SportsEvents Magazine

DEC 2016

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Page 26 of 165 December 2016 25 Our business is about so much more than fields and facilities; competitors and competitions. The beauty of the sports events industry is our people. We thought it would be fun to share a little something personal from sports commission and CVB executives from various regions across the U.S. When I was in high school and obsessed with sports, my Mom would say, "Scott, you need to figure out what you want to do with your life, because you can't focus on sports forever." Little did she know. I got my start at the University of North Carolina, as a student assistant in the sports information office. I lived in the same dorm as Michael Jordan and "worked" at every home football and basketball game. That'll get you hooked on sports for sure. That led to my first "real" job in the athletic department at Notre Dame, followed by Arizona State, back to UNC and ultimately to the Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance. What have I learned along the way? Well, people who work in sports love their jobs. They work hard, but they are happy, and thankful, and that makes it fun for all of us. It's been a wonderful journey. Right, Mom? PS: My son is now a student in the UNC sports information office and beginning in his own journey. n Scott Dupree Executive Director Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance SPECIAL FEATURE: CVBs & Sports Commissions Lets Get Personal... The Doers & The Shakers Of The Sports Events World Sports have been my passion my entire life, which is why I obtained a Master's degree in Sports Management and chose sports as a career path. I always wanted to work for a sports team growing up, and I was fortunate to work for many during and after graduating college: Corpus Christi Hooks, Oklahoma City Thunder, Wichita State Athletics and the Wichita Wingnuts. I have worked as the Sports Sales Manager for Visit Wichita for a little more than two years, and I could not be happier with my decision to enter the sports tourism industry. I truly believe I get the best of both worlds; I get to promote Wichita as the great Midwest sports destination that it is and I can fully immerse myself into the sports events that we have the privilege to host. Transporting and laying out 12,000 square feet of sport court for a roller derby playoff event this October brought back memories of long hours at the baseball diamond — and I would not have it any other way. n Drew Hays Sports Sales Manager Visit Wichita I'm a Texas girl, through and through. Born, raised and educated in Texas, I attended the University of Texas at Austin, which spurred a love for the UT Longhorn Football Team. After marrying and moving to Round Rock, I joined the City of Round Rock as the Economic Development Director, helping to serve the community I love. Twelve years ago, I found myself at the cusp of a city about to make waves in the sports industry as the Sports Capital of Texas. I jumped at the opportunity as the CVB director and helped turn Round Rock into a premier sports destination that teams and coaches around the world love to visit. I take pride in bringing more visitors into my cherished home state. When I'm not championing the Sports Capital brand, you can find me hanging out with my family and beloved dogs, Sugar and Spice, at our Texas ranch. n Nancy Yawn Director Round Rock CVB Hey ya'll! I hail from the Great White North and have been involved in sports my entire life. Team sports like hockey (shocking, I know), basketball and volleyball were a big part growing up. When I moved to the South in 1998, I became a golfer and now I love it. Golfer may be a stretch, as I still drive the ball to the left (which bodes well here in racing country). I have over 20 years in the hotel business working in Canada/USA and the Caribbean Islands. It's a treat to be working in Cabarrus County, NC which is located 20 minutes NE of Charlotte. n John Poole Sr. Vice President, Sales & Services Cabarrus CVB I began my sports tourism career in my hometown of Bradenton, FL. In 2013, I made a long-time goal of mine come true. Trading coastlines for fourteeners, I moved to Colorado and began working in the Colora- do Springs Convention & Visitors Bureau Sports Sales department. Representing Olympic City USA for the past three years has completely immersed me in a sports culture stronger than anything I've ever expe- rienced. Weekends with the Andraskos consist of driving all over beautiful Colorado to camp, ski, or simply adventure with our dog Cooper in tow. n Rio Andrasko Sales Manager, Sports and Special Events Colorado Springs CVB

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