Providence Delivers a Successful 4S Summit

 Posted on: October 14 2019
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It was another successful year for the 4S Summit. More than 150 sports events and tourism leaders attended the three-day summit in Providence, Rhode Island last week. During the three-day summit, attendees had the chance to learn new ideas and resources along with best practices to take back to their organization.

“The 4S Summit allows industry professionals to come together to share ideas and best practices about the current trends in sports events and tourism,” said Al Kidd, President & CEO, Sports Events & Tourism Association. “Providence was a terrific host city to cultivate discussions between some of the great minds in our industry.”

One of those attendees was Jarrett Dowling, CSEE Sales Manager at Columbia SC Sports. She took in several of the 20+ presentations and round tables offered at this year’s summit.

“I think I probably learn the most from listening to successful colleagues during the round tables and sessions,” said Dowling. “Hearing their mistakes, successes, and ideas is great for someone like me who is three years into this industry.”

Highlights of the meeting included:

-Ending Abuse in Sport: How Sports ETA Can Champion Change in partnership with the U.S. Center for SafeSport.

-Three-time US Olympic Swimmer and Season 39, Survivor competitor Elizabeth Beisel inspired attendees to achieve their dreams while overcoming odds.

-Two-time Super Bowl Champion and former New England Patriot Jarvis Green introduced his company, Oceans97, and discussed his healthy eating initiatives.

-The Second State Association meeting with nearly 20 state group leaders was held. The first-ever state association research report was presented and discussions on state group benefits and structure were held.

-The Fall 2019 CSEE Course, Now Presenting, led by Jason Martinez, Game On Nation, was a hit with 85 attendees. The session focused on the idea that every interaction and every conversation is an opportunity to make a positive and lasting impression on others.

The three-day summit also gives attendees the time and environment to meet other industry leaders. This was one thing Dowling appreciates.

“The 4S Summit is such a great opportunity to network with other professionals in the industry without the pressure of having client appointments,” Dowling said. “Being in this leisurely space gives you that one on one time with the seasoned vets in our industry to ask questions or pick their brain.”

The 4S Summit will come back around next fall. In the meantime, Sports ETA has two other events coming up later this year. The Sports Facility Summit will happen October 24-26 in Westfield, Indiana and the Chief Executive Summit takes place in Louisville, Kentucky on November 5-6. Click on the links to learn more.


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