Treasure Coast Sports Commission

Rick Hatcher – Executive Director

Rick Hatcher is the Executive Director of the Treasure Coast Sports Commission and is a recognized leader in Sports Tourism with 20 years of experience in the Sports Commission and the Convention and Visitors Bureau industry. As the Executive Director of the Treasure Coast Sports Commission, he oversees the marketing, promoting and recruiting of sporting events that enhance the economic impact and growth for Indian River, St. Lucie and Martin counties in Florida.

Prior to being named the Executive of the Treasure Coast Sports Commission, he was Director of Business Development for PSA Sports & Event Partners, Executive Director of Lexington Area Sports Authority, Executive Director of the Bluegrass State Games and Executive Director of the Tallahassee Sports Council.

Rick has served as Chairman of the National Association of Sports Commission (NASC) as well as serving two terms on the NASC Board of Directors. He is a standing member of the NASC Leadership Council and a graduate of the Certified Sports Events Executive (CSEE) program. As an experienced leader in the sports tourism industry, he has served on the National Congress of States, the Florida Sports Foundation and Connect Sports Executive Advisory Board.

Prior to moving into the sports tourism industry, Rick served as pitching coach for six years at the University of Tennessee, Georgia Tech and the University of South Carolina. He played three years at Florida State University (1979, 1980, 1981) followed by playing in the Atlanta Braves minor league system for three seasons.

Rick is a graduate of Florida State University with a B.S. Degree in Education.

Ryan Strickland – Director of Business Development & Marketing

An accomplished C-Level Executive with a diverse business background who has produced measurable results in areas of business development, recruitment, and marketing.  Mr. Strickland, a St. Lucie County native, is a results-oriented leader with a proven track record to manage multiple tasks in a fast paced environment.  An athlete of St. Leo University, Ryan also earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from this institution. As an employee of the Treasure Coast Sports Commission, Mr. Strickland will spearhead marketing and business development throughout the Treasure Coast.

Zach Shew – Assistant Director

Zach Shew has been with the Treasure Coast Sports Commission since 2014. Zach’s responsibilities with the Sports Commission include but are not limited to: event operations, assisting in the management of the grant program, assisting on event bids, accounting, and assisting event owners with other various needs. Prior to joining the Sports Commission Zach worked as a graduate assistant for the McMurry University Track and Field program as a jumps coach. Zach received his B.S. in Kinesiology from McMurry University and his M.S. in Sports Administration from the University of Northern Colorado.