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Chicago Sports Commission team

With a vision of establishing Chicago as the #1 U.S. destination for sports tourism, the Chicago Sports Commission recruits and supports high-profile, major sporting events that drive significant economic impact and positive exposure for the city of Chicago.

The Chicago Sports Commission launched in 2011 as a part of Choose Chicago. A registered 501(c)6, we’re comprised of a dedicated full-time staff and supported by a Corporate Partner program, which makes up Chicago Sports Commission’s Executive Committee and Board of Directors.

Chicago Sports Commission

Kara Bachman

Kara Bachman
Executive Director

Anne Black

Anne Black
Sr. Director of Events & Operations

Chicago Sports Commission
Executive Committee

Patrick Birchall
General Manager
Jason Bormann
Chief Financial Officer
Mark Dold
Managing Director
Patrick Donelly
General Manager
Dan Egan
Director of Sales and Marketing
Colin Faulkner
Chief Commercial Officer, EVP, Sales & Marketing
Marilynn Gardner
Chief Executive Officer
Gene Hare
Regional Senior Director
Lori Healey
Senior Vice President, OPC Implementation Lead
David Kennedy
Assistant General Manager
Rich Levin
Managing Director, Corporate & Investment Banking
Kevin McLaughlin
Vice President
John Murray
Ram Padmanabhan
Chief Operating Officer & General Counsel
Jorge Ramirez
Managing Director, Labor Strategies
Robert Reiter
John Rowady
President & Founder
Steve Skinner
Chief Executive Officer

Chicago Sports Commission
Board of Directors

Juliet Azimi
Chief Administrative Officer
John Bucksbaum
Chief Executive Officer
Doug Carnahan
Vice President of Corporate Partnerships
Adam Fox
President & CEO
Juan Gaytan Jr.
Art Hill
Vice President Operations
Thomas Kerwin
Gale Landers
Founder and CEO
Tim LeFevour
General Manager
Charlie Nicosia
Owner and President
Kevin Scheibler
Executive Director, UIC Venues & Events
Joseph Seliga
Tom Sitkowski
President, Business Development

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