The AKSARBEN Foundation is proud to announce Gretchen Kirchmann as Director of Sponsorship & Public Relations. In the past two decades Kirchmann has built a strong network of industry contacts and corporate relationships across the United States. She holds a Bachelor’s of Science from South Dakota State University in communications.

Her current work includes collaborating with Las Vegas Events on the Cowboy FanFest project during the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. Gretchen serves as a sideline reporter for Cowboy Lifestyle Network and the Arena Roundup. As a credentialed journalist she has covered the 2009-2014 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo for multiple radio and print media outlets.

In 2013, she presented at the IAFE conference in Las Vegas and serves as a guest lecturer for the Entertainment Management program at the University of Montana. While working as a consultant for the 2009, 2010 and 2011 Western Montana Fair & Rodeo she developed and implemented a year-round public relations and sponsorship plan working with local and national partners. Prior to starting her small business, Kirchmann Media Group, in 2009 she was a freelance journalist in Nashville, TN covering country music award shows, NCAA tournaments and community events. For more information about the AKSARBEN Foundation, visit