Visit Knoxville Sports Commission Team

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Chad Culver

Sports Commission Senior Director

Culver is a ChattanChad Culver, Visit Knoxvilleooga native with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sports Management from The University of Tennessee. He has over 15 years of experience in the sports industry in recruiting and managing events. Prior to Visit Knoxville, Culver was employed by Kingsport Convention and Visitors Bureau where he served as Director of Sports Marketing. Culver also served on staff with the University of Tennessee Athletics Department from 2001-2005.





Parker Medley

Sports Sales Director

Medley is a Naples,Parker Medley, Visit Knoxville FL native with a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Sports Management from Florida State University. During his tenure at the university he worked in the Athletic Marketing and Promotions Department as well as with the Florida State Women’s Basketball team. Prior to joining Visit Knoxville, Medley was the Sports Marketing Manager for the Naples, Marco Island, Everglades Convention and Visitors Bureau.




Kelli Ryman

Director of Event Services

Kelli Ryman, Visit KnoxvilleAs Director of Partnership & Event Services, Ryman is directly responsible for managing the services for all sports, competition and athletic related events. She also works to enhance the efforts of all Visit Knoxville departments by expanding and strengthening the base of partnership support and relations. Ryman attended Carson-Newman University on a varsity volleyball scholarship and was named First Team All Conference. She received BAs in both Mass Communication (dual emphasis in Journalism & Advertising/PR) and Applied Psychology. Ryman is still very active in volleyball, playing doubles and triples outdoor tournaments throughout the spring, summer and fall.



Shannon McCall

Director of Sports Partnerships

Shannon McCallMcCall is a Knoxville native with a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from Carson-Newman University and a Master’s degree in Sport Management from the University of Tennessee. As the Director of Sports Partnerships, McCall is responsible for developing relationships and  driving revenue streams through the support of local and national organizations. Prior to joining the Visit Knoxville Sports Commission, McCall worked with the Department of State on the grant initiative “Empowering Women and Girls through Sport” where she managed international sports exchange programs for young women and girls. She was also previously employed by Disney Sports in Orlando, Florida, where she assisted with all runDisney endurance events, as well as a variety of youth sporting events. 



Erin Simcox

Housing Manager

Erin SimcoxAs Housing Manager, Simcox handles all reservation and hotel needs for sporting events and tournaments. Simcox is a Knoxville native with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Studies from the University of Tennessee. During her time as a Vol, she worked in Athletic Event Management, Sports Broadcasting, and was a Spring Sports Ambassador. Prior to joining the Visit Knoxville team, Simcox managed the travel and hotel services for USA Baseball national teams and tournament events. She also handled groups, meetings, and incentive travel for World Travel Service, Inc. here in Knoxville.


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