Hawkins Named to Advisory Board

PITTSBURGH – SportsPITTSBURGH’s Executive Director Jennifer Hawkins has been named to the advisory board of the EventConnect™ Sportology Conference. EventConnect™ is the leading cloud-based event and tournament management system for the sports tourism industry. The Sportology Conference focuses on issues related to sports technology.

“It's an exciting time to be involved with an event like Sportology,” Hawkins said. “Serving on the advisory committee provides a fantastic opportunity to learn how top event organizers improve upon customer experiences and event execution. Along with providing insight from the innovative organizations in our area, I can benchmark SportsPITTSBURGH’s best practices against some of the most creative minds in the event tech industry.”

“Jennifer’s hard work and industry expertise make her deserving of the honor of serving on the Sportology Advisory Board,” VisitPITTSBURGH’s Executive Vice President Jerad Bachar said. “This is a great opportunity to play a key role in the growing sector of sports tourism.”

Hawkins has witnessed exponential growth in the sports-event and tourism industry in the Pittsburgh region and nationally. She and her staff have dramatically increased the exposure of the SportsPITTSBURGH brand and prove every day that Pittsburgh is the definitive destination for Iconic Experiences.

Hawkins has been instrumental in the entire process of bidding on, planning and executing numerous, high-profile sports events. Most recently, she served as co-Tournament Director of the 2019 NCAA Division I Men’s Wrestling Championships and holds the same position for the upcoming NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball Championship, set for PPG Paints Arena Dec. 19 & 21.

A member of Women in Sports and Events and the National Association of Sports Commissions, Hawkins is a board member of P3R/Pittsburgh Marathon and Connect Sports’ Executive Advisory Committee.

About EventConnect™
A product of RoomRoster™, EventConnect™ is an innovative technology which is one of the world's most intuitive online event management systems. EventConnect™ partners with event organizers in the amateur sports industry across the U.S. and Canada to help them grow their business and brand through a first-of-its-kind cloud-based software and service model. The result is an online tournament management system that allows tournament organizers to do their job better, faster, and more profitable than ever before — all while providing tournament participants with a current, easy-to-use desktop or mobile application for planning and communicating. As a technology-first platform, EventConnect™ is committed to its mission of bringing together tournament organizers, cities, and hotels into one space, so that the teams and players participating can just play.

As the sports development division of VisitPITTSBURGH, SportsPITTSBURGH's primary goal is to attract and host a wide variety of sporting events in the region, providing the experience and expertise to reinforce Pittsburgh's reputation as a legendary sports town.