Meet The Team

Ben Snyder
Executive Director

Ben joined the team in Grand Junction in 2020 after spending the previous ten years working in the sport tourism and events industry. A native of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Ben spent five years in Colorado Springs prior to moving to west slope and is very familiar with the natural beauty Colorado has to offer. Past experiences include sales and ticketing roles within Minor League Baseball, collegiate athletics, multisport events, and the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee.

 

A graduate of Messiah College (Harrisburg, PA), Ben received a Bachelor of Science in Economics where he also played four years of baseball. He attended Virginia Commonwealth University (Richmond, VA) and received his MBA and Master of Education in Sport Leadership in 2013. Ben also specializes in event operations and logistics from his roles with the World Police & Fire Games and the Corporate Games.

 

Away from the office, you will most likely find Ben out on a trail with his dogs Tuck and Samson. An avid hiker, he also enjoys cycling, basketball, tennis, and the occasional triathlon. Additionally, Ben referees high school basketball during the winter months. 

 

Ben has a passion for bringing people together through sport and his mission is to showcase the many incredible opportunities the Grand Junction community has to offer. With unrivaled natural resources, he knows the Grand Junction Sports Commission has a fun trail ahead.

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Operations Coordinator
Bryan Wright

Bryan joined the GGJSC team in 2022 after spending the previous ten years working in public safety, event management, and education. A native of Denver, Colorado, Bryan spent the last six years working with Mesa County on multiple projects, incidents, and events. Past experiences include Incident Command Team of Country Jam Colorado, Incident Commander of numerous events / incidents, COVID-19 Incident Response, and has been a member multiple boards, groups, and task forces throughout Mesa County and Statewide.

 

As a graduate, student, and educator at Colorado Mesa University, Bryan is familiar with the Grand Valley and all it has to offer. He has had experience with all major events around town and has supported some GGJSC events for the past few years in various roles.

 

Away from the office, you will most likely find Bryan out exploring the Colorado National Monument, The Grand Mesa, and spending time with his friends and family.

 

Bryan has a passion for helping the community and keeping people safe. He has numerous certifications in the pubic safety world and enjoys supporting the community in both the public and private sector.

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Alyssa Winter
Event Marketing Manager

Alyssa joined the GGJSC team in June 2021 as the Event Marketing Intern for the summer into the fall of 2021 but took a leave of absence to live out her lifelong dream of studying abroad in a foreign country in the spring of 2022. Alyssa studied International Business and Marketing during her six-month study abroad trip in Ghent, Belgium. "It was an experience I will never forget, and I am truly grateful for everything I learned, the people I met, and the memories I get to cherish forever. She returned back into the United States in July of 2022 and hopped right back in with GGJSC as the Event Marketing Manager. Alyssa is currently a senior Business Administration-emphasis in Marketing student at Colorado Mesa University intending to graduate Fall 2022!

After graduation, Alyssa does not have a set plan, but will either stay in Grand Junction or move east back over the mountains to Fort Collins/Denver/Colorado Springs*. Since she has been working for the Grand Junction Sports Commission, she has provided marketing materials for many events and supported local partners events as well. Her favorite event to work is the Just Peachy 5K in Palisade, CO because of the family friendly feel and the huge smiles on everyone's faces at the Peachy Post Race Party!

 

Away from the office, you will most likely find Alyssa with her friends out traveling to nearby outdoor destinations to go camping such as Arches and Canyonlands National Park, The Grand Mesa, and the Colorado National Monument. 

 

Alyssa has a passion for outdoor recreation, sports, providing a safe and fun environment for the community, and creating lasting memories for participants!