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Last Updated:November 12, 2006 A STORY YOU WON’T SEE ANYWHERE ELSE BUT TO MAKE OUR POINT HERE IT IS
CONGRATULATIONS KEVIN SMITH
Guaranteed you have never
heard of Kevin Smith
( this Kevin Smith )
unless maybe if
you live in the
Tampa Bay or
area of Florida
probably never will
Again that’s too bad
KEVIN SMITH may
be more important
than you think
To say very few people know of his recent promotion is an under-statement. Certainly no one unfamiliar with the St.
Petersburg/Clearwater Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, and Smith’s family and friends would. And in today’s world one definition of Obscurity is drawing a blank on a Goggle search. Other than local note in a very few places of his new appointment you will find ABSOLUTELY nothing about Kevin Smith on the Internet. As for an image search. Don’t bother.
So why do we care in the Box
because you should
Kevin Smith has just been named the Sports Commissioner of the St. Petersburg/Clearwater Area Convention & Visitors Bureau. The first African American anywhere in Florida to hold such a post. And one of very very few across the Land ever to do so. Well guess what. Being SPORTS Commissioner in St. Petersburg in the scheme of things is FAR more important than even being a leading Black NFL Quarterback. Or the super-star of an NBA team. Why ?
Because OFF the field success in Sports
is where the REAL action is
being a DECISION maker
We probably could have waited a few days and actually reached Smith and had some first person material in this Box. We’ll maybe we will. But we are making a different point here. This Box is about Kevin Smith but in a different way. Kevin Smith as a SYMBOL. He shouldn’t mind. A SYMBOL of Good & Bad.
GOOD in that this African American has risen to the most important position in a body that plays a significant role in sports in a major metropolitan area in the prominent state of Florida. BAD in that it is little noted WORSE in that there are so few “Kevin Smiths” in similar positions. We’re sending Kevin Smith this Black Box as our way of congratulating him.
WHY DON’T YOU by sending him a brief email congratulating him and making him feel good to be recognized.
Kevin Smith’s email address …..
Here is the ONLY story it appears
in the Tampa Bay Business Journal
Wednesday, October 8, 2006
St. Pete/Clearwater CVB hires new sports commissioner Tampa Bay Business Journal – 5:41 PM EST Wednesday
The St. Petersburg/Clearwater Area Convention & Visitors Bureau has named Kevin Smith as the sports commissioner for the St. Petersburg/Clearwater Area Sports Commission.
Smith becomes the first African-American sports commissioner in Florida, said Carole Ketterhagen, executive director, in a release. Smith has 19 years of Tampa Bay area sports experience. In 1999, he helped form the CVB’s Sports Commission when he became the commission’s first sales manager.
Major events he has worked on include the Outback Bowl Game, Outback Bowl Beach Day and Super Bowl XXXV. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors and Team Selection Committee for the Outback Bowl. He is a 1985 graduate of Flagler College in St.
Augustine, the release said.
A department of the CVB, the Sports Commission is the official sports marketing and management organization for Pinellas County. It annually generates more than $17 million in direct economic impact and provides more than $1 million in sales tax revenue to the community by hosting and promoting professional, collegiate, amateur and youth sports training and tournaments.
END OF STORY
Commissioner Kevin Smith
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