Visit Quad Cities has announced that Joan Kranovich is the new vice president of business growth and director of Sports QC.
Kranovich has been with the Moline, Illinois, organization since 2009, beginning as an intern and then holding different positions in the business growth department. Her new role oversees the organization’s goals to drive economic development through attracting, recruiting, and hosting meetings, conventions, reunions, and sporting events.
“My 13 years with Visit Quad Cities in various functions have prepared me well for this new role,” Kranovich said. “I look forward to utilizing my passion for the Quad Cities to inspire, build, promote and tell the story of our fantastic, regional destination. The future is bright for both Visit Quad Cities and Sports QC.”
Kranovich has worked with events such as the Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa, NAIA Men’s and Women’s Golf National Championship, Missouri Valley Conference Women’s Basketball Championships, USA BMX National events and Professional Disc Golf tournaments.
“Joan Kranovich continues to demonstrate leadership and produce results for our organization and the Quad Cities,” said Dave Herrell, president and chief executive officer of Visit Quad Cities. “She has been a pivotal leader throughout her career for our team and the destination industry. Sports tourism is a driver that we must put more emphasis in and scale strategically for our community and I know that Joan can help lead this effort. Creating a pipeline of sporting events is one thing but we must think about how this important vertical can help shape and position the regional destination for the future.”
Kranovich is a graduate of Western Illinois University-Quad Cities and is a leader in Sports Illinois, Team Iowa, Meeting Professionals International Heartland Chapter and Destinations International.