SportsEvents Magazine

FEB 2017

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Page 6 of 59 February 2017 7 t SPORTS Talk Industry NASC Names Kidd President and CEO CINCINNATI — Alan Kidd, former president of the San Diego Sports Commission, has been appointed the new presi- dent and CEO of the National Association of Sports Commissions (NASC), succeeding Don Schum- acher, who is relinquishing his title as the organization's only executive director after 25 years. A graduate of Euclid High School near Cleveland, Kidd attended Bowling Green State University with majors in math and physical education. He taught in Ohio and Utah before entering the advertising world. His career eventually led him to San Diego, with several posi- tions in advertising and venture capital investing. "The NASC Executive Search Committee was tasked with selecting a successor to industry legend Don Schum- acher," said Ralph Morton, executive director of the Seattle Sports Commission and Chair of the NASC Board of Direc- tors. "After an extensive search, we are excited that Al Kidd has accepted the challenge of build- ing on the success of the past 25 years and taking the association to new heights. He has deep ties in the sports commission world and the national contacts to help lead our membership into a very bright future." In 2003, Kidd helped with the financial turnaround of the San Diego Hall of Champions sports museum. As presi- dent of the San Diego Sports Commission, he led a merger effort to consolidate a number of non-profit sports organiza- tions. Kidd is currently with BoldPointe Partners, a private equity firm specializing in mid- dle-market companies. "I am honored to be selected by the NASC board of directors to build upon the legacy and body of work the NASC has performed as the recognized sports tourism leader by founder Don Schumacher," said Kidd. "I look forward to coupling my experiences devel- oping organizational strategy, marketing and new revenue in collaboration with the member- ship assets to create new and sustainable growth to propel the NASC for years to come. I will call upon my years of experi- ence in the business, education, tourism and marketing indus- tries, applying strong entrepre- neurial methods, to bring new value and revenue to the NASC and its members." Kidd and his wife, Nancy, will be relocating to the Cincin- nati area and he will assume the position during the 2017 NASC Sports Event Symposium in Sacramento, CA. The NASC will be hosting its 25th Sports Event Sympo- sium on March 27-30, 2017, in Sacramento, CA. USOC Adds Blauwet To Board COLORADO SPRINGS, CO — The United States Olympic Committee announced the addition of Dr. Cheri Blauwet as an inde- pendent member of its board of directors. A three-time Paralympian in track and field, and ac- complished medical doctor, Blauwet chairs the International Paralympic Committee Medical Committee, serves as a member of the International Olym- pic Committee Medical and Scientific Expert Group and, until September 2016, served as treasurer on the U.S. Anti-Dop- ing Agency board of directors. The USOC board of directors also agreed to additional four- year terms for directors Robert Bach, Bill Marolt and Whitney Ping, and elected Larry Probst to a further four-year term as board chair. ► FAIRFAX COUNTY, VA — It's no wonder Fairfax County, Virginia – just minutes from Washington, D.C. – hosts some of the most popular youth sports competitions in the United States. With its inventory of 83 synthetic turf fields at public schools and parks alone, Fairfax boasts the nation's largest concentration of such fields outside of New York City. "Hundreds of local and visiting youth teams participate annually in the Washington Area Girls Soccer Tournament, Virginian Elite Soccer Showcase, and APC boys and girls soccer tournaments … and they love the quality of our turf fields," said Eric Kulczycky, National Sales Manager at Visit Fairfax. "In addition, synthetic fields allow us to host tournaments that might otherwise be canceled for fear of tearing up grass fields after a rainstorm. They provide our athletes with dependable year-round play," continued Kulczycky. "Sports planners should know that almost all of our premier fields are lined for soccer, lacrosse, football, and field hockey." n Top-Notch Turf in Fairfax County, Virginia Fairfax County Turf Fields Kidd Blauwet Sponsored Content

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