Sports Facilities Companies welcomes back industry veteran J.D. Wood

J.D. Wood
J.D. Wood

CLEARWATER, Fla. – Sports Facilities Companies (SFC) has announced the hiring of J.D. Wood, a long-time sports tourism industry professional.

Wood, formerly of the Dallas Sports Commission, has been hired as the regional vice president of strategic development for SFC, a position dedicated to expanding the firm’s facility management footprint in the western United States.

“I couldn’t be more excited to be rejoining SFC in this new role,” says Wood. “As a leader in tourism and sports, I’ve witnessed firsthand how powerful outsourced management and market research can be—not only to facilities in development but to existing facilities as well. In 2018, I had the opportunity to open the Publix Sports Complex in Panama City Beach as general manager for SFC. Now, I have the opportunity to share that experience and knowledge with communities across the country, and I am thrilled to support SFC’s mission of improving health and economic vitality in communities around the country.”

Additionally, Wood’s experience in sports tourism over the last 15 years includes serving as director of business development and events at the Dallas Convention and Visitors Bureau, tourism manager at the City of College Station Parks and Recreation Department, and senior competition manager for the National Senior Games. Along with his extensive venue and destination experience, Wood served on teams who won bids for and/or oversaw premier sporting events such as Super Bowl XLV, the NBA All-Star Game, Games of Texas, Dallas World Cup 2026, and more.

SFC partner Eric Sullivan says of the hire, “J.D. has such an incredible background in sports, parks, and tourism. He is not only well known in the sports tourism industry but well liked and well respected. His integrity as a businessperson and his leadership skills are a great fit for our culture, clients, and communities.”