While nobody has a blueprint for navigating through COVID-19, Al Kidd, CEO of Sports ETA, the national trade association for sports tourism, has put his decades of business experience to use in managing through these unprecedented times. This interview, conducted in early November, captures what the organization has done to help its members stay informed and emerge intact when the pandemic has subsided.
SPORTS PLANNING GUIDE: HOW DO YOU BEST SUMMARIZE 2020?
Al Kidd: There’s three things that have happened during this time:
Reaction phase – this started with, OMG, what happened, followed by readjustments, furloughs and trying to figure out guidelines for reopening.
Recharge phase – this focused on professional development and diversification. This is where education flourished. We jumped in very quickly to find services and products that would make a difference. One of the things we did was establish a virtual distribution network called SE...
Endurance Exchange is the premier conference for the sport of triathlon and the endurance multisport industry. Endurance Exchange is operated by USA Triathlon, the national governing body for the sport. Over 900 coaches, race directors, medical professionals, athletes, retailers, vendors, and executives of the multisport industry from across the country are expected to attend this week-long event.
Endurance Exchange is requesting proposals of future host venues for the next two years of the conference, hosted in year one between fall 2021 and spring 2022. The second year of the event will be hosted between fall 2022 and spring 2023. The conference should be hosted near a major city in a warm, southern climate, conducive to fitness activities and outdoor product activations.
Tuesday, January 26, 2021
2:00 PM EST
Cody Crowther, National Events Assistant Manager, USA Triathlon
Brian D'Amico, Director of Events and Programs, USA Triathlon
This Young Professional has already had not one, but two dream jobs. But that’s not stopping Roxanne Steinhoof from continuing her career in Sports Tourism.
Roxanne Steinhoof is the Marketing and Communications Specialist at Chicago Sports Commission and Choose Chicago. She’s been there for five years and handles the outgoing communications including managing marketing, advertising, design, and the brand. This became dream job number 2 - showcasing one of the greatest cities in the world.
Dream job number 1 was working on an Olympic bid. Roxanne’s curiosity for exploring the intersection of sports and politics led her to Boston, which is where she worked on the Boston 2024 Olympic & Paralympic Bid Committee.
“Seeing the positive impact of the events we bring is incredibly rewarding.” - Roxanne Steinhoof
One of the most rewarding experiences Roxanne says she has had in the sports events and tourism industry is working on the 2018 Laver ...