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Off the Cuff: Get to Know.... John Riddle

Former pro baseball player; and man behind the Clean Show

CHICAGO — In this latest installment of Off The Cuff, where readers can meet and learn more about someone from the fabricare industry, let’s get to know John Riddle, Riddle & Associates.

Tell us where you were born, grew up, and reside today?

“I was born in Kannapolis, N.C., and lived there until I went to college. After a six-year career in professional baseball, I moved to Atlanta and have lived here ever since.”

Hobbies (that you’ll admit to)?

“I love fly-fishing, fly-tying, golf, and team roping, think rodeo. I am an avid reader, particularly of history and other non-fiction. I am always trying to learn something new.”

What gets you excited at work?

“People! I love coming to work and being with the people who work here. I truly enjoy the show’s exhibitors and love the challenge of motivating attendees to come. I like working toward making the Clean Show appealing both visually and in content.”

Lastly, tell us a secret (keep it clean) nobody knows about you?

“Some remember this so it is not really a secret, but I had the first adoption center of the original Little People dolls, which are now called Cabbage Patch dolls, in my Terminus Gift Shop in downtown Atlanta. Another that some people don’t believe is that in golf I have had a hole-in-one from both sides of the ball, one right-handed and one left-handed. A true secret, what people always want to know, is when I wear my kilt, I am commando.”

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