Dan Gilman Recognized as a Game Changer in Sports Tourism

PITTSBURGH – Dan Gilman, chief of staff for City of Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto, was named a 2018 Game Changer by Connect Sports.

Connect is one of the fastest-growing media companies specializing in events and destination marketing. Connect Sports is a division of the company dedicated to connecting event planners with potential host cities. Connect Sports Game Changers represent individuals at the top of their game across the sports tourism industry.

Dan Gilman has earned the designation of Game Changer for his tireless efforts in advocacy work, promoting and collaborating with SportsPITTSBURGH and its stakeholders to change the way sports event planners view Pittsburgh as a major sports-event destination. He continues to go above and beyond to connect the community he serves with these events that bring, not only athletic competition and excitement, but also great economic impact.

“We are honored that Dan Gilman has been named a Game Changer in the sports tourism industry. He is indeed a champion of our great city,” said Jennifer Hawkins, executive director of SportsPITTSBURGH. “Dan has helped rally the community, businesses, sports teams, venues and universities to enhance the image of Pittsburgh as a city of champions in all levels of sports.”

Dan, who received the nomination from SportsPITTSBURGH, is well-deserving of this recognition. He was extremely instrumental in his role with the Pittsburgh Bid Committee which was awarded 22 NCAA Championship events, more than any other city that submitted bids. The events begin this fall.

About Connect Sports
Connect Sports is the leading market for sports tourism, bringing together sports event organizers and suppliers.

As the sports development division of VisitPITTSBURGH, SportsPITTSBURGH’s primary goal is to attract and host a wide variety of sporting events while providing planners and local stakeholders with the expertise and professionalism required to host a world-class event in the Pittsburgh region.