The World Games 2021 board of directors recently announced that Nick Sellers has been appointed the organization’s new chief executive officer.
Sellers has served in a variety of leadership positions over the last 16 years with Alabama Power and Southern Company. He is currently vice president of the Mobile Division at Alabama Power. His previous roles with the organization include vice president of business origination, senior vice president of projection development and construction and vice president of external and regulatory affairs.
Sellers replaces DJ Mackovets, who recently resigned as CEO.
Jonathan Porter, chairman of The World Games 2021 board of directors, called Sellers a highly-respected executive who has demonstrated success in strategic leadership, operations and implementation.
“(Sellers) is well-positioned to lead The World Games 2021 over the next 19 months as we continue our positive momentum toward delivering a world-class event that showcases Birmingham to visitors from around the globe,” Porter said in a statement.
Sellers also has a background in sports and event operations through his work as director of operations for the Alabama Sports Foundation, where he was responsible for sponsorships, ticketing and operations plans for large-scale sporting events such as the SEC Baseball Tournament, Arby’s Hardwood Classic Invitational and Regions Charity Classic.
“Honored and grateful are the two words that capture my feelings,” Sellers said in a statement.
Sellers called The World Games a unique opportunity to present Birmingham and the state of Alabama to the world and said that he is ready to get to work on delivering the best and most innovative competitor, spectator and sponsor experience in the history of The World Games.
“I’ve always believed in Birmingham and have confidence that we will come together in a way in which we’ve never done before,” Sellers said. “Through the collaboration and leadership of the Birmingham Organizing Committee, city of Birmingham and International World Games Association, I’m convinced that the stars are aligned for us. This is our time. I’m ready to get to work.”
The World Games 2021 Birmingham will take place July 15-25, 2021 and will generate an estimated $256 million in economic impact for the city.