2018 Game Changers: Neil Paul, Visit Anderson (S.C.)

By Connect Sports Staff, August 13, 2018

Neil Paul is executive director of Visit Anderson/Anderson County CVB. As a 2018 Connect Sports Game Changer, he discusses his passion for sports tourism.

Connect with Paul on Twitter and the CVB here.

What I Do: In addition to the day-to-day operations of managing the CVB, I am responsible for marketing and promoting Anderson County and Lake Hartwell for the benefit of tourism and generating a positive economic impact on our community located in the Blue Ridge Mountains between Charlotte and Atlanta.

How I Got here: I arrived in Anderson as the sales manager for the CVB in 2010 following a brief stint in parks and recreation and coaching basketball at the collegiate level. I was elevated to interim director in 2015 and held on for 17 months before being named executive director.

Why I Am a Game Changer: In collaboration with Visit Greenville SC, we hosted the 2018 Geico Bassmaster Classic presented by Dick’s Sporting Goods, the most attended Classic in the 48-year history of the event. With an attendance of over 143,000 and an economic impact of more than $24 million to the upstate of South Carolina, the 2018 event was arguably the most successful Bassmaster Classic of all time. In 2015, we drew the third-highest Classic attendance ever on a year in which we hosted the coldest Classic of all time.


Here are some of the reasons Franklin, Tennesee, is ready to step up its game when it comes to hosting youth and amateur sports.

Dev Pathik, co-founder and CEO of SFA, looks to drive change in Rocky Mount, N.C., through the physical and economic benefits of community sports with

Los Angeles ranks second on Burson Cohn & Wolfe Sports’ top sports cities in the world.

Sarah Martin and Heather Nabozny aren’t afraid to get their hands dirty, which has served them well with the Sports Turf Management Association.