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Jim Downs

Rocky Top Sports World

Jim Downs

Rocky Top Sports World

Jim Downs is the general manager at Rocky Top Sports World in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. This facility features indoor/outdoor fields on a campus over eighty acres in size. With the Great Smoky Mountains as a backdrop, sporting event organizers will deliver a one-of-a-kind destination to their attendees.  

He started his career at the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Feeling the “event itch,” he moved to Los Angeles to begin working on the U.S. Olympic Festivals in Los Angeles, San Antonio and St. Louis. In each of these events, he served as logistics director responsible for the ordering, acquisition, delivery and recovery of all the materials needed to run these twenty-seven sporting events that hosted over 5,000 athletes. 

Jim has been noted as an exceptional leader. One of his greatest strengths is his ability to draw out the best in others and encourage his team to make calculated decisions. His thoughtful processes result in breaking down seemingly overwhelming situations to a manageable, granular level.

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