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. For nearly 25 years, MIKE MAY has been a leading spokesman in the sports industry in the U.S. with the Sports & Fitness Industry Association. He has covered issues as varied as national trends in sports participation, the emergence of sports like lacrosse, rugby and Ultimate Frisbee and global interest in sports licensed products. His experiences include lobbying on Capitol Hill for support of more P.E. in schools, defending the safety of non-wood baseball bats and making television appearances regarding the sports industry. 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 seven 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. KELLY MARTIN has been involved in the event security industry since 1996. He started off on the front lines and moved into management while working for the largest event security and crowd management company. In 2000, he created Event GUARD Services, based just east of Los Angeles. More than a decade later, he has worked in the preparation and execution of thousands of safe and secure events nationwide. He continues to drive Event GUARD Services in an expanding and growing direction. Kelly@eventguardservices.com JASON ELBERT has turned his career as a PGA Golf Professional into one devoted to sports travel. Previously serving as Vice President of Champion Sports Tours and ALTOUR Sports Travel, Jason has recently joined Professional Travel, Inc. to oversee sales and marketing for their sports travel division, ProSports Travel. As a GBTA-certified Sports Business Travel Professional, Jason’s expertise has been an asset for dozens of professional and collegiate sports organizations. Jasone@protrav.com A summer job while in college will soon become a 30-year career in international travel and custom group design for MICHAEL BENZ. Beginning with Kollander Travel in Cleveland, Ohio, Mike went on to become a branch manager for AAA Travel Ohio as well as involvement with the sales and marketing departments. In 2010 he joined Professional Travel, the nation’s 33rd largest travel agency, in wide-ranging business development capacities including design and marketing to corporate and individual customers. Mbenz@protrav.com DEBI SCHULTZ is director of sales for the Abilene Convention and Visitors Bureau. She manages the Sports Alliance, the Scholarship committee and the Champions Classic, a signature football event that raises money to support sports tourism and provides college scholarships. Debi is a member of NASC and Texas Association of Convention and Visitor Bureaus where she serves on several committees. Debi, AKA Sportslady, is proud to be a part of the tourism industry representing Abilene and Texas. Debi@abilenevisitors.com TERRI ROBERTS holds the position of Training and Communications for empowerMINT.com, the meeting and event planner search portal of Destination Marketing Association International. DMAI is the trade association for DMOs, also known as CVBs or tourism offices, who are the official sales and marketing arms of their destinations. She previously worked for the San Diego Convention and Visitors Bureau, and prior to that, worked at Marriott Hotels and Resorts, where she gained experience with the sports event market. Troberts@destinationmarketing.org SEAN PETTY has served as USA Cycling’s chief of domestic & international affairs since March 2013. He oversees international relations, communications and anti-doping. He has worked at USA Cycling since 1994, serving as the chief operating officer, chief of staff, vice president of marketing, managing director of athlete performance and managing director of the U.S. Professional Racing Organization (USPRO), which oversees the professional men’s road teams and professional international calendar events. Spetty@usacycling.org TERESA IACONI is a public relations specialist whose clients include USA Archery, World Archery and the Archery Trade Association. Teresa has successfully spearheaded efforts to increase the sport’s visibility, with media placements in the New York Times, Time, CNN and many other top media outlets. A published author, Teresa recently served as Press Officer for the U.S. Olympic Archery Team at the London 2012 Olympic Games. Teresaiaconi@gmail.com
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