FOUNDED IN 1988, THE GAINESVILLE SPORTS COMMISSION (GSC) IS A NOT-FOR-PROFIT ORGANIZATION THAT STRIVES TO PROMOTE TOURISM THROUGH SPORTS WHILE CREATING A POSITIVE ECONOMIC IMPACT ON GAINESVILLE AND ALACHUA COUNTY.
The Gainesville Sports Commission is a liaison that brings sporting events to our local community and assists with hosting, creating and supporting over 45 events annually. Since its inception, Gainesville Sports Commission has directly contributed more than 200 million dollars of economic growth. By bringing participants and spectators to sporting events, Gainesville Sports Commission creates approximately 20 million dollars annually of direct economic impact for our community.
Mike Powell, the 2017 Gainesville Sports Commission President, leads the twenty-five-member Gainesville Sports Commission board of trustees. The Board comes from a broad cross section of Alachua County citizens. Trustees are area business people and others with an interest in sports and economic development.
Along with the Board of Trustees, the Gainesville Sports Commission has a staff of two employees. Joleen Cacciatore serves as the Executive Director. Cacciatore oversees the organization's daily operations with assistance from Event Manager, Kevin Houseknecht. The keys to the success of the Gainesville Sports Commission are interns and practical experience students from the University of Florida.
Mike Powell2017 President
Joleen CacciatoreExecutive Director
Kevin HouseknechtEvents Manager
Jonathan RembertVice President
Kyriaki "Kiki" KaplanidouSecretary
Chad KingImmediate Past President
Frank SaierLegal Counsel / Board Member
James D. DiVirgilio"At Large" Board Member
Tony Saccaro"At Large" Board Member
Adam AndersonBoard Member
Brad CarmenBoard Member
Steven DatkuliakBoard Member
Marty DempseyBoard Member
Bryan FloodBoard Member
Weston GallopBoard Member
Larry HolseyBoard Member
John IvesBoard Member
Mark McClainBoard Member
Damon MessinaBoard Member
Jeff MoffittBoard Member
Dennis PlunkettBoard Member
Lynda ReinhartBoard Member
Laurin RobinsonBoard Member
Alan WomackBoard Member
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