The Visit Sacramento Sports Commission leads the recruitment and hosting of major sports events across the Sacramento region. From nationally televised competitions to youth sports tournaments, the Visit Sacramento Sports Commission team has the experience, contacts and passion needed to elevate events of all kinds.
As a division of Visit Sacramento, the Sports Commission has access to a full team of sales, services, events, PR and marketing professionals who make sure every competition is a success, from start to finish.
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Visit Sacramento Sports Commission Staff
David joined the Visit Sacramento Sports Commission in July 2019 and was named the fourth-ever Director of the Sports Commission in March 2020. In this role, he leads Visit Sacramento’s sports events strategy, which includes directing bid processes, generating new business opportunities, and ensuring the successful implementation of hosting commitments.
Prior to joining the Visit Sacramento team, David served as Deputy Executive Director of the San Jose Sports Authority (SJSA) – San Jose’s sports commission – for more than 11 years. He was at the forefront of showcasing the South Bay as a destination for premier sporting events, establishing an impressive track record of hosting world-class events such as the Amgen Tour of California, U.S. Figure Skating Championships, U.S. Olympic Team Trials in Gymnastics, NCAA Men’s Basketball Championships, Super Bowl 50 events, College Football Playoff National Championship and NHL and MLS All-Star Games.
Before joining the SJSA, David served in various roles over more than seven years with the California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA) in Sacramento. These included directing several state championships, managing the association’s corporate partnership program and serving as the CCCAA’s communications director while leading a statewide evolution into electronic and online information and sports statistics systems.
A native of Buffalo, NY, David earned a bachelor’s degree from Ithaca College in sports management and began his career in sports working for the Buffalo Wings (professional roller hockey) and Buffalo Blizzard (professional indoor soccer). He is also a proud Sacramento State Hornet, where he earned an MBA degree in the Executive MBA program.
As President and Chief Executive Officer of Visit Sacramento, Mike leads a team of sales and marketing professionals (including staff of the Sacramento Sports Commission) who are committed to creating demand for Sacramento as a convention, leisure travel, sports, food, and film destination to drive hotel room nights, create economic impact, and to improve the quality of life of our region’s residents.