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 Tennis 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. MICHAEL POPKE is an award-winning journalist with 25 years of professional experience in print and digital media. For 14 years, he was managing editor of Athletic Business, the leading business-to-business magazine and website for athletic, fitness and recreation professionals. He also has coached baseball, basketball and softball, worked as a USA Swimming stroke-and-turn official and is an avid high school sports and aquatics safety supporter. Michael owns Two Lakes Media Group and lives in the Madison, Wisconsin, area. SUSAN HLAVACEK is director of events and programs with the National Senior Games Association. Previously, she was director of athletics for Notre Dame College in South Euclid, Ohio. A native of Cleveland and a skilled athlete, she was inducted into both her high school and college halls of fame. In addition, she played in the Women’s Basketball League (WBL), the first women’s professional basketball league in the U.S., and has a background as a P.E. teacher and coach. Shlavacek@nsga.com JESSICA CHESTNUT is the social media and PR manager for convention and sports with Eugene, Cascades & Coast Sports. She concentrates on outreach efforts to national publications and implements e-mail marketing campaigns and manages various social media accounts. Most recently, Jessica was part of the marketing, writing and business development efforts for a Eugene area web development firm. She spends her spare time snowboarding, camping on the McKenzie River and exploring the great outdoors. Jessica@EugeneCascadesCoast.org KELLEY WALTON, JD, SPHR, is an instructor in the Department of Sports Administration at Ohio University. She is also an attorney and consultant in career counseling and human resources in the sport industry, and previously, was the director of human resources for the Columbus Blue Jackets (NHL) and an adjunct professor for Capital University. She has a Bachelor’s degree from Eastern Michigan University and a Juris Doctor from Capital University Law School. She is certified as a senior professional in Human Resources. Waltonk@ohio.edu BRIAN D’AMICO is the national events senior manager at USA Triathlon, where he oversees the National Events Department and is behind the planning and execution of all National Championships. D’Amico earned his bachelor’s degree from The Ohio State University in sport and leisure studies with a concentration in coaching and management, and his Masters of Education in sport administration from Xavier University. He is also a Certified Youth Sports Administrator (CYSA) through the National Alliance for Youth Sports (NAYS). Www.usatriathlon.org JESS LUSCINSKI is the NCAA and collegiate triathlon coordinator at USA Triathlon. She is responsible for managing materials to provide athletes, coaches, and athletic department administrators with information on all aspects of NCAA Women’s Triathlon. Www.usatriathlon.org TARA HAMBURGER is the sports sales manager at the Daytona Beach Area Convention and Visitors Bureau. She joined the organization in 2007 following a 17-year career in the hospitality industry, having worked with Hilton, Noble House and HelmsBriscoe Corporations, among others. Her varied background includes restaurant management, convention services, sales and marketing, as well as event logistics, all lending themselves to the many facets of sports marketing. She is currently a member of NASC. Thamburger@daytonabeach.com DR. BONNIE TIELL is the Dean of Graduate Studies for Tiffin University (Ohio). She coordinates the Olympic Academic Experience (Athens, Beijing and London) and is co-chair of the NCAA Women’s Leadership Symposium. Tiell has a doctorate in sports management and human resource management from the United States Sports Academy; a Master of Education in Sports Administration from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; and, a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education (N-12) from Troy University. Btiell@tiffin.edu STEVEN LOCKE has been the executive director of USA Field Hockey since 2010. He previously served as executive director of USA Water Ski, in which he directed all operations of the nine discipline sports, improved organizational profitability and instituted several new membership programs. He also served as the CEO of USA Triathlon for 12 years. Locke has served on the Board of Directors for USA Triathlon, USA Taekwondo and the United States Olympic Committee. Slocke@usafieldhockey.com
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