Evan Eleff is the COO of Sports Facilities Advisory and a Member in Sports Facilities Advisory (SFA) and Sports Facilities Management (SFM). Since joining SFA|SFM in 2012, Evan has led the SFA team in producing market studies, facility plans, financial forecasts, economic impact analyses, feasibility studies, and strategic funding initiatives for more than 1,500 communities around the world and a portfolio of more than $8 billion of planned assets. Additionally, Evan has been directly involved in the development, opening, programming, management, and/or optimization of more than 50 SFM-supported venues.
Evan is considered one of the country’s foremost experts in the youth and amateur sports and recreation industry and is an authority on new facility planning, public-private partnership creation, sports tourism destination development, and operational optimization. He is a key resource and speaker for industry associations including International City/County Management Association (ICMA), International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM), National Association of Sports Commissions (NASC), The Aspen Institute Project Play, US Indoor Sports Association, and others.
Evan’s extensive list of notable planning and development projects includes Myrtle Beach Sports Center (Myrtle Beach, SC), Rocky Mount Events Center (Rocky Mount, NC), Rocky Top Sports World (Gatlinburg, TN), Spooky Nook Sports (Manheim, PA), Spokane Sportsplex (Spokane, WA), The HUB (Marion, IL), Upward Star Center (Spartanburg, SC), and many more. Additionally, Evan has served in key roles for several groundbreaking projects focused on expanding awareness of the social, educational, economic, and health-based impacts of sport and activity, including the multiple Project Play regional reports, the Florida Recreation and Park Association Parks Benefit Calculator, and the Pure Michigan Sports Economic Impact Report.
Prior to joining SFA, Evan was the Director of Operations for the largest YMCA in the Tampa YMCA Association and was the Director of Marketing for Facility Vendor Network. He is a graduate of the University of Florida, where he received a B.A. in Political Science and a M.S. in Sport Management.