Advisory Board

The Savannah Sports Council is guided by a 29-person advisory board, which is composed of local business leaders and community partners who are active members of the Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce. The Advisory Board helps guide the Savannah Sports Council through funding and policy decisions meant to improve the sporting landscape throughout the city.


Chair: David Burkoff, Hunter-Maclean
Chair-Elect: Robert Hale, Hale Marine
Past-Chair: Mike Smith, Smith Baird, LLC

City/County/Visit Savannah Designees

Earl Etheridge, City of Savannah
Hugh Elton, City of Pooler
Dillon Patel, City of Tybee Island
Stephen Proper, Chatham County
Joseph Marinelli, Visit Savannah
Opio Mashariki, Savannah State University
Doug Wollenburg, SCAD Athletics

Directors Through 2022

Swann Seiler, Georgia Power
Mark Sprosty, SEDA
Scott Edwards, Mansion on Forsyth
Mariana Reyes, Stay in Savannah
Joe Rotellini, PGA Tour - Retired
Rob Sparks, First Citizens Bank

Directors Through 2023

Kevin Thomas, ESPN Radio
Monty Jones, Enmarket Arena/Oak View Group
Aaron Whitely, The Madigan Firm
John Mesaros, Southland Pediatric Therapy
Matt Clements, Enmarket
Cecilia Arango, Thomas & Hutton
Ryan Sewell, Sterling Seacrest Partners

Directors Through 2024

Joe Winburn, St. Joseph’s/Candler
Karl Demasi, Islands High School
Scott Efird, Air-Therm
Jeff Brady, Rountree-Brady Insurance
Mike Nadeau, Fleet-Feet
Ashley Tremble-Scott, Savannah Chatham County Public Schools
Trey Ochsner, Chatham Ortho


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