Jose Sotolongo, Director of Sports & Entertainment Tourism at the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau, is charged with the attraction, promotion and retention of sporting events, sports conferences and sports conventions. Additionally, he also works with the Miami-Dade Film Commission to attract the production of motion pictures and television shows to Miami-Dade County. Most recently, Sotolongo led the Miami 2026 World Cup bid, which resulted in the destination being chosen as one of 17 potential host cities for the 2026 FIFA World Cup. He also played an integral role in the communities’ preparations for Super Bowl LIV as well as the 2021 College Football Playoff National Championship.
Sotolongo has been in the sports industry in Miami-Dade County for 33 years, including tenures at the Florida Marlins (now Miami Marlins), Miami Dolphins, University of Miami, the Zoological Society of Florida and Florida International University where he served as Interim Director of Athletics from 1998-2000 for his alma mater.