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. 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. 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. MARC I. LEAVEY, M.D., is a native of Baltimore, who received his undergraduate degree from the University of Maryland at College Park, and his Doctor of Medicine from the University of Maryland in Baltimore. He now sees patients at Lutherville Personal Physicians, a satellite of Mercy Medical Center, Mercy Health Services in Baltimore, Maryland. He is married with four children and eight grandchildren, all of which keeps him busy enough when not at the office. Http://stringofmedicalpearls.blogspot.com JACQUELINE WATTS works with the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore, Maryland, and is the editor of Menckeniana, a quarterly about the life, writings and times of H.L. Mencken, the Sage of Baltimore. Previously, she was the editor of The Baltimore Guide, a weekly newspaper, a position she held for 21 years. She is a baseball fan, and enjoys bird watching. LORENA HATFIELD is marketing resources manager for K&K Insurance and has over 25 years of experience in the insurance industry. She has written for SDM previously on the subject of insurance for sporting events. K&K is a leading provider of sports and recreation insurance since 1952, offering a variety of programs for sports teams, leagues, associations, events and facilities. Www.kandkinsurance.com MICHAEL A. SAVITT is associated with Beeline Travel, a full-service agency located in Raleigh, North Carolina. He has been responsible for company marketing, corporate travel management and customer service, international group travel, nonprofit group travel for development purposes, accommodations for sports tournaments and large events using multiple hotels and incentive travel. He also has expertise in travel to Israel, South Africa, the Canadian Rockies, Italy, Southern California and Bermuda. He has visited more than 50 countries and 40 states. Mike@beeline.travel LAUREN GAMBLER is the customer service supervisor for Reed Street Productions (RSP), creators of Run for Your Lives, the original zombie-infested 5K adventure race. In her role, Gambler oversees customer services for RSP, manages the development of website content/strategy and facilitates customer registrations for each race location. Her favorite part of the job is working one-on-one with customers and traveling the U.S. to Run for Your Lives events. Gambler graduated from East Stroudsburg University with a degree in Hospitality Management. Www.runforyourlives.com ADAM MCDONALD of Sydney, Australia, discovered obstacle course racing (OCR) in late 2011, while producing the TV series, Search4hurt. McDonald saw it as a wake-up call, realizing OCR “was a great activity with a great community participating, but little or no media or structure.” Upon conclusion of filming the TV series, McDonald founded Obstacle Racing Magazine and the Obstacle Course Racing League, providing early investment into the long-term growth of OCR worldwide. Adam@obstacleracingmagazine.com From 1984 to 2001, KEITH PETERS enjoyed a multi-faceted career with Nike. He later worked with a wide variety of nonprofit organizations, helping them develop effective marketing communications and fundraising strategies. In 2008, Keith launched Eco-Logistics, and helped some of America’s highest-profile road races recognize and fulfill their eco- and social responsibilities. In 2011, he became the executive director of the Council for Responsible Sport, an organization whose vision is a world where responsibly produced sports events are the norm. Keith@CouncilForResponsibleSport.org ETHAN NELSON has worked for the City of Eugene for four years, advancing sustainability-related programs. These included the development of a commercial compost program, a green building incentive program and a business conservation assistance program. Previously, Ethan spent eight years as the director for the largest private youth conservation corps in the west. He also led the sustainability efforts at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials-Track and Field, earning the event Gold certification through the ReSport program. Ethan.email@example.com JANIS ROSS is the executive director for Eugene, Cascades & Coast Sports, the sports commission for Lane County, Oregon. Previously, she was director of sales at The Governor Hotel in Portland, Oregon. She has additional experience as a corporate meeting planner and marketing communications manager, and holds an MBA and BS in Business Administration from Portland State University. Janis served as hospitality committee chair for the U.S. Olympic Trials-Track and Field in 2008, and as chair of the event’s housing committee in 2012. Janis@EugeneCascadesCoast.org
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