Collier County Sports Council Officers and Board
Liz Sanders | President
Current Job: Dual Director of Sales & Catering Manager, SpringHill Suites by Marriott Naples & Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott
How long have you been in Collier County: since 1987, you do the math
Favorite Sports team(s): Pittsburgh Steelers
Favorite Sports memories: Served at Greater Naples Little League Board Member for 6 of 12 years my two sons played in the League; if you can survive that~you can survive anything.
Sports anecdote about yourself or family member: My grandfather born in Pittsburgh, was the quarterback during the 1920’s Depression Era, for a team known as the Pittsburgh Ironmen. My soon to born father, 3rd son of 7, was the reason my grandmother ‘highly suggested’ my Grandpap, quit playing in 1930, even though he was paid $200 per game; a fortune back then. Three years later, 1933, the team became the Steelers. I have the picture of my grandfather in the Ironmen team photo in the middle holding the ball, leather helmet & all.
Lori Lou Waddell | Treasurer
Current Job: Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce Visitor Information Specialist.
Favorite Sport: Coming from a group of tennis enthusiasts, my parents moved to Naples over 30 years ago to play tennis in Paradise…they played at what is now the Sanchez-Casal Tennis Academy.
The courts are spectacular. I am an avid tennis spectator.
Favorite Sports memory: Trying to keep up with my mother on the tennis court when I was a teenager. She was too good.
Sports anecdote about myself or family member: My parents were naturally athletic and loved being outdoors and active…it has given me an appreciation for all sports and athletes
Willy Gibson | Secretary
Jim Ludwig | At Large Board Member
Current Job: Executive Director/Founder Pickleball For All
When I retired I played a lot of pickleball and I still enjoy it, but I soon realized that I needed a new mission in life. I decided to use my love of pickleball to help children and adults.
Jim Ludwig is engaged in pickleball locally and nationally and has been playing pickleball for about five years. I am also the District Ambassador of USAPA (USA Pickleball Association), an organization with 14,000 members currently. Pickleball is one of the fastest-growing sport in America. There are 3 million people playing pickleball now. We anticipate that within two years we will have 8 million people playing pickleball.
Sports Antidote about yourself or family member: Pickleball For All has given me a new purpose and makes me feel like I am giving back to the community I love.
Dan Sullivan | Advisor
Current Job: Director of Sales & Marketing GreenLinks Golf Villas at Lely Resort, Sam Snead’s Oak Grill & Tavern at Lely Resort
How long have you been in Collier County: 22 years; Born and raised in Worcester, MA Lived in Dallas, Winston-Salem, Louisville, Milwaukee & Denver
Favorite Sports team(s): Red Sox and the Patriots a) local FGCU teams, Barron Collier H.S. Lacrosse
Favorite Sports memories: October 27, 2004 the curse of the Bambino is vanquished by the Boston red Sox, both my first & second hole-in-one, World Series 1989 “Battle of the Bay” Game 3, Celtics vs. Bucks 1986 game 3 in Milwaukee, watching Pedro Martinez strike out 17 vs. Tampa Bay, playing in the Bryant Gumbel Celebrity Golf Classic at Disney World.
Winston White | Vice-President
Current Job: SCC Card
Winston White chose soccer over a promising track & field career and went on to amass over 600 professional league games in the UK. This exceptional sporting background along with achieving a Sports Business Degree followed by an MBA in leadership, qualifies him for many key posts in the sports, health and fitness industry.
Winston enjoys multi-tasking and currently has his own soccer agency where he manages young soccer talent and places them into professional teams in Europe. He is also a qualified personal trainer and also worked for the US owned company Life Fitness for a number of years before moving to Florida 8 years ago via the Caribbean. Winston was appointed to blueprint a Caribbean grass root soccer initiative that ultimately received FIFA funding based on his skilled consultation and written reports. He is also the founder of the Winston Cup International Soccer Tournament, played annually in Naples, Florida.
His love of sport and fitness is only matched by his expert knowledge and business acumen. His dedication and professionalism, has allowed him to maintain a very impressive network of contacts in the sports and business world. His passion is now to help others live their dreams through sports.
Charlie Frost | At Large Board Member
Sgt. Frost began his law enforcement career with Collier County Sheriff’s Office in August 2002. Prior to this, Sgt. Frost first employed as a police officer by the Concord Police Department, in Concord California. After two years with the Concord Police Department, Sgt. Frost moved to Memphis, TN, where he was employed by the Memphis Police Department for about two years, before moving to Naples, FL.
Sgt. Frost was assigned to the East Naples Sub-Station as a patrol deputy when he first arrived in Collier County. In addition to his normal patrol duties, Sgt. Frost was also a Field Training Officer responsible for the training of new patrol deputies. Sgt. Frost was then assigned to the Domestic Violence Unit as a Detective. Sgt. Frost was responsible for investigating all forms of family violence from misdemeanor offenses to felony cases.
Jim Oliver | At Large Board Member
Jim was born in Brooklyn, New York and graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1988, where he earned his Bachelor’s degree in accounting. After graduation, he obtained his CPA license in New York and worked for the public accounting firm of Ernst & Young.
He later attended Seton Hall University School of Law where he graduated Cum Laude in 2000 and received his JD. Jim has worked for a global publicly traded medical device manufacturer, Datascope, where he started their internal audit department, and served as in-house counsel, among other roles.
Jim’s past work experience also includes executive positions at the global investment firm, Kohlberg, Kravis Roberts & Co., L.P. and DHL Supply Chain.
Mark Rosenbalm | At Large Board Member
Current Job: Supervisor of Interscholastic Athletics/Student Activities/ Driver Education, Collier County Public Schools
How long have you been in Collier County: 20 years; Born and raised in Merrillville, Indiana.
Favorite Sports team(s): Chicago Cubs and the Chicago Bears a) All local HS teams in Collier County
Favorite Sports memories: Winning the 1989 IHSAA Indiana State Wrestling championship and earning a Wrestling Scholarship to Purdue University. Also, coaching the 2007 Palmetto Ridge Bears Wrestling team to a FHSAA Florida State Wrestling Team Championship.
Sports Antidote about yourself or family member: I am excited to have the opportunity to serve as a Board Member for the Collier County Sports Council and am looking forward to working with our fantastic board and community. It is my desire to work together as a team to promote sporting events and expand sports tourism here in Collier County.