Meet the 2018 Connect Sports Game Changers

Game Changers

Sporting events are worth more than $10 billion to the U.S. economy and fill 98 million hotel rooms annually because of Game Changers like you. Here, Connect Sports honors the industry’s sharpest minds with our third annual collection of Game Changers—the people who have elevated sports tourism through innovation and precise execution. We look forward to honoring these Game Changers at Connect Sports in Salt Lake City, Aug. 23-25. As always, thanks to SportsPittsburgh for sponsoring this editorial initiative.


Scott BregmanScott Bregman

Social Media Producer The Olympic Channel Indianapolis  


Eric CarlyleEric Carlyle, SDL

CEO Media Out Loud, LLC Scottsdale, Arizona  


Brian ConnollyBrian Connolly

Founder and Managing Principal Victus Advisors Park City, Utah  


Morgan CookMorgan Cook

Director of Women's Lacrosse and Field Hockey Corrigan Sports Enterprises Fallston, Maryland  


Ashley Harper CottrellAshley Harper Cottrell, CSEE

Project Manager/ Creative and Web Manager Maryland Sports; Maryland Stadium Authority Columbia, Maryland  


Ryan Vogt, Katie Fenci, Catch Des MoinesKatie Fencl, CSEE and Ryan Vogt, CSEE

Director of Conventions, Sports and Services; National Sales Manager Catch Des Moines Des Moines, Iowa  


Aaron FlakerAaron Flaker

Co-Owner and Chief Business Development Officer Athletx Sports Group Louisville, Kentucky  


Maggie FrantzMaggie Frantz

Vice President/CFO Anthony Travel Dallas  


Jim HaddawayJim Haddaway

Co-Founder and CEO Athletx Sports Group Louisville, Kentucky  


Serena Andrews HigdonSerena Andrews Higdon

Owner and Director of Sales, Marketing and Business Development Team Travel Source Pasadena, Maryland  


Dan GilmanDan Gilman

Chief of Staff Officer of Mayor William Peduto Pittsburgh  


Neil Johnson, MGM

Neil Johnson

Director, Global Sales—Sports and SMERF MGM Resorts International Las Vegas  


Mark KoskiMark Koski, CMAA

CEO NFHS Network Indianapolis  


Dave LuceyDave Lucey

Sales Manager Destination Irvine Irvine, California  


Kathy NelsonKathy Nelson

President and CEO Greater Kansas City Sports Commission & Foundation Kansas City, Missouri  


Neil Paul, Anderson, S.C.Neil Paul, TMP

Executive Director Visit Anderson (S.C.) Anderson, South Carolina  


Domonique Powell, Bryan College StationDominique Powell

Director of Sports and Events Bryan College Station Sports + Events Bryan College Station, Texas  


Gail Reich, USA UltimateGail Reich

Girls Outreach Director USA Ultimate Chicago  


Justin Roach, DuPage CVBJustin Roach

Director of Business Development DuPage CVB DuPage County, Illinois  


Jennifer Stoll

Jennifer Stoll, CSEE

Executive Director Greater Grand Junction Sports Commission Grand Junction, Colorado   SportsPittsburgh