Young Professional Spotlight: Katie Langland

 Posted on: February 24 2021
In a time of COVID-19, events look a little different. After seven years in the industry, this Sport ETA Young Professional has been forced to make some changes Meet Katie Langland. Katie is the Business Development Manager at Minneapolis Northwest Tourism. She is responsible for bringing events into one of three cities while developing and maintaining relationships with planners and partners. “Meeting other sports tourism suppliers and planners from all over the country is my favorite part of the industry,” Langland said. “You meet so many people and before you know it, they become your friends. You have support, people to talk to and learn from, and a huge support system.” In the future, she wants to become more involved with sports tourism. She is already involved with MPI MN and MN Festivals and Events Association. Outside of sports, Katie enjoys a myriad of outdoor activities like fishing, hiking, and traveling. Greece is at the top of her trave...

Young Professional Spotlight: Stan Adams

 Posted on: February 17 2021
Looking to the future, this Sport ETA Young Professional plans to double their sports economic impact from before COVID-19 shook the world. Stan Adams has a vision. After being in the industry for five years, Stan is working at Tuscaloosa Tourism and Sports as the Director of Sports. As the director, he oversees developing, maintaining, running, and acquiring sports events to generate economic impact for the Tuscaloosa Community. Stan has had some incredible experiences working in the industry: “Being involved with the largest high school basketball tournament in the country, the Gov. Challenge, running the Alabama High School Football Championships in Bryant Denny Stadium, getting to meet Deontay Wilder, and of course making lifelong friends with everyone in the industry at conferences.” Outside of work, sports are still a huge part of Stan’s life. He lives for Miami sports. Watching or attending any game for the Heat, Dolphins or Marlins is his go-to hob...

Young Professional Spotlight: Parker Medley

 Posted on: February 10 2021
Many of you may remember the welcome Sports ETA and its members received at the 2019 Symposium in Knoxville. The one where the mayor slammed someone into a table. If not, check out the clip and you may begin to understand this next Young Professional’s love for Knoxville. Parker Medley has been with Knoxville Sports Commission for over four years. He’s the Sports Sales Director, promoting Knoxville and Knox County as a premier sports tourism destination. The 2019 Sports ETA Symposium has been one of his best experiences in the industry. “{The Symposium} brought in a record number of attendees. It was very fulfilling to showcase our beautiful city to rights holders and DMO’s across the country,” Medley said. Parker also enjoyed taking a group of clients to the Battle at Bristol, which was the largest attended college football game ever. It helped that Tennessee came out victorious. Another win that Parker loves to remember- his alma mater Florid...

Young Professional Spotlight: Roxanne Steinhoff

 Posted on: January 11 2021
This Young Professional has already had not one, but two dream jobs. But that’s not stopping Roxanne Steinhoff from continuing her career in Sports Tourism. Roxanne Steinhoff 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 Steinhoff One of the most rewarding experiences Roxanne says she has had in the sports events and tourism industry is working on the 2018 Laver ...

Young Professional Spotlight: Alicia Kentz Griffith

 Posted on: December 7 2020
If you know anything about Arizona college sports, you’ll know Arizona State University and the University of Arizona is the big rival in the state. This Sports ETA Young Professional and Tucson native went against tradition and attended Arizona State University instead of U of A. It’s a decision Alicia Kentz Griffith says made some of her best sports memories. “l would have to say my favorite sports memory is hands down attending the Arizona State vs. University of Arizona football games each year with my family,” said Kentz Griffith. Meet Alicia Kentz Griffith. A proud Arizona State alum, she has been with the Tempe Tourism Office for seven years and currently holds the job of Communications and Event Coordinator. There she markets Tempe as a desirable visitor and event destination along with assisting in securing and promoting sporting events in the area. In the near future, Alicia hopes to bring new events to the Tempe community. “We tend to g...

Young Professional Spotlight: Laura Porth

 Posted on: November 18 2020
Quidditch may not be a sport you know much about, but Laura Porth and the team at U.S. Quidditch is trying to change that. Laura is the Director of Events & Partnership at U.S. Quidditch. She oversees all aspects of U.S. Quidditch's 8 annual championships, including the bidding process, budgeting, volunteers, and logistics. As well as creating and managing partnership opportunities. Laura says her goal is to bring quidditch to new cities, especially on the west coast. As for her own personal future, Laura says she loves to travel, host large scale events, and getting to know others in the sports events & tourism industry. “I really love going to the conferences and seeing and hanging out with everyone,” Porth said. “I especially love the Women's Summit and getting to go to the Women's Final Four, and US Sports Congress and getting to play a round of golf with an LPGA player.” So you’ll find her traveling the world, playing a...

Young Professional Spotlight: Luchie Javelosa

 Posted on: November 2 2020
One of the goals this Sport ETA Young Professional has is to survive 2020 and bounce back from the COVID-19 pandemic. Many of us are with you on this one Luchie. Meet Luchie Javelosa. She has been in the sports events and tourism industry for five years and is currently the sports sales manager at Visit Tucson. In her role, Luchie is tasked with marketing the Tucson region as a premier sports destination through working with local facilities and businesses, developing bid proposals and presentations, and managing social media platforms. In the Tucson area, Luchie has enjoyed showcasing the city to new and returning visitors. “Particularly one recent memory is setting up a skills clinic for the local youth rugby club with the Spain 7s Men’s National Team earlier this year,” said Javelosa. “It’s little moments like these that create a lasting memory and impact for our local youth and community.” In the future, Luchie hopes to be able t...

Young Professional Spotlight: Daniel Gallagher

 Posted on: October 12 2020
Sports, magic, now horse jumping. Daniel Gallagher has a wide range of hobbies, but one dream job and that’s the one he’s living right now. Daniel Gallagher, one of Sports ETA’s Young Professionals, is the Director of Sports Sales at Atlantic City Sports Commission and Meet AC. He’s been in the industry for ten years and six of them have been spent with Atlantic City Sports Commission and Meet AC. As the Director of Sports Sales, Daniel’s main goal is to drive economic impact to Atlantic City through sporting events and sport-related conventions. While it’s been a challenging year for the sports tourism industry, Daniel is ready and excited to work cohesively and creatively with event organizers during these uncharted times. “We are all in this together,” Gallagher said. “And while sporting events are spearheading the charge for mass gatherings, proper protocols, mandates, and procedures are imperative to ensure that we can...