Matt Esau, the former director of Mayo Civic Center Sales for Experience Rochester, has been named the new executive director of Rochester Sports.

The Rochester Sports executive committee announced Esau will assume his new duties beginning Jan. 28 at the organization formerly known as the Rochester Amateur Sports Commission.

Esau, his wife and their two sons have been active residents of the Rochester community for the past 15 years, Rochester Sports noted in a statement released Friday. Through his previous position with Mayo Civic Center, Esau worked collaboratively with Rochester Sports in bringing multiple sporting events to the Rochester community.

Esau is also currently active in various Rochester youth sports organizations.

Last year, Rochester hosted 92 sporting events that helped generate 32,315 hotel room nights and more than $25 million in estimated economic impact, the commission noted.

“For the past 15 years, Matt has established himself and his passion for sports by actively participating on multiple boards of local sports programs, coaching numerous youth sports teams, and volunteering at sporting events throughout our community,” said Rochester Sports Board President Brian Zmolek. “He is a fantastic team player and leader that will enhance stakeholder engagement, communication, experience and relationships; he is a perfect fit for our role of executive director as we move Rochester Sports forward.

“Matt’s knowledge and experience will help Rochester Sports build on the legacy of success that has been recognized nationally by our sports commission peers,” Zmolek said.

“I could not be more excited to join the Rochester Sports staff,” Esau said. “With their work ethic and professionalism, they have done an excellent job of positively impacting our community through the many sports events they host each year.”


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