Our Team

Jason Siegel

President & Chief Executive Officer

Jason Siegel has enjoyed more than 30 years of success and accomplishments in sports tourism, major and minor league professional sports, as well as intercollegiate athletics. He is currently in his seventh year as President & Chief Executive Officer of the Greater Orlando Sports Commission (GO Sports!). Read Full Bio

Jennifer Lastik

Executive Vice President

Jennifer Lastik began working for GO Sports in 2007 and hails from Pittsburgh, PA. After graduating from Slippery Rock University with a B.S. in Sport Management, she went on to West Virginia University where she earned an M.S. in Sport Management. Lastik currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Downtown Orlando Partnership and the Greater Orlando chapter of WISE (Women in Sports & Events), and was a member of the ATHENA NextGen Class of 2016 and Leadership Orlando Class 96. She was named to Orlando Business Journal’s Forty Under 40 in 2014 and 2018 and was a 2021 Orlando Business Journal Women Who Mean Business Honoree. She was inducted into the Inaugural Class of the Slippery Rock University Sport Management Hall of Fame and is a graduate of the WISE Executive Leadership Institute. Read Full Bio

Brent Nelson

Senior Vice President of Business Development

A native of Winter Springs, Florida, Brent Nelson began his career with GO Sports in 1995 after graduating from Florida State University with a B.A. in Marketing. Nelson served on the Sports Events and Tourism Association (Sports ETA) Board of Directors from 2018-2022, is a recent Past-President of the Point East Condominium Association Board, and is a member of SKAL International Orlando. Read Full Bio

Michael D. Kalinich

Senior Vice President of Corporate Partnerships

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Michael D. Kalinich joined the GO Sports team as Senior Vice President of Corporate Partnerships in November 2018, where he is responsible for developing and managing the commission's network of corporate partners. Prior to joining GO Sports, Kalinich enjoyed a successful 5-year career in the same capacity for the Orlando Solar Bears professional ice hockey team. Under his leadership, the team’s corporate partnership sales tripled during his tenure. Read Full Bio

Gary Cohen

Chief Financial Officer

Gary Cohen is from Chicago and started working with GO Sports in 2014. When not spending time with his wife, Jill, and daughters Monica and Valleri, he serves as the Treasurer at The Lifeboat Project (2012-present). Cohen graduated with an M.S. in Accounting from Appalachian State University, and previously served as Treasurer for the Wekiva Wildlife Trust (2004-2009). Read Full Bio

Kyle Sturley

Associate Vice President of Marketing, Communications & Special Events

Kyle Sturley graduated from Michigan State University with a B.A. in Psychology, and went on to receive her M.S. Ed. in Sport Management from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA. After interning at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex followed by three years with the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC), she joined GO Sports in November of 2013. Sturley currently serves as Chairman of the Downtown Arts District Board of Directors and also serves on the board for WISE (Women in Sports & Events) Greater Orlando. Read Full Bio

Lindsey McBride

Associate Vice President of Events, Operations & Business Development

Lindsey McBride is an Orlando native, and attended the University of Florida where she earned her B.S. in Sport Management. Having previously worked for GO Sports in 2005, McBride returned to begin her new role in 2016. She recently served two years as Chair of the Membership Committee for the Greater Orlando chapter of WISE (Women in Sports & Events).

Chase DeMayo

Associate Vice President of Corporate Partnerships

Chase Skylar DeMayo was born and raised in Central Florida. Upon graduating from Winter Springs High School, he joined the United States Air Force as a SERE Instructor. After sustaining injuries, Chase was sent to Fort Meade, MD, headquarters of the NSA to attend the Defense Information School and became a Public Affairs Officer at Langley AFB. Chase was retired due to his injuries, and returned to Orlando in 2016. He held roles with iHeartMedia Orlando and the XFL’s Orlando Guardians before being hired by GO Sports as a Project Coordinator for the 2024 U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Marathon, which led to his full-time role.

Nolan McDonald

Manager of Corporate Partnerships, Marketing & Events

Nolan McDonald is an Orlando native who received his B.S. in Sport Management as well as a Certificate in Spanish for the Professions from the University of Florida. During his time at UF, McDonald worked in athletics during in a variety of fields, including marketing, promotions, operations, and equipment. McDonald interned with GO Sports in 2019 and 2021, which led to his current full-time position.

Elizabeth Caldarelli

Manager of Business Development & Events

A native of Scottsdale, Arizona, Elizabeth Caldarelli joined GO Sports in 2022 after graduating from Troy University with a Masters in Sport Management.  While earning her degree at Troy, she interned in Recruiting and Operations with the Football Program, contributing to 'junior days,' spring practices, sourcing and procuring products and supplies for events, and establishing budgets. She was also a member of the Troy Women's Golf Team from 2020-2022. Prior to attending Troy, Elizabeth graduated with a BS in Sport Management from Texas A&M University in 2020, where she was a member of the Women's Golf Team as well as the Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC).

Carter Gravitte

Marketing & Communications Coordinator

Born and raised in Orlando, Carter Gravitte began his career at GO Sports in 2024 following his graduation from the University of North Florida with a bachelor’s degree in communications. While earning his degree at UNF, Carter interned for Special Olympics Florida, where he continued his passion for volunteering and helping others. Prior to working with Special Olympics, Carter interned with the Triple-A Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp where he learned everything from sales and prospecting to being a promotional mascot. Carter is a proud member of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity and continues to look for new ways to serve his community and the city he loves.

George Diaz

Contributor

George Diaz is a graduate of the University of Florida’s School of Journalism. He worked at The Miami Herald and Cincinnati Post before joining The Orlando Sentinel sports department in 1989 to cover the Florida Gators. He covered a wide range of sports including eight Olympics, a half dozen Super Bowls, numerous world championship boxing matches, and NBA Finals before leaving sports to join the Sentinel Editorial Board in July of 2006. He rejoined the Sentinel's sports department as a columnist in the spring of 2009 until November of 2018. He has since worked with Growing Bolder, a multi-media organization focused on older adults who have inspirational stories to share, and most recently, as a contributor with Orlando Magazine. You can follow him on Twitter @georgediaz

Greg Orlando

Contributor

Gary Bassing

Contributor

Stefanie Shimansky

Event Coordinator

Jessica Duemig

Event Coordinator