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EsportsTravel Summit

ABOUT ESPORTSTRAVEL SUMMIT

The 2020 EsportsTravel Summit will be held November 18–20, 2020, in Arlington, Texas. To read more, click here. The 2021 EsportsTravel Summit will be held August 10–12, 2021, in Pittsburgh. To read more, click here.

The EsportsTravel Summit was launched in conjunction with the TEAMS Conference & Expo in Orlando in 2017. The Summit was an immediate success because it helped fill an information vacuum that exists for both 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.

While video games have been around for more than 40 years, a transformation is occurring in the video-gaming space that will elevate the players above the games. Live events are becoming the ultimate forum for skill and achievement for players. And spectators are flocking to the live events because of their interest in the games and the rising prominence of the players. It is this transforma­tion that is creating many new opportunities, including record levels of investment in esports teams and the development of esports specific venues.

Just as the major sports leagues have identified esports as the best way to connect with the next generation of fans, visionary venues, destinations and sports organizations can leverage the esports phenomenon to attract the next generation of visitors and followers.  

Hosted by the Arlington Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Arlington Sports Commission, the EsportsTravel Summit will be held at 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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United States eSports Federation to Co-Locate Annual Meeting with EsportsTravel Summit    ETSNovember 

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PRESENTED BY:

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HOSTED BY:

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MULTI-YEAR SPONSORS:

SportPittsburgh    ASM Global Logo

         GreaterRaleighSportsAlliance           Visit Anaheim Logo                     

NewBloomington NEWSnohomish Sports

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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.

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

2:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m.
Registration Desk Open
6:00 p.m. 7:30 p.m.
Arrivals Lounge

Sponsored by:

Populous

7:30 p.m. 9:00 p.m.
Opening Celebration

Sponsored by:

acvb-asc combo

10:00 p.m. 12:00 a.m.
Late-Night Lounge

Thursday, November 19, 2020

8:00 a.m. 8:30 a.m.
Breakfast
8:30 a.m. 8:45 a.m.
Welcome
8:45 a.m. 9:30 a.m.
Panel
9:30 a.m. 10:00 a.m.
Chat
10:00 a.m. 10:15 a.m.
Networking Break
10:15 a.m. 12:15 p.m.
Destination & Supplier Marketplace Session 1
10:15 a.m. 11:00 a.m.
Esports 101 for Destinations
11:15 a.m. 12:00 p.m.
Esports 101 Roundtable Discussion
12:15 p.m. 1:00 p.m.
Lunch

Sponsored by:

ASM Global Logo

1:00 p.m. 1:15 p.m.
E-Talk
1:15 p.m. 2:00 p.m.
Panel

Sponsored by:

NewBloomington

2:00 p.m. 2:30 p.m.
Chat
2:30 p.m. 2:45 p.m.
Networking Break
2:45 p.m. 3:15 p.m.
Chat
3:15 p.m. 3:30 p.m.
E-Talk
3:30 p.m. 3:45 p.m.
Networking Break
3:45 p.m. 6:00 p.m.
Destination & Supplier Marketplace Session 2 and Happy Hour

Sponsored by:

SportPittsburgh

3:45 p.m. 4:30 p.m.
Esports 201 for Destinations
4:30 p.m. 5:00 p.m.
Esports 201 Roundtable Discussion
5:00 p.m. 6:00 p.m.
Happy Hour

Sponsored by:

SportPittsburgh

6:00 p.m. 10:00 p.m.
Open Evening
10:00 p.m. 12:00 a.m.
Late Night Lounge

Friday, November 20, 2020

7:30 a.m. 8:00 a.m.
U.S. eSports Federation Breakfast
10:00 a.m. 12:00 p.m.
Optional Activities and Arlington Venue Tours
8:00 a.m. 12:00 p.m.
U.S. eSports Federation Annual Meeting
12:00 p.m.
U.S. esports Federation Lunch
2:00 p.m. 4:00 p.m.
Optional Activities and Arlington Venue Tours

 

The following are the presenters for the 2019 EsportsTravel Summit. Information on presenters for the 2020 EsportsTravel Summit will be posted soon.

Samantha Anton

Samantha Anton

Chief Operating Officer, North America Scholastic Esports Federation

Samantha Anton is the chief operating officer for the North America Scholastic Esports Federation (NASEF), a nonprofit dedicated to using esports as an opportunity to engage and empower all students to learn, grow and thrive. Employed under leading collegiate esports program UCI Esports at the University of California-Irvine, Anton manages the program’s exclusive partnership with NASEF, funded by the Samueli Foundation. Her role includes oversight of all NASEF programs, including high school clubs, tournaments, curriculum and additional learning initiatives, and special events. An event planner by trade, Anton made the shift from higher education events to esports in 2017. Prior to then, she coordinated recruitment and outreach events for UCI Undergraduate Admissions.

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.

Gregg Caren

Gregg Caren

Executive Vice President/Convention and Exhibition Centers, ASM Global

An industry veteran and former EVP Convention Centers for SMG, Caren is responsible for leading ASM Global’s strategic efforts around acquiring new convention and exhibition center accounts, as well as developing global sales initiatives that drive events to the company’s existing portfolio. In this capacity, Caren identifies new domestic and international market opportunities, executes expansion strategies to better service clients and fosters innovative partnerships that result in new, differentiated opportunities for ASM’s convention center business division.

Chris Chaney

Chris Chaney

Founder, Infinite Esports & Entertainment

Chris Chaney’s leadership experience is underlined by a 10‐year track record of success in the global sports and entertainment industry. A native of Germany, Chaney is an award‐winning serial founder, including being recognized in the Forbes 30 Under 30 list, and is an active esports and entertainment advisor and investor. He currently serves, among others, as a board director of Infinite Esports & Entertainment, a leading esports media and entertainment platform that he founded. The company includes OpTic Gaming and the Houston Outlaws team in the Overwatch League.

Joseph Clemko

Joseph Clemko

Senior Attorney, Stinson LLP

Joe Clemko is an attorney with Stinson LLP in their Dallas, TX office. Clemko combines his work experience with his legal and business education to focus on counseling businesses, startups, entrepreneurs and investors, including private equity fund formation and capital raising. Over the past few years, his practice has centered on emerging technologies, representing clients in blockchain, cryptocurrency and artificial intelligence, in addition to building upon his esports and gaming practice. He came to Stinson from a large international law firm. Prior to working for that firm he worked as a regulatory compliance associate for Forex Capital Markets. While at FXCM, Clemko gained extensive experience handling various financial regulatory matters pertaining to both domestic and international regulatory bodies. He earned his J.D. from Western Michigan Cooley Law School and he is licensed to practice law in Texas.

Christopher Crook

Christopher Crook

Counsel, Venable

Christopher Crook is an intellectual property and advertising litigator and trial attorney in Venable's Washington, D.C., office. His practice focuses on complex litigation in the areas of intellectual property, technology and advertising. He regularly defends clients in lawsuits brought by competitors, consumers and regulators in both federal and state courts. Crook has also represented clients in alternative dispute forums, including self-regulatory proceedings before the National Advertising Division of the Better Business Bureau (NAD), arbitrations and mediations. His experience covers diverse industries, including advertising and marketing, consumer products, software development, online media and services and credit repair. His experience also includes counseling and transactional work, including advertising claims and substantiation review, anti-counterfeiting/brand management strategy and analysis, technology service agreement review, software development counseling and technology system audits.

Matt Edelman

Matt Edelman

Chief Commercial Officer, Super League Gaming

Matt Edelman is the chief commercial officer of Super League Gaming, the unifying community for amateur esports players. Through premium in-person and digital events and leagues featuring top-tier video game titles, Super League provides competitive video gamers with opportunities to experience their sport like the pros within a social environment that fosters positive communication, good sportsmanship and teamwork. Edelman oversees the company’s revenue, marketing, content, community, live event and business development activities. Previously, he served as the head of digital operations and Marketing Solutions for WME-IMG (now Endeavor), where he was responsible for digital and social media growth across the company’s live event properties, digital strategy consulting for the agency’s brand clients and managing direct-to-consumer OTT businesses. His initial foray into esports included assisting with the formation of ELEAGUE, a joint venture between Endeavor and Turner.

Christie Garton

Christie Garton

Founder, 1,000 Dreams Fund

founder of the 1,000 Dreams Fund, a nonprofit that provides micro‐grants to American girls in need to help fulfill their professional and educational dreams. Since its founding in late 2016, 1DF has granted more than $100,000 to over 200 girls and Garton has launched successful partnerships with Charles Schwab, Harman International and Twitch, the global gaming and broadcasting platform owned by Amazon, among others. Garton is author of the best‐selling guidebook for college girls, “U Chic: The College Girl’s Guide to Everything.” More than 100,000 copies have been sold, with proceeds going to support the 1,000 Dreams Fund. Garton is a graduate of the University of Kansas and holds a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania School of Law.

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

Eric Griffin

Eric Griffin

Managing Director of Research and Innovation, Dallas Regional Chamber

Eric Griffin is the managing director of research and innovation at the Dallas Regional Chamber where he provides technical research and data/policy analysis to support sustainable economic development and emerging technologies in the Dallas metropolitan area. The things he likes most about his day job is telling data-rich stories about his home town and his constant proximity to the next big thing that elevates people to higher levels of social evolution. Esports, and more generally gaming, is currently that next big thing for him. Griffin has a particular bundle of competencies and diversity of experience that includes legislative advocacy and policy formulation; performance-based budgeting and measurement; resource (financial) development; natural resource management, sustainability and smart cities activism; workforce talent recruitment, development and retention; and economic development. He is interested in the intersection of emerging technologies like AI, XR, IoT, blockchain, quantum computing and gaming—specifically how each might support and enhance the capabilities of the others in order to raise the lowest standards of living that humanity is currently willing to accept.

Neil Johnson

Neil Johnson

Director of Global Sales, MGM Resorts International

Neil Johnson is the director of global sales for MGM Resorts International assigned to the sports and esports markets. He has more than 15 years of experience in the hospitality and sports industry and is working to establish MGM Resorts as the ultimate destination for esports events and competitions. Johnson most recently was the national director of hotel sales at the Los Angeles Tourism and Convention Board focusing on the western region, HPN Global and American Express Meetings & Events. Prior to this role he served on the sales staffs of the Tropicana Las Vegas, Green Valley Ranch Resort & Spa and the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority focusing on self-contained hotel programs and events. Previous to those roles he worked for the Las Vegas Bowl, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim and ESPN Regional at UNLV.

Taylor Johnson

Taylor Johnson

Esports Performance Consultant

Taylor Johnson is an esports performance consultant committed to transforming the esports industry and the millions of people worldwide it impacts with education on health, wellness, and performance. He has built comprehensive initiatives for elite training, research and education for five esports organizations, 15 professional teams and a developmental academy. He currently consults organizations, teams, players and esports startups on how to build strategic programs to enhance all aspects of in-game and out-of-game performance as well as advising startups on go-to-market strategies. Prior to his work in esports, Johnson worked with a number of collegiate and professional sports teams, including the San Francisco 49ers as an assistant strength and conditioning coach. During his stint at the 49erss, he was in charge of the physical preparation and rehabilitation of the players as well as developing and implementing the team’s nutrition and sports science/wellness program. He has both a master’s degree in exercise science and rehabilitation and a bachelor’s degree in exercise biology as well as certifications in strength and conditioning training, corrective exercise, nutrition, and sports performance.

David Lee

David Lee

Vice President of Operations, Estars Studios

David Lee oversees operations and white label production at Estars Studios. Lee was previously senior manager, publisher/developer relations and legal counsel at ESL Gaming and has produced widely watched esports competitions, including programs for Amazon’s Mobile Masters and Supercell’s Clash Royale. Lee is the head of production for the World Showdown of Esports (WSOE) and has produced events such as the Vainglory Premier League World Invitational and the Mountain West Esports Series Championship.

Todd Lehrke

Todd Lehrke

Director of Sports Development, Bloomington CVB

Todd Lehrke joined the Bloomington (Minnesota) Convention & Visitors Bureau in June 2011 as the director of sports development and has an extensive hospitality background dating to 1999. He is in charge of attracting regional and national sporting events for Destination Bloomington – Home of Mall of America. Over the past few years, Lehrke has played a variety of roles in hosting the Ryder Cup, Super Bowl and NCAA Final Four. The esports market continues to evolve in Bloomington, and Lehrke is focused on creating and bringing new events to the destination. He also serves as the chair of Minnesota Sports, which is a statewide collaborative of CVBs and sports commissions with a mission to increase business opportunities and exposure on a state level.

Nathan Lindberg

Nathan Lindberg

Director of Global Esports Sponsorships, Twitch

Nathan Lindberg is the director of global esports sponsorships at Twitch. As an esports veteran, hen is dedicated to educating brands about the competitive gaming phenomenon and ways to leverage Twitch to reach marketing goals. Lindberg is responsible for sponsorship sales for elite esports leagues like the Rocket League Championship Series, Capcom Pro Tour, Tekken World Tour, and Magic: The Gathering Grand Prix, as well as esports organizations like Team Liquid, Team SoloMid, Cloud9, Evil Geniuses and Alliance. His esports experience began in 2010 at Curse Media as vice president of global sales, where he created and sold team and league sponsorship packages for the company’s esports division and websites. Before joining Curse, Lindberg worked at GamePro Media, IDG Entertainment and Universal McCann where he worked front and center with live streaming, mobile and other emerging media. He holds a bachelor’s degree in sports media from Ithaca College.

Kevin Lyman

Kevin Lyman

CEO & Founder, Kevin Lyman Group

Award-winning entertainment and music industry icon Kevin Lyman has reimagined the live show and festival experience, shaped popular culture and rocked corporate branding. Lyman founded the Vans Warped Tour in 1995 and has curated and ran the groundbreaking festival throughout its 24-year run. In addition, he has produced or promoted such live-music experiences as Taste of Chaos, It’s Not Dead Festival, the Alternative Press Music Awards, Pilgrimage, Mayhem Festival and Country Throwdown, among others. His punk rock intrepidness, his steely commitment to philanthropic pursuits, his savvy business instincts and his on-the-pulse aesthetic sensibility have guided him on a successful and winding career that has spanned 37 years. Today, he embraces a new era of unbound creative and business opportunities with The Kevin Lyman Group, a premier event production and strategy firm.

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.

Devin Murphy

Devin Murphy

Product Lead, Riot Games

Devin Murphy is the product lead for League of Legends Championship Series (LCS) Finals and events for the game’s publisher, Riot Games. In that role, he drives the vision, strategy, development and execution of Riot's North American esports road shows, which include two finals per year in select North American cities, along with weekly studio shows from January through August in West Los Angeles. He is currently planning out a three-year road map for LCS Finals, as well as Worlds 2021, which will return the world championship to North America.

Ryan Musselman

Ryan Musselman

President, Houston Outlaws

Ryan Musselman is an early pioneer in the convergence of digital media and esports, with over 12 years of industry experience, and is one of the original founders of OpTic gaming, the world's most-engaged esports organization. He was instrumental in the development and scale of Machinima’s 10,000-strong network of gaming influencers, prior to joining Google to develop YouTube’s gaming and esports vertical. Musselman now leverages his history of industry defining expertise as president of the Overwatch League’s Houston Outlaws.

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.

Peter Perez

Peter Perez

Marketing Director, Evos Esports Arena

Peter Perez is a U.S. Army veteran with diverse alliances in esports and private equity. In 2013, he began his career as a producer for DOTA2 competitions in central Texas with MOBA Esports Gaming and Austin Dota 2. In 2016, Perez was hand-picked by esports powerhouse DreamHack to galvanize marketing efforts in Texas. He directly impacted growth in ticket sales for DreamHack Austin, Atlanta and Denver events in 2017. More importantly, he played a significant role in growing attendance numbers for DreamHack Austin from 22,000 in 2017 to nearly 30,000 attendees in 2018. In addition to marketing, he attends esports business summits to educate destinations on the economic impact of esports and how these events begin at the grass-roots level. Currently, Perez is the marketing director for Evos Esports Arena and managing member of a new convention series titled “Upload–Amatuer Esports Combine.”

Jennifer Royer

Jennifer Royer

Director of TrueSport and Elite Athlete Education, U.S. Anti-Doping Agency

Jennifer Royer, Ph.D., is the director of TrueSport and elite athlete education for the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency. A former public school teacher, coach and college instructor and administrator, she has nearly two decades of educational experience and is passionate about youth sports leadership development. She received a Ph.D. in history from Texas Christian University, an M.A. in history from F. Austin State University, and a bachelor’s degree in education from Texas A&M University. She currently holds state board of education certifications from both Texas and Colorado. Dedication to the success of young athletes is a family affair for the Royer household. Her husband, a two-time Colorado Springs high school football coach of the year, has spent a career in education and coaching at the high school level and begins the 2019 season coaching football at the United States Air Force Academy Prep School. As the mother of two young boys involved in competitive sport, she understands fully the importance of youth sport and activities communities in establishing the foundations for healthy childhood and adolescent experiences.

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.

Rashed Singaby

Rashed Singaby

Senior Designer, HOK

Rashed Singaby has more than 10 years of experience working for architectural firms in the United States and Egypt to design and deliver high-performance, community-driven sports and entertainment facilities. His well-rounded skill set and depth of technical expertise is leveraged on each of his projects to rapidly develop, analyze and communicate conceptual objectives. His past experience working on large-scale sports venues across three continents offers strong capabilities in vision setting, schematic design development, design detailing, construction coordination and management. He leverages his deep experience and creativity to deliver unique and impactful experiences to fans, athletes and clients. With a passion for innovation, Singaby leads HOK’s research and exploration of the future of esports venues, collaborating with clients and companies to design forward-thinking and intuitive spaces for esports fans and gamers.

Way Stark

Way Stark

Founder, Pridestark Entertainment and Gaming

Way Stark is the founder of Pridestark Entertainment and Gaming and is a pioneer of the professional gaming industry having helped bring the gaming scene together by bridging communities to businesses at the local and national level. Through his guidance and assistance he has been at the forefront of multiple conventions that have helped pave the way for the future of the professional gaming world to launch. Whether it be on a local community setting, collegiate level or international stage, Stark’s organizations and events have made a successful impact on the esports community.

Robert Tuchman

Robert Tuchman

Head of Premium Experiences, Entertainment Benefits Group

Robert Tuchman has stood at the forefront of the emerging experiential economy for his entire career. He is a successful entrepreneur in the sports and entertainment industry having started, built and then sold two best-in-class experiential companies. Today, each of those companies is separately owned by two of the largest sports and entertainment agencies in the world (Creative Artists Agency and William Morris Endeavor). His most recent venture, Goviva, an industry leader in the business of unique once-in-a-lifetime client experiences, was acquired by Creative Artists Agency in 2016. His first business, Tuchman Sports Enterprises (TSE), was an innovator in the experiential industry as one of the first companies to create and market exclusive client experiences to attend live sporting and entertainment events. TSE was acquired by the private equity firm Pfingsten Partners in 2006, and through several subsequent acquisitions became part of a business that was purchased by William Morris Endeavor in 2019. Prior to being sold, both Goviva and TSE had been named to the Inc 500 list of the fastest-growing companies in America. Tuchman has authored two books, “100 Sporting Events You Must See Live” and “Young Guns: The Fearless Entrepreneur's Guide to Chasing Your Dreams and Breaking Out on Your Own.”

Murphy Vandervelde

Murphy Vandervelde

CEO, Helix eSports, LLC

A recent newcomer to the esports industry, Murphy Vandervelde and his partners started making investments in the gaming space in early 2017 and since that time, he and his partners have founded or invested in several venture-staged companies, all based on the common theme of individual player development. In December 2018, Helix opened one of the largest gaming centers (150 stations) in North Bergen, New Jersey, just minutes from Midtown Manhattan. Helix also owns a stake in GG Circuit, one of the largest global LAN Center software and consulting groups, as well as a stake in Team Genji, a data analytics firm that also owns the top Hearthstone team in the world. Vandervelde has over 30 years of investment experience and has worked in the public equity markets and venture capital business as real estate investments. He was a founding member of Navigator Asset Management, a Boston-based hedge fund, Midway United Limited, Summit Street Partners as well as several software company start-ups. A graduate of Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, he sits on several nonprofit boards including MYCW, an organization that operates a mentoring program for inner-city youth in Boston as well the Delaware Chapter of The Alzheimer’s Association.

Kelsey Waite

Kelsey Waite

Business Development Executive, STR

An Indiana native, Kelsey Waite attended Ball State University, where she graduated from the Honors College with a double major in travel and tourism, and video production. Waite previously worked at a major airport hotel in her hometown of Indianapolis and held a position at a small visitors bureau in Parke County, Indiana. As STR’s business development executive for destinations Waite works with destinations in Canada, the West Coast and the Midwest, which lets her engage with clients and support them while they grow their businesses. Waite also holds a certification in hotel industry analytics.

Dr. Marc Williams

Dr. Marc Williams

Global Scholar Practitioner, Florida Memorial University; Commissioner, HBCU Esports League

Dr. Marc Williams is the inaugural Global Scholar Practitioner at Florida Memorial University, one of the nationa's Historically Black Colleges and Universities, where he is preparing students for careers in STEM and esports. Williams is regarded as a sports marketing pioneer and has worked for three of the largest sports brands in the world: Champs Sports, Footaction and Reebok. During his tenure at Champs Sports, he was in charge of strategic partnerships, oversaw advertising and media strategies and managed the day‐to‐day relationships for the company's sports and entertainment properties: EA Sports, Activision, NBA, NFL, MLB, 20th Century Fox, Universal Music and Atlantic Records. He was instrumental in negotiating the sports retail industry’s first product placement deal in the gaming industry for the 2003 Streethoops Basketball game by Activision. Throughout his career he negotiated product placement in 30 video games, 75 feature films and 100 music videos. His company, WD | Esports + Entertainment, manages esports marketing for heavyweight boxing champion Deontay Wilder. Williams has a master’s degree in sport Management from the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and earned his doctorate in education at West Virginia University.

Jim Wood

Jim Wood

President and CEO, Meet AC

In June 2014, Jim Wood joined Meet AC, a nonprofit sales organization with a sole focus on building the convention, meeting and group market for Atlantic City, New Jersey. Wood staffs a team of 25 employees and leads the Meet AC sales effort to generate both citywide and single - property bookings. He also led the formation of the Atlantic City Sports Commission in January 2015. Wood brings a wealth of experience to Atlantic City’s new, more efficient convention and group sales structure. He previously served as president and CEO of the Louisville (Kentucky) Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Providence Warwick (Rhode Island) Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Bryan Yale

Bryan Yale

Chief Operating Officer and Co-Founder, Rival.AI

Esports industry veteran Bryan Yale is the chief operating officer and co-founder of Rival.AI, an esports company that provides advanced industry standard scouting reports for teams, trainers and the betting community through artificial intelligence. He is also a founding member of Infinite Esports and Entertainment, GGEA and a co-founder of NGAGE. He is continually focused on developing the complete ecosystem for esports. Through a solid foundation of analytics and experience in esports starting in the late 1990s, Yale is uniquely positioned to assist those that have made esports their priority. His professional esports experiences have included team ownership, player development, scouting, statics, analytics and predictive modeling that provide invaluable insights to all levels of the esports industry.

2020 Event Exclusives will be coming soon!

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 2019 EsportsTravel Summit included:

  • Anaheim CVB
  • Arlington Sports Commission
  • Bloomington MN CVB
  • Branson CVB
  • Chicago Southland CVB
  • City of Rock Hill PRT
  • Dallas Sports Commission
  • Daytona Beach CVB
  • Eugene, Cascades & Coast Sports Commission
  • Experient - A Maritz Global Events Company
  • Greater Birmingham CVB
  • Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance
  • Greenville/Pitt County CVB
  • Hawaii Convention Center
  • JR Global Events
  • Long Beach CVB
  • Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board
  • Louisville Sports Commission
  • Marriott Waikiki Complex
  • Meet Chicago Northwest
  • Meet AC
  • Mississippi Gulf Coast Regional CVB
  • Mohegan Sun
  • Myrtle Beach Regional Sports Alliance
  • NYC & Company
  • Orleans Arena/Orleans Hotel & Casino
  • Pearl River Resort Casino & Hotel
  • Pheasant Run Resort
  • RevUp
  • Richmond Region Tourism
  • SMG
  • Travel Salem
  • Trip Mate
  • United Airlines
  • Valley Forge Sports
  • Visit Charlotte
  • Visit Colorado Springs
  • Visit Oakland

 

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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
    • Apex Legends Major
    • Arlington CVB
    • Arlington Sports Commission
    • ASM Global
    • Atlantic Paradise Island
    • Black Nerd Swag
    • Blast Premier
    • Bloomington CVB
    • Boise Centre
    • Chattanooga Sports
    • Chicago Southland CVB
    • City of Longview
    • City of Rock Hill PRT
    • Combo Breaker
    • Electronic Arts (EA)
    • Electronic Gaming Federation
    • Esports Awards Ltd.
    • Esports Stadium Arlington
    • Esports Summer Camp
    • Experience Columbia SC Sports
    • Experience Scottsdale
    • Fort Smith CVB
    • Gameworks
    • Girl Gamer Esports Festival
    • Gravitesports
    • Greater Birmingham CVB
    • Halo Championship
    • Hamilton County Sports Authority
    • Hashtag Battle Series
    • Hilton Hotels
    • HyperX
    • International Esports Federation
    • Lake George Regional Chamber of Commerce & CVB
    • Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority
    • Lincoln Convention and Visitors Bureau
    • Live! Casino & Hotel
    • Lubbock Sports
    • Maritz
    • MCM Family of Hotels
    • Meet Chicago Northwest
    • Meeting Your Needs LLC
    • Metta Sports
    • Mobile View
    • Mountain Travel Symposium
    • Myrtle Beach Regional Sports Alliance
    • Myrtle Beach Sports Center
    • Northstar Meetings Group
    • Ocean Center
    • Oktober Jam
    • Orange County Sports Commission
    • Play All Gaming
    • Populous
    • PowerUp Esports Tourney
    • PrideStark Entertainment and Gaming
    • Radisson Hotel Group
    • Raise Your Game Esports
    • Rise Above the Disorder
    • Royal Caribbean
    • Saint Charles Convention Center
    • Seattle Southside Regional Tourism Authority
    • Snohomish County Sports Commission
    • Spectra
    • Sports Pittsburgh
    • Staged Right Events
    • Subnation
    • Supreme Golf
    • The Happy Valley Adventure Bureau
    • The Westin Los Angeles
    • Tourney Kings
    • Travel Salem
    • Ultimate
    • Ultimate Gaming Championship
    • United Gaming League
    • U.S. eSports Federation
    • Visit Anaheim
    • Visit Colorado Springs
    • Visit Pittsburgh
    • Waveform Entertainment
    • Weldon, Williams & Lick
    • Wilmington and Beaches CVB
    • Wyndham Hotels & Resorts


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

    Live! by Loews
    Arlington, TX


    Anchoring the new Texas Live! district, Live! by Loews - Arlington offers unparalleled, easy access to the Esports Stadium Arlington & Expo Center, Texas Rangers' Globe Life Park, the Dallas Cowboys' AT&T Stadium, and the area's exciting restaurants and entertainment venues.

    EventSphere is the only housing provider for EsportsTravel Summit '20. There are fraudulent companies and organizations that will try to present themselves as official partners of the EsportsTravel Summit and offer you a room that might not be guaranteed or available.  If you are contacted by anyone not from EventSphere claiming to be a housing partner of the EsportsTravel Summit or trying to sell you a hotel room, please do not respond and contact [email protected] or Beth Dean at [email protected].

    Click here to make your hotel reservations: https://book.passkey.com/go/esports2020

    Advisory Notice Regarding Outside Solicitations

    Please be advised that numerous companies have been emailing and calling attendees of Northstar events attempting to book them into non-official hotels.

    Here are the companies and their representatives that we have been made aware of:

    • Avenge
    • Bay Exhibits
    • Cloudexis.org.in / Barbara Cotton
    • CMI Event Travel / Sean Martin
    • Corporate Booking Services / Carlos Viera and Hank Morgan
    • Demand Generation / Amber, Ruby, Pamela Fox, David Smith
    • EHRS / Zach and Alex
    • Elegant Housing  LLC
    • Exhibition Housing Services / Liam Chris
    • Global Expo List
    • Global Expo Travel
    • Global Housing Corporation / Harry Harrington
    • Global Travel Partners
    • Kelly Brooke
    • Mars Data Leads / Jacob Fernando
    • World Expo Lists / Anna Jasmine,  Jennifer White
    • World Wide Travel / Zack Willis
    • ​Xpo Solutions Transportation / Evan Eissens

     

    Be advised that the above companies and individuals have no relationship with Northstar events. Our attendees are encouraged to disregard any communication received from these companies or any others that are not affiliated with Northstar Meetings Group.

     

    VIDEO RECAP

    CLICK HERE FOR 2019 EVENT PHOTOS

    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]