Seattle Southside Regional Tourism Authority is excited to announce the hiring of Cydney Marks-Nicholes as their new Sports Business Development Manager. Cydney grew up in Seattle, but left to attend Boston University, where she majored in Hospitality Administration. She later attended Bayes Business School in London, where she received her MS in Marketing Strategy & Innovation.

Cydney has extensive experience in the sports world, especially in the world of rowing, where she has been both a coach and an athlete.  As a coach for Oakland Strokes Rowing, she planned regattas, developed and executed a team training plan, assisted with team recruitment and outreach events, and oversaw team communication. She has also worked in the business development realm, managing catered events at the Anaheim Convention Center and executing sales strategies for Aramark Uniform Services.

As the new Sports Business Development Manager, Cydney will work with sporting event planners who are looking to host tournaments, clinics, and other sporting events to help them find not only the perfect venue for their event, but to find the lodging and dining necessary to ensure that all their attendees have the best possible time. With a wide variety of sporting venues, from world-class soccer facilities at Starfire Sports to the newly-renovated North SeaTac Park BMX Track and beyond, plus a plethora of lodging options available, Seattle Southside makes the ideal locale for any sporting event. To submit your request for proposal, visit or email

About the Seattle Southside Regional Tourism Authority

The Seattle Southside Regional Tourism Authority (RTA) is the official destination marketing organization for Seattle Southside, including the cities of SeaTac, Tukwila and Des Moines. The organization is responsible for competitively marketing the area as an ideal travel destination for leisure and business travelers who wish to explore Western Washington and an idyllic place for meeting and event planners to hold their events. The Seattle Southside RTA is funded by a self-assessed hotel fund. For more information, please visit or call 206-575-2489.


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Media Contact:

Christy Maggio
Marketing Coordinator
Seattle Southside Regional Tourism Authority
P: 206-639-9057