James O’Brien is the General Manager of the Topsfield Fair and a graduate of the Institute of Fair Management of the International Association of Fairs and Expositions and is now a Certified Fair Executive (CFE). Prior to this position, he was General Manager of Brooksby Farm in Peabody MA for 29 years. Jim is also the Executive Director of Northeast Harvest, a buy local organization which serves Essex and Middlesex counties. He is a Board Member of the Essex County Farm Bureau, the Massachusetts Fruit Growers, the Essex County Fruit Growers Association, a Director of the Essex National Heritage Commission, and District Vice-President and Vice-President of the Yankee Clipper Boy Scouts. He holds a degree in Forestry and Business Management from the University of Maine at Orono. He resides in Peabody with his wife Liz and their children Kate and Patrick.