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Joel Koester Hired As Sports Sales Executive At Chicago Southland Convention & Visitors Bureau

Lansing, IL  Joel Koester was recently hired by the Chicago Southland Convention & Visitors Bureau as a Sports Sales Executive. In his new position, Koester is responsible for attracting new sporting and specialty events to the Chicago Southland, generating overnight stays and associated visitor spending within the region. Koester is also involved in management of the Chicago Southland Sports Commission, a group of regional recreational, hospitality, venue, and business leaders dedicated to bringing new and exciting sporting events into the region and its many sports venues.

Koester comes to the CVB from the Coyote Springs Golf Club in Coyote Springs, NV, just outside Las Vegas, where he worked as the Sales and Marketing Manager. Before that, he interned with First Tee of Southern Nevada in Las Vegas and at the Medinah Country Club in Medinah, IL. Koester, a native of Woodstock, IL, graduated from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, in 2008 with a B.A. in Recreation and Sports Management.

With a variety of fields and 36 golf courses, the 62 diverse communities of the Chicago Southland present a unique opportunity, said Koester. We have a great group of dedicated professionals working together toward a common goal of increasing sports business in the region.

Joel is a great addition to our already strong sales team, said President/CEO Jim Garrett of the Chicago Southland CVB, his drive and passion for sports will help attract and close new sports business in the Chicago Southland.

The Chicago Southland Convention & Visitors Bureau is the official destination marketing organization for Chicagos 62 south and southwest suburbs. The CVB markets the Southland region as a leisure, meetings and conventions, group tour, and sports event destination. For additional information, contact Scott Bort at 708-895-8200 or scott@visitchicagosouthland.com.

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