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New Vice President of Sports and Business Growth named at Visit Quad Cities

Visit Quad Cities today announced the appointment of Joan Kranovich as Vice President of Business Growth and Director of Sports QC.

She has been with the organization since 2009, first as an intern and then in various positions in the business growth department. According to Friday’s release, her new role will oversee the organization’s goals of driving economic development through the attraction, recruitment and hosting of conferences, conventions, reunions and sports her events.

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“Thirteen years in various roles on Visit Quad Cities are well prepared for this new role,” said Kranovich. “We look forward to leveraging our passion for Quad Cities to inspire, build, promote and tell the stories of our incredible regional destinations. The future is bright for Visit Quad Cities and Sports QC.” “

Dave Herrell, President and CEO of Visit Quad Cities, said: “She has been a pivotal leader for our team and the destination industry throughout her career.

“I am thrilled that Joanne will lead Visit Quad Cities’ business growth and service functions and the many conferences, groups and events that we are actively recruiting and servicing,” he said. “Sports tourism is also a driving force that we must focus more on and strategically expand for our community, and I know Joan can lead this effort. Competing in this field is essential as we are creators of community value and bring positive benefits to QC.

Dave Herrell is President and CEO of Visit Quad Cities.

“Creating a pipeline of sporting events is one thing, but we must think holistically how this important vertical will help shape and position future regional destinations.” added Herrell.

Kranovic has been involved in notable events such as the Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa (RAGBRAI), NAIA Men’s and Women’s Golf National Championships, Missouri Valley Conference Women’s Basketball Championships, USA BMX National Events, and Professional Disc Golf Tournaments. rice field.

Joan is an active leader of Destinations International for Sports Illinois, Team Iowa, Meeting Professionals International Heartland Chapter, Convention Sales & Services Committee and 30 Under 30 Alumni Council.

She also volunteers locally with United Way Young Leaders of Quad Cities, Rock Island Kiwanis and Jaycees of Quad Cities.

Joan graduated from Western Illinois University Quad Cities with a Bachelor of Science degree in Recreation, Parks and Tourism Administration (RPTA) and a Master of Science degree in RPTA with a focus on Tourism Administration. In 2011, she obtained her Professional Certificate in Accredited Meetings from her Education Industry Council.

She is a Quad Cities Leader Under 40, National Connect Magazine 40 Under 40 Award Winner, Destinations International 30 Under 30 Award Winner, and National Public Broadcast Volunteer Management Award Winner.

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