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2018 Symposium

2017 Member Awards Winners

Congratulations to our winners!

Sport Tourism Executive of the Year

 



Game Changer

"Chris has made a significant contribution to the sports scene in Houston. He takes an innovative approach to every event we host and in partnership with our clients he’s able to blaze new trails, gaining results like they’ve never seen before. Smart and ambitious, he epitomizes the very name of the Game Changer award, “ Janis Schmees Burke, Chief Executive Officer, Harris County-Houston Sports Authority.

Chris Massey
Harris County - Houston Sports Authority

Sports Event Organizer of the Year

“I am honored to have been recognized as the NASC Sports Event Executive of the Year,” said Aaron Soroka. “Successful events require a tremendous amount of teamwork amongst all stakeholders, including staff, venue partners and sponsors. GWN is fortunate to have a tremendous team. This award is recognition of their dedication and shared vision. It serves to provide valuable publicity amongst industry peers in the continued development of the sport and the Walgreens Major League Dragon Boat Series.”

Aaron Soroka
GWN Dragon Boat

Sports Commission of the Year - Population Under 250,000

“It was a tremendous honor to be awarded not one, but three industry awards from the National Association of Sports Commissions,” said Ron Sertz, Executive Director of the Erie Sports Commission. “Winning any awards on this level is incredible. Winning three was amazing! We were blown away to have been recognized so prominently. Bringing these awards home to Erie will serve as a platform and provide us with a great opportunity to continue to market our region as an outstanding destination for sporting events.”

Ron Sertz
Erie Sports Commission/PA Sports

Sports Commission of the Year - Population 250,000 and above

“It is an honor to become the first four-time winner of this award and a testament to the quality of the organization, its events, and its programs,” said Tyler Hutchens. “We’ve been able to build an incredible staff that is committed to excellence in everything we do, from our annual events to our initiatives aimed at building an active community. It’s especially exciting to win this award as the organization celebrates our 25th anniversary.”

Tyler Hutchens
Richmond Sports Backers

Sport Tourism Organization of the Year - Population Under 250,000

“To be honored by our NASC peers on a national level is probably the most prestigious recognition the Fox Cities CVB could receive,” said Matt Ten Haken. “We are incredibly grateful. After the symposium, being able to share this award with the many organizations, both nationally and locally, that we have the honor to work with has been very rewarding. We know that this industry is all about partnerships and relationships and this award has helped us solidify our bond with so many important partners.”


Matt Ten Haken
Fox Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau

Sport Tourism Organization of the Year - Population 250,00 and Above

“I’m honored that the RACVB was recognized by the National Association of Sports Commissions as the 'Sport Tourism Organization of the Year' for populations over 250,000,” said Lindsay Arellano. “To be recognized by our peers and selected as “the best” in the industry for larger markets across the nation is a true honor and significant recognition of the quality of our staff team, marketing and sales efforts, results and partnerships.”


Lindsay Arellano
Rockford Area Convention & Visitors Bureau

Marketing Campaign of the Year - Population under 250,000

“It was a tremendous honor to be awarded not one, but three industry awards from the National Association of Sports Commissions,” said Ron Sertz. “Winning any awards on this level is incredible. Winning three was amazing! We were blown away to have been recognized so prominently. Bringing these awards home to Erie will serve as a platform and provide us with a great opportunity to continue to market our region as an outstanding destination for sporting events.”

Ron Sertz
Erie Sports Commission/PA Sports

Marketing Campaign of the Year - Population 250,000 and Above

“Our VIVA SWIM campaign was the perfect alignment of San Antonio Sports’ three vision points: places to play, events that impact and healthy kids,” said Mary Ullmann Japhet. “Because of our world-class Northside Swim Center, we were able to attract USA Swimming’s national and junior national championships, which inspired the creation of VIVA SWIM. We aligned swim lesson providers to provide more low- or no-cost swim lessons across the community, which resulted in an additional 8,700 children taking lessons in the summer of 2015 over 2014. We could not have done this without the support of USA Swimming and our local sponsors and community partners. We gratefully share this award with all of them.”

Mary Ullmann Japhet
San Antonio Sports

Locally Created Event of the Year - Population under 250,000

“Wicomico County Recreation, Parks, & Tourism is thrilled to accept the Locally Created Event of the Year award for the Governor’s Challenge Basketball Tournament,” said James Simmons. “It has been a true community effort to grow the event to a national scale while making a tremendous economic impact and providing opportunities and a platform for our local under-rated athletes. To be able to shine a positive light on our local athletes, coaches, officials, fans and community is what it is all about and we plan on continuing to grow. We are grateful to be recognized nationally at the highest level for our Sport Tourism efforts.”

James Simmons
Wicomico County Convention & Visitors Breau

Locally Created Event of the Year - Population 250,000 and Above

“Since our industry continues to grow and create more outstanding events, it is magnificently meaningful to us to be honored by the NASC,” said Frank Viverito. “The Musial Awards event is designed to elevate and celebrate good sportsmanship and to change the way people view sports and life. This award validates our efforts and inspires us to accomplish even more.”

Frank Viverito
St. Louis Sports Commission

Peoria Area Convention and Visitor Bureau

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