Bryan Wittman: Working for The Mouse…but Started at the Fair

This week the Erie County Fair had the honor of naming Bryan Wittman an Honorary Chairman of the 175th Fair. For those who don’t know Bryan Wittman personally, they have certainly seen his work. Wittman is the current Vice President of Global Special Events for Disney Parks and Resorts. He has been at the head of Disney Cruise Line christenings, Super Bowl Halftime Shows, the Rose Parade and other Disney Productions.

Before he worked for the Main Mouse himself, Wittman got his start right here at the Erie County Fair as a stage manager at the outdoor theater in 1975.  One of his fondest Fair memories involves working with than Erie County Fair Hall of Famer, Ramblin’ Lou!  When Wittman looks back on his experiences here at the Fair he remembers it was the faces of the audience during his theater shows that kept him going. That passion for entertainment and the happiness of others is what has continued to drive his career even today.

While Disney has parks and resorts all over the world, there is only one place that Wittman calls home, Hamburg, NY. Having been born and raised here in WNY, Wittman and his wife Kathy still keep a residence here in the 716. Wittman has graduated from St. Francis High School and then went to college at Ashland University in Ohio.

Wittman will be assisting in guiding the creative planning process of the 175th anniversary Fair’s events and promotions. Fair CEO Denny Lang said of Wittman’s naming “We are extremely proud to welcome Bryan back into the Erie County Fair family…”  wittamn.png