Sports Marketing Group Hired by Kazakhstan for 2022 Olympic Winter Games Bid

Atlanta, GA USA (August 11, 2013) – Encompass International, an international sport marketing and strategic business development firm, has been retained to help the City of Almaty, Kazakhstan in its efforts to bid for the 2022 Olympic Winter Games.

The Encompass executive team has over 100 years of collective experience with the Olympic Movement and is recognized internationally for their marketing and development work. Encompass’ President, Davis Butler, spent eleven years at the International Olympic Committee, and his Encompass partners have worked on behalf of and with all of the Olympic Organizing Committees since the 2000 Sydney Games. Encompass partners also have worked for other Olympic parties, bid committees of all types, sport properties and for corporations around the world interested in using sport and entertainment properties to develop business opportunities.

After many meetings with senior Kazakh officials in both Washington, D.C. and in Astana, Kazakhstan, Mr. Butler stated, “Kazakhstan’s commitment to hosting the Winter Olympic Games has strong support at the highest political levels, and the wonderful success of the 2011 Asian Winter Games in Astana and Almaty proves that Kazakhstan and Central Asia are ready and willing to welcome the world and its best athletes to spectacular winter destinations.” The Olympics have never before been held in Central Asia. The host city will be elected on July 31, 2015 at the 127th International Olympic Committee session.

With a current presence in North America, South America, Europe and the Far East, the opportunity to work with Kazakhstan now gives Encompass presence in Central Asia. Mr. Butler stated, “The Cities of Astana and Almaty are remarkable business communities. We are thrilled with the opportunity to be a part of this vibrant and growing country.”

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