Mentor Spotlight: Hank Pivarnik

 Posted on: November 21 2019
Did you know Sports ETA offers mentoring to members, new and old? The Mentoring and Engagement Committee is here to help all Sports ETA members. We will be spotlighting each mentor to help you get to know them a little better - you may even find that you connect with one of them. This way, when you need a mentor in the future, you already have one in mind. Meet Hank Pivarnik, CSEE. He recently retired from Hilton as the Director of Sports Sales after 30+ years of service. In that role, Hank oversaw sales relationships between Hilton brands and customers from MLB, MLS, NASCAR, NBA, NFL, and NHL. In addition to sales relationships with USOPC, several NGB’S, sports broadcasting and sports housing entities. While there was plenty of hard work along the way, Hank really enjoyed the times when he was able to work with Dirk Nowitzki of the Dallas Mavericks at NBA Cares service day during an NBA AllStar weekend. And his work with the Denver Broncos, which gave him a game b...

Not Your Mother's Mentoring Committee

 Posted on: November 19 2019
How to use your mentor. Your fellow Sports ETA members, especially those on the mentoring committee, each come with unique perspectives, experiences, and backgrounds to our industry’s association. The best part of the diversity of membership is access to these leaders in sports tourism and what you can learn from them.  It is not just about having someone to help guide new members through their first experiences, but also an opportunity to get creative and learn. Some of the most pivotal things I've learned in this industry weren’t taught to me in school or any formal education session, but from my colleagues, their experiences and of course my own.  I would encourage anyone to lean on those members of the mentoring committee, whether your assigned mentor or another member of the committee you already know, as a resource to bounce ideas off, seek career guidance, learn from their missteps and successes alike. Someone outside your dest...

Ask a Sports ETA Mentor

 Posted on: November 18 2019
Becoming a new member of Sports ETA is an exciting time. Event and tourism organizations are welcomed into a big network of colleagues and introduced to dozens of resources. It can be a lot to take in. That’s where our Mentoring and Engagement committee comes in. Experienced Sports ETA members volunteer to serve as mentors to new member organizations and first-time Sports ETA event attendees who are new to the sports events and tourism industry. These mentors are there to offer advice, best practices in different areas of the industry, and a friendly face at Sports ETA events. These mentors are not just there for new members; they can be of help to members who have been with Sports ETA for years. If you have a dilemma and need some friendly advice, one of our mentors will be glad to help you. Or if you are traveling to a city you are unfamiliar with, check out our mentors to see if they can make any recommendations. This committee of about 40 industry leaders have a...

2020 Women's Summit Registration Now Open!

 Posted on: November 13 2019
Reserve your spot at the 2020 Women's Summit April 1-3 in New Orleans, LA. Developed by top women leaders in the sports events and tourism industry, the annual Women's Summit will inspire you to achieve your career goals. The Sports ETA Women’s Summit offers attendees solutions to build stronger bonds with their community, advocate for themselves, and hone their leadership skills. Attendees will take away tools and resources to elevate their personal brand and become more valuable to their organization after attending the Sports ETA Women’s Summit. All meeting functions will take place at the Hampton Inn & Suites - New Orleans Convention Center. View Schedule. REGISTRATION Member Rate: $499 Participants will earn 4 CSEE credits. Register HOTEL The host hotel is the Hampton Inn and Suites Convention Center. Rate: $254/night Room block cut-off is February 28, 2020. Book Hotel Room QUESTIONS? Contact Madison Fante, ...

The Pulse v.7 - Industry Trends Recap

 Posted on: November 13 2019
We appreciate your input on industry trends! If you didn't have a chance to respond to the latest version of The Pulse, it's ok! Take a look at the recap and see what industry trends are being watched by other Sports ETA members. The Pulse v.7 Recap The information in the recap above helps us as we plan for timely and relevant research for our members. Part of that objective is keeping a close eye on what’s happening in the industry, and what trends our members are interested in. Collegiate athletics is the subject of the Pulse v. 8, available now: Take The Pulse v. 8 today!  Posted in: Best Practices, Education, Sports Events and 

Renew Your Sports ETA Membership Today!

 Posted on: November 13 2019
Thank you for your membership with Sports ETA! Without your loyalty and support, we would not be able to continue growing and evolving. Thanks to members like you, we have accomplished and implemented several new initiatives this year including: A new brand – Sports ETA. A platform designed to represent a more inclusive organization, and incorporates consistent positioning for all current and future programs. Passing of over 100 bylaw changes to expand our footprint of services, strengthen processes, and enables equal rights across all membership categories. The Pulse – A micro-research series Inaugural Sports Facilities Summit and State Association Group Online Education Opportunities Currently, your membership is valid through December 31, 2019. We encourage you to continue taking full advantage of the benefits and resources available to your organization as a Sports ETA member by renewing today. You can renew your membership one of th...

Another Successful Chief Executive Summit is in the Books

 Posted on: November 12 2019
Leaders in the world of sports events and tourism just wrapped up another great Chief Executive Summit in Louisville. These great minds came together to address topics of leadership management, business strategy, and crisis management, all while getting to know the city of Louisville and their colleagues. “Leadership is a constant learning process and our industry executives can benefit from top business professionals,” said Al Kidd, President and CEO of Sports Events and Tourism Association. “Our Chief Executive Summit gave sports tourism leaders and executives the chance to hear from others in business and learn best practices from leaders in higher education, horse racing, and technology, among others.” One of the highlights of the Summit was keynote speaker Dr. Neeli Bendapudi, president of the University of Louisville. She discussed principles of leadership and management styles. Jonathan Paris, the executive director of sports tourism at Visit M...

Sports ETA Welcomes Sports Leaders to Chief Executive Summit

 Posted on: November 8 2019
LOUISVILLE, KY (November 8, 2019) – Sports events and tourism leaders from around the country were in Louisville this week for the 2019 Sports ETA Chief Executive Summit, where top business experts addressed topics such as leadership and management, crisis management and business strategy. “Leadership is a constant learning process and our industry executives can benefit from top business professionals,” said Al Kidd, President and CEO of Sports Events and Tourism Association. “Our Chief Executive Summit gave sports tourism leaders and executives the chance to hear from others in business and learn best practices from leaders in higher education, horse racing, and technology, among others.” “The Louisville Sports Commission was pleased to host the national leadership of the sports events and tourism industry in partnership with Sports ETA to showcase our city and our own business leadership,” said Karl Schmitt, President and CEO of the Lo...

The Importance of Professional Connections

 Posted on: November 7 2019
"I believe that you can get everything in life you want if you will just help enough other people get what they want."--Zig Ziglar That quote is the inspiration that I use every day.  Mentoring, fostering, sharing, and caring are qualities that help us to build strong and healthy relationships both personally and professionally. The key to creating life-long connections is to give as much, if not more than you take. Staying connected and developing professional relationships takes time, work, and strategy. If you’re trying to improve your professional connections, you should be. These connections will be the key to your professional growth. Here are some tips to follow: Strong communication skills will help lay a strong foundation. Making yourself clearly understood as well as truly listening and learning from others. Show respect by being courteous, using non-offensive language, and being courteous of people’s time.  Be open to hone...

Advertise with Sports ETA

 Posted on: November 6 2019
Want to be seen by hundreds of industry leaders in the sports industry? Advertise with us. There are several different ways to advertise with Sports ETA. Print Advertising The Sports ETA Playbook is the official quarterly publication of Sports ETA. 1,000 printed copies and 7,500 digitals copies go out to our members four times a year. There are several different options including an Advertorial where your organization or company can have a full-page ad along with an article. For more details on advertising in the Sports ETA Playbook, contact Rebecca Myles at Rebecca@sportseta.org. Digital Advertising Let your audience connect directly to you with our online advertising. As a Sports ETA member, your company or organization will be able to receive exclusive placements on our website, along with the opportunity to advertise in our weekly newsbrief, Get in the Game eNews. To learn more about our digital advertising opportunities, contact our publishing partner MultiView. ...
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