Al KiddAlan Kidd has been named president and CEO of the National Association of Sports Commissions, succeeding Don Schumacher, who is stepping down after 25 years as the organization’s only executive director. Kidd will begin his tenure during the 2017 NASC Sports Event Symposium in Sacramento, California, March 27–30.

Kidd, the former president of the San Diego Sports Commission, began his career in advertising and has held several positions in venture capital investing. In 2003, he helped with the financial turnaround of the San Diego Hall of Champions sports museum. As president of the San Diego Sports Commission, he led a merger effort to consolidate a number of nonprofit sports organizations. Kidd is currently with BoldPointe Partners, a private equity firm specializing in middle-market companies.

“The NASC Executive Search Committee was tasked with selecting a successor to industry legend Don Schumacher,” said Ralph Morton, executive director of the Seattle Sports Commission and chair of the NASC board of directors. “After an extensive search, we are excited that Al Kidd has accepted the challenge of building on the success of the past 25 years and taking the association to new heights. He has deep ties in the sports commission world and the national contacts to help lead our membership into a very bright future.”

“I am honored to be selected by the NASC board of directors to build upon the legacy and body of work the NASC has performed as the recognized sports tourism leader by founder Don Schumacher,” said Kidd. “I look forward to coupling my experiences developing organizational strategy, marketing and new revenue in collaboration with the membership assets to create new and sustainable growth to propel the NASC for years to come. I will call upon my years of experience in the business, education, tourism and marketing industry, applying strong entrepreneurial methods, to bring new value and revenue to the NASC and its members.”

Kidd and his wife, Nancy, will be relocating to the Cincinnati area, where the association’s headquarters are located.

“Al Kidd is the kind of leader that the NASC needs going forward,” said Schumacher. “And with his experience in the San Diego sports market, he’s shown he has the background to help organizations work together to promote and grow sports tourism.”