NEWS Gardner appointed to HCHSA Board of Directors

Pam Gardner, former Houston Astros president of business operations and current CEO of the consulting firm, Your Mind at Work, has been appointed and confirmed to serve a two-year term with the Harris County – Houston Sports Authority Board of Directors officials announced today.

“I feel honored and privileged to have been selected to serve with such a prestigious group,” Gardner said. “I worked with the Sports Authority since its inception, so I am thrilled to be able to contribute at this level.”

Mayor Annise Parker selected Gardner to serve on the board and the appointment was confirmed by the City Council on Wednesday, July 31.  Gardner was officially sworn in today by Chairman of the Board J. Kent Friedman as part of the HCHSA Board of Directors agenda.

“We couldn’t ask for a better addition to our board,” HCHSA CEO Janis Burke commented.  “Pam was integral in the building of Minute Maid Park, has been a great friend and colleague and will continue to be an advocate for sports in our community.”

Gardner began her career with the Houston Astros in 1989 as director of communications and was elevated through the ranks to serve as senior vice president of sales and marketing in 1999. In 2001, Gardner was named president of business operations, and under her leadership, the team set a franchise attendance record in 2004 with 3,087,872 fans in attendance at Minute Maid Park. Gardner also oversaw the MLB All-Star Game in Houston in 2004 and led the organization as it hosted the first World Series in the State of Texas in 2005.

The Harris County - Houston Sports Authority maintains the facilities and services the debt of the world-class, professional sports venues it was created to build. To support this primary mission, HCHSA serves as a leading proponent for attracting sporting events to Houston and for promoting the city as a home for sports-related activities, to ultimately enhance Houston’s economic development and bring better quality of life for its residents. In 2012, the area hosted over 1,300 events with nearly 8.5 million attendees. From these events an estimated $2.2 billion in economic impact was generated for the community, $1.44 billion was produced in economic output, and $1.08 billion in tax producing developments grew in areas surrounding the venues.

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