John Giantonio, CDME, CSEE
Director of Sports and Events
John Giantonio has more than 20 years experience in the sports event marketing and destination industries. He began his career as an intern, and soon became Director of Public Relations for the Orlando Thunder of the World League of American Football (WLAF), earning USA Network’s award for best WLAF public relations department in 1992. He has served as the manager of Sports Sales, Operations, Events and Marketing for the Seminole County Convention and Visitors Bureau, Director of Tourism for the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism, Vice President and Deputy Executive Director of the Rockford Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, Executive Director of the Longmont Area Visitors Association, and as Vice President of Convention and Sports Sales for the Corpus Christi Convention and Visitors Bureau.
As a contractor for Strategy Sports Marketing, John assisted with logistics and event management for Super Bowl XLV and XLVI, as well as the Daytona 500, The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) Gold Cup Soccer Championships (2011), the Capital One Bowl (2011 – 2013), and the World Equestrian Games in Lexington, Kentucky (2010).
John has received many distinctions for his work promoting and facilitating sports events. His team was awarded the 2003 Florida Sports Commission of the Year by the Florida Sports Foundation, and in 2004 John was named Tourism Person of the Year by the Clearwater Regional Chamber of Commerce. He is a Certified Destination Management Executive and a member of Destination Marketing Association International.
John joined the VisitCasper team in 2014 and is delighted to be putting his talent and expertise to work for the community of Casper, which has established itself as one of the premiere sports event destinations in the Rocky Mountain region. John earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications / Journalism / Public Relations from the University of Central Florida. He also proudly served two tours of duty with the US Navy and is a lifetime member of the Carrier Veterans Association. John is a co-founder and member of the National Association of Sports Commissions Legacy Foundation, an organization that provides sports equipment for disadvantaged youth. He enjoys the world-class outdoor recreational opportunities that the Casper area has to offer, especially hiking in the woods on Casper Mountain with his best friend and canine companion, Eugene the Jeep.