TULSA, OKLAHOMA -- The Tulsa Sports Commission has hired Ray Hoyt as it's new executive director.
Hoyt hails from Baton Rouge, Louisiana and most recently worked as a director with the Senior Olympic games.
He says he looks forward to working in Tulsa.
"The people already here; the vision of the leadership; and the engagement of the community were all major factors that influenced my decision to accept this position and relocate to Tulsa," said Ray Hoyt. "Tulsa has recently built several new facilities to support a strong passion and commitment to a successful sports commission in the region. When my wife and I visited, we were impressed with the beauty and cleanliness of the city, the thoughtfulness of the people and their sense of community pride."
Hoyt will replace Mike Dodson, who has been with the commission since 2004.
VisitTulsa Senior Vice President Dave Nolan made the announcement Monday.
"The Tulsa Sports Commission is building an impressive portfolio of events both created and attracted to impact the region's economy and it is critical we build on that momentum now and utilize the incredible assets Tulsa has to offer as a sports destination," said Dave Nolan. "We feel strongly that Ray is the person to lead this organization in the right direction and strengthen Tulsa's sports reputation."
The Tulsa Sports Commission was created to attract major sporting events to Tulsa.
The next major event will be the 1st and 2nd round NCAA basketball tournament games in March of 2011.
Ray Hoyt will be a guest on The News On 6's Six in the Morning in the 6 a.m. hour Tuesday.