Josh Howell took on the role of sports sales manager at Visit Wichita. This position is unique as it is the organization’s sole position responsible for attracting sporting events to the city.

Howell is responsible for developing relationships with local, regional and national sports stakeholders to attract sporting events and sports conventions and meetings to Wichita.

“I am very excited to begin my role as sports sales manager at Visit Wichita. My last two positions have given me the opportunity to develop relationships within the sports industry, specifically in the Wichita community, and I’m looking forward to continuing to grow and expand upon them,” said Howell. “Additionally, Wichita has so much momentum right now. I can’t wait to work with our local venues to keep that energy going by bringing in national sporting events that our community so greatly deserves.”

Howell received his Masters of Education in Sport Management from Wichita State University. Prior to joining Visit Wichita, he was the director of development, events & marketing at Greater Wichita Area Sports Commission (GWASC), and has more than 10 years of experience in sports sales and marketing.

His role at GWASC was overseeing events such as the Wichita Corporate Challenge and Region VI Basketball Championships. He had a key role in planning both the Prairie Fire Marathon and Johnny Bench Awards, among many other sporting events in Wichita throughout the year.

Howell spent three years as marketing manager at INTRUST Bank Arena and prior to that, spent eight years in college athletics at the University of Arizona, Wichita State University and the University of Arkansas.