Destination Irvine’s Dave Lucey, Director of Sports Sales, was honored as a 2018 Game Changer at Connect Sports in Salt Lake City August 23-25.

“This is a well-deserved recognition of Dave. He’s one of the Chamber’s super stars and has brought more than double the amount in bookings for Irvine hotels since he arrived at Destination Irvine,” said Bryan Starr, president and CEO, Greater Irvine Chamber. “Dave has effectively put Irvine on the map as a sports tournament destination.”

Connect Sports honored 21 of the industry’s sharpest minds with their third annual collection of Game Changers—the people who have elevated sports tourism through innovation and precise execution.

“It’s been a privilege to market the impressive catalog of sports venues in Irvine,” said Lucey. “I hope to continue the growth of sports tourism in the city as the Orange County Great Park continues to develop.”

Nominations were received from across the country, then reviewed and evaluated by the Connect Sports staff based on references, industry involvement and other resources.

Sporting events are worth more than $10 billion to the U.S. economy and fill 98 million hotel rooms annually because of Game Changers like Dave.

An annual feature in Connect Sports magazine, the “Game Changers” will be featured in the fall 2018 issue.