Kris Smith named Director of the Detroit Sports Commission

February 2, 2017  

Detroit, Mich. – Kris Smith has been named the Director of the Detroit Sports Commission (DSC), a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau (DMCVB).

Smith has been with the DSC for the past four years and most recently served as a National Sports Sales Manager.

“In his short time with the DSC, Kris has helped increase our profile within the national governing bodies of the Olympic movement, as well as created local awareness of the DSC,” said Larry Alexander, DMCVB President & CEO.

In this new role Smith will be responsible for furthering the DSC’s mission of enhancing the local economy and image of metro Detroit by attracting and hosting amateur sports events.

Since arriving in Detroit in 2012, Smith has played an integral role in helping prominent groups host their events in the region, including USA Volleyball, USA Fencing, USA Taekwondo and the Association of Chief Executives for Sport. Smith is a current board member of the National Association of Sports Commissions and is actively involved with Pure Michigan Sports, and the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU).

Prior to joining the DSC, Smith worked in hospitality for the Hampton Convention and Visitors Bureau where he began as a travel and information specialist in 2000. Smith was promoted to group sales manager of competitions and meetings for the newly developed Sports Hampton in 2002.

Smith graduated from Old Dominion University in 2001. Before graduating, Smith played football at Hampton University, where he majored in print and broadcast journalism.


The Detroit Sports Commission’s mission is to market and sell metro Detroit as a premier destination for regional, national and international amateur sporting events. The DSC is a not-for-profit charitable organization, IRS 501 (c)(3), and a subsidiary of the Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau. detroitsports.org


The Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau is a private, not-for-profit organization whose mission is to market and sell the metropolitan Detroit area on a worldwide basis as a destination for leisure and business travel including conventions, trade shows, corporate meetings, tours and incentive travel to maximize additional visitors, visitor expenditures, state and local tax revenues and job opportunities.
More than 700 businesses are represented in the DMCVB’s membership. The DMCVB was founded in 1896 as the world’s first convention and visitors bureau. visitdetroit.com