ELISSA ENGLISH, director of sales and marketing for the Greater Portland Convention and Visitors Bureau, has been representing the southern part of the state of Maine for over five years. She studied Hospitality and Tourism Marketing at Florida Southern College and spent eight years in sales and marketing for luxury hotels and resorts. She is currently working toward her master’s degree. She and her husband spend time working on a #sidehustle, MainelyGlamping, LLC, a luxury mobile camping experience in Maine. Eenglish@visitportland.com TROY FARRAR has competed in over 100 adventure races including two podium finishes at the United States Adventure Racing Sprint Adventure Race National Championship. Farrar has also produced over 200 adventure racing events. He currently serves as the president of the United States Adventure Racing Association, a position he has held for the past 18 years. Www.usara.com Prior to moving to his present position at Morris Communications, BRIAN J. GRAHAM spent 10 years as the executive director of the Professional Disc Golf Association (PDGA), the international governing body for the sport of disc golf. He now works for Morris Communications but remains the interim executive director of the organization, and will continue to be responsible for organizing and administrating the National Collegiate Disc Golf Championships. The PDGA services over 2,600 sanctioned events and 30,000 members in 38 countries each year. Bgraham@pdga.com ALAN KIDD is the new executive director of the National Association of Sports Commissions. He has been a member of CONNECT San Diego Sport Innovators’ (SDSI’s) Advisory Board since 2010. Prior to that, he had a career in the not-for-profit industry, completing a business and financial turnaround for the San Diego Hall of Champions. In addition, as president of the San Diego Sports Commission, he led a merger effort to consolidate a number of non-profit sports entities in San Diego and built a leading events management and acquisition organization. Www.boldpointepartners.com 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 SHEILA BRENNAN NEE brings her passion for sports and people, as well as her experience in tourism, to the role of strategic director of the Maine Sports Commission. Her love for sports and the outdoors fits seamlessly into the Maine lifestyle. Her work on behalf of the state led to the establishment of the Maine Sports Commission in 2012. In this position, she is able to promote current events as well as Maine’s natural assets, varied facilities and unique allure. Sheila@mainesportscommission.com BEVERLY SCHAEFER has been a professional photographer since graduating with a BA in communications from Mount Vernon College in 1982. Primarily known as a sports photographer, her work has been featured in The New York Times, Sports Illustrated, The International Herald-Tribune, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and ESPN The Magazine among many others. Since 1997 she has been the official sports photographer for Princeton University, covering all 38 varsity sports. She lives in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Beverlykschaefer@gmail.com Since April of 2008, KERRIE TRIPP has been the executive director at the Greater Bangor CVB. During that time she has worked on campaigns for development of Maine’s first casino (now known as Hollywood Casino) and the new arena and convention facility (now known as the Cross Insurance Center). She works with various area festivals and promotes the Greater Bangor Region as a preferred destination through robust working relationships with the GBCVB membership, as well as the surrounding communities Kerrie@VisitBangorMaine.com 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. 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. MARY HELEN SPRECHER, managing editor of Sports Destination Management, has been a technical writer for more than 30 years with the American Sports Builders Association (ASBA), the national association of designers, builders and suppliers of materials for athletic facilities. She has worked in meeting and convention planning for non-profit associations and previously was a staff writer for a Baltimore, Maryland, newspaper. She is a graduate of the Institute for Organization Management, a professional development program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and has taught meeting planning and event management courses in the continuing studies program at Goucher College, located in Towson, Maryland. Her freelance writing includes coverage of topics in the areas of fitness, health, sports medicine and special education.
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