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CINCINNATI (May 2, 2023, 9 a.m. ET) – John David, the Chief Strategy Officer of USA BMX, the World’s Largest Sanctioning Body for the Olympic sport of bicycle motocross racing (BMX), has been named the new President and CEO of Sports ETA, the only trade association for the sports events and tourism industry, replacing Al Kidd, who will retire on June 30.
Over the past 20 years with USA BMX, John has produced two Olympic Trials, co-coordinated the unification of the sport in the USA, and spearheaded the campaign for the creation of the new USA BMX headquarters, arena, museum, and Hall of Fame in Tulsa, OK. He also serves on the City of Chandler Parks and Recreation Board and is a UCI International Commissaire. In 2021, the Sports Events and Tourism Association named David as the Rights Holder of the Year.
“I am deeply honored to accept the position of President and CEO and join the exceptional team at the Sports Events & Tourism Association,” said David. “With more than 25 years of experience in major event production, membership service, sports marketing, and organizational strategy, I am excited to bring my passion and expertise to the table to drive growth and innovation in this dynamic industry. Together, we will work tirelessly to elevate the sports tourism industry while creating value for our members through our core pillars of education, advocacy, resources, and networking.”
“We are excited to introduce John David as our next President and CEO for Sports ETA,” said Don Dukemineer, CHSP, Director of Sports Development for Decatur Morgan County Tourism & Board Chairman of Sports ETA. “John’s integral understanding of the Association, plus his past involvement as a Board member and rights holder, will benefit the Association in creating value for our membership. John is well respected within the sports tourism industry, and his relationships will prove to benefit the Association in creating opportunities for our membership. We look forward to him sharing his vision with our members, and I am encouraged by his commitment to move Sports ETA forward.”
“I also want to thank SearchWide Global for assisting us with the process, as well as express my appreciation to the search committee for their efforts,” added Dukemineer. “Our committee dedicated an enormous amount of time to evaluate candidates in search of the best individual to lead our membership. Their professionalism and service on behalf of the Association is undeniable, and we look forward to working with John and the membership to continue making Sports ETA the best association possible.”
“John David has been involved with the leadership of our association for more than a decade,” said Kidd, who has led Sports ETA over the last six years. “He has had a front-row seat and been a part of the organization’s significant changes, which gives John great perspective. John will bring a new approach, energy, and collaboration to the association and continue Sports ETA’s important work in leading the sports events and tourism industry in America.”
Sports ETA serves the sports events and tourism industry by providing a member-directed communication network among host organizations, event owners, and suppliers. Sports ETA will host its annual Symposium from May 8-11 in Kansas City, where David will be officially introduced to the membership.
About Sports ETA:
As the only trade association for the sports events and tourism industry, Sports ETA is the most trusted resource for sports commissions, destination marketing organizations (DMOs), and sports event owners. Sports ETA is committed to the success of more than 600 member organizations and 2,400 sports event professionals. We promise to deliver quality education, ample networking opportunities, and exceptional event management and marketing know-how to our members to protect the integrity of the sports events and tourism industry. For more information, visit SportsETA.org.