Greater Columbus Sports Commission Senior Business Development Manager Ariana Tyler was named Sports ETA Young Professional of the Year at the 2021 Sports ETA Symposium from Oct. 25-29 in Birmingham, Alabama.

Since April 2020, Tyler has co-hosted monthly webinars for a group of nearly 90 young professionals eager to share ideas, best practices, and create connections. Born from an informal retreat in 2019, the subgroup has had nearly 20 formal meetings where members educate, network and create opportunities for professional and personal development. Tyler is in her eighth year with the Sports Commission, spending six years on the events team prior to transitioning to business development.

“Ariana Tyler has served Sports ETA over the past year to lead the young professional national affinity group to connect emerging leaders in the sports tourism events industry,” President & CEO of Sports ETA, Al Kidd said. “We recognize her for her professionalism and enthusiasm to connect colleagues across the country to our industry to further their involvement and engagement in our national association.”

About Sports ETA

As the only trade association for the sports events and tourism industry, Sports ETA is the most trusted resource for sports commissions, destination marketing organizations (DMOs), and sports event owners. Sports ETA is committed to the success of more than 560 member organizations and 2,400 sports event professionals. We promise to deliver quality education, ample networking opportunities and exceptional event management and marketing know-how to our members and to protect the integrity of the sports events and tourism industry.  For more information, visit

About the Greater Columbus Sports Commission 

The Greater Columbus Sports Commission is a nonprofit organization with a mission to rally Columbus to compete and win sporting  events, providing a singular athlete and fan experience and positively impacting image, economy and lifestyle.  Since 2002, the  Greater Columbus Sports Commission has booked more than 500  new sporting events for the Columbus Region, generating an estimated $605 million in visitor spending.  Those millions of dollars go back into the city, improving quality of life for our community and boosting economic growth.