Amherst Native is New Sports Tourism Manager


SANDUSKY, OHIO, May 2, 2019 --- Amherst native Christopher Lewis has joined the Lake Erie Shores & Islands group accounts team as Sports Tourism Manager. In this position, Lewis will be selling the destination to sports events rights holders, coaches, and families in a manner that maximizes economic impact and increases hotel occupancy. Additionally, he will be supporting and growing existing events, building stronger relationships with partners, maintaining the leisure sports calendar, and attending sports-related tradeshows. 

Lewis is a graduate of Baldwin Wallace University (undergraduate) and Georgetown University (graduate) and comes to Lake Erie Shores & Islands from a position as Assistant Facility Director at Lorain County MetroParks. Previously Lewis served as Director of Facilities Marketing and Event Management at Defiance College and Director of Athletics for Special Olympics New York. He has also held positions within the Buffalo Bills and Cleveland Browns organizations in the National Football League.

Lewis has experience in sports administration, event management, marketing communications, and community relations and will be an asset both to the organization and to the sports tourism community. Lewis will hit the ground running by representing Lake Erie Shores & Islands next month at the National Association of Sports Commission’s annual symposium. Throughout the week, sports destinations meet with hundreds of decision-makers responsible for organizing sports events.

Lewis will be based out of the Sandusky office of Lake Erie Shores & Islands and can be reached at  



Shores & Islands Ohio is the Midwest’s favorite getaway. This coastal destination boasts 152 miles of Lake Erie shoreline, the best fishing on the Great Lakes, welcoming communities, rich history, a wine trail, and an abundance of family-friendly attractions. World-famous Cedar Point Amusement Park calls it home, along with Kalahari Resorts & Conventions, other indoor and outdoor water parks, animal parks, sports venues, and more. Visitors enjoy ferries and cruises to Put-in-Bay, Middle Bass, and Kelleys Island. One of the country’s best areas for spring and fall bird migration, the area is overflowing with natural beauty and opportunities for outdoor recreation. More at

Media Contact:

Jill Bauer, Public Relations Manager
Shores & Islands Ohio
Phone: 419.625.9495