Sports commission board appoints new director

Renee Wheelock
Renee Wheelock

Renee Wheelock has been appointed executive director of the Greater Grand Junction Sports Commission.

Wheelock succeeds Jennifer Stoll as director of the nonprofit organization, a collaborative effort of Colorado Mesa University, Mesa County, the cities of Grand Junction and Fruita and town of Palisade to promote sports events that contribute to the Grand Valley economy.

“I recently relocated to the Grand Valley for the very same quality of life considerations that the sports commission seeks to build through its mission,” Wheelock said. “It’s an honor to serve in a position that works to promote this region and community through sports tourism, and I’m excited to build on the organization’s foundation and past successes.”

Wheelock previously worked as community relations manager and tour director for the Ride the Rockies and Pedal the Plains bicycle tours in Colorado. She’s been involved in sports tourism throughout the state and brings to her new duties more than seven years of experience in community outreach and nonprofit event management.

Derek Wagner, chairman of the Greater Grand Junction Sports Commission board, hailed Wheelock’s appointment. “Renee brought the right mix of experience and enthusiasm for our mission that our entire search committee embraced. We’re excited to have her on board to continue advancing our mission and growing the sports tourism sector across our valley.”

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