2014 Director General, Ben Shaffer
Ben Shaffer will be serving as the 2014 Director General, after serving three years as Assistant Director and then Deputy Director during the 77th festival. Shaffer is employed as a Regional Program Manager for the West Virginia Division of Highways and is the President of MR2 Environmental Solutions, Inc. He volunteers in other community organizations were his is serving as the Treasurer of the Elkins Kiwanis Club and Secretary for Elkins Elks Babe Ruth League. Shaffer and his wife, Lisa, have previous experience volunteering for the festival in several different areas of the festival; including the City Park Events, Cross Country Races, Security and Publicity. Ben will work closely with Deputy Director General, Lydia Jones and his solid group of Assistant Directors to implement nearly 100 events in the 2014 festival. Ben has chosen "A Festival to Remember" as his theme for the 78th Mountain State Forest Festival.