Stephanie Myers joined the Dallas Sports Commission in August 2016 with over ten years of sports and entertainment event experience. She has a Master's in Sports Management from Kent State University and an undergraduate degree from Youngstown State University where she was a four-year MVP on the women's golf team. In 2014, she was the first female golfer inducted into Youngstown's Athletic Hall of Fame. She still enjoys playing golf to this day. Stephanie was born in Boardman, Ohio, but resides in Bedford with her Husband and her dog.
Q: What does it take to achieve successful planning and execution of these events that you help with?
SM: The biggest key to success is communication, within our own team and with the client. I think having a passionate team, like the one we have here at Dallas, makes events successful because we enjoy what we do and we enjoy seeing the client succeed. Going above and beyond is what we are known for and we enjoy doing it.
Q: To you, what does it mean to bring events to Dallas?
SM: I think bringing sporting events to Dallas, whether large or small, obviously has an economic impact on our city. We want to see the money and tourism that our events bring in whether they're here for just hotels and restaurants or if they're here for an extended time to see all the great things Dallas has to offer. So, we want to see the city prosper from these events. At the same time, I'm not from here, but living here I've learned that it's an amazing city with so much to offer from great facilities to great parks. We have world-class sporting venues here in Dallas and on top of that all the restaurants, shopping, and fun things make it an easy city to come to because there is so much to do.
Q: Can you talk a little bit about some events that you're planning right now and how they are going?
SM: The American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) is coming to town with the Under-Armor Jordan Spieth invitational and it's special because Spieth is local to Dallas. Not to mention he just won his third major at the British Open, so it's a big deal. The neat thing is that I am an AJGA alumni because of the competitive golf I played when I was younger so I played in this tour. It's basically the PGA/ LPGA for juniors. It's a way they can play on a very high, national level and it hopefully aids them in getting college scholarships- that's AJGA's goal is to see these kids play in college. The neat thing is that now its full circle, now I am helping them. They're coming to Trinity Forest Golf Club which is a great thing because that's where the Byron Nelson will be next year. We're currently helping them with hotels, some local Dallas food trucks, and a venue for their welcome dinner to kick-off their tournament week. I know the great things that this organization does to provide for these kids and it's great that in a small way I can give back to these kids by helping plan the event.
Q: You mentioned, you used to play golf. Can you talk a little bit about your career with the sport growing up?
SM: I was a little late to the game because I started competitively playing when I was 12 and most of the kids starting when they were six and seven years old, but I loved it. Golf parallels life a lot. Not that in any other sport you can't learn life lessons of hard work and dedication, but golf is really an individual sport and the work you put into it is what you get out. You literally cannot rely on anything or anyone else and for my personality it fit well. I was able to travel the country and play some of the best courses in the world and benefited by earning a college scholarship. Some of my best friends, to this day, used to be my competitors as kids, but we ended up on the same college team. It's a sport you can play your whole life. It's just an incredibly good sport for the life lessons of hard work and dedication. There's nobody else to blame and it really teaches you that your success and failures are on you, the effort you put in is up to you.
Q: Why are you passionate about what you do?
SM: I'm probably the odd kid that has done this their entire life. I was the kid that loved planning things and setting it all up, probably making a mess of my playroom, but then when it came time to actually do the event or game that I planned I got bored and it was on to the next. I have wanted to do this for a long time. I saw my first concert when I was seven years old, Fleetwood Mac, and to this day they are my favorite. But, I was probably more interested in all the people running around with the tags, the backstage passes, and the radios on and I wanted to know what they did. It's stuck with me since then and I have always wanted to do it. I love it, I love what I do. Every day is different and I enjoy working with all the different clients from all over the world. I'm not a singer or a professional athlete so it's fun to see the end product, game or concert knowing that I had a hand in that. Knowing that the client and the fans have a good time makes it worthwhile to me!
Favorite sport: Golf
Favorite Dallas athlete: Dirk Nowitzki
Did you know? Stephanie likes to bake! Especially cupcakes