Title: Executive Director
Company: The Pony Express Museum
Location: Saint Joseph, MO, United States
Cindy S. Daffron, executive director of the Pony Express Museum, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in museum administration.
Since 2005, Ms. Daffron has proudly served as the executive director of the Pony Express Museum, a private nonprofit organization and museum dedicated to presenting and preserving the history of the Pony Express Trail, its riders, and 1860s America. Showcasing original artifacts and archaeological dig sites, a reconstruction of an 1860s schoolhouse, and innovative educational talks, tours, and programming, the Pony Express Museum was named one of True West Magazine’s Top 10 Western Museums for 2020 and has been ranked in Tripadvisor’s “Top 10% of Worldwide Attractions” based on guest feedback. As executive director, Ms. Daffron has secured more than $182,000 in grant funding for the museum in 2020 alone, and is responsible for supervising museum staff and volunteers, building ongoing financial and promotional partnerships, and helping develop exhibitions and programs. In recognition of her tireless work on behalf of the museum, she has been presented with the 2012 Pony School Award for Promoting Historical Education, a 2013 Trailblazer Award from the St. Joseph Convention and Visitors Bureau for her role in promoting tourism to the region, and a 2016 Women in History Project Award.
Prior to joining the Pony Express Museum, Ms. Daffron spent 25 years with Hutches Heating and Cooling and more than a decade as City Clerk for St. Joseph, Missouri. She is a former City Council alderman and Board President celebrating over 15 years of service, and remains active as treasurer of the St. Joseph Museum Association, a member of the Pony Express Region Association, and the Daughters of the American Revolution. Ms. Daffron credits her success to her integrity, thoroughness, and desire to help others, and considers her work with children and youth to be the highlight of her career. She looks forward to continuing her work with the Pony Express Museum and the greater St. Joseph community for years to come and hopes to be able to make a difference in the lives of others.
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