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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.

Debby Guertin
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Director of Destination & Event Services

Debby has nearly 30 years of experience within the hospitality industry, including 22 years at Experience Kissimmee. She has planned countless sporting events, meetings and conventions, and special events such as American Youth Football, Tough Mudder, Kissimmee Blue Skies Hot Air Balloon Festival, Ram National Circuit Finals Rodeo, and the Quidditch World Cup.

John Poole
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Director of Sports
Marketing & Development

As the Director of Sports Marketing and Development 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

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.

Ashley Monaghan
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Destination & Event Services Manager

Ashley has a degree in Event Management from the Rosen College of Hospitality Management and nearly 10 years of experience within the hospitality industry. Her responsibilities include working with event rights holders who have booked in the area to determine servicing requirements and to develop relationships that will encourage repeat bookings.

Ashley supervises all aspects of an event from pre-planning and on-site management to post-event follow up. She has been involved with such key Kissimmee events as Tough Mudder and American Youth Football, as well as many FHSAA championship events.

Kayla Duench
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Event Services Coordinator

During her eight years at Experience Kissimmee, Kayla has worked in various support roles and is now our Event Services Coordinator. She has assisted with internal events and serviced various sporting events such as American Bass Anglers, ICAST on the Water, American Youth Football & Cheer, and the FHSAA Wrestling state finals.

While her role mainly focuses on providing services to sporting events, Kayla also works on Experience Kissimmee’s Tourist Development Grants program that provides support to events promoting tourism in Osceola County.

With a Bachelor’s Degree in Event Management and Hospitality Management from the Rosen College of Hospitality, Rebecca was able to start her career in the tourism industry immediately. She now has over two years of experience servicing events for destination marketing organizations.

Once a sporting event is booked in Kissimmee, Rebecca works with the main point of contact to ensure a successful event. This includes servicing the event from start to finish in order to provide the best possible experience for competitors and spectators alike.

Gail Batashy
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Event Coordinator, Sports

Gail has over 10 years of experience as an Event Coordinator at Experience Kissimmee, and is responsible for pre-, post-, and on-site event services. She has serviced a variety of sports events such as the International Shuffleboard Association World Championship, Paralyzed Veterans of America Fishing Tournament, World Championship Blacksmiths Competition, Sunshine State BMX, and American Youth Football and Cheer.

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

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.