University of Southern California

Kathryn S. Schloessman
President
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LA Sports & Entertainment Commission

The Los Angeles Sports & Entertainment Commission (LASEC) was founded in 1995 by Mayor Richard Riordan and other civic leaders to provide a single point of contact for the City of Los Angeles for sports and entertainment executives and for events. These events positively impact the local economy by attracting visitors to the city, giving them a reason to stay longer and return more frequently.

As president of the LASEC, Schloessman oversees and manages the day-to-day operations of the Commission, which acts as the official organization for the City of Los Angeles to seek, host, promote and retain special sports and entertainment events such as Grammy Awards and All-Star games.

These events create tremendous economic impact for our city. In 2011, the NBA All-Star Weekend generated over $85 million in economic impact.

LASEC continually strives to align itself with first-class, highly visible organizations and events. The competition for attracting high-profile events is intense, so LASEC works to ensure that these events enjoy a positive experience and the full support of the City. Some of the major events that we are working with, to help market and promote, include the BCS National Championship Game (January 6, 2014), the Special Olympics World Games (July 2015), the U.S. Amateur and the Walker Cup (August/September, 2017).

LASEC also hosts three annual events that bring our board members and supporters together with other industry leaders - Lakers All-Access, the LASEC Golf Classic at The Riviera Country Club and NFL All-Access.

Prior to joining the Commission, Schloessman was a 13-year veteran of CB Commercial (now CBRE), the largest commercial real estate company in the United States. She held the position of managing officer of CB Commercial’s downtown Los Angeles office, where she was responsible for business development, operations and management of the Los Angeles region’s office professionals and oversaw CB Commercial’s community relations efforts.

Previously, Schloessman served as marketing director for CB Commercial’s Western Division. She also has more than 10 years experience as lead broker for major lease transactions in the downtown Los Angeles market.

Schloessman serves on the Board of Fremont College and the Executive Committee of the USC Sports Business Institute. She is also an active member in the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO-WPO).

Schloessman graduated in 1983 with a B.S. degree in business from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. LASEC is a private nonprofit organization and affiliated with the Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board.