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Mankato Sports Commission Announces New, Outgoing Commissioners

 MANKATO, Minn.—The Mankato Sports Commission, an initiative of Visit Mankato, is excited to announce its new Commissioners.

“We had a phenomenal group of 15 extremely qualified applicants for five open positions. The Nominating Committee put a lot of thought, discussion and careful consideration into each of them,” said David Wittenberg, Mankato Sports Commission chair. “It was difficult to narrow down to the number of available positions but I’m confident we brought a great slate forward to the full Commission. I am thrilled by the interest our community has shown in the work of the Commission and the desire of various community members to serve. I look forward to the work we can collectively accomplish going forward.”

The new Sports Commissioners include Holly Ahlbrecht (Feeding Our Community Partners), Jeff Annis (retired athletic director/coach), Lori Benike (Scheels), Bobby Fleischman (Minnesota State University, Mankato), Ashley Steevens (City of Mankato) and Jadon Witte (River Valley Hearing).

The Sports Commission wishes to thank Brett Skillbred, Chad Surprenant, Larissa Egli, Greg Weis and Bukata Hayes for their service on the Commission.

“I want to thank our outgoing Commissioners for their time, passion and energy in helping the Mankato Sports Commission to get off the ground and to where it is today. While the Commission is still in its early stages (established 2014), we have made great progress on several fronts and I am excited by what each of our new Commissioners brings to the table and look forward to working with each of them,” said Chris Willaert, Sports Commission director. 

For more information about the Mankato Sports Commission, visit mktosports.com or contact Chris at 507-385-6663 or cwillaert@visitmankatomn.com.

For more information about the Minnesota Senior Games, visit mnseniorgames.com. the Mankato Sports Commission:
The Mankato Sports Commission, an initiative of Visit Mankato, has a mission to drive the sporting economy in Greater Mankato by providing leadership, guidance and expertise that enables the attraction, support and/or administration of sporting events and tournaments to the area. Visit Mankato, the local convention and visitor’s bureau is an affiliate of Greater Mankato Growth, Inc., which also includes the regional chamber of commerce and economic development organization, Greater Mankato Growth, and downtown development organization, City Center Partnership. Visit Mankato leads the development of the visitor economy in Greater Mankato by actively promoting Greater Mankato as a premier destination for conventions, tournaments and tourism. These activities bring a steady flow of visitors and business activity to Greater Mankato that benefit local residents and future visitors. The work of the Sports Commission and Visit Mankato helps strengthen the hospitality industry which provides jobs, a diverse tax base and amenities for everyone to enjoy.

The Greater Mankato Growth, Inc. Family: Visit Mankato City Center Partnership