Contact: Kathy Milthorpe
Central Florida Sports Commission
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SAM STARK NAMED CENTRAL FLORIDA SPORTS COMMISSION
PRESIDENT AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
ORLANDO, Fla. (September 24 2008) – Sam Stark has been selected by the Central
Florida Sports Commission Board of Directors as its new President and Chief Executive
Officer. He assumes his role with the sports commission on Monday November 3, 2008.
Mr. Stark currently serves as the President and CEO of the Winter Park Chamber of
Commerce in Winter Park, Florida.
“The Central Florida Sports Commission is experiencing tremendous growth and success
and the organization is very pleased to have identified a proven, dynamic leader to further
lead our strategic mission of growing economic development through sports and
entertainment events,” said Kathy Milthorpe, chairwoman of the CFSC Board of
Directors and Search Committee. “Given Sam’s expertise in sports marketing,
management, and business development as well as his strong ties to the community, he is
uniquely qualified to elevate the sports commission to even further success.”
As President and CEO of the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce, Stark was responsible
for leading the 2008 “Chamber of the Year” named by the Florida Association of
Chamber Professionals. During his nearly six years with the chamber, he led the
organization to significant heights in the areas of membership retention, revenue
generation and program development. Prior to joining the Chamber, Stark co-founded
Mainstreet Marketing, an Orlando based agency specializing in sports event management,
marketing, promotions and sponsorship. He also held positions with Sports Partners, a
Chicago-based sports marketing firm, and as Director of Events and Operations with
Florida Citrus Sports.
“I am very excited to take on this new role and continue the important work of the
Central Florida Sports Commission,” said Stark. “The sports commission plays a
significant role in the Central Florida region and I believe there are considerable
opportunities to support economic development through sports. I will miss the Winter
Park Chamber but feel good leaving it in a better place after six enjoyable years.”
Stark is a board member of the Winter Park Public Library, Florida Bar Citizens Forum,
Rollins College Alumni Association and was named a “40 under 40” Orlando Business
Journal Award winner.
Stark graduated from Rollins College in 1991 with a B.A. in Politics. He is married to
Heather Stark and has a son Ben (4 years old) and a daughter Sylvia (2 years old). They
reside in Winter Park, Florida.
About the Central Florida Sports Commission
The CFSC is a non-profit, private organization created to attract regional, national and
international events and sports-related business to Central Florida. The CFSC serves
Orange, Osceola, Seminole, Lake and Volusia counties, and the City of Orlando as the
region’s clearinghouse for sports related economic development, and is committed to
developing the region’s sports product.