Rochester, MN (KROC AM News) - Ed Hruska has announced his plans to step down at the end of the year after leading the organization since it was formed more than 15 years ago.

Hruska took the reins at the Sports Commission in 2003 when additional lodging tax was earmarked to support and increase sports tourism. Since 2003, Rochester has seen the sports dollars grow almost $25 million annually in 2017 and 2018.

“I have been fortunate to be in a position to work with many great people and great organizations – it has been a wonderful experience,” Hruska said.

Hruska served on both the Minnesota Amateur Sports Commission and National Association of Sports Commission Board of Directors during his time in his position and those organizations were awarded several national awards including National Sports Commission of the Year in 2010 and 2015.

President of the Rochester Sports Board of Directors Chris Terry said that the organization was aware of Hruska’s intent to step down and has already appointed a committee to work on hiring a replacement.

“Ed has worked with the leadership team to put a succession plan in place. He is working closely with us to assure the organization has a smooth transition to the new director. We are grateful for his leadership throughout the years,” Terry said.

Hruska will transition to a part-time position on January 1, 2019, at the request of the Rochester Sports Board of Directors to focus on sports facility development.

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