Three Connecticut residents — David Kooris, Heather Solomon and Jason Soucy — have been elected to the Board of Directors of the Connecticut Convention & Sports Bureau for the 2021-2022 fiscal year.
“These three dynamic individuals are tremendous additions to our Board of Directors, as we intensify our sales outreach to meeting planners and sports promoters across the U.S., especially after the challenging past 18 months,” said Thomas Madden, chair of the bureau and the Director of Economic Development for the City of Stamford.
Kooris is the president of Stamford Downtown, the largest business improvement district in the state. He is also the chair of the Connecticut Port Authority and most recently served as deputy commissioner at the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development. Prior to that position, Kooris was the Connecticut Department of Housing’s Director of Resilience and the City of Bridgeport’s Director of the Office of Planning and Economic Development.
Solomon is the president and founder of Solomon & Associates Event Management in Glastonbury and a member of Meeting Professionals International Connecticut River Valley Chapter and is a Certified Pandemic Compliance Advisor for meetings. Her current focus is consulting with clients to promote and produce safe and successful gatherings in a post-COVID Connecticut.
Soucy is the director of business development for the Travelers Championship and has held that position, along with director of sales at Connecticut’s PGA Tour event, since 2009. Prior to the Travelers Championship, he was a member of the IMG Golf Division, serving as vice president of North American event sales and he also spent several years as a tournament director for the PGA of America.
The CTCSB is the State of Connecticut’s only statewide sales and marketing organization for meetings, conventions and sports events.
“The composition of our Board of Directors reflects many of the professions and businesses involved with our nation’s meetings, sports and hospitality industries,” said Robert Murdock, president of the Connecticut Convention & Sports Bureau. “David Kooris, Heather Solomon and Jason Soucy each bring specialized expertise and perspective to the organization as we work to attract new and retain existing business for our state.”