Sports Facilities Management (SFM) Industry Experts Featured at National Conference

Industry: Recreation

SFM Leaders presented at a well-attended session at the National Association of Sports Commissions (NASC) Symposium in Knoxville, Tennessee

Clearwater, FL (PRUnderground) May 9th, 2019

Four members of the industry leading outsourced facility management firm, Sports Facilities Management (SFM), were selected to speak at the National Association of Sports Commissions (NASC) (recently announced as the new brand, Sports ETA) annual conference this week. Panel members hail from high performing sports tourism destinations such as Rocky Top Sports World, Panama City Beach Sports Complex, the Hoover Metropolitan Complex as well as the SFM corporate offices in Clearwater, FL. Panelists discussed the critical relationships of facility managers, convention and visitors bureaus, sports commissions, and event owners to maximize results.

The panel included industry veteran John Sparks, who currently is SFM General Manager at the Hoover Met Complex after overseeing the San Antonio Spurs’ SBC Center, Atlanta’s Phillips Arena, and Brooklyn’s Barclay Center. Another participant was SFM Account Executive and 2016 NASC award winner Lori Moore, who has overseen the SFM managed venue, Rocky Top Sports World. Additionally, featured was SFM General Manager of the Panama City Beach Sports Complex J.D. Wood, who is a newly confirmed board member serving the National Association of Sports Commissions (now Sports ETA). The panel was moderated by SFM Founding Partner and CEO, Jason Clement.

“Our industry is about relationships and collaboration. We are honored to share knowledge with our colleagues at NASC. We have very talented team members within the SFM Network, and it was particularly interesting to hear their insight into optimizing sports tourism destinations. We covered a broad range of topics ranging from strategic planning, development, financing and management practices. We shared tips, tools and practices into maximizing event recruiting, planning, and execution consistent with our approach in communities across the United States” says Clement. “These proven practices will produce more than $1 billion dollars in direct spending in the communities the SFM Network serves over the next 5 years.”

SFM has recently announced the signing or ground breaking of several new prominent sports projects including locations in Bedford Park, IL; Bridgeport, WV; and at the amusement destination, Cedar Point, in Sandusky, OH.

To learn more about how SFM assists communities in creating new and managing sports tourism destinations, visit To learn more about the SFM Network, the single largest and fastest growing collection of sports tourism facilities, visit:

About The Sports Facilities Companies

The Sports Facilities Advisory, LLC (SFA), Sports Facilities Development, LLC, and Sports Facilities Management, LLC (SFM) are headquartered in Clearwater, FL. Founded in 2003, SFA has served more than 2,000 communities, produced more than $10 billion in institutional-grade financial forecasts, and provided funding strategies and solutions for more than 70+ youth and amateur sports and recreation complexes worldwide. SFD serves facility owners through owner’s representation, venue planning, and procurement services during pre-development and construction. SFM provides industry-leading, results-driven management solutions for sports, fitness, recreation, and event venues nationwide. Since 2014, SFM-affiliated venues have hosted more than 100 million visitors and generated hundreds of millions of dollars in economic impact. For more information, visit: and

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