Eric D. Hart, CvE
Eric is the President/CEO of Tampa Sports Authority (TSA) in Tampa, Florida. He is a member of the Westshore Alliance, the Visit Tampa Bay board and the Tampa Bay Sports Commission board.
TSA manages Raymond James Stadium, home of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the University of South Florida Bulls, and three City of Tampa municipal golf courses: Rocky Point, Babe Zaharias and Rogers Park. Eric previously served as the President and CEO of the Lansing Entertainment and Public Facilities Authority. Prior to Lansing, Eric served as the Director of Event Services for the 1.5 million sq. ft. Minneapolis Convention Center in Minneapolis and as Associate Director for the UIC Pavilion in Chicago, Illinois. He began his full time career in facility management at the Iowa State Center in Ames, Iowa where he served as the Guest Services Manager and was later promoted to Event Coordinator.
Eric received a bachelor’s of science in finance and a master of science in business education and administration from Illinois State University. Additionally, he teaches and is currently the Dean of the Graduate Institute at the IAVM (International Association of Venue Managers) annual Venue Management School (VMS GI) in Wheeling, West Virginia. Eric earned the prestigious Certified Venue Executive (CVE) designation from IAVM in 2013.
He is happily married and the proud parent of two daughters. Eric loves to hunt, golf, fish, wood-work in his shop and spend time with his family.