Good Luck, Don Schumacher

By Connect Sports Staff, March 27, 2017

NASC Executive Director Don Schumacher steps down this week during the organization’s annual symposium in Sacramento, California. Several sports tourism veterans offered their best wishes to the industry legend:

A quarter of a century
It’s hard to believe
Especially when Don Schumacher
Is just thirty-three

Precocious and progressive
And talented to boot
When it comes to the sports world
This man is astute!

Among his many legacies
NASC is the prize
Don’s departure leaves a void
But we can only surmise

That his name will become immortal
In our wide world of sports!
Don, we send you best wishes
“On and off of the courts!”

Dayton (Ohio) CVB

“Your leadership in our industry and within our own sports commission has been tremendous. We’re celebrating our 10-year anniversary this year, and it wouldn’t have been possible without your guidance to our board. Thank you for caring so much about each organization involved in sports tourism and our successes. Cheers!” West Michigan Sports Commission

“Thank you for all of your hard work and dedication to the sports industry. You have made a thumbprint that will not soon be forgotten.” Robin Wright, CSEE, Visit Greenville

“Thank you for your kindness and your friendly welcome to me into NASC. Enjoy retirement and have fun on your next adventure! Don has always been a leader in our industry. He was and always will be a hero to me in sports tourism.” —Roland G. Rivera Jr., Rivera Sport Consulting LLC

“Thank you for your leadership of NASC the past 25 years. The growth of the association has paved the way for a lot of young sports professionals to build their experiences and enhance their careers.” Jon Schmieder, Huddle Up Group

“Thank you for elevating the entire sports industry, helping create a dynamic association and fostering lifelong friendships. I am so glad I got to know you and wish you all the best in your next endeavor.”
—Judi Hess, Greater Binghamton (New York) CVB

“You’ve done such a fabulous job for NASC. Congratulations, and thanks for all you’ve done for all of us in sports!” —Jon Butler, Pop Warner Little Scholars Inc.

“Thank you Don for dedicating decades of untiring and loyal service to the sports event and tourism industries. You’re an appreciated trailblazer and a devoted professional who has carried the torch for the betterment of the sport experience.” —Sally S. Johnson, National Council of Youth Sports

“I have been extremely fortunate to call Don my mentor, my friend and our executive director for many years. I now have the good fortune to say thank you to an industry legend. Here’s to many years of good health and happiness to come!” Terry Hasseltine, CSEE, Maryland Sports

“Although I have only known Don for three years, his willingness to talk and advise me has been tremendous. The MGM Resorts sports program would not be where it is today without Don’s influence.” Daniel J. Rush, CMP, CASE, MGM Resorts International

Don Schumacher“Don Schumacher’s knowledge of the sport tourism business was crucial to getting the Erie Sports Commission off the ground six years ago, and we truly would not be where we are today without him. Thank you, Don, for your constant support and for being a trailblazer in our industry!” —Ron Sertz, Erie (Pennsylvania) Sports Commission

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