ERIE, Pa. – Two Erie Sports Commission (ESC) staff members have been promoted. Emily Biddle is now the Marketing and Communications Director, and Ben Huggler has been promoted to Event Services Director.
Biddle has been with the ESC team since July 2014, when she was hired as the organization’s first communications manager. She is responsible for leading the organization’s marketing and promotions strategies, as well as public relations, branding, communications and internship program.
Huggler joined the ESC team as event services manager in July 2018, leading the organization’s efforts to bid on and secure new events to be hosted in the region. He has played a vital role in successfully adding 21 new events to the ESC calendar during his first full year in the role.
In addition to securing events, Huggler oversees support for returning ESC-hosted events, including managing sponsorship grants, facility procurement, volunteers and event hospitality. Huggler also leads the ESC’s Facility Matching Funds Program and Sports Tourism Awards.
Both Biddle and Huggler are currently obtaining credits to earn Certified Sport Event Executive (CSEE) certification through Sports ETA.
In 2019, the ESC hosted and supported 74 events with an estimated $19 million economic impact to Erie County, all-time high numbers for the organization.