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Matt Wallsmith

Matt Wallsmith earned his Master of Accounting degree from the University of Florida and began his career in public accounting at Ernst & Young LLP. He is currently a licensed CPA in Florida. In 1998, he joined the South Florida Fair in West Palm Beach and has recently completed his 26th Fair with the organization. Beyond his accounting responsibilities, Matt expanded his role to oversee the Gate, Midway, Concessions, IT, and Maintenance operations at the Fair. As CFO, he was instrumental in creating Fright Nights, the South Florida Fair’s largest event outside of the annual Fair in January.


On July 1, 2024, Matt was appointed CEO of the South Florida Fair. He plans to focus on improving parking and enhancing the overall experience and value for fair goers. A long-time resident of Palm Beach County, Matt lives with his wife of 25 years and their two children, who currently attend the University of Central Florida. In his free time, he enjoys fishing, boating, and biking, which help him maintain a balanced fulfilling life. Matt is excited to lead the South Florida Fair into its next chapter, emphasizing innovation, sustainability, and excellence. He looks forward to working closely with the board, leadership team, and all employees to drive the organization’s mission and deliver exceptional experiences to fair goers.

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