Visit Lake Charles in Louisiana has named Sam Dangerfield III as director of sports relations as an addition to its sports tourism team.
“I’m excited to bring my passion for sports and tourism into southwest Louisiana to rebuild the community from the lake to the Texas state line and beyond,” said Dangerfield. “This new role will allow me to expand my expertise and learn from some of the best professionals in the hospitality industry.”
Previously, Dangerfield worked nine years in sports, sales and events at Alexandria/Pineville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau. He spearheaded major sporting events such as NAIA Men & Women Open Round, LHSAA girls basketball, LHSAA girls and boys powerlifting, national short-course racing, and Professional Disc Golf. He also held the title of general manager for Hampton Inn in Madison, Georgia, for three years, as well as Hampton Inn & Suites in Alexandria, Louisiana, for five years.
“With the wide array of sporting events that Southwest Louisiana holds and is capable of hosting, we are fortunate to have added a highly seasoned professional to the Visit Lake Charles team with experience specific to the sports market,” said Eric Zartler, senior vice president of sales for Visit Lake Charles. “I am eager to work with Sam to attract new business to the area and exceed expectations for the tournament directors and teams that we currently host in Southwest Louisiana.”