Don’t Just Be a Member…Be an Involved Member

 Posted on: July 12 2016

For a number of years back in the very late 1980’s and early 1990’s, the Florida State Games used to host a Business of Sports Symposium.  As a new kid running a CVB in Lincoln, Nebraska, it was a great way to learn more about this new sales specialty.  There weren’t many CVBs involved then.  It was mostly sports commissions with some of them tussling with CVBs to get part of the lodging tax dollars.

So, this young guy from North Carolina, Hill Carrow, tried to organize a “National Association of Sports Commissions”.  It didn’t resonate on the first try.  He persisted, and a few of us started to listen.  Along the way, we created the bones of the organization deciding such a group should be dedicated to sharing information with each other and rights holders, along with quality, professional education.  The NASC was officially born in a meeting room in St. Louis with about fourteen people in attendance.

Why tell you this?  First, it’s because we’re about to honor 25 years of amazing growth for our association and industry.  You need to know a bit of the history. 

Secondly, it’s because, as a young newbie, I made a conscious decision to become involved.  I’m honored to be one of the founders and served on the original board for three years.  The lesson is…don’t just be a member…be an involved member.  The dividends for you and your community are profound.

Dan Quandt, CSEE
Amarillo Convention and Visitor Council
Vice President
NASC Member Mentoring Committee


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