Monte Ortel Announced As Executive Director Of The Gwinnett Sports Commission And The Mitsubishi Electric Classic

30 Dec, 2019

The Gwinnett Convention & Visitors Bureau (GCVB) and the Mitsubishi Electric Classic is pleased to announce the appointment of Monte Ortel to Executive Director. Prior to the Executive Director appointment, Ortel served as the Tournament Director of the annual Mitsubishi Electric Classic, a PGA TOUR Champions event, for the past three years.

Stan Hall, GCVB Chief Operating Officer (COO), states “We are excited to expand Monte’s leadership role within our organization as Executive Director of both the Gwinnett Sports Commission and the Mitsubishi Electric Classic. Monte will continue his role as overseeing the Mitsubishi Electric Classic and assume the role of Executive Director of the Gwinnett Sports Commission. Both divisions of our overall organization are connected in many ways and Monte’s leadership will create even more continuity. His background makes him ideal to serve in this capacity.”

The Executive Director of the Gwinnett Sports Commission will manage the economic development efforts through coordinating and developing Gwinnett’s role as a leading site for sports events involving youth, collegiate, amateur and professional organizations. The Executive Director of the Mitsubishi Electric Classic will oversee all aspects of the tournament operations.

Ortel also serves on the PGA TOUR Champions Advisory Board, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Sports Network Advisory Board, and Gwinnett Championship Foundation Board.

Ortel says “I’m thrilled and honored to have this opportunity with the Gwinnett Sports Commission while continuing my leadership role with the Mitsubishi Electric Classic. I look forward to working more closely with all our sports organizations, community partners, and the talented GCVB / Explore Gwinnett team members to build on the successful platform that has been established.”

Prior to becoming the Tournament Director of the Mitsubishi Electric Classic, Ortel has spent 16 years managing PGA TOUR events as Executive Director of The Greenbrier Classic, Director of Operations for Turning Stone Resort Championship and Tournament Operations Manager with the 84 LUMBER Classic.

Ortel resides in Gwinnett County with his wife Amber and three daughters. 

About Explore Gwinnett - Explore Gwinnett, the marketing brand for the Gwinnett Conventions and Visitors Bureau, is Gwinnett County’s official tourism organization and is dedicated to strengthening Gwinnett County’s economy by marking the county as a destination for conventions, sporting events, meetings and leisure travel through sales, marketing and promotion.  Explore Gwinnett also houses the Gwinnett Sports Commission, and the GCVB Board of Directors oversees the operations & management of the Infinite Energy Center.

About the Mitsubishi Electric Classic: The Mitsubishi Electric Classic is an official event on the PGA TOUR Champions scheduled for April 13-19, 2020. This 54-hole stroke play golf tournament features 78 PGA TOUR Champions professionals competing for a $1.8 million purse at the prestigious TPC Sugarloaf in Duluth, Georgia. The event, which will benefit local charities through the Gwinnett Championship Foundation, Inc., has raised over $2.3 million since its first tournament in 2013. All three official rounds will be internationally televised on the Golf Channel. Stay connected with the Mitsubishi Electric Classic on Facebook and Instagram @mitsubishielectricclassic, Twitter@MEClassicGolf, and online at:


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