JULI ANNE PATTY has written for Sports Destination Management since the magazine's creation, working with sports event owners and CVBs all across North America.A traveling freelance writer, Juli combines her interests in travel, writing and sports to help destinations and rights owners create the most unique and successful events possible. contact www.juliannepatty.com JENNY WIERSCHEM has nearly 15 years of experience as a writer and editor, working across subject areas, including health and education. A graduate of St. Mary's College of Maryland and the University of Oregon, she has worked for a range of nonprofit and for-profit organizations and is currently a full-time freelancer in Baltimore, Maryland. This is her second article for Sports Destination Management magazine. contact firstname.lastname@example.org PETER FRANCESCONI has been in publishing for more than 25 years, working with newspapers, a wire service and magazines. He is the editor of Racquet Sports Industry, the world's largest tennis trade publication, and through his company, Ace Media Group, he works closely with the Tennis Industry Association and other groups in communications, marketing and public relations. He was managing editor of Tennis Magazine from 1990 to 1999 and editorial director of Tennis's custom publishing division from 1999 to 2009. contact email@example.com MARK CRYAN teaches Sport & Event Management at Elon University. He has served as GM of the Burlington Indians, and worked for the NHL's New Jersey Devils, heavyweight champ Riddick Bowe and the Coastal Plain League. His book, Cradle of the Game: Baseball and Ballparks in North Carolina, was published in 2008. A Hamilton College graduate, Cryan holds an MBA from N.C. Central University. He is a past president of the Alamance Sports Development Council, and a consultant in event recruitment and event management. contact firstname.lastname@example.org BILL RYAN is president of Ryan Marketing Group Technologies in Grand Rapids, Michigan.Ryan was executive director of the Detroit Local Organizing Committee for the 2008 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Midwest Regional and the 2009 NCAA Final Four® and his professional team has worked on over 400 major sporting events. Ryan has been involved in promotional and licensed merchandise for 18 years. Bill also serves on the board of directors for the West Michigan Sports Commission. contact email@example.com TOM BERKMAN is the GM/owner of the THS Company, a nationally known sports housing service. In 2012 THS will do the housing for over 100 tournaments and competitions, 75% of which use the Stay-To-Play policy. Tom has a B.S. in Hotel Management from the University of Houston and has been in the sports housing industry since 1994. Prior to that, Tom was in hotel operations with various hotel and management companies. contact Tom@THSweb.com HEIDI LEMMON, executive director of Skate Park Association International, has worked in the skate park and skateboard industry for more than 15 years. She has partnered with the Los Angeles Unified School District to produce the Venice Boarding School, targeting atrisk children and providing education as well as skate time. She has also worked with the Inglewood Games, which involve bicyclists, skaters and others, and has produced over 300 events in the U.S. and abroad. contact www.spausa.org RYAN CALLISON, author of this issue's Perspectives article on the value of a sports event within a community, is currently the director of marketing at Experience Arlington. He has been a member of the industry for over five years. Arlington is his second stop as he was previously in Lubbock, Texas. This is his first article for Sports Destination Management. contact firstname.lastname@example.org JOE JACOBI is the Chief Executive Office of USA Canoe/Kayak, a position he has held for three years. He has been in the industry for 35 years, however. In 1992, Jacobi teamed up with Scott Strausbaugh to win America's first-ever Olympic Gold Medal in Whitewater Canoe Slalom. USA Canoe/Kayak has approximately 2,100 and sanctions about 300 events per year. contact www.teamusa.org/USA-Canoe-Kayak.aspx LINDA DOBEL is managing editor of Trade & Industry Development magazine, published by Due North Media. She has served in an editorial capacity for all of Due North Media trade magazines over the course of six years, including Sports Destination Management and Contact Professional magazine. Previously she was executive editorial director and vice president for a publishing firm in the contact center industry for more than two decades and has authored many trade-related articles for print and the web. contact email@example.com
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