Angel Natal Jr. Hired from St. Petersburg/Clearwater Sports Commission
Visit Tucson has named Angel Natal Jr. as director of Tucson Sports. Natal starts Monday, Nov. 4 at the Visit Tucson administrative office, 100 S. Church Ave.
Natal will be responsible for building awareness for metropolitan Tucson as a preferred destination for all types of sports events, and for selling and marketing the area in order to secure regional and national events that fill hotel rooms, venues and facilities throughout the region. He replaces Vince Trinidad, who accepted the position as Executive Director of Tulsa Sports Commission, in August.
Natal has 14 years experience working in the sports industry; most recently at the St. Petersburg/Clearwater (Florida) Sports Commission where he served as senior sales manager since 2009. During his tenure in Florida, Natal helped increase the organization’s budget from $300,000 to $800,000, doubled sports-related room nights to more than 100,000, and increased events from 50 to more than 90.
Natal has worked closely with baseball, softball and aquatics national governing bodies, along with youth and amateur organizations that specialize in those sports as well as lacrosse. He helped create the BIG EAST/Big Ten Baseball Challenge and has worked with USA BMX, Competitor Group (Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series), and Major League Baseball teams regarding their spring training activities and college football bowl games.
Prior to joining the sports commission, Angel worked as a program coordinator for the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation. He began his career at Ripken Baseball in 1999. Angel also is fluent in Spanish and is well versed in social media and website content management.
About Visit Tucson & Tucson Sports
Visit Tucson is a nonprofit 501c6 organization charged with marketing, promoting, and selling Tucson and southern Arizona to leisure travelers, meeting planners, tour operators, media and sports and special event operators. Visit Tucson’s mission is to drive economic development by connecting visitors with their ideal travel and meetings experiences in Tucson and southern Arizona. Visit Tucson is financially supported by the City of Tucson, Pima County, the Town of Oro Valley and more than 500 individual and business partners.
For more information about Tucson Sports, including the region’s venues, please visit the department’s website at tucsonsports.org. For more background on why Tucson is gaining popularity as a leisure, meetings and sports destination, go to visitTucson.org.