This week’s edition of Sports Web Live takes place Wednesday (Oct. 10) at 3 p.m. with special guest Mike Sullivan of the Sioux Falls Sports Authority.
Matt Zimmer and I will talk with Sullivan about his decision to retire at the end of the year and get his thoughts on the state of Sioux Falls sports events and facilities.
Viewers can go to argusleader.com at 3 p.m. to ask questions or share comments.
For those not familiar with Sullivan or what his job entails, here’s a look at the press release announcing his departure:
Mike Sullivan, Executive Director of the Sioux Falls Sports Authority since its inception in 2008, announced his intention to retire today effective December 31, 2012.
Sullivan came to the Authority after 28 years in the sports administration business in Jacksonville, Florida, and returned to his birth place of Sioux Falls to help develop an organization that would have a positive impact on the community both economically and event-wise.
“I believe the Sports Authority has created a positive and productive place in the community and will be instrumental in the future development of sports and the tremendous economic impact that will come as a result of that development” said Sullivan.
Sullivan was instrumental in helping to develop the success of the Summit League Tournament in Sioux Falls and brought in several other events that had a total estimated direct economic impact of over $12 million dollars on the greater Sioux Falls area.
“The Sioux Falls Sports Authority, and our community, is losing a valued leader in the sports development business”, said Kevin Lampe, Board Chairman. “Mike has had a tremendous impact on our rapid emergence as a leading sports entity in the Midwest. We will miss Mike but fully support his desire to slow life down a little and return to family in Florida.”
“We have formed a selection committee of the board that will steer the replacement process. Job postings for a national search to replace our Executive Director go out this week. Our intent is to have hired Mike’s successor by the end of December”, stated Kevin Lampe.
Sullivan will return to Florida after his retirement date to join the rest of his family who continue to live in the Jacksonville area. He will act as an unpaid consultant to the Sports Authority on an as needed basis.
“I have a lot of sweat equity built up in the organization and am available to them at any time if they need or want me. I am eternally grateful to all the Board members that I have worked with over the past 5 years, they have been awesome” stated Sullivan.