“Roland Rivera has become one of the top experts in coordinating the efforts of sports commissions, rights holders, the hotel community and the sport community. He continues to be a leader in negotiating or consulting for any member of the stakeholder community. For 28 years at TC he was the go-to person in our operation to build a win-win relationship with the sports tourism community for Triple Crown events. We will continue to count on his service as a valued consultant and adviser. He is truly the top in this field in America.”
-David King, President/CEO, Triple Crown Sports, Inc.
“Roland Rivera truly understands how to work with destination marketing organizations to make events profitable for the communities where they are held. Roland consistently under-promised and over-delivered when it came to establishing and filling hotel room blocks, while creating events that delivered an outstanding experience to the youth competitors, coaches, families, facilities and cities involved.
Considering Roland’s strong understanding of sports tourism, it’s a natural progression for him to create a company that specializes in aiding cities and destination marketing organizations with achieving their sports tourism goals.”
-Brent DeRaad, President/CEO, Visit Tucson
“Roland Rivera is a professionals professional. In his many years in the sport tourism industry he has earned a reputation for creating partnerships that work for all parties. I am pleased to know him and recommend his services to anyone.”
-Don Schumacher, President, DSA Sports LLC
“When Roland puts his mind to something... it happens!!!! I had the opportunity to work with Roland in securing a new destination for the Triple Crown Sports 10u World Series. He understands the multiple levels and partnerships that are needed to bring a citywide event to a new community. I feel honored and grateful to know Roland, he is a true collaborator and leads with passion. He truly cares about the team and those that are charged with inspiring and guiding through sports competitions and good sportsmanship. He leads by example! He takes an idea and manages it through with continued attention to details. I look forward to Rivera Sport Consulting's new path and how he can continue to bring people together in partnerships.”
-Marlyss Auster, Executive Director, Ventura Convention and Visitors Bureau
“Having worked with Roland for many years our destination partners and the Reno Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority (RSCVA) have always respected his sports business acumen, event strategies that produce results, partnership building, and personal integrity. Compared to other events we could always count on Roland’s event to either meet or exceed forecasted goals while at the same time producing quality events. When we looked to grow our destination market share in the sports industry Roland provided great insights on how we can better position the destination and capture more market share within Triple Crown Sports.
As Roland looks to develop his own consulting business I endorse his skills, business acumen, and trust worthiness.”
-John Leinen, VP Sales Destination Madison
"Roland had the unique task of fitting a round peg in a square hole. While I was at Alliance Reservations Network, we worked together on adapting our hotel booking engine technology to fit the Triple Crown Sports tournament model.
Roland ran point for Triple Crown and was instrumental in helping us understand his business model and in getting the project off the ground. He helped us work through some fits and starts and worked with us to smooth out the processes and procedures. Through his efforts we were able to adapt our software to fit his needs and in the process make our software more flexible and indeed a better product.
Although a tough business negotiator, Roland was very inclusive in how he worked with us as a technology partner. He helped us understand his business by explaining the 'why' behind many of his requests."
-Mike Huber, Vertical Measures
"I have had the good fortune of knowing Roland Rivera for close to twenty years in the sports tourism industry. Roland has always been a guiding example of how things get done and get done well. He is the guy you look to when you want solid advise on how to put on an event. His knowledge and expertise in our industry is well appreciated and sought after by many. I know I count on him to point me and my team in the right direction when asked. Roland is honest, sincere, and his integrity is unmatched by most in the sports tourism industry."
-Terry Hasseltine, CSEE Executive Director, Maryland Sports - The Sports Commission for the State of Maryland
"Roland Rivera is one of the individuals I respect the most in the sports tourism industry. We worked together over a number of years to create a new baseball tournament in the Fox Cities. His experience, knowledge, and personality made the entire process one of the favorite projects I have worked on. I am proud to call Roland not only a colleague, but a friend."
-Matt Ten Haken, Director of Sports Marketing, Fox Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau
“Roland has always been a great mentor in our field with his experience and expertise. He is very easy to deal with and always gives you a straightforward answer. We look forward with continuing our relationship with Roland and his new endeavors.”
-Mike Libber, Owner/President Elite Tournaments
“Working with Roland was a great experience! Throughout my career working in the sports commission business, I am always looking to partner with individuals that understand the trust aspect of launching an event and creating a partnership that will have long-term implications for the city. Roland understands this and my office was always confident that we would get the best from his team. We would certainly do business again with Roland in the future!”
-Matthew Payne, Executive Director, Denver Sports Commission
"Working with Roland Rivera and his team at Triple Crown was truly an enjoyable experience. His proposed events were always clear and concise with realistic projections as it related to the room nights his events would generate. He was always prompt to return phone calls and emails but more importantly he had the unique ability to communicate what is truly important to his athletes, parents, and board when it comes to a Triple Crown National Event. He is truly in touch with every facet of Triple Crown's membership and the events are better because of it. Coming from a CVB's perspective, Roland and the team at Triple Crown Sports were an absolute dream client and every city should be lucky enough to host one of their events."
-Aaron Muth, Mesa Convention & Visitors Bureau