Dave Beachnau, Executive Director
Dave Beachnau, Detroit Sports Commission executive director, has been with the DSC since its inception in January 2001. Beachnau was instrumental in the research, development, and creation of the organization. In this senior management role, he is responsible for DSC's day-to-day operations including bid development and hosting of regional, national and international sporting events in metro Detroit.
In the summer of 2003, he oversaw the largest multi-sport event held annually for youth in the U.S., the AAU Junior Olympic Games; and hosted the event again in 2008. He was also instrumental in securing multiple NCAA Championship events for the region; including the 2009 NCAA Men’s Final Four, the 2009 NCAA Bowling Championships, and the 2010 NCAA Frozen Four; as well as serving as co-tournament manager for the 2007 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships.
Beachnau has served as a member of the board for the National Association of Sports Commissions and is currently a board member with the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame.
A Lansing native, Beachnau now resides in Allen Park, with his wife, Edie, and children, Kimberly and Tyler. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Adrian College in Adrian, Michigan, where he also lettered in basketball and baseball.
Sean Krabach, Director of Event Operations - 2013 AAU Junior Olympic Games
Sean Krabach has a solid background in event management, public relations and communications, including almost 14 years of experience in the sports event industry.
Since joining the Detroit Sports Commission in 2002, Krabach has been involved with a variety of events. Most recently, he lead the Detroit Local Organizing Committee (DLOC) for the 2010 NCAA Men’s Frozen Four where a record crowd of more than 37,000 watched Boston College defeat Wisconsin for the National Championship in a specially built rink at Ford Field. As the Director of the DLOC, Krabach lead all activities outside of Ford Field, including the College Hockey Fan Fest, other ancillary events and lead the décor and volunteer programs.
Prior to leading Detroit’s efforts for the Frozen Four, Krabach worked for 18 months as the Vice President of Internal Operations on the 2009 NCAA Men’s Final Four, also held at Ford Field. In this role, Krabach oversaw various aspects of game and event management for the 2009 NCAA Men’s Final Four and the 2008 NCAA Men’s Midwest Regional, including overseeing aspects of décor, transportation and volunteers for both events.
Krabach also served 18 months with the Detroit Super Bowl XL Host Committee where he worked on volunteer logistics and operations for Super Bowl XL. This endeavor resulted in the management of more than 8,000 volunteers at almost 50 locations throughout metro Detroit, including the management of almost 2,400 volunteers at the NFL Experience.
His event resume also includes working on the 2003 & 2008 AAU Junior Olympic Games, the 2007 NCAA Wrestling Championships, the 2006 MLB World Series and the 2005 Motown Winter Blast. He has also worked on various local and national AAU tournaments and works on Detroit Sports Commission's annual Prep Kickoff Classic, formerly known as the Big Day Prep Showdown.
Prior to joining the DSC, Krabach worked for the International Hockey League where he not only oversaw the league’s communications duties, but he also assisted with the league’s annual All-Star Game and the Turner Cup Playoffs. His sports career started with the Port Huron Border Cats of the United Hockey League where he oversaw public relations duties for the inaugural UHL All-Star Game. For that effort, he was named the 1997-98 UHL Public Relations Director of the Year.
In addition to his sports background, Krabach has experience working for several Detroit area nonprofit's and associations, including the Michigan Metro Girl Scout Council, the Southeast Michigan Red Cross, the Society of Manufacturing Engineers and the National Truck Equipment Association.
Krabach graduated with a degree in Communications/Public Relations from Northern Michigan University and is also a graduate of the National Association of Sports Commission’s (NASC) Certified Sports Event Executive (CSEE) program, an industry certification for professionals in the Sports Event Industry.
He and his wife, Amy, reside in Redford.
Andrew Green, Manager, Event Services
Andrew Green joined the Detroit Sports Commission as Coordinator, Event Services in May, 2010. He was promotoed to Manager, Event Services in January 2012.
His primary responsibilities include providing event coordination services and consultation to event organizers hosting events in metro Detroit, as well as any Detroit Sports Commission hosted and managed events.
Born in Detroit, Andrew moved to Florida with his family in 1994. After living in Melbourne, Florida for 12 years, Andrew moved to Tampa to attend the University of South Florida (USF). While attending USF, he achieved a degree in marketing and a degree in finance along with three years of interning experience in the sports marketing and sporting events industry.
Andrew’s first internship was with the USF Athletic Department as a Sports Marketing Assistant. In this role, Andrew managed day-to-day marketing for all of the university’s athletic teams. He also helped execute game day operations and promotions.
Following his internship with USF Athletics, Andrew obtained a position as Marketing Partnerships Intern for the Tampa Bay Lightning and Tampa Bay Storm. Andrew’s responsibilities included contract creation, client services and event operations.
Andrew then returned to collegiate athletics as Sports Intern for the USF ISP (International Sports Proprieties) Sports Network after interning for the Lightning and Storm. In a position he held for two years, Andrew assisted ISP sales personal with sponsorship creation and activation, game day promotion management, and client services.
Upon completion of his internship with the USF ISP Sports Network, Andrew became Sports Intern for the Tampa Bay Sports Commission (TBSC). While with the TBSC, Andrew assisted in the execution of over 40 youth, amateur, and national sporting events including the 2009 SEC Men’s Basketball Tournament, the 2009 NCAA Division II Men’s and Women’s Soccer National Championship, the 2009 ACC Football Championship, the 2009 SEC/Big East Invitational, and the 2009 NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball Championship. Andrew also assisted the TBSC with bid development, cross promotions with sponsors, newsletter creation, and website management.
Marty Dobek, Marketing and Communication Specialist
Marty Dobek joined the Detroit Sports Commission as Marketing and Communication Specialist in December 2011.
In his role, Dobek is responsible for the day-to-day marketing and public relations operations including brand management, the DSC’s new marketing initiatives, as well as assisting with the commissions' website, e-newsletter and its social media efforts.
Dobek comes to the DSC after serving 13 months as a sports information intern with the Wayne State University Athletic Department. Along with being the primary media contact for both the men's and women's cross country and tennis teams, he worked with men's and women's basketball, and the football team. In addition, he served as the host media contact for the 2011 NCAA Midwest Fencing Regional and supervised the statistical operations at the 2010 Michigan High School Athletic Association Football State Championships.
During his stint with the Free Press, Dobek also served as a full-time media relations intern for the Detroit Lions during the 2009-10 NFL season. There, he compiled game-day materials, such as game notes, press releases, credentials and quote sheets. Furthermore, he coordinated player interviews and assisted the website staff by writing game previews, blogs and feature stories.
Dobek started his public relations career working as a game night media relations intern for the Detroit Pistons during the 2007-08 & 2008-09 NBA seasons.
Dobek is a member of the Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association, United States Specialty Sports Association and Knights of Columbus.
Kris Smith, Sales Manager, Event Development
Kris Smith joined the Detroit Sports Commission as Sales Manager, Event Development in September 2012.