Amherst native Christopher Lewis has joined the Lake Erie Shores & Islands group accounts team as Sports Tourism Manager. In this position, Lewis will be selling the destination to sports events rights holders, coaches, and families in a manner that maximizes economic impact and increases hotel occupancy. Additionally, he will be supporting and growing existing events, building stronger relationships with partners, maintaining the leisure sports calendar, and attending sports-related tradeshows.
Lewis is a graduate of Baldwin Wallace University (undergraduate) and Georgetown University (graduate) and comes to Lake Erie Shores & Islands from a position as Assistant Facility Director at Lorain County MetroParks. Previously Lewis served as Director of Facilities Marketing and Event Management at Defiance College and Director of Athletics for Special Olympics New York. He has also held positions within the Buffalo Bills and Cleveland Browns organizations in the National Football League.
Lewis has experience in sports administration, event management, marketing communications, and community relations and will be an asset both to the organization and to the sports tourism community. Lewis will hit the ground running by representing Lake Erie Shores & Islands next month at the National Association of Sports Commission’s annual symposium. Throughout the week, sports destinations meet with hundreds of decision-makers responsible for organizing sports events.
Lewis will be based out of the Sandusky office of Lake Erie Shores & Islands and can be reached at email@example.com.