The Rochester Sports Executive Committee is pleased to announce that Jay Fanta has been selected to be the next Executive Director of Rochester Sports.  Fanta, who has worked at Rochester Sports (formerly called the Rochester Amateur Sports Commission) for six years, will replace longtime Executive Director Ed Hruska, who served in the position since 2003, at the end of 2018.  On January 1, 2019, Hruska will transition into a part-time position at Rochester Sports with a focus on sports facility development. 

“In the past six years, Jay has demonstrated and displayed his passion for Rochester Sports by leading our sales and growth of new events in the community.  He is a team player that will bring communication skills, experience and relationships to the role of Executive Director.  Jay’s knowledge and experience will help our organization build on the legacy of success that has been developed over the past 15 years,” explained board president Chris Terry.

Rochester Sports attracts major sporting events and thousands of visitors to the Rochester area each year, delivering a boost to city’s hotels, restaurants and stores.  Rochester hosted a record 102 sporting events last year, generating 34,861 hotel room nights and nearly $25 million in estimated economic impact. 

“I am honored to have the opportunity to build on the past success of Rochester Sports in leading one of the premier sports tourism organizations in the country into the future as Executive Director,” explained Fanta, whose current title with the organization is Sales Manager.  “I look forward to working with a talented Rochester Sports staff, board of directors and many local sports enthusiasts. Together, we will work together to continue to enhance the growth of current events and continue to bring new events to Rochester that positively impact community sports organizations and the Rochester community,” added Fanta.

Fanta will begin his new role January 1, 2019.  Please contact Fanta directly for interviews at jfanta@rochestermnsports.org or 507-285-8449.

Jay Fanta of Rochester Sports