Greg Fante is vice president of sports development at the Louisville Sports Commission. As a 2017 Connect Sports Game Changer, Fante discusses his passion for sports tourism.
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What I do:
I am a prospector, a relationship-builder and a connector of opportunities. I build relationships one at a time with likeminded people in an effort to collaboratively define mutual goals and find common ground in my hometown.
How I got here:
My hospitality carrier started at the Louisville-based Executive Inn as a state association sales manager. Through curiosity and drive, I became a director of sales, then moved into the position of general manager, before, ultimately, becoming regional general manager for the locally owned James Hotels in the 1990s. In 1999, I joined the Louisville CVB as national sales manager and senior sales manager. I joined the Louisville Sports Commission in 2007 as its director of sports development.
Why I’m a game changer:
I believe it is my ability to see and/or create opportunities, then assemble a team of professionals to do what’s necessary to achieve goals for all involved.
My greatest career accomplishments:
I am proud of my time spent volunteering to help make our industry stronger. An example is helping to build our state sports initiative, TEAM Kentucky, from a concept to a thriving brand. Another example is my time as a board member for NASC, during which I co-led the committee that redeveloped the CSEE certification program for our industry.
Since our inception in 1999, the Louisville Sports Commission has helped attract and support more than 700 events that have generated nearly $500 million in estimated economic benefits for our community; I have had some level of involvement in each of these events.
What I’m working on:
Bringing championship-level boxing back to the home of Muhammad Ali and to historic Freedom Hall
What I do outside of work:
My family and I enjoy camping, boating, hiking or anything that brings us together with our extended family and friends. My son, Cal, and I are currently restoring a 1970 Starcraft runabout. My wife, Jo, and I enjoy any time we get with our daughter, Madison, who lives and works in Cincinnati. She and I are also in the process of becoming certified foster parents.