2016 Industry Leaders: Trailblazers & Groundbreakers

By Sponsored Content, December 18, 2016

The world of sports tourism is all about building relationships. That’s why Connect Sports produces this list of industry leaders, which you can quickly flip through to get to know destination and organization influencers. Here, you’ll be introduced to committed thought leaders who go above and beyond for their clients. Although their job responsibilities, career paths and places of work vary, they all have one thing in common: They love the sporting events. In these stories, the groundbreakers get personal sharing their industry IQs and histories.

Buffalo Niagara Sports Commission

Buffalo Niagara Sports Commission
Buffalo, N.Y.

 
 
 
 

Tim Buckley Ocean CenterTim Buckley
Sales Manager, Ocean Center
Daytona Beach, Fla.

 

 
 
 
Andrew Carl Valley ForgeAndrew Carl
Sports Sales Manager, Valley Forge Tourism & Convention Board
King of Prussia, Pa.

 
 
 
 
Josh Dill Fort Worth

Josh Dill
Director of Sports Marketing, Fort Worth CVB
Fort Worth, Texas

 
 
 
 
Kristen Hanifin Lake George

Kristen Hanifin
Special Events and Convention Sales Director, Lake George Regional CVB and Chamber of Commerce
Lake George, N.Y.

 
 
 
 
Bob Hanson Wichita Sports Commission
Bob Hanson
President/CEO, Greater Wichita Area Sports Commission
Wichita, Kan.

 

 

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