Staff

Linda Shetina Logan

Linda Shetina Logan, Executive Director

Hometown: Fairport Harbor, Ohio
Favorite Team: Cleveland Indians

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Linda Shetina Logan has been executive director of the Greater Columbus Sports Commission since its inception in June 2002. For five years prior, she was the director of sports marketing for the Greater Columbus Convention & Visitors Bureau (GCCVB) now doing business as Experience Columbus. Before joining the GCCVB, Logan was the director of sales and services at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. The Fairport Harbor, Ohio native has worked for the Kansas City Convention Center, the Big Eight Conference, the Kemper Arena and sports teams in Kansas City, Milwaukee and Cleveland.

Linda has organized, staged and directed hundreds of meetings, concerts, sporting events and conventions in a variety of positions and organizations. Some major events have included: NCAA Men’s Final Four, Presidential Debates and the United Nation’s Summit on Trade.

Linda is a graduate of Ohio University, and a past advisory board member of the Sports Administration and Facility Management Program and past national chair of the board of the National Association of Sports Commissions. She currently is on the boards of the AAA Ohio Auto Club, Columbus Recreation and Parks, and the Fairport Harbor Tourism Council. Her accolades include being named one of five “2013 Women of Achievement” by the Columbus YWCA and was recently recognized in Connect SPORTS magazine’s cover story, “IX Women Who’ve Got Game” for making significant contributions to the sports tourism industry.

A die-hard baseball fan, Linda never goes on vacation without first checking the MLB schedule, and she has seen two no-hitters. For Linda, knowing that you can make a difference is what makes Columbus so great. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, reading and connecting with friends. Linda is married (to husband Will) and describes herself as fun, loyal, happy, committed and open.

Brian Timm

Brian Timm, Director, Corporate Partnerships

Hometown: Troy, Ohio
Favorite Team: Ohio State football

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A graduate of Wittenberg University, Brian also holds a master’s degree in Sports Administration from Ohio University. Before joining the Greater Columbus Sports Commission team in January 2007, Brian was the director of sales and executive producer for the Ohio State Coaches Shows. Prior, he held the position of sales manager for the Ohio State Buckeyes Radio Sports Network, an account executive for 1460 The Fan and spent six years with the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Brian has a lifelong love for football – his most memorable sporting accomplishment is contributing to a successful high school football team. Active in his home community of Gahanna, Brian serves on the Board of Directors for the Gahanna Convention & Visitors Bureau and is Past-President of the Rotary Club of Gahanna. He and his family enjoy cheering on the Buckeyes and dining at the city’s great restaurants. Singing and reading consume Brian’s spare time and he describes himself as caring, enthusiastic and passionate. He is married (to wife Ann) with two daughters (Caroline and Emily).

Brenda Carter

Brenda Carter, Executive Assistant to Linda Shetina Logan and Brian Timm

Hometown: Canal Winchester, Ohio
Favorite Team: Pittsburgh Steelers

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Brenda joined the Greater Columbus Sports Commission in July 2012 after being with Experience Columbus for more than 11 years as a Sales Information Coordinator. She provided administrative support to the Director of Convention Sales and the Associate Director of Convention Sales while managing all aspects of the database, reports and bid books along with tracking and assigning all general sales inquiries and leads. Prior to entering the hospitality and tourism industry, Brenda held positions with Ohio Magazine, Broadview Mortgage Company and Mid-America Federal S&L.

Brenda enjoys working out at the Groveport Recreation Club, walking the trails at several Central Ohio metro parks, working in her yard and spending time with friends and family, especially her grandson, Jaxon.

Jeremy Leifel

Jeremy Leifel, Senior Sales Manager

Hometown: Algonquin, Illinois
Favorite Team: Chicago Cubs

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Jeremy joined the Greater Columbus Sports Commission in November 2013 as Senior Sales Manager.  Prior to joining the GCSC team, he worked as Senior Sales Manager at the Auburn Hills Marriott in Michigan.  Jeremy graduated from Northern Illinois University’s College of Business with a Bachelors of Organization Management and a minor in Spanish.  He also had the opportunity to study abroad in Barcelona, Spain which was one of his most memorable experiences.  Jeremy grew up in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago and is passionate for playing and watching sports.  He still remains active by running half and full marathons and participating in intramural sports. Outside of work, Jeremy loves to spend time with family and friends, traveling to new cities and exploring the Columbus restaurant scene.

Lauren McCarty

Lauren McCarty, Sales Manager

Hometown: Amherst, Ohio
Favorite Team: Ohio State football

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Lauren joined the Greater Columbus Sports Commission in July 2013 when she took on the role of Sales Manager. She previously worked at Experience Columbus, starting as a Sales Assistant in 2010 and later was promoted to Sales Information Coordinator. Lauren graduated from The University of Toledo where she obtained her Bachelors of Business Administration with a minor in International Business. She also had the opportunity to participate in a study abroad program at Griffith University in the Gold Coast of Australia.

Her passion for sports dates back to her involvement in high school volleyball, running half marathons and participating in intramural sports throughout college and now in Columbus. Outside of the office, Lauren enjoys spending time with family and friends, stays active through local fitness programs, regularly experiences the Columbus food scene and is always looking to explore new cities.

Michelle Mercer

Michelle Mercer, Sales Assistant

Hometown: Bowling Green, Ohio
Favorite Team: Ohio State football

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In the spring of 2015, Michelle graduated from The Ohio State University with a major in Hospitality Management and a minor in General Business. While at Ohio State, she developed her skillset through her sales and catering roles at the Blackwell Inn on campus, Nationwide Hotel and Conference Center and the Crowne Plaza Downtown.

Michelle’s love of sports began when she was a competitive gymnast during her time in school and continued as she coached at a local Columbus gymnastics club. Additionally, she has always been a fan of Ohio State football and recalls one of her favorite memories was watching them win the Big Ten Championship in 2014 during her senior year.

Eric Archibald

Eric Archibald, Director, Events

Hometown: Canton, Ohio
Favorite Team: Green Bay Packers

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Eric joined the GCSC from Sports America, Inc. where he was a Project Manager.  His golf background consists of Operations Manager at Global Golf Management in Chicago, IL and Sales Manager at The Boeing Championship at Sandestin in Destin, FL.  Prior to those roles, he was the Assistant Director of Merchandise for the Columbus Clippers.  The Ohio State alum possesses both a Masters of Arts in Sports Management and a Bachelors degree with an emphasis in Sports Marketing from The Max M. Fisher College of Business.

Ariana Tyler

Ariana Tyler, Events Coordinator

Hometown: Oxford, Michigan
Favorite Team: Michigan State football

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As the Events Coordinator for the Greater Columbus Sports Commission, Ariana works closely with each sporting group and organization to ensure their event is successfully executed. A big fan of traveling, she was able to study abroad in Luxembourg and travel throughout Europe before graduating from Miami University. Additionally, Ariana is a certified athletic trainer and interned with the Miami University football team.

For the majority of her life, Ariana has ridden competitively in the Hunter Jumper horse show circuit and continues to have a love for horseback riding. She also has a passion for competing in the water and rowed crew in high school. Spending time with family and friends, exploring restaurants and college football season are a few of Ariana’s favorite things.

Bruce Wimbish

Bruce Wimbish, Director, Marketing & Communications

Hometown: Columbus, Ohio
Favorite Team: Cleveland Cavaliers

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A Columbus native, he has done a tour of Ohio and ended up right back here, in what he calls the best city in the state. Bruce has an undergraduate degree from the University of Cincinnati, as well as an M.A. in sport management and an M.B.A. from Ohio State. He spent seven years with the Cleveland Cavaliers, most recently as the basketball communications manager, before returning to Columbus to join the GCSC team in December 2010. Bruce enjoys weightlifting and playing basketball – in fact, being on the court with LeBron James is his most memorable sporting moment. He’ll never go on vacation without an itinerary, but when he’s winging it at home, he enjoys spending time in Columbus’ entertainment districts – the Arena District, the Short North and Easton. Bruce is married (to wife Camille), and sees himself as a well-rounded person of integrity.

Ashlee Hayes

Ashlee Hayes, Website/Graphic Design Manager

Hometown: Strasburg, Ohio
Favorite Team: Dallas Cowboys

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A Kent State University graduate, she has worked at the GCSC since October 2009. Previously, Ashlee was the special projects and events coordinator at the Ohio Wine Producers Association and the recreation manager at The Lodge at Geneva-on-the-Lake.

Ashlee sees herself as passionate, driven and committed. She enjoys Columbus’ emerging food scene and spends her free time exploring our great city with her family and friends. Ashlee spent two weeks in Malawi, Africa, on a missions trip and can’t wait to go back.

Jenn Cartmille

Jenn Cartmille, Marketing Manager

Hometown: Akron, Ohio
Favorite Team: Ohio State football

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Jenn joined the Greater Columbus Sports Commission team as Marketing Manager in the summer of 2015. A graduate of The Ohio State University with a Bachelor’s in Strategic Communication, she knew from the moment she received her diploma that Columbus would be her forever home. Jenn is an experienced marketing professional who is currently pursuing her master’s degree in Integrated Marketing Communications (IMC) from West Virginia University. A Buckeye at heart, she is an avid OSU football and basketball fan. Attending and watching the Buckeyes win the 2010 Rose Bowl is one of her most memorable experiences.

She wholeheartedly believes there’s always something to do in Columbus. Whether it’s trying a new restaurant, visiting a small business for local goods or watching a regional sports team win, Columbus is Jenn’s favorite city for many reasons. A mother to a 7-pound dog (Gunner), Jenn considers herself to be a passionate, focused and determined individual.

Laura Brown

Laura Brown, Marketing & Events Assistant

Hometown: Atlanta, Georgia
Favorite Team: Detroit Tigers

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Laura, a former intern with the Greater Columbus Sports Commission, joined full-time as the Marketing and Events Assistant in 2015. She graduated from The Ohio State University in 2014, majoring in Sport Industry with a minor in Communications. She previously worked for OSU’s Recreational Sports Department as a Club Sport Supervisor and for two years at the Columbus Clippers as a Front Office Intern.

Laura played volleyball throughout high school and also played club volleyball at Ohio State. She is very passionate about Detroit Tigers baseball and Buckeye football! Her favorite sport memory is watching the Tigers in the 2012 World Series. She also enjoys reading, hanging out with friends and family, shopping in Columbus’ many great locations, and watching all types of sports and genres of movies.

Taylor Franklin

Taylor Franklin, Receptionist/Office Manager

Hometown: Delaware, Ohio
Favorite Team: Cleveland Cavaliers

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Joining the Greater Columbus Sports Commission after graduating from Wilmington College in May of 2015, Taylor received a Bachelor’s degree in Sports Management with a concentration in Wellness and a minor in Coaching. During her time at Wilmington, she played on the school’s soccer team and earned four varsity letters.  Taylor also remained active off the soccer field as a founding member of the Committee of Developing Sports Management Professionals and was appointed President during her time in the organization.