TAMPA (For Immediate Release) -- A capacity crowd attended the second annual Women’s Summit hosted by the National Association of Sports Commissions in Tampa during the NCAA Women’s Final Four.
Numerous female business leaders representing professional and collegiate sports along with government, financial services, marketing, public relations, and hospitality shared advice and tips to attendees of the Women’s Summit, which was first hosted in Columbus, Ohio during last year’s NCAA Women’s Final Four in partnership with the Greater Columbus Sports Commission.
Two new awards were presented during the Women’s Summit as well. Linda Logan, Executive Director of the Greater Columbus Sports Commission, was honored with the firstever Trailblazer Award for her industry leadership, and the Rising Star Award was presented to Meaghan Hughes from Ann Arbor Sports Commission for her volunteerism efforts.
“The Women’s Summit hosted by the Nati...
A mentor is someone that will guide you along the path you have chosen, someone that will help you overcome challenges and build your character, while being motivated to support you and being a positive influence on your journey.
Have you identified important individuals that have had a positive impact on your life? These individuals could be friends or advisers that you haven’t talked to in years, but they are still mentors to you. Reach out to them, thank them and start up that new dialogue. For me, it was a college professor at Ohio State in 2003, and I never realized how important he was to helping create who I am today and why I ended up in the sports tourism industry in 2012.
After nine years of working in a variety of roles in professional sports – from interning and working full-time for a Minor League Baseball team, to spending time selling sponsorships for a PGA golf tournament and then moving into event operations for a golf contractor, then finally landing...
CINCINNATI (For Immediate Release) – The National Association of Sports Commissions (NASC) and Stoll Sports Strategies, led by Jennifer Stoll, has formed a partnership to launch new research and educational initiatives for the sports tourism trade association, beginning January 1, 2019.
Stoll, who led the Greater Grand Junction Sports Commission for the past five years and has been a long-time member of the NASC, will work with NASC leadership and members as well as tourism industry partners to create the Sports Tourism Learning Institute, a new research service and education arm for the organization. Additionally, she will produce industry reports and white papers to share with the NASC membership.
“Jennifer will be a key leader in assisting a revamp of the NASC education products and services in the sports events and tourism industries to help our membership and industry partners stay ahead of the trends and business opportunities,” said Al Kidd, CEO of the Na...
CINCINNATI (For Immediate Release)- Meagan McCalla, who formerly worked at the National Association of Sports Commissions (NASC) in member services, returns to the NASC staff as the Director of Member Services and Engagement.
She previously was with the NASC from May 2012 to April 2017. In her new role, McCalla is responsible for membership recruitment and retention as well as fulfillment of all member services. She also manages the member services team, with the goal of increasing engagement of all members across all categories of membership.
McCalla earned a Bachelor of Arts in Strategic Communication with a focus on Marketing from Miami University in May 2013. While at Miami, Meagan was a member of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) and served on the Public Relations Committee.
She also was a member of Miami University Honors Fraternity, Lambda Pi Eta and served on the Internal/External Relations Committee. Before transferring to Miami University, Meaga...
CINCINNATI (For Immediate Release) – Nearly 1,000 sports events and tourism professionals attended the 26th NASC Symposium, the annual meeting of the National Association of Sports Commissions (NASC), April 23-26 in Minneapolis. NASC members elected new leadership and participated in dozens of high-level education sessions.
"The educational content was focused on key elements of effective strategies for sports event and tourism organizations, said NASC President & CEO, Al Kidd. Our tracks, including event management, research, partnerships, and technology, provided attendees with insights on the latest trends and how they will impact their destinations and events."
General sessions included a super panel on youth sports participation, featuring Tom Cove, President and CEO of SFIA, Tom Farrey, Executive Director of the Sports & Society Program at the Aspen Institute, and Dev Pathik, Founder and CEO of the Sports Facilities Advisory.
New NASC leadership w...
Cincinnati (For Immediate Release) – Elizabeth Chaney Young, formerly the director of membership and marketing for the National Association of Sports Commissions (NASC), takes over as Vice President of the organization, effective immediately.
She has served the NASC in various capacities since joining the organization in 2007 and has been an integral part of the NASC’s growth over the last decade. As director of membership and marketing she developed the annual strategy for membership recruitment and retention and oversaw all integrated marketing and communications for the association. In her new role, Elizabeth will oversee membership, marketing, communications, events, and education to support the continued growth of the organization and service of its members.
“We are fortunate to have someone of Elizabeth’s skill and knowledge continue her career at the NASC,” said Al Kidd, president and CEO. “Her experience with our 800 members ...
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Ilana Edell joins National Association of Sports Commissions
CINCINNATI (For Immediate Release) – The National Association of Sports Commissions announces the appointment of Ilana Edell as the director of business development.
A veteran of the sports events and tourism industry, she has been involved in various aspects of the business from event management to media relations to conventions. Edell has worked in media relations with the Dallas Desperados from the Arena Football League, as well as the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys. Edell graduated with a degree in journalism from Southern Methodist University in Dallas.
Most recently, Edell served as the business development director for SportsTravel magazine and the TEAMS Conference & Expo, where she worked for more than 10 years specializing in client services, partner relationships, and revenue generation.
“We are thrilled to ...
CINCINNATI (December 8, 2017) – The National Association of Sports Commissions (NASC), the only non-profit trade association for the sports events & tourism industry in the United States, has launched a new website, www.sportscommissions.org, to serve as an expanded resource for its membership.
“The NASC serves as the leading association for sports commissions, sports destinations, sports event owners and industry partners, and the new website will provide a comprehensive information for members, industry partners and media,” said Al Kidd, President & CEO of NASC. “The new site is a more contemporary and easier to navigate source of information and support tools. We plan to add additional Industry Pulse taking technology and tools to facilitate market and event analysis in 2018. This is a great start for our on-going evolution into a more progressive social and digital member engagement site.”
The website offers severa...
The National Association of Sports Commissions (NASC) released its annual State of the Industry Report resulting in $9.45 billion in estimated visitor spending at U.S. sporting events in 2015, an increase from $8.96 billion in 2014.
The study led by Dr. Heather Lawrence, Associate Professor, Sport Management, Department of Sports Administration at Ohio University, surveyed the NASC membership for the annual report.
Ralph Morton, CSEE, Executive Director, Seattle Sports Commission was elected as the new chair of the National Association of Sports Commissions (NASC), the governing body of the $9.45 billion sport event industry, during its annual meeting held in Grand Rapids, Michigan this week.
Morton has been working in the sports industry since 1988. Before serving as the Executive Director of the Seattle Sports Commission, he was Vice President of Events for the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation, where he held a leadership role on events such as the Super Bowl and NCAA Final Fours. He also served as Vice President of Operations for the Acxiom Grand Prix Du Mardi Gras and Entertainment Coordinator for Aggreko Entertainment Services. He is a University of Florida graduate, and lives with his wife and four children on Mercer Island.