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EsportsTravel Summit

Network and conduct business with esports organizations and destination/hospitality industry professionals at the only event focused on the travel side of the esports industry.

ABOUT ESPORTSTRAVEL VIRTUAL SUMMIT

The 2020 EsportsTravel Summit will be held virtually from Esports Stadium Arlington in Arlington, Texas, December 2–3. To read more, click here.

The EsportsTravel Summit connects organizers of esports events and those in the travel and tourism industry who want to understand and profit from the esports phenomenon. Globally, the number of esports enthusiasts is estimated at 191 million people–and growing.

Hosted by the Arlington Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Arlington Sports Commission, the EsportsTravel Summit will be held virtually from the Esports Stadium Arlington in Arlington, Texas. The Summit's unique mission will be to continue to educate esports stakeholders on the nexus between venues, destinations, the travel industry and esports.

Welcome to the vanguard of the sports-event industry. Welcome to the EsportsTravel Summit!

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The 2021 EsportsTravel Summit will be held August 10–12, 2021, in Pittsburgh. To read more, click here.
The 2022 EsportsTravel Summit will be held June 21–22, 2022, in Daytona Beach, Florida. To read more, click here.

United States eSports Federation is an official co-location partner with the EsportsTravel Summit  

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ACCORDING TO GOLDMAN SACHS, THE GLOBAL ESPORTS AUDIENCE WILL GROW FROM 194 MILLION PEOPLE NOW TO 276 MILLION IN 2022!



WHO WILL ATTEND?

WHO WILL ATTEND?

A mix of esports executives, esports tournament organizers and destination/hospitality industry professionals.

THE ESPORTS MARKET

THE ESPORTS MARKET

Live video-game events are maturing into a powerhouse for the travel industry.

All times shown are Pacific Time

Wednesday, December 2, 2020

9:15 a.m.
Arrivals Lounge
9:30 a.m.
Welcome to the EsportsTravel Virtual Summit
9:40 a.m.
PANEL: Esports Transforms a Destination: Arlington
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Esports Stadium Arlington is a case study of how to transform an existing venue into one that can be leader in the esports space. In this session, learn behind-the-scenes details of how the project came together and how it was executed. 

 

Neil Leibman, Co-Owner, President and COO, Texas Rangers
Brian Mirakian/Populous
Jonathon Oudthone/Esports Stadium Arlington
Jeff Williams/Mayor of Arlington, Texas

10:10 a.m.
E-TALK: The Great Governing Body Debate: Who Will Control Esports?
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While the International Olympic Committee has studied and is considering a future with esports at the Olympic Games, several groups are positioning themselves to be the national governing body and international federation that could one day govern the sport. Hear from one of those leaders on the worldwide esports movement. 

 

Vlad Marinescu/U.S. Esports Federation, International Esports Federation

10:30 a.m.
Organizational Updates
11:00 a.m.
Networking Break
11:10 a.m.
Expo Appointments 1-6
11:10 a.m.
Esports 101: Understanding the Market
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If your destination is just getting involved in esports, learn the basics on how the industry differs from traditional sports, who the key players are, where to begin and how other cities have approached the space. In this informative session, you’ll hear how esports work and learn about the economic impact that esports events can have on a destination. Get a chance to ask the questions you’ve been meaning to ask and hear answers from experts who have successfully jumped in and navigated the space. 

 

Ed Tomasi/Subnation
Kim Meltzer/Destination Esports

12:10 p.m.
E-CHAT: Franchising and Localization: The Post-Pandemic Outlook
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Before the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, professional leagues were having success moving to a franchise model with teams playing in home venues in front of local crowds. With leagues forced to make the move back online in 2020, what does the future hold for this model and will there be continued growth in new markets looking to host new teams in new venues?

 

Chris Overholt/OverActive Media
Brett Diamond/WISE Venues Esports
Moderator: Jason Gewirtz/SportsTravel

12:40 p.m.
Expo Appointments 7-11
1:30 p.m.
Departures Lounge


Thursday, December 3, 2020

9:15 a.m.
Arrivals Lounge
9:30 a.m.
Welcome to the EsportsTravel Virtual Summit
9:40 a.m.
PANEL: DEI and the Future of Esports
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Diversity, equity and inclusion issues are finding their ways into the esports conversation in important ways as the industry continues its growth and evolution. This is playing out in significant ways in the nations HBCUs, where a new infrastructure for leagues and events is forming that may have an impact on the industry overall in years to come.

 

Marc Williams/The Yard: HBCU Esports Alliance
Rod Chappell/The Yard: HBCU Esports Alliance
Keshia Walker/Black Collegiate Gaming Association
Moderator: Jason Gewirtz/SportsTravel

10:10 a.m.
E-TALK: The Future of the Events Industry
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The travel and hospitality industry has experienced cataclysmic upheaval as the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way people travel, meet and play. In this E-Talk, you’ll hear from U.S. Travel Association President and CEO Roger Dow on how the industry has responded to the crisis, what key things need to happen next in the industry’s recovery, and the role that esports and sports-related travel will play in reviving the hotel and travel industry as well as the nation’s economy.

 

Roger Dow/U.S. Travel

10:30 a.m.
Organizational Updates
11:00 a.m.
Networking Break
11:10 a.m.
Expo Appointments 12-17
11:10 a.m.
Esports 201: Ready to Travel: Esports Fans and Live Events
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New research is proving that not only are esports finding new fans during the pandemic, but that those fans will be eager to travel—including overnight—when live events come back in earnest. In this informative session, hear the latest research and trends that give esports organizations and destinations hope for a robust future ahead.

 

Tyler Othen/CSL
Nicole Pike/YouGuv
Moderator: Jason Gewirtz/SportsTravel

12:10 p.m.
E-CHAT: The Sponsorship Landscape for Esports Tournaments and Events
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With so many events being put on hold or postponed during 2020, there is a new dynamic at play when it comes to esports sponsorship, both from the event-rightsholder perspective and the sponsor perspective. In this session, learn how esports organizations and event organizers should be working with their sponsors given the current landscape as well as effective sponsorship retention strategies.

 

Joe Barnes/Anheuser-Busch InBev
Nathan Lindberg/Twitch
Chris Mann/Subnation

12:40 p.m.
Expo Appointments 18-22
1:30 p.m.
Departures Lounge

The following are a few of the presenters for the 2020 EsportsTravel Summit. Information on additional presenters will be posted soon.

Joe Barnes

Joe Barnes

Head of Esports, Anheuser-Busch InBev

Joe Barnes is the director of sports marketing for Bud Light and the head of esports at Anheuser-Busch InBev. In his role, Barnes oversees marketing efforts behind the beverage company’s NFL, NHL, NCAA, soccer and esports partnerships. Barnes is a graduate of Indiana University and has worked at Anheuser-Busch InBev for the past seven years.

 

Michael Brooks

Michael Brooks

Executive Director, National Association of Collegiate Esports

Michael Brooks serves as the Executive Director of the National Association of Collegiate Esports. NACE is a nonprofit membership association organized by and on behalf of member institutions and is the only governing body of college esports in North America. NACE’s members are developing the structure and tools needed to advance collegiate esports in the varsity space. Areas of collaboration include: eligibility, path to graduation, competition and scholarships, IP rights and program implementation. NACE has 131 varsity esports programs as members, accounting for 92 percent of all varsity programs across North America. Brooks worked for eight years as the director of strategic partnerships for the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), the governing body of 250 mainly private colleges and universities in traditional athletics.

Rod Chappell

Rod Chappell

Associate Commissioner and General Manager, The Yard: HBCU Esports Alliance

Roderick “Rod” Chappell has been serving Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) and other Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) for nearly 25 years. His programs have led to significant exposure for administrators and students at HBCUs/MSIs as they desire to build capacity at their universities and in the lives of their students. Chappell currently leads Partnerships and Sustainability, one of four pillars within NASA’s Minority Research and Education Project providing over $30 million in annual funding opportunities to HBCUs/MSIs. Chappell is also a 20-year entrepreneur veteran in the marketing, promotions and communications arena. In 2001, he formed Grassroots Promotions, a full-service marketing strategy firm specializing in targeted events and promotions. In 2010, he launched an affiliate agency, HBCU Direct to aggregate the buying power of all HBCUS. In 2020, Chappell launched HBCU Direct Gaming as an HBCU eports and gaming agency. He now serves as the general manager/associate commissioner of the HBCU Esports Alliance powered by Collegiate StarLeague. 

Brett Diamond

Brett Diamond

Chief Operating Officer, WISE Ventures Esports, Minnesota Røkkr, Version1

Brett Diamond was named chief operating officer of WISE Ventures Esports and Minnesota Røkkr in July 2019, with the organization expanding into Rocket League with Version1 in August 2020. Diamond leads the business operations of the organization from the headquarters in Eagan, Minnesota. Under his leadership Minnesota Røkkr entered the inaugural season of the Call of Duty League, established two new brands in R­økkr and Version1  and hosted Call of Duty League Launch Weekend at the Minneapolis Armory in January 2020, the first event in the history of CDL and the first major esports event in Minnesota. Diamond previously spent three years with the Minnesota Vikings as director of partnership strategy. Before that, he worked for 11 seasons in the National Football League’s Events Department. While working in various roles on both the operations and business sides of the NFL’s major events, he was involved in the planning of 13 Super Bowls and served as the event director for the Pro Bowl for two years. From 2010–2016, he worked as a liaison from the NFL to communities bidding to host the Super Bowl.

Roger Dow

Roger Dow

President and CEO, U.S. Travel Association

Roger Dow is president and CEO of U.S. Travel Association, the Washington, D.C.-based organization representing all segments of travel in America. U.S. Travel’s mission is to increase travel to and within the United States. As the leading travel industry advocate, Dow and his team regularly meet with executive branch and congressional leaders to advance policies that benefit the broader travel industry. His efforts have resulted in major legislative victories, including his instrumental role in establishing and renewing Brand USA, the national travel and tourism promotion program. Dow and U.S. Travel are also leaders of the Meetings Mean Business Coalition, which promotes and defends the value of face-to-face business meetings, trade shows, conferences and conventions. Prior to joining U.S. Travel in 2005, Dow spent 34 years at Marriott International, rising to senior vice president of global and field sales.

Andrew Exler

Andrew Exler

Director of Content and Strategy, Lost Tribe Esports

Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Andrew Exler has built his life and career around working with and improving the lives of others. Exler is the director of content and strategy at Lost Tribe Esports and is a 2013 graduate from the Ohio University College of Business, where he became a brother of Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity and was on the men's club lacrosse team. He earned a certificate in accounting from the University of Pittsburgh in 2018. Exler also sits on the board of trustees at Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh. 

John Fazio

John Fazio

Founder and CEO, Nerd Street Gamers

John Fazio is the founder and chief executive officer of Nerd Street Gamers, a national esports infrastructure company based in Philadelphia. Fazio’s vision for Nerd Street Gamers is to build the next generation of esports athletes by providing a mass consumer gateway with clear pathways to success and access to opportunities that are usually only available to professionals. As CEO, Fazio handles all of the decisions in regards to NSG’s development strategy, the creation of Localhost facilities and creating accessibility opportunities for gamers everywhere. In September 2020, he announced the launch of the first esports campus, “The Block,” set to be a hub for gamers across the country. Along with the infrastructure accomplishments in 2020, Fazio was recognized by the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year program as one of the 23 finalists. He was also named to the Philadelphia Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” list, which recognizes the region’s most dynamic young business leaders. 

Bubba Gaeddert

Bubba Gaeddert

Executive Director, Varsity Esports Foundation

Bubba Gaeddert is the executive director of the Varsity Esports Foundation as well as an adjunct professor in higher-education since 2013. The VEF is a nonprofit that strives to increase literacy around esports and how to be proactive with such initiatives as healthy lifestyles, curriculum, mental health, diversity and inclusion, toxicity, addictions, suicide prevention, internet safety and belonging through STEM education and digital citizenship. He has worked in the nonprofit and traditional sports industry for 20 years with the YMCA, NCAA, NAIA, parks and recreation departments, sports commissions and chambers of commerce. He has been a gamer and self-proclaimed nerd ever since he was a kid when his dad managed Radio Shacks in Oklahoma. In 2017, he dove deep into esports through streaming and marketing, realizing that students in disenfranchised, low-income areas did not have the same access as students in the suburbs. He then partnered with esports organizations to create the foundation.

Jason Gewirtz

Jason Gewirtz

Editor and Publisher, SportsTravel

Jason Gewirtz is the editor and publisher of SportsTravel. A veteran daily newspaper journalist and editor prior to joining SportsTravel in 2008, Gewirtz worked for the Long Beach Press-Telegram, where he started as a city hall reporter and was promoted to the position of executive city editor in charge of city and business coverage. He also worked as a reporter at the Daily Camera in Boulder, Colorado, and at the Broomfield Enterprise in Broomfield, Colorado. He is a former member of the board of directors for the National Association of Sports Commissions. Gewirtz has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Colorado at Boulder and has won numerous awards as both a writer and editor

Victoria Horsley

Victoria Horsley

President, Unified Collegiate Esports Association

Victoria Horsley is president of Unified Collegiate Esports Association and has been in esports for nearly nine years, the last four of those being mainly collegiate oriented. She also has previous experience in traditional sports as an event manager for the NFL Super Bowl and the NCAA Men’s Final Four. Horsley fell in love with gaming at a very early age with Zelda and Kingdom Hearts, then proceeded to fall into competitive gaming with Rainbow Six: Siege. She spent the first four years of her time in esports at the amatuer/semi-professional level by coaching, recruiting, managing and heading operations. It is her goal to create opportunities for as many people as possible who are passionate about esports and hope to obtain a career in the field.

Matt Jackson

Matt Jackson

Chief Executive Officer and Founder, The Gaming Championship

Matt Jackson’s entrepreneurial spirit coupled with the skill sets he obtained from earning an architecture degree, underscore his management of all aspects of UGC. In his role, he is responsible for business planning, budgeting, fundraising, new business, strategic partnerships, production services, original content, streaming and merchandising. He has also been hands-on with all patent/technical writing since the inception of the company. Jackson has been a leader in the esports industry since he founded UGC in 2005. His vision for the company emerged from his love of video games and competition. Under his guidance, UGC has expanded to include four core businesses — online tournaments, live events, content creation and merchandising — and evolved from operating a local area network (LAN) out of a 625-square-foot attic space to producing record-breaking events in global stadiums for popular video game titles with such strategic partners as Microsoft, 343i, Caesars Entertainment, Blizzard, U.S. Army, iHeart Media, Red Bull and more. 

Neil Leibman

Neil Leibman

Co-Owner, President and COO, Texas Rangers

Neil Leibman is the co-owner, president and chief operating officer of Major League Baseball’s Texas Rangers. He is also a member of the Texas Rangers Executive Committee, Board of Directors and serves as chairman of the Owners and Compensation Committees of Texas Rangers Baseball LLC. He previously served as CEO of Boise Baseball LLC, a Single-A Minor League Chicago Cub affiliate, and co-managing partner the Mobile Bay Bears Baseball LLC, the Double-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks. He also sits on MLB’s diversity and international committees. In esports, he is the co-owner and a board member of IGC gaming esports. He is also co-owner of the National Women’s Hockey League as well as co-owner of the Dallas Rugby Team. Outside of sports, Leibman is CEO of Summer Energy, a publicly traded retail electric company in Texas. 

Nathan Lindberg

Nathan Lindberg

Regional Vice President, Twitch

Nathan Lindberg is regional vice president for Twitch Properties, responsible for sponsorship revenue across the U.S. Midwest, East Coast as well as Europe, the Middle East and Africa. He oversees the selling of products such as Twitch Rivals and Twitchcon, as well as third-party assets across esports leagues such as Tekken World Tour & Magic: The Gathering, esports teams such as Team Liquid, G2 and Evil Geniuses as well as live events such as PAX Arena. He also sports products such as the National Women's Hockey League and the National Basketball Association's main Twitch channel, the G-League and NBL channels as well as USA Basketball. He has been at Twitch since 2015, previously serving as the director of global esports sponsorships.  at Twitch. As an esports veteran, he is dedicated to educating brands about the competitive gaming phenomenon and ways to leverage Twitch to reach marketing goals. 

Chris Mann

Chris Mann

Chief Operating Officer, Subnation

COO of Subnation, Chris Mann has been a gamer, technophile and early adopter since his formative years. For the past 15 years, Mann has served major corporations and start-ups in roles focusing on global branding, sales, marketing, business development and strategy. Mann is a regular speaker and participant at gaming and esports industry events, including initiatives that focus on commercialization, convergence and interoperability of products, technology and marketing.

Vlad Marinescu

Vlad Marinescu

President, International Esports Federation, United States Esports Federation

Vlad Marinescu is president of the International Esports Federation (IESF), president of the United States Esports Federation (USEF) and chief media and marketing officer for the International Judo Federation. He also previously served as director general for SportAccord, an umbrella organization for all international sport federations, Olympic and Non-Olympic. There, he oversaw management the organizations administration as well as led the building of strategy to implement an expansion of the organization, its activities and its projects. Marinescu has worked in international sport for over 15 years. He is Romanian born, American raised and studied in Budapest. He has worked through each level of sports organization management from athlete to event organizer in all departments, to management of sports organization and sports business.

Kim Meltzer

Kim Meltzer

CEO, KidKesty Productions; CEO, Destination Esports

Kim Meltzer is a 25-year veteran in the luxury hotel and hospitality industry having worked with Hilton Worldwide, Rock Resorts, Parker Palm Springs and Ojai Valley Inn & Spa to name a few. In her extensive career she has supported and produced more than 500 corporate and entertainment events globally, along with co-producing a top music video hitting 5 million views for Sony Music. In the video gaming industry, her gamer tag, given to her by the Call of Duty community, is "COD Mom. " Meltzer has worked with Twitch, Amazon, DreamHack, Activision, Blizzard, Riot Games, Treyarch and Psyonix to name a few. Supporting the community, production and developers, she has been branded the "Esports Event Mom" who has raised and supported more than 1,000 pro players across more than eight gaming titles at global events since 2010. She is also CEO of Destination Esports, a creative esports group. DE focuses on working with global destinations and venues, esports teams, talent, broadcasters, investors, gaming publishers, production companies and brands that want to cohesively activate and be leaders in this one-of-a-kind market.

Brian Mirakian

Brian Mirakian

Senior Principal, Populous

Brian Mirakian is a senior principal at Populous and serves as director of brand activation in the Americas, which features an innovative approach that powerfully brings brands to life through design. Through a core focus on connective strategy in the entertainment and hospitality industries, Mirakian creates opportunities for engagement by linking people to immersive user experiences on all levels, design mediums and interactive technologies. Most recently, his team debuted Esports Stadium Arlington, America’s most robust new esports venue. His award-winning work has helped create transformative social experiences for his clients, having collaborated with nearly every professional team, some of the world’s leading advertising agencies, the Olympic Games, the NFL, NBA, and Major League Baseball and top brands including Adidas, Pepsi and Dow. His work has been recognized internationally in ID Magazine, the New York Times, Sports Illustrated, the Discovery Channel and Sports Business Journal.

Lance Mudd

Lance Mudd

Sport Director, U.S. Esports Federation

As sport director of the United States Esports Federation, Lance Mudd collaborates with professional esports organization and traditional sports federations in sporting USA athletes to compete at the annual International Esports Federation’s Esports World Championship. The USEF is the governing body for esports in the United States and a member of IESF. USEF is a nonprofit organizations whose goal is to unite all esports stakeholders, including athletes, event organizers, technology producers, innovators and inventors ,IP holders, parents, sponsors and fans.

Tyler Othen

Tyler Othen

Senior Analyst, Conventions, Sports and Leisure International

Tyler Othen leads CSL’s research efforts focused on the fast-growing esports segment. For destination marketing organizations, sports commissions and the private sector, his work helps provide a roadmap for the development and/or positioning of event venues designed to accommodate esports events. Othen has recently led market demand studies for groundbreaking esports facility concepts in the Atlantic City and Los Angeles markets and has worked with a number of destination marketing organizations and sports commissions throughout the country on positioning their markets and facilities for future esports events. Othen has also led over 70 visitor industry and public facility development studies spanning a wide range of market sizes. His involvement with research, analysis and strategy for these projects has helped provide planning for multi-use sports, entertainment, convention and other public assembly facilities.

Jonathon Oudthone

Jonathon Oudthone

President, Esports Stadium Arlington

Jonathon Oudthone has more than 11 years of experience working directly in esports in event and broadcast production. From grass-roots to the big stage, he has seen and developed all aspects of the industry and is most recently known for leading the design and development of Esports Stadium Arlington, the largest dedicated esports facility in the North America. The $10 million project was built in partnership with the city of Arlington. After working with brands such as the Houston Outlaws and OpTic Gaming to build out their live event verticals, Oudthone now serves as president of Esports Ventures LLC, a company that focuses on design, development and sustainability of esports-dedicated venues and infrastructure.

Christopher Overholt

Christopher Overholt

President and CEO, OverActive Media

With more than 25 years of experience in the elite echelons of the sports industry, Chris Overholt now leads Toronto-based OverActive Media Group, a global esports organization. The company’s stable includes the Toronto Defiant competing in the Overwatch league; the Toronto Ultra in its inaugural Call of Duty League season; and the MAD Lions, a Madrid-based organization competing in both the League of Legends European Championship and CS:GO’s newly launched pro-league, Flashpoint. Overholt has established himself as a leading and trusted voice in the worlds of sport and business. He joined the Canadian Olympic Committee in 2010 as chief operating officer and chief marketing officer and in 2011 was named CEO. During his 30 years in business, he has played a key role in the marketing, branding and business strategies for some of North America’s top sports franchises, including: the Miami Dolphins, the Florida Panthers, the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Toronto Raptors.

Chris Park

Chris Park

CEO, Gen.G

Chris Park is CEO of Gen.G, a global esports organization. Based in Los Angeles, Seoul, and Shanghai, Gen.G owns and operates top esports teams that have won six world championships in the company’s first two years. Gen.G also owns and operates innovative gaming programs, including the Gen.G Global Esports Academy and the #TeamBumble platform for the empowerment of women in gaming. Before joining Gen.G, Park served most recently as executive vice president, product and marketing for Major League Baseball. There he managed digital product development, marketing and international business operations for MLB. He has worked for Facebook and McKinsey & Co., and clerked for Judge Stephen F. Williams on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. 

Nicole Pike

Nicole Pike

Global Sector Head of Esports & Gaming, YouGov

Nicole Pike is one of the esports & gaming sector’s most-respected experts, boasting more than 13 years of experience in consulting, custom research, sales forecasting, brand tracking and sponsorship measurement in the space. She has built her career collaborating with major players in the industry to build meaningful data streams and insights, and shaping industry standards for measurement of esports. In a role specially created for her at YouGov, Pike is designing the future of the company’s analytics in the esports and gaming sectors, building on what are already some of the industry’s deepest and most sophisticated research tools.

 

Ron Price

Ron Price

President and CEO, Arlington Convention & Visitors Bureau

Ron Price became president & CEO of the Arlington Convention & Visitors Bureau in 2013. He has 22 years of hospitality leadership, sales and marketing experience. Before coming to Arlington, he was the assistant executive director for the San Antonio Convention & Visitors Bureau. Prior to the San Antonio CVB, Price was with Marriott International for over 14 years and was part of many significant hotel developments, including two major projects; The San Antonio JW Marriott Resort and L.A. Live! Since arriving in Arlington, he has strategically turned the city’s tourism industry into one of the top economic generators. He has also been involved in several high profile developments for the city, including the new Texas LIVE! entertainment complex with Loews hotel and over $4 billion in future developments.

Timothy Schneider

Timothy Schneider

Founder and Chairman, Sports Division, Northstar Travel Group

Tim Schneider is the founder and chairman of the Sports Division of Northstar Travel Group. Through April 2017, he headed up Schneider Publishing, the Los Angeles–based company that launched the annual TEAMS Conference & Expo, and founded SportsTravel. He is a former radio station news director and worked in political campaign management prior to founding Schneider Publishing Company in 1987. He previously served two terms on the board of directors of the National Association of Sports Commissions and in 2017 was inducted into the inaugural class of the NASC Hall of Fame. Schneider is the former chair of the Destination & Travel Foundation, which was formed by the combination of the Destination Marketing Association International Foundation and the U.S. Travel Association Foundation.

Ed Tomasi

Ed Tomasi

Co-Founder, Managing Director, Subnation

Ed Tomasi is one of the leading experts in esports, with over 18 years of marketing, business development and operational experience. In 2006, he co-founded ESS (eSports Services), one of the first esports agencies in the United States to provided strategy and event production services to esports leagues, publishers, and brands. The success of ESS caught the interest of ESL and the company was acquired by Turtle Entertainment GmbH (ESL) in 2014, after which Tomasi grew ESL’s North American operations. Tomasi is currently the co-founder and managing director of Esports for Subnation, a content and live experience platform that celebrates the culture gaming and lifestyle of esports. He leads Subnation’s esports advisory services team, which develops and executes strategies for municipal and regional markets looking to build or grow their esports ecosystem, and advises facility owners and property developers on how to accommodate the demands of today’s esports productions.

 

Keshia Walker

Keshia Walker

Founder, Black Collegiate Gaming Association

Founded in May 2020, the Black Collegiate Gaming Association is chaired by Founder/Owner Keshia Walker. Walker started BCGA after 22 years of successfully running an award-winning agency, Insights Marketing, that specializes in the corporate and sports industries via digital and social media marketing, new product launches, celebrity sourcing, celebrity alliances and partnerships, event management and staffing, sponsorship activations, brand messaging, sports promotions, experiential marketing, product sampling and live demonstrations. The Black Collegiate Gaming Association is a double minority-owned, collegiate esports and gaming company with the ultimate goal to create a pipeline for Black college students to gain corporate roles within the gaming and tech industries. BCGA specializes in esports and gaming education, producing professional gaming summits and conferences, connecting student talent with top companies for internship and career opportunities and sourcing corporate partners for scholarship and mentorship opportunities to the colleges and students that are formally known as charter member institutions of BCGA. She also created history by becoming the first African American woman to own a collegiate esports and gaming company in the United States. Walker has managed to secure partnerships for BCGA with industry leaders such as GameStop, HyperX Gaming, Intel Corporation and RIG Gaming, among others.

 

Jeff Williams

Jeff Williams

Mayor, City of Arlington

Jeff Williams has served as the mayor of Arlington, Texas, since 2015. He came into office with a strategic plan to create jobs and build tourism to keep taxes low and provide better city services to strengthen our neighborhoods. Under his leadership, Arlington has risen to the top of North Texas cities in job creation and tourism, and is on the cutting edge in transportation, economic development and innovation. Williams was selected by the U.S. Conference of Mayors to serve as the chairman of the U.S. Metro Economies committee for his incredible results and experience in economic development. He was also selected as one of 20 mayors to participate in the Harvard Bloomberg Leadership program as well as the Yale School of Management for CEOs and mayors. Williams is also the president and CEO of Graham Associates, an Arlington-based civil engineering and surveying firm. In that role, he has been the civil engineer on landmark projects including AT&T Stadium and Globe Life Park in Arlington.

Dr. Marc Williams

Dr. Marc Williams

Global Scholar Practitioner, Florida Memorial University; Commissioner, The Yard: HBCU Esports Alliance

Over the past 25 years, Dr. Marc Williams has been widely regarded as a sports marketing pioneer and worked for three of the largest sports brands in the world: Champs Sports, Footaction, Reebok, helping Champs Sports become a $1 billion brand. Currently, Williams is the global scholar practitioner at one of the nation’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU’s), Florida Memorial University. He is creating an innovative STEAM program that will prepare students in careers in technology, AR/VR, animation, esports, music, fashion, entrepreneurship, marketing and communications. He is also the commissioner of The Yard: HBCU Esports Alliance (HEA). The Alliance is a division of the Collegiate StarLeague (CSL) and will work collectively with CSL to bring esports competition and academic opportunities to HBCU schools. Williams is a pioneer in sports and entertainment was instrumental in signing hip hop Grammy Award-winning artist Eve and Ruff Ryder Records as the first hip hop/athletic retail deal in history. He also negotiated product placement for athletic retailer Footaction in the 2003 award-winning “Streethoops” basketball game by videogame publisher Activision/Blizzard and was the co-creator for the AND One Mix Tape Tour. In addition, he led a team that created college football’s Champs Sports Bowl that featured teams in the ACC and the Big East.

PARTICIPATE IN THE DESTINATION & SUPPLIER MARKETPLACE

Destination, hotel and other supplier representatives will have the opportunity to meet one-on-one with esports tournament and event organizers during the Destination & Supplier Marketplace at the EsportsTravel Summit. 

Destination & Supplier Marketplace Participants at the 2020 EsportsTravel Summit include:

  • AccorHotels
  • Arlington Sports Commission
  • ASM Global
  • Atlantic CIty Sports Commission
  • Auburn-Opelika Tourism
  • Bloomington MN CVB
  • Boise Centre
  • Chicago Southland CVB
  • City of Rock Hill PRT
  • Coastal Mississippi
  • Dallas Sports Commission
  • Daytona Beach CVB & Ocean Center
  • Experience Columbia SC Sports
  • Explore Branson
  • EventConnect
  • Fort Worth Sports Commission
  • Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance
  • Group Housing Travel
  • Greater Fort Lauderdale CVB
  • Harris County Houston Sports Authority
  • Lake George Regional Chamber of Commerce & CVB
  • Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority
  • Lincoln Convention and Visitors Bureau
  • Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board
  • Louisville Sports Commission
  • Meet Chicago Northwest
  • Memphis Sports Council
  • Oklahoma City CVB
  • Orange County Sports Commission
  • Populous
  • Seattle Southside Regional Tourism Authority
  • Snohomish County Sports Commission
  • Saint Charles Convention Center
  • SportsPittsburgh
  • SportsTravel
  • The Westin Los Angeles
  • Trip Mate
  • Valley Forge Sports
  • Visit Colorado Springs
  • Visit El Paso
  • Visit Glendale
  • Visit Milwaukee
  • Visit Mobile
  • Visit Phoenix
  • Weldon, Williams & Lick
  • Wilmington and Beaches CVB

 

BECOME A SPONSOR

Enterprise Package

WHY YOU SHOULD SPONSOR AND PARTICIPATE IN THE ESPORTSTRAVEL SUMMIT

The EsportsTravel Summit is the only event focused on the travel side of the esports business. A Sponsorship Package provides your organization with the opportunity to increase exposure among decision makers who are organizing and hosting esports events. This is your chance to drive results by tapping into the esports market—the next generation of sporting events.

    For more information on the Destination & Supplier Marketplace and on sponsorship opportunities—which can include your registration and Marketplace participation—please contact Timothy Schneider.

     

    SUMMIT PARTICIPANTS

    Participants at the 2020 EsportsTravel Summit include:

    • AccorHotels
    • AllMid
    • Andromeda Consultants Ltd
    • Anheuser-Busch
    • Arkansas Tourism
    • Arlington Sports Commission
    • ASM Global
    • Atlantic City Sports Commission
    • Auburn-Opelika Tourism
    • Black Collegiate Gaming Association
    • Black Nerd Swag
    • Bloomington CVB
    • Boise Centre
    • Branson Chamber and CVB
    • Bureau des Congrès Lac-Saint-Jean
    • Carcade
    • Chattanooga Sports
    • Chicago Southland CVB
    • City of Longview
    • City of Rock Hill PRT
    • City of St. Petersburgh
    • Coastal Mississippi
    • CSL International
    • Dallas Sports Commission
    • Daytona Beach Area CVB
    • Detailed Meetings, Inc.
    • Drone Racing League
    • EJP Events
    • Electronic Arts (EA)
    • Electronic Gaming Federation
    • Esports Awards Ltd.
    • Esports Circus
    • Esports Engine
    • Esports Summer Camp
    • Event Connect
    • Eventpro Productions, Incentives & Hospitality
    • Experience Columbia SC Sports
    • Experience Scottsdale
    • Fort Worth Sports Commission
    • Gacucon LLC "The Game Cruise"
    • GamberJibe
    • Gen.G
    • Gravitesports
    • Greater Fort Lauderdale CVB
    • Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance
    • GroupHousing Travel
    • Harris County-Houston Sports Authority
    • HBCU Esports Alliance
    • HelmsBriscoe
    • Hilton Hotels of San Francisco Union Square
    • HPN Global
    • International Esports Federation
    • Island Officials
    • Kissimmee Sports Commission
    • Lake George Regional Chamber of Commerce & CVB
    • Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority
    • Lincoln Convention and Visitors Bureau
    • Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board
    • Lost Tribe Esports
    • Louisville Sports Commission
    • Louisville Tourism
    • Lubbock Sports
    • Major League Soccer
    • Maritz
    • MCM Family of Hotels
    • Meet Chicago Northwest
    • Meeting Your Needs LLC
    • Memphis Sports Council
    • Memphis Tourism
    • Metta Sports
    • Military Gaming League
    • MN Sports and Events
    • Monroe-West Monroe CVB
    • Myrtle Beach Regional Sports Alliance
    • Myrtle Beach Sports Center
    • National Association of Collegiate Esports
    • National Junior College Athletic Association Esports
    • Navarro Accounting & Consulting
    • Nerd Street Gamers
    • NHS Sports and Team Travel LLC
    • North American Scholastic Esports Federation
    • Oklahoma City CVB
    • One Connection Management Group
    • Orange County Sports Commission
    • OverActive Media
    • PHL Sports, a Division of the Philadelphia CVB
    • Play All Gaming
    • PRA
    • PrideStark Entertainment and Gaming
    • PRIME Professional Events
    • Prospects by Sports Illustrated
    • Radisson Hotel Group
    • Raise Your Game Esports
    • Red Roof
    • Reset Gaming
    • Riot Games
    • Rise Above the Disorder
    • ROI Co-Labs Foundation
    • Sacramento Sports Commission
    • Seattle Southside Regional Tourism Authority
    • SITE
    • Snohomish County Sports Commission
    • Spectra-Saint Charles Convention Center
    • SportsPITTSBURGH
    • Spurs Sports & Entertainment
    • Super League Gaming
    • The Westin Los Angeles
    • The Yard: HBCU Esports Alliance
    • Tourney Kings
    • Tribu Expérientiel
    • Trip Mate
    • Unified Collegiate Esports Association
    • United Gaming League
    • United Soccer League
    • United States eSports Federation
    • USesports
    • Valley Forge Tourism & Convention Board
    • Varsity Esports Foundation
    • Version1, WISE Ventures Esports
    • Visit Colorado Springs
    • Visit El Paso
    • Visit Glendale
    • Visit Milwaukee
    • Visit Mobile
    • Visit Orlando
    • Visit Phoenix
    • Waveform Entertainment
    • Weldon, Williams & Lick
    • Whole Foods Magazine
    • Wilmington and Beaches CVB
    • WTVision


    For more information on the Destination & Supplier Marketplace and on sponsorship opportunities—which can include your registration and Marketplace participation—please contact Timothy Schneider.

    FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT:

    Esports Organizer Contact:

    Nicole Goddeyne

    Event Organizer Liaison

    [email protected]

    Supplier Contacts:

    Timothy Schneider

    Founder & Chairman, Sports Division

    [email protected]

     

    Pete Ciriello

    Business Development Director, Sports Division: AL, AZ, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MS, NC, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OK, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, VA, VT, WV

    [email protected]

     

    Michelle Lupo

    Business Development Manager, Sports Division: AK, AR, CA, CO, HI, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, MI, MN, MO, MT, NE, ND, OH, OR, SD, UT, WA, WI, WY, Canada, Caribbean

    [email protected]

    Event Logistics Contact:

    Beth Dean

    Event Director, Sports Division

    [email protected]