"Greater Cleveland Sports Commission has 'new blood,' same vision"

As the president and CEO of the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission, David Gilbert and his staff of 12 full-time employees take instructions, advice and criticism from a 79-member board of trustees.

There are prominent executives from the Browns, Cavaliers and Indians on the board, as well as the owner of the Akron RubberDucks (Ken Babby) and some of the most prominent members of the Northeast Ohio business community.

“He answers to two boards,” said Fred DiSanto, the chairman of the sports commission from 2009-14, of Gilbert, who has also served as president and CEO of Destination Cleveland (the city's newly named convention and visitors bureau) since 2011. “That's gotta be hard.”

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