Pensacola Sport’s Ray Palmer Elected Board Treasurer of Sports ETA

July 1, 2021

Pensacola, Fla. – Sports Events and Tourism Association (Sports ETA) announced new board leadership as elected at the Annual General Membership Meeting this week. Ray Palmer, STS, of Pensacola Sports was elected Board Treasurer.

“It’s an honor to be selected by my peers to represent them on our industry’s national trade association’s executive committee,” said Palmer.

Palmer, a certified Sports Tourism Strategist (STS), has served as the President/CEO of Pensacola Sports for the past 19 years and is a tireless promoter of the Pensacola area. Focusing on sports tourism, event development and management, Palmer has led Pensacola Sports by hosting, supporting, creating, and growing local events as well as sports tourism events.

Additional members were elected to the Board of Sports ETA and they include:

  • Chair Michael Price, STS, CTA Executive Director of the Greater Lansing Sports Authority.
  • Immediate Past Chair Janis Burke, STS, CEO of Harris County – Houston Sports Authority.
  • Vice Chair Don Dukemineer, STS, CHSP, Director of Sports Development of Decatur Morgan County Tourism.
  • Secretary Frank Lett, STS, Senior Associate Executive Director of Visit Kingsport.


About Sports ETA

As the only trade association for the sports events and tourism industry, Sports ETA is the most trusted resource for sports commissions, destination marketing organizations (DMOs), and sports event owners. Sports ETA is committed to the success of more than 560 member organizations and 2,400 sports event professionals. We promise to deliver quality education, ample networking opportunities and exceptional event management and marketing know-how to our members – sports destinations, sports event owners, and suppliers to the industry – and to protect the integrity of the sports events and tourism industry.

About Pensacola Sports

Pensacola Sports is one of the oldest sports commissions in the United States, beginning in 1954. Today, Pensacola Sports manages and assists in numerous events a year throughout the Escambia, Santa Rosa, and Okaloosa county areas. Pensacola Sports is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life, health, wellbeing and economic development of the Pensacola and surrounding regions through sports and recreation.