Savannah Sports Council Director Appointed to National Association of Sports Commissions Board of Directors

SAVANNAH, Ga – Ben Wilder, director of the Savannah Sports Council, a division of the Savannah Chamber of Commerce and Visit Savannah, has been selected as a new board member with the National Association of Sports Commissions (NASC). Wilder has been a member of the NASC for more than 10 years.

“Over the past few years, Ben has truly become a leading contributor to the sports event space, and this appointment by the NASC membership is the exclamation mark that validates his position in our industry,” said Terry Hasseltine, CSEE, NASC chair and executive director of Maryland Sports. “Ben will be able to contribute to the NASC board of directors’ dialogue immediately as he has been extremely active on numerous NASC committees in recent years. He understands the mission and the direction the NASC is heading.”

Wilder has been the director at the Savannah Sports Council for seven years and is a certified sports event executive (CSEE), which is part of the continuing education effort through the NASC. He also currently serves as president of Georgia Sports, a statewide sports tourism effort.

“We are very proud of Ben being selected for the NASC board of directors. This type of recognition certainly acknowledges Ben for his expertise, experience and commitment to the industry and we are pleased that he will represent Savannah at the next level,” said Joseph Marinelli, Visit Savannah president.

The NASC is the only trade organization for the sports tourism industry and serves as a resource for sports commissions, convention and visitors bureaus and sports event owners. There are nearly 650 member organizations and 1,600 sports event professionals who gain education, networking opportunities and industry knowledge from the NASC.

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Visit Savannah serves as the official destination marketing organization for the Savannah area tourism industry and is committed to driving economic prosperity in the greater Savannah community through increased overall visitation and related spending while continuing to build upon Savannah’s image as a world-class destination.

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