Fort Hays State University in 2007 with a B.S. in Health Promotion and a M.S. in Sports Administration. Matt previously worked as an Event Associate for the Orange Bowl Committee in Miami, FL before moving to Colorado.

Jeff Hester

Fairgrounds Operations Supervisor
720-874-6556; jhester@arapahoegov.com

Jeff is a Colorado native with 6 years of experience working within the Arapahoe County Open Space Department. He graduated from Metropolitan State University of Denver with a BA in History and a minor in Journalism. Jeff previously worked in sales as a Business Development Manager before joining the County. He enjoys fishing and spending time with his wife and two kids.

Lexy Kingsbaker

Events and Business Development Supervisor

Lexy has always had a passion for events and Colorado tourism. She started out at the University of Northern Colorado where she received her B.A. in Recreation and Tourism as well as Communications. Since then she has worked for The Ranch in Larimer County, the Town of Estes Park and now Arapahoe County. Lexy is currently a member of several Colorado event and tourism associations and always does her best to stay relevant within the industry. She enjoys being outdoors, spending time with her family and making the most of each day!

Lindsey Friend

Event Coordinator
303-795-4951; lfriend@arapahoegov.com

Lindsey specializes in making clients events come to life. From quinceaneras and weddings to trade shows and markets, she is excited to discuss your vision and walk you through the process to creating a successful event at our facility.

Originally hailing from Phoenix, Arizona and graduating from Arizona State University with a Bachelor's in Tourism Management and Development, Lindsey has been enjoying all that Colorado has to offer since relocating in 2017. Her love for planning events in and outside of work is matched only by her love for traveling, craft beer, and a good true crime drama.

Lisa Banuelos

Scheduling and Client Relations Specialist
303-795-4953; lbanuelos@arapahoegov.com

Lisa has a BA in History and a Minor in Chicano Studies. She is passionate about the Chicano culture as it is a big part of who she is. Lisa loves history, animals, reading, and watching documentaries. She also enjoys spending time with my family on the weekends and visiting new places. Her favorite part of her position is getting to meet a variety of people that come from different paths of life.

Ben Bastian

Facilities and Operations Technician II
303-910-5587; bbastian@arapahoegov.com

Ben has been a Facilities and Operations Technician at the Arapahoe County Fairgrounds since March of 2016. Prior to working with Arapahoe County, Ben supported the PACE Center in Parker, Colorado and the Reading Fightin’ Phils in Reading, Pennsylvania. Ben graduated with a B.S. from Kent State University in 2013, majoring in Sports Administration and minoring in Business.
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