Meet the 2016 award winners. Learn why the winners participated in the program, and view the winning submission for various categories.
"I was both humbled and honored to be named the Sport Tourism Executive of the year,” said Ron Sertz. “Individual awards like this are only won by the combined efforts of a dedicated staff, and I have a great one. Also, my admiration of NASC as an organization is extensive, so being accorded this great honor from an organization I greatly admire makes it even more special. It will always serve as a highlight to my long and extensive career in sports."
Erie Sports Commission/PA Sports
"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.
Harris County - Houston Sports Authority
“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.”
GWN Dragon Boat
“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.”
“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.”
Richmond Sports Backers
Matt Ten Haken
Fox Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau
Rockford Area Convention & Visitors Bureau
“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.”
“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
“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.”
Wicomico County Convention & Visitors Breau
“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.”
St. Louis Sports Commission
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