ANN ARBOR, MICH (September 4, 2018) – Destination Ann Arbor is proud to announce that Mike Malach will become the first full time Executive Director of the Ann Arbor Sports Commission.  
 
Malach is a sports management industry veteran, bringing over 20 years of experience to Destination Ann Arbor. The Ann Arbor Sports Commission was founded in 2016 as a division of Destination Ann Arbor, Washtenaw County’s premier destination marketing organization.   
 
In 2017, Malach marked 21 years as part of the Eastern Michigan University Department of Athletics staff and four years as the as the Senior Associate Athletic Director for Finance and Operations at EMU. In his most recent role, Malach oversaw the department’s budget and financial planning, event management, facilities and game operations staff, and IT services, and served as the liaison to the Eastern Michigan University Convocation Center. Before joining EMU’s Department of Athletics staff in 1998, Malach spent two years as the Business Manager in the Athletics Department at Missouri State University. 
 
“I’ve been very fortunate to be a part of EMU’s outstanding Athletics Department for a great 21 years. Joining the Destination Ann Arbor team to lead the Sports Commission is an incredible opportunity,” said Malach. “My career’s foundation is in my love for sports, and Washtenaw County is my home. I’m honored and delighted to contribute to the Ann Arbor Sports Commission’s success.” 

Mary Kerr, President and CEO of Destination Ann Arbor, added, “Mike Malach is the perfect fit for this strategic role leading the Ann Arbor Sports Commission. His experience and skills are exactly what we hoped to find in a new Executive Director.” 
 
The Ann Arbor Sports Commission was formed in 2016 to attract competitive and recreational sporting events to the Ann Arbor area. One of the many groups which the Sports Commission has recruited since its inception is the 2017 Nations Cup: US Figure Skating Theatre on Ice, which hosted its event in Ann Arbor last year. Skaters attended from across the country, and the event generated an estimated economic impact of $835,944 from participants and spectators who enjoyed dining, shopping, and overnight stays in Ann Arbor.  
 
Mike Malach lives in Milan with his wife, Joan, and their family. 
 
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Destination Ann Arbor is a 501 (c)6 not-for-profit organization whose mission is to enhance the economy of Washtenaw County through promotion of the area as a destination for day and overnight visitors. www.destinationannarbor.org

The Ann Arbor Sports Commission is a department within Destination Ann Arbor which exists to promote the Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti area as a destination for sports-related tournaments, conferences, meetings, and events.   www.visitannarbor.org/sportscommission 
 

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