About Winspire

Winspire

As a division of Winspire, Inc., Winspire Sports & Entertainment (WSE) has access to travel industry resources beyond sports and entertainment.

Winspire has been offering unique travel experiences since 2002. Working with only the best travel partners and destinations, Winspire’s expertise is developing trips that fill the most lofty Bucket List.

Nonprofit organizations across the U.S. and Canada use Winspire’s travel packages in their fundraising activities, including live and silent auctions, raffles, and golf tournaments. Winspire has helped nonprofits raise over $17,000,000 in net revenue by providing travel packages that bring a “wow factor” to their fundraising event.

Private wine tastings at some of the best wineries in Napa, behind-the-scenes tours of the U.S. Capitol, cooking classes at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris …once-in-a-lifetime trips that require no planning or research, because Winspire has already sought out the best suppliers and made all necessary arrangements. Every experience comes with a complimentary booking service, which means when the client is ready to book the trip, Winspire’s travel concierge is ready to make it happen.

Everyone has a Bucket List. Many people only dream of the places they would like to go. Winspire helps you make dreams come true.

Jeff Weber, Executive Vice President, Winspire Sports & Entertainment

With over 20 years of experience in the industry, Winspire Sports & Entertainment and Jeff Weber are able to anticipate clients’ needs, deliver programs that exceed expectations, and handle all of the details and last minute special requests. For clients and colleagues alike, Jeff’s ability - and reliability - make him the “go to” person.

Through years of experience in the corporate incentive and hospitality industry, he has built relationships that give him access to sporting and entertainment events worldwide. The resources and connections he has developed are a result of the nearly 20 years he has spent learning every side of the corporate incentive business. As the leader of WSE, he and his highly experienced team of sports marketing, corporate hospitality, ticketing and event management professionals have the skills necessary to coordinate and manage incentive programs of every size.

The personal relationships Weber has built over the years are what he values most. Once you talk with him, you will see why. It takes only a few minutes on the phone with Jeff before he has a solid understanding of your objectives and requirements. You will be impressed with the program options he presents to you, as he clearly demonstrates how they will create value and have a real impact on your organization.

Rather than worrying about every last detail, imagine actually spending quality time with your customers, sales people, and key guest invitees. Isn’t that what the host is supposed to do? Making sure everything is running smoothly is Jeff’s job…which lets you enjoy yours.

From the Super Bowl to the U.S. Open, from Ireland golf trips to entertainment Awards shows, Jeff has executed hundreds of successful programs with a roster of very satisfied clients. He can create programs around the biggest and most desirable sporting and entertainment events as well as find highly desirable but hard to find destinations and experiences.

Jeff Cova, President & CEO, Winspire, Inc.

With over 20 years of experience in event production and fundraising, as well as being a volunteer and board member for a number of philanthropic organizations in his community, Jeff Cova, President and CEO of Winspire, Inc., knows firsthand what it takes to make an event successful.

By nature, Jeff is a problem-solver and a visionary. In 2001, he co-founded an auction-production company that provided solutions to many of the challenges he had faced in his 20 years in the industry. Their objective was to help non-profits manage their fundraising events more efficiently and effectively. While producing hundreds of high profile fundraising auction events, “We saw over and over again that the really exciting travel and entertainment packages were the biggest hits among event attendees. To increase our clients’ net revenue dramatically, we needed to find a way to deliver these experiences to the non-profits we served.”

With that in mind, they turned their attention to finding a way to supply amazing trips and experiences to their clients. In 2008, Jeff founded Winspire, Inc. He has continued to develop relationships with the best suppliers in the travel, entertainment and sports industries. Jeff and his team at Winspire have created a portfolio of unique packages for non-profits to use on a no risk basis. Finally, there is easy access to hundreds of packages -- unique, VIP, once-in-a-lifetime experiences. With its network of partners and sources, there isn’t an experience or location that Winspire can’t deliver.

“It is a great compliment to get a call from a non-profit telling us how thrilled they are with the amount of money they were able to raise with Winspire packages. Perhaps the greatest compliment is when a winning bidder sends the non-profit a note saying they just got back from their trip and are looking forward to next year’s fundraiser so they can purchase another one! We have a wall in our office literally covered with notes that our clients have forwarded to us. It reminds us on a daily basis that we truly are a valuable resource to our clients.”

As a natural fit with its core business, Winspire expanded its operation in 2011 to include a focus on corporate hospitality and incentive programs. Winspire Sports & Entertainment (WSE) provides premium travel packages and executive hospitality with VIP access to sporting and entertainment events. The WSE team is comprised of highly experiences professionals specializing in sports marketing, corporate hospitality, ticketing solutions and event management.

Jeff is thrilled about what Winspire Sports & Entertainment provides to corporate clients. “Arguably more valuable and definitively more memorable than a monetary bonus, rewarding important clients and high-achieving employees with once-in-a-lifetime trips and experiences is a strategic way to create relationships with the people you work with who mean the most to you – and to your bottom line.”

Jeff’s personal philanthropic involvement includes the Ladera Ranch Education Foundation, St. Joseph Hospital, Talk About Curing Autism (TACA), the Maddie James Foundation and The Ocean Institute.

Rob Florian, National Accounts Manager, Winspire Sports & Entertainment

Rob is a proud member of the Winspire Team, and along with his enthusiastic attitude, brings along 10 years of experience in the industry. A Sports Management Graduate from the University of Dayton, Rob also had the honor of being named captain of the Varsity Football Team. During his time as a student athlete, Rob was awarded the 53rd annual Lt. Andy Zulli Memorial Trophy for exceptional qualities of sportsmanship, scholarship and leadership.

His years of experience in athletics have cultivated his passion for sporting and entertainment events, and are a reliable resource when planning a truly unique experience. Rob’s favorite experiences include The Masters Golf Tournament, NFL Super Bowl, and Scotland Golf Adventures.

In addition to his time devoted to serving Winspire clients, he is also very active in the community as a youth athletics coach, academic counselor, and serves on the board of his local Archdiocese.

Cadi Schultz, Sales Executive, Product Development and Event Coordinator, Winspire Sports & Entertainment

With seven years of experience in the sports and entertainment industry, Cadi has worked at almost every major sporting event. Cadi’s favorite part of her job is seeing her clients’ excitement before they walk onto Augusta National Golf Course to watch the Masters Golf Tournament or when they get ready to tee off at St. Andrews Old Course. With great attention to detail, Cadi strives to exceed her clients’ expectations and ensure that each trip is unforgettable and truly “once of a lifetime.”

Cadi graduated with a Communications degree from the University of Cincinnati where she initially discovered her love of being involved in events by organizing on-campus fundraisers, intramural leagues and social events.

Melissa Davie, Marketing & Event Manager, Winspire Sports & Entertainment

Melissa attended Miami University where she studied Finance at the Richard T. Farmer School of Business. After five years as a Pricing Analyst for a leading long term care pharmaceutical company, Melissa followed her passion for planning and was the first to join the Winspire Sports & Entertainment Team. Since then, she has helped plan and execute several events for clients.

Melissa understands the value of putting her clients’ needs first to exceed expectations every time. There is no request too big or too small that she won’t try to manage -- a ‘skill’ she has acquired from EVP, Jeff Weber and his many years of experience in the sports and entertainment industry. The biggest satisfaction she gets from her current role is seeing the smile on client’s faces when they lead a successful program and helping people cross off items on their bucket list!

Jennifer Weitzel, Event Coordinator, Winspire Sports & Entertainment

Jen graduated from Indiana University where she majored in Tourism, Hospitality, and Event Management and minored in Sports Marketing. Knowing she wanted to be involved in the sports industry, she then spent the summer at the Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati, Ohio as their Suite and Sponsor Hospitality Intern.

Carla Bentson, Controller, Winspire Sports & Entertainment

Carla manages all financial functions of the business. Prior to joining Winspire, Carla worked for two Certified Public Accounting firms and volunteered in both financial and other capacities around her children's school and outside activities, including PTA, SOCSA, AYSO and other non-profit organizations.

Carla earned a bachelor's degree in Accounting from California State University Fullerton. She and her husband have been married for 26 years and have three daughters, and two pet boxers. Carla enjoys spending time with her family and friends, traveling, music and sports.

Jerry Weber, Office Manager, Winspire Sports & Entertainment

Jerry has worked in the sports hospitality business for the past nine years. He has felt fortunate to work with clients at golf events in Ireland and Scotland, The Masters, U.S. Open, P.G.A. Championships, plus the Ryder Cup competitions held in The United States.

Grandchildren, gardening, and being a Cincinnati Bengals season ticket holder for the past 42 years are his pastimes.

David Hoops, Sales Associate, Winspire Sports & Entertainment

David attended The Ohio State University and graduated with a degree in Sport Industry and a specialization in Entrepreneurship. He has a wide background in volunteer opportunities for non-profit sports governing bodies with experience in sports journalism and volunteer management. He is also a nationally recognized official for college club sports. A long athletic history in a surprising variety of team and individual sports gives David the ability to create unique opportunities through Winspire Sports & Entertainment.

Tina Feitz, Accounting Specialist, Winspire Sports & Entertainment

Tina manages all financial functions of the business. Prior to joining Winspire, Tina worked for a Certified Public Accounting firm and in the Ecommerce, Environmental and Non-Profit Sectors. She currently volunteers for her children’s school and outside activities, including X-Country, Pee Wee Football, Academy of Performing Arts and other non-profit organizations.

Tina earned her Accounting Certification from LTU of Orange County. She spends her free time with her 6 children and their activities. Besides her family, Tina’s passion is music and travel.

Maggie Hauer, Event Coordinator, Winspire Sports & Entertainment

Maggie graduated from the University of Dayton with a Bachelor's degree is Marketing. She has always had a passion for sports and gained experience in the industry through her work with the Cincinnati Reds (including the 2015 MLB All-Star Game) and the University of Dayton Athletics program.

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