LOUISVILLE, KY--(Marketwired - May 21, 2013) - The National Association of Sports Commissions (NASC) saw a record turnout for its annual Symposium held here from April 22-25 with 772 sports event industry professionals attending, a 20 percent increase over last year.

Highlights from the annual meeting included the election of a new board chair, industry awards that recognized 10 members for outstanding achievement and the graduation of 17 members from the Certified Sports Event Executive (CSEE) program. The NASC membership also contributed $12,000 to Run Louisville Run as part of the NASC Sports Legacy Fund program.

"The 2013 NASC Sports Event Symposium took place in Louisville where numerous records were set, including for highest attendance ever, the most event owners in the NASC Sports Marketplace, introduction of the Rapid RFP Review sessions, where event owners met with several cities at the same time, and most educational sessions offered," said Don Schumacher, executive director of the NASC. "The NASC reported record membership and revenues, with estimated total direct visitor spending for 2012 of about $8.3 billion."

The 2014 NASC Symposium will be hosted in Oklahoma City from March 31-April 3, 2014.

Terry Hasseltine, CSEE, who was elected board chair of NASC, is currently the Executive Director of the Maryland Office of Sports and was appointed to this role in 2008 by Governor Martin O'Malley. Since his appointment, Hasseltine has been instrumental in spearheading various bid-development and event-support opportunities for the state: 2014 ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships - Deep Creek 2014; 2018/2022 FIFA World Cup ™ Bid; 2010, 2011 and 2014 NCAA Men's Lacrosse National Championships; World Football Challenge and other International Soccer Friendlies; Dew Tour; 2014-16 CAA Men's Basketball Tournament, 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup and the 2011 Grand Prix of Baltimore; Neutral Site Collegiate Football Games; 2014 and 2016 Army-Navy Games. 

"Terry Hasseltine has a long successful history in our industry and we look forward to working with him as our new board chair," said Schumacher. "Terry knows the sports events industry from all perspectives: From an events rights holder with NAIA to his current leadership position with Team Maryland, and we know he will share his talent and expertise with our organization and its membership."

Joining Hasseltine on the executive committee is: Gary Alexander, Nashville Sports Council, Immediate Past Chair, Kevin Smith, CSEE, St. Petersburg/Clearwater Sports Commission, Vice Chair/Chair Elect, Greg Ayers, CSEE, Discover Kalamazoo, Treasurer, and Ralph Morton, CSEE Seattle Sports Commission, Secretary.  

New board members were also elected and they include: John Gibbons, CSEE, Rhode Island Sports Commission, Michael Price, CSEE, Greater Lansing Sports Authority, Janis Schmees Burke, CSEE, Harris County-Houston Sports Authority and Holly Shelton, CSEE, Oklahoma City Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Also, Rick Hatcher, CSEE joins the board representing Allied Representatives and Jeff Jarnecke, NCAA, representing Rights Holder Representatives.

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Jackie Reau