PA Sports Announces Hiring of Executive Director
4 Feb, 2020
PA Sports announced today that it has hired Eric Whiteman as its Executive Director. Whiteman will take over as the leader of the state-wide sports tourism organization in early February.
“The hiring committee conducted a thorough search for candidates and I am excited to introduce Eric Whiteman as the first Executive Director of PA Sports,” said Gregg Cook, current PA Sports Board Chairman and Executive Director of the Hershey Harrisburg Sports & Events Authority. “I am confident that Eric will help us continue providing top-tier service to our members and events.”
Whiteman, a business owner and board member of the Monroeville Area Chamber of Commerce, brings a wealth of experience managing budgets, staffs and marketing efforts to PA Sports. Over the past 20 years, he has owned, operated and grown businesses specializing in landscaping and contractor work, real estate and hotel sales, food service and event production.
“As a lifelong sports fan, I’m excited to be able to promote the state that I grew up in as a premier sports event destination,” said Whiteman. “I believe my experience with businesses, sales, marketing and events will allow me to build on PA Sports’ existing success and help take the organization to the next level.”
PA Sports consists of 13 of Pennsylvania’s largest convention and visitors bureaus and sports commission, offering sports event planners one-stop shopping from a wide range of indoor and outdoor facilities in Pennsylvania that offer easy accessibility, affordability, and leisure time attractions.
The mission of Pennsylvania Sports is to attract and host international, national, regional and local sporting events, and showcase Pennsylvania as a viable sports event destination for professional, collegiate, interscholastic, amateur, and youth sporting ventures, which will foster economic development, and enrich the quality of life in the Commonwealth, making it a better place to visit, live, work, and play.