Mike Bell

Executive Director, TASC
Mike@VisitTopeka.com | 785-221-1495

Meet Mike Bell, the man with a passion for sports and the Executive Director of the Topeka Area Sports Commission. Mike is a seasoned leader with a wealth of experience in managing and promoting sports events. As the Executive Director of the Commission, Mike is responsible for ensuring the success of various sports events and planning the industry’s future in the Topeka area, from local tournaments to national championships.

Mike’s expertise lies in his ability to coordinate with staff, volunteers, local businesses, and community leaders to create successful events and bridge gaps in collaboration. He is a master at managing budgets, developing strategic plans, and marketing initiatives to ensure that every sports event in the Topeka area is a huge success.

With his deep knowledge of sports and his dedication to the Topeka community, Mike is a driving force behind the success of the Topeka Area Sports Commission and Visit Topeka. He is always on the lookout for new opportunities to bring sports events to the area and is a strong advocate for the positive impact that sports can have on the community.

What's the most interesting thing you've learned about the local economy since joining the organization?
The value of the city is determined by the individuals within that city.
What inspired you to work in the field of community economic development?
I wanted to help tell the story of Topeka to a broad audience.
What are some of the biggest challenges you've faced while working to improve the local economy, and how have you overcome them?
The silo effect with individuals and organizations breaking down barriers can benefit all.

Mike has a goal of reading 40 books in 2023.

Topeka Zoo

Have you heard about Mike’s favorite spot in Topeka? It’s the amazing Topeka Zoo, and he loves spending time there with his two daughters! For Mike, there’s nothing quite like spending time with family and learning about the incredible animals that call the zoo home.

From the majestic lions to the playful monkeys, the Topeka Zoo is a world of wonder and adventure for Mike and his daughters. They love exploring the different exhibits and learning about the unique habitats and behaviors of each animal.

As a devoted father and a passionate sports leader, Mike knows how important it is to find time for family and to create memorable experiences. And the Topeka Zoo is the perfect place to do just that – it’s a space where he can bond with his daughters and create lasting memories that they’ll treasure for years to come.