Executive Director

George Linley

George Linley has been a member of the Palm Beach County Sports Commission for nearly 12 years and it’s Executive Director for nearly 5 years.

Under his leadership as Executive Director, the Palm Beach County Sports Commission has reached new heights.  This past year, the Sports Commission hosted or supported 128 sports events, which generated over 180,000 hotel room nights for Palm Beach County. This represents the largest collection of events and hotel room nights reported by the PBCSC since its inception.  Palm Beach County is a home to an array of world class sporting events on both a national and global stage. In 2014, George Linley received the Florida Sports Foundation’s leadership award for his efforts to grow sports tourism in Palm Beach County and the state of Florida.  

Palm Beach County is one of the leading sports destinations in Florida.   The PBCSC has been nationally recognized for its recent accomplishments.  Sport events are contributing to the overall success of Palm Beach County’s tourism industry, which has seen record growths in hotel occupancy and bed tax collections. 

George is committed to making Palm Beach County one of the premier sports destinations in the United States.  He is honored to be part of such a great organization.

Contact George at (561) 233-3123 or glinley@palmbeachsports.com  

Director of Event Operations

Kris Pursell

Kris has over 35 years of experience in the fields of event development, facility management, corporate hospitality and sales.  As the Director of Event Operations for Commission events, she is also the staff coordinator for the Lou Groza Collegiate Place Kicking Awards Banquet, Palm Beach County Sports Hall of Fame Banquet and Kids Fitness Festival of the Palm Beaches.   She has been responsible for securing events for some major sporting events which are taking place in Palm Beach County, such as the American Youth Soccer Organization National Games, USA Field Hockey National Hockey Festival, USA Track & Field Regional Junior Olympic Qualifier, NAIA Men’s Soccer National Championship, NCAA Women’s College Cup and National Beep Baseball Association World Series. Kris is a member of the Board of Directors of the National College Football Awards Association and the Palm Beach Gardens Magnet School.  Kris is a graduate of Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, Illinois

Contact Kris at (561) 233-3124 or kpursell@palmbeachsports.com

 

 Director of Sports Development

Glen Allen

Glen Allen, a Kentucky native graduated from the University of Kentucky with a Bachelors in Marketing and Management, and the University of Miami with a Masters in Sports Administration.  Glen comes to the Palm Beach County Sports Commission from the Central Florida Sports Commission in Orlando Florida where he spent 5 years overseeing event management, as well as business development, bid development and presentations on behalf of Osceola County Sports Tourism. Glen will oversee the sports development and new event ventures for the Palm Beach County Sports Commission.

Contact Glen at (561) 233-3174 or gallen@palmbeachsports.com

Director of Finance, Managment,
& Budgets

Edward Holland

Ed Holland has more than 30 years of financial management and tax experience in the construction, public accounting, and manufacturing industries.  A Palm Beach County resident since 1982, Ed has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Drake University and a MBA from the University of Arizona.

Contact Ed at (561) 233-3183 or eholland@palmbeachsports.com

Administration Services Manager

Michelle "Missy" Gard

Missy began her career in the banking industry in 1987. For 15 years, prior to joining the Palm Beach County Sports Commission, Missy  was  with Enterprise National Bank where she held various progressive positions including Branch Manager, Call Center and Training Manager, Security Officer, Board of Director’s Secretary, Marketing Director and Human Resource Manager.

Contact Missy at (561) 233-3121 or mgard@palmbeachsports.com

Finance & Management Assistant

Janet Richmond

Prior to joining the Sports Commission, Janet worked for the Palm Beach County Convention and Visitors Bureau as an Administrative Coordinator for two managers, as well as handled tradeshows for the Groups and Meetings Department. Previous to that she worked at a Collection Agency for 15 years where her job responsibilities included bookkeeping, sales, and collections.

Contact Janet at (561) 233-3184 or jrichmond@palmbeachsports.com

Marketing & Communications Manager

Scott Glinski

Scott, born in Michigan, moved to West Palm Beach to attend Northwood University.  He graduated with a Bachlelors Degree in Business Administration in the specified field of entertainment, sports, and promotion management in May of 2009. Scott now oversees several different marketing responsibilities such as advertising, in-house graphic design, website content and other promotional materials.

Contact Scott at (561) 233-3182 or sglinski@palmbeachsports.com

 

 

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