About Us



The Maine Sports Commission markets Maine as a four season sports destination to enhance the state's economy.





In response to the growing demand for information regarding sports events and sports-related meetings in the state of Maine, the Maine Sports Commission was created in February 2012.  The leadership for the Maine Sports Commission includes representation from the Maine Office of Tourism, associates from the Greater Bangor Convention & Visitors Bureaus and Visit Portland, and associates from the sports, education and tourism industries.

Sheila Brennan Nee is the Strategic Director for the Commission.

The eight regions of Maine are: Aroostook County; Downeast and Acadia; Greater Portland and Casco Bay Region; Kennebec Valley Region; Mid-Coast Region; Maine Beaches; The Maine Highlands, which includes Bangor; Maine’s Lakes and Mountains; 

The commission is registered with the state as a 501(c)(6), a non-profit business organization.


Board of Directors 

Maine Sports Commission Board members are representatives from the the Greater Bangor Convention & Visitors Bureau and Visit Portland and sports, education and tourism industries: 

  • Dina Jackson: Economic Development Specialist, AVCOG-Androscoggin Valley Council of Governments
  • Carolann Ouellette: Executive Director, Maine Huts & Trails 
  • Phil Savignano: Senior Tourism Officer at the Maine Office of Tourism, Maine Office of Tourism Representative
  • Lynn Tillotson: President + CEO, Portland Convention + Visitors Bureau, Portland CVB Representative 
  • Kerrie Tripp: Executive Director, Greater Bangor Convention & Visitors Bureau, The Maine Highlands Region Representative
  • Russell Walters: President at Northern Outdoors, Kennebec Valley Regional Representative, Member of Maine Sports Commission Executive Committee
  • Dr. Jo Williams: Interim Dean of the College of Management and Human Service, University of Southern Maine, Sports Industry Representative, Member of Maine Sports Commission Executive Committee
  • Sheila Brennan Nee: Strategic Director, Maine Sports Commission. The strategic director’s primary responsibilities are the development of marketing strategy and materials, research and development of new sporting events and direct collaboration with Maine's eight tourism regions.