Erie Sports Commission Announces New Hire
Former Otters Announcer Mark Jeanneret returns to Erie in new capacity
Erie, PA: The Erie Sports Commission (ESC) is pleased to announce the hiring of Mark Jeanneret as its new Events Director. Beginning June 1, the 44-year old Jeanneret will become the second full time ESC staff member, bringing a wealth of sports experience along with him.
Mark became a part of the fabric of Erie's rich sporting community when he was hired by Ron Sertz, now the Executive Director of the ESC, and joined the Erie Otters as the team's first director of media relations and play-by-play announcer in 1996. He spent more than 11 seasons with the organization--including describing every moment of the team's thrilling run to their first Ontario Hockey League Championship in 2002--before taking his talents to the AHL in 2009 to work for the Portland Pirates.
Known mostly for his on-air presence with the Otters, Jeanneret had many other high-level responsibilities during his tenure with the club. These duties included overseeing communications and special events, as well as helping to structure the marketing and advertising plans for the team.
In addition to his extensive sports event and administration experience, Jeanneret is also a seasoned journalist. He has covered a wide variety of sporting events for daily publications such as the Portland Press Harold, The Times Leader (Wilkes-Barre, Scranton, PA), The Republican (Springfield, Mass.), Bangor Daily News, The Journal Tribune (Biddeford, Maine), and the St. Catharines Standard.
"I am extremely excited to be offered this opportunity to return to the Erie sports scene," Jeanneret said. "Some of my fondest memories, both personally and professionally, took place in Erie. I am looking forward to getting re-acquainted with the community and working with Ron and the VisitErie staff in a continued effort to attract and grow sporting events in the community and help to position Erie as a strong sports destination."
Sertz commented: "I am thrilled to have Mark back in Erie where he had much success for over a decade. He is very talented and an extremely hard worker. His knowledge of the area as well as his experience with professional level events and communications will be a great addition to the Erie Sports Commission."
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