Meet the 2018 Connect Sports Game Changers

By Connect Sports Staff, August 13, 2018

Sporting events are worth more than $10 billion to the U.S. economy and fill 98 million hotel rooms annually because of Game Changers like you. Here, Connect Sports honors the industry’s sharpest minds with our third annual collection of Game Changers—the people who have elevated sports tourism through innovation and precise execution. We look forward to honoring these Game Changers at Connect Sports in Salt Lake City, Aug. 23-25. As always, thanks to SportsPittsburgh for sponsoring this editorial initiative.

Scott BregmanScott Bregman

Social Media Producer
The Olympic Channel


Eric CarlyleEric Carlyle, SDL

Media Out Loud, LLC
Scottsdale, Arizona


Brian ConnollyBrian Connolly

Founder and Managing Principal
Victus Advisors
Park City, Utah


Morgan CookMorgan Cook

Director of Women’s Lacrosse and Field Hockey
Corrigan Sports Enterprises
Fallston, Maryland


Ashley Harper CottrellAshley Harper Cottrell, CSEE

Project Manager/ Creative and Web Manager
Maryland Sports; Maryland Stadium Authority
Columbia, Maryland


Ryan Vogt, Katie Fenci, Catch Des MoinesKatie Fencl, CSEE and Ryan Vogt, CSEE

Director of Conventions, Sports and Services; National Sales Manager
Catch Des Moines
Des Moines, Iowa


Aaron FlakerAaron Flaker

Co-Owner and Chief Business Development Officer
Athletx Sports Group
Louisville, Kentucky


Maggie FrantzMaggie Frantz

Vice President/CFO
Anthony Travel


Jim HaddawayJim Haddaway

Co-Founder and CEO
Athletx Sports Group
Louisville, Kentucky


Serena Andrews HigdonSerena Andrews Higdon

Owner and Director of Sales, Marketing and Business Development
Team Travel Source
Pasadena, Maryland


Dan GilmanDan Gilman

Chief of Staff
Officer of Mayor William Peduto


Neil Johnson, MGM

Neil Johnson

Director, Global Sales—Sports and SMERF
MGM Resorts International
Las Vegas


Mark KoskiMark Koski, CMAA

NFHS Network


Dave LuceyDave Lucey

Sales Manager
Destination Irvine
Irvine, California


Kathy NelsonKathy Nelson

President and CEO
Greater Kansas City Sports Commission & Foundation
Kansas City, Missouri


Neil Paul, Anderson, S.C.Neil Paul, TMP

Executive Director
Visit Anderson (S.C.)
Anderson, South Carolina


Domonique Powell, Bryan College StationDominique Powell

Director of Sports and Events
Bryan College Station Sports + Events
Bryan College Station, Texas


Gail Reich, USA UltimateGail Reich

Girls Outreach Director
USA Ultimate


Justin Roach, DuPage CVBJustin Roach

Director of Business Development
DuPage CVB
DuPage County, Illinois


Jennifer Stoll

Jennifer Stoll, CSEE

Executive Director
Greater Grand Junction Sports Commission
Grand Junction, Colorado