Rob Wells Promoted to Executive Director of the Savannah Sports Council

SAVANNAH, Ga. —Visit Savannah announces the promotion of Rob Wells to Executive Director of the Savannah Sports Council (SSC). Wells, who has been with the organization since 2017, most recently held the position of Director.

“Rob has been a true asset to the Visit Savannah team,” said Joseph Marinelli, president of Visit Savannah. “Under his leadership, the Savannah Sports Council has impacted the advancement of sports tourism locally, regionally, and nationally.” Marinelli went on to add that the Savannah Sports Council generates over 50,000 hotel room nights for Savannah and Chatham County while driving over $35 million in visitor spending each year.

Since joining the Savannah Sports Council in 2017, Wells has been instrumental in furthering SSC‐owned events’ success, including the Enmarket Savannah Hockey Classic, Publix Savannah Women’s Half Marathon & 5K, Georgia Powers Sports Awards, and the Enmarket Savannah Bridge Run. Additionally, he has been instrumental in working with current event owners to enhance their events here in Savannah and Chatham and bring in new events that promote visitation and increase visitor spending in the area. Savannah hosted the 2021 NAIA Men’s and Women’s Lacrosse National Invitational and the 2021 AAU Gymnastics National Championships.

Wells began his career in the sports tourism industry as a Sports Marketing Manager for the Naples, Marco Island, Everglades CVB in 2013 and served as Director of the Sarasota County Sports Commission before joining the Savannah Sports Council. Wells is a graduate of Baldwin‐Wallace University in Berea, OH, and a United States Coast Guard veteran.

“I want to thank Joe for recognizing the accomplishments we have had since I arrived in 2017 and for having the confidence to allow me to take this next step within the organization.” Said Wells. “Savannah has welcomed my family and me with open arms, and we love calling it home. Savannah has yet to realize the full potential of sports and athletics, and I look forward to leading our organization to the next level locally and nationally.”

The Savannah Sports Council’s mission is to develop sport‐related events that impact our community. By working with local, regional, national, and international organizations, the Savannah Sports Council supports a wide range of events that offer diverse opportunities to athletes of all ages and sports. The Savannah Sports Council works in conjunction with Visit Savannah and the Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce to enrich the city of Savannah and Chatham County.

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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 building upon Savannah’s image as a world‐class destination


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