Sports tourism is, above all else, a relationship business. Event professionals drive big business to communities through innovative practices and smart networking. Few do this better than these 19 individuals. They are a perfect representation of this close-knit, diverse industry. Here, Connect Sports honors the industry’s sharpest minds with our fourth 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 Louisville, Aug. 26-28. As always, thanks to SportsPittsburgh for sponsoring this editorial initiative.
Chad Culver, CSE, is a Senior Director for Visit Knoxville Sports Commission in Knoxville, Tennessee.
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David T. Stevens, 39, is director of global events for Alation. He is based in Redwood City, California.
Dustin Westling, CSEP, 36, is managing partner of OneWest Events and executive vice president of Leblond Studio.