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Adventure Center/Visitor Information: 3312 Gateway St · Springfield OR (Open daily 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.)
Downtown Eugene Visitor Center: 754 Olive St · Eugene OR (Open Monday-Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.)
Mailing Address: PO Box 10286 · Eugene OR 97440 s


Evaluating and packaging your sponsorable assets. Developing a prospect pipeline.  Talking to potential partners, understanding their needs, and customizing your offering to ensure you can secure partners that create win - win relationships. Learn from highly respected revenue and partnership producers about their top tips & best practices that can help drive more value from your sports. Moderated by Whitney Wagoner.


Allan BenavidesAllan Benavides – General Manager, Eugene Emeralds

Allan Benavides is entering his eighth season as General Manager for the Emeralds, and his 13th season in professional baseball. Since graduating from the University of California at Santa Cruz in 1999, he worked for 3 years as a junior talent manager in Hollywood where he worked with Penelope Cruz and Joe Mantegna. In December of 2004, Allan chose to divert from his entertainment career path and move into sports. His interest in sports has always been fan focused with an emphasis in unique and affordable family entertainment. He has taken an active role in the community and currently sits on the boards of the Emerald Valley Boys and Girls Club and the Eugene Civic Alliance. He is a lifelong fan of the Los Angeles Dodgers and suddenly a die-hard Chicago Cubs fan. In his personal time, Allan enjoys skiing, boating, spending time with his wife Caitlin, and son Christian, and writing short and concise bios of himself in the third person.

Nigel FranciscoNigel Francisco – Chief Financial Officer, Ninkasi Brewing Company

Nigel Francisco was born and raised in Eugene, Oregon. He is currently the Chief Financial Officer for Ninkasi Brewing Company. Ninkasi Brewing Company is one of the top 40 Craft Breweries in the United States. Nigel has been at Ninkasi since 2009 and has helped the brewery grow from 18,000 BBL to over 100,000 BBL.  Before Ninkasi, Nigel spent 7 years in the airline industry working for Horizon Air (Part of Alaska Air Group). He worked as a line Pilot, Hiring Pilot and Flight instructor during his time at Horizon he flew both the Dash 8 Q200 and Q400. Nigel is also on the Board of Commissioners for The Oregon Tourism Commission that helps market our beautiful state and is a past Chair of the Board for the Eugene Chamber of Commerce. When not working Nigel enjoys visiting many of the fine restaurants, wineries and breweries Oregon has to offer and cooking in his wood fire Pizza oven in his back yard! 

Dr. Thomas WuestDr. Thomas Wuest – Chief Medical Officer, Trillium Community Health Plan and Health Net of Oregon

Dr. Wuest is the Chief Medical Officer of Trillium Community Health Plan and Health Net of Oregon.  In that capacity, he is responsible for the population health of over 200,000 Oregonians including members on Medicare, Medicaid, and Commercial Plans.  He recently stepped down as President of Slocum Orthopedics, PC, a position he held for over 12 years and during which he coordinated the planning, construction and completion of the Slocum Center for Orthopedics and Sports Medicine – an 80,000 sq. ft. musculoskeletal center.  He practiced Orthopedic Trauma surgery in the region for over 23 years, and now has a non-operative, part-time consultation practice at Slocum.