Meet the 2017 Connect Sports Game Changers

Game Changers

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 second 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 New Orleans, Aug. 21-23. As always, thanks to SportsPittsburgh for sponsoring this editorial initiative.

Jamie Adams NAIA

Jamie Adams

Associate Director of Championship Events NAIA Kansas City, Missouri  

Mark Chambers NGBA

Mark Chambers

President and Founder National Gay Basketball Association Lakewood, California  

John David USA BMX

John David, CSEE

COO USA BMX Gilbert, Arizona  

Ashley Ellefson Drone Racing League

Ashley Ellefson

Director of Operations Drone Racing League New York  

Greg Fante Louisville Sports Commission

Greg Fante, CSEE

Vice President of Sports Development Louisville Sports Commission Louisville, Kentucky  

Byron Hicks

Byron Hicks

Events Manager USA Ultimate Parker, Colorado  

Rich Janor Game Day USA

Rich Janor

President and CEO Game Day USA Naperville, Illinois  

Joel Koester Chicago Southland CVB

Joel Koester

Sports Market Manager Chicago Southland CVB Tinley Park, Illinois  

Matt Libber Elite Tournaments

Matt Libber, CSEE

Vice President of Business Operations Elite Tournaments Baltimore  

Patrice Matamoros

CEO P3R Pittsburgh  

Mike Mon Asian Basketball Championships of North America

Mike Mon

Founder and Tournament Director Asian Basketball Championships of North America Philadelphia  

Michael Mulone B.A.S.S.

Michael Mulone

Director, Event and Tourism Partnerships B.A.S.S. Palm Harbor, Florida  

Clay Partain Visit Salt Lake

Clay Partain

Director of Sports Market Sales Visit Salt Lake Salt Lake City  

Kris Smith Detroit Sports Commission

Kris Smith

Director Detroit Sports Commission Detroit  

Danielle Vincenti Richmond Region Tourism

Danielle Vincenti, CSEE

Senior Sports Development Manager Richmond Region Tourism Richmond, Virginia  

Virginia Blue Ridge Sports tourism Carey Harveycutter and John Shaner

Carey Harveycutter and John P. Shaner, MS

Director of Tourism, Salem; Director of Salem Parks and Recreation Virginia Blue Ridge Sports Salem, Virginia