Sports Director Jumps to Nathan Benderson Park | Nicole Rissler Will Be in Charge of Business Development and Marketing

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Sports Director Jumps to Nathan Benderson Park | Nicole Rissler Will Be in Charge of Business Development and Marketing


Bergen, Katy, Sarasota Herald Tribune


JOB TRANSITION

SARASOTA -- Nicole Rissler, Sarasota director of sports, has accepted a new chief operating officer position at Nathan Benderson Park, the venue of the World Rowing Championships in 2017.

Rissler, who has worked for Visit Sarasota County since 2012, is expected to begin her new job before August. She will make $85,000 per year as the No. 2 officer within the non-profit Suncoast Aquatic Nature Center Associates, which operates the county park.

SANCA president Paul Blackketter said the organization received roughly 50 applications during a national search, but felt their best candidate was someone who had worked with the park all along.

"Our biggest concern was getting someone who understands the relationships between Manatee and Sarasota County, who understands nonprofits, sports and the political arena we are in," Blackketter said. "I've always been impressed with her, her due diligence, her follow through and her passion."

With Rissler's help, Visit Sarasota County and the Sarasota Area Sports Authority made Southwest Florida a sought-after spot for international and national sports competitions. Rissler and the Visit Sarasota County team

partnered with Manatee County in 2013 to secure a bid for the 2017 World Rowing Championships. Major competitions in modern pentathlon, soccer, swimming, and other sports have also landed in Sarasota in the past three years.

"Although a huge loss for Visit Sarasota County, we are thrilled for Nicole and know she will be an amazing asset to Nathan Benderson Park, and the SANCA team and our entire community," Visit Sarasota County president Virginia Haley said in a statement. …

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