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The Staff at Kissimmee Sports Commission

With a total of over 80 years in the sports tourism and hospitality industries, our dedicated team at the Kissimmee Sports Commission has the expertise and excitement (dare we say, “sports fever?”) to ensure your next sporting event in Osceola County is a smash success.

John Poole
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Executive Director
JPoole@experiencekissimmee.com
407-569-4838

As the Executive Director for the Kissimmee Sports Commission, John’s primary responsibility is to cultivate, develop, and enhance relationships with existing and prospective event rights holders in order to drive economic impact to the destination. He is also tasked with raising awareness of Kissimmee as the premier sporting destination through various marketing and sponsorship activations.

During his time at the commission, John has secured a number of new sporting events for the destination including Tough Mudder, FLW Walmart Tour, NXL World Cup, and Powerboat P1. He was also integral in securing the Orlando City Soccer Club partnership with Experience Kissimmee, and was recently named as one of Orlando Business Journal's 40 Under 40 Honorees.

Adam Ashton
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Sports Development Manager
AAshton@experiencekissimmee.com
407-569-4837

A Central Florida native, Adam has over six years of sports tourism experience. He joins the Kissimmee Sports Commission as the Sports Development Manager, with previous stops at Disney Wide World of Sports, the Central Florida Sports Commission, and the Lake County Tourism Office.

Having worked with such events as the FHSAA Men’s and Women’s Golf State Championship, NCAA Division III Men’s and Women’s Golf National Championship, and USA Synchronized Swimming Junior Nationals, Adam brings a wealth of experience to the organization. His passion is youth and amateur sports, and he looks to use that passion to drive new and exciting events to Kissimmee.

Tyler has a Master’s Degree in Sports Management from Canisius College and over eight years of experience in sports event planning. He also has experience as an adjunct professor of Sports Management, teaching classes in Sport Event Management and Sports Sales and Sponsorships.

Tyler’s responsibilities as Event Planner include planning and servicing a wide variety of sporting events, assisting event rights holders with set up and tear down, volunteer coordination, customer service, and any event services needed to produce a successful event.

Sara Sanchez

Administrative Assistant
Sports/Event Services
SSanchez@experiencekissimmee.com
407-569-4882

Sara joins Experience Kissimmee’s Sports and Events teams after obtaining degrees in Event & Hospitality Management and Sport Business Management from the University of Central Florida. She ensures all travel arrangements and expense reports are submitted properly and on time, and also assists the Events team with pre- and post-event follow up with clients and facilities, as well as on-site event needs.