Danny Corte

Executive Director

Danny Corte became the Executive Director for the Mobile Sports Authority November of 2011. His responsibilities include attracting, assisting and/or managing visiting sports events that utilize the sports facilities in Mobile County. 

Corte began his professional career as a financial consultant with Merrill Lynch in 1981, holding that title for 15 years. He changed careers in 1996, becoming the local sales manager for WNSP Sports Radio 105.5. He also was on-the-air with WNSP as the co-host of the “Inside the Saints” radio show with Frank Leon until 2014.

In 1998, Corte was chosen to be the Executive Director of the newly-formed Mobile Area Sports Commission. He served that role until 2005 when the commission was dissolved. Corte spent a few years in the real estate industry and as a mortgage loan officer with Synovus Mortgage Corp until he accepted his current position.

Corte, a native of Mobile, owns a Bachelor’s Degree in corporate finance from the University of Alabama and also earned a Master's of Finance degree with the University. He has served as a member of the Mobile Sports Hall of Fame Board of Directors and is currently a member of the Reese's Senior Bowl Committee. Previously, Corte has been a member of the GMAC Bowl Team Selection Committee, Mobile Tournament of Champions (LPGA Event) Board of Trustees, and the Mobile Touchdown Club, among many other community activities. 

Danny is married to the former Trudy Gregorius and has one daughter Carly, and two sons, Blake Owens and Connor Owens. 

Jill Beard

Marketing & Events Director

Jill Beard assumed the role of Marketing & Events Director for the Mobile Sports Authority in August 2018. She focuses on the planning and implementation of development initiatives and sports event marketing for new and existing markets, with the goal of bringing economically impactful events to Mobile County.   

Growing up in rural Coffee County, Alabama, athletic events consisted of Friday night lights, school field-day races and her church’s co-ed softball team.  Given the opportunity, Jill would have participated year-round in anything sports related.  A natural competitor, she thrives on challenges, particularly those that expand opportunities for more diverse community sporting events. Prior to joining Mobile Sports Authority, Jill worked in strategic business development and marketing for both national corporations and local companies.  Most recently, Jill utilized her creative strengths and leadership skills as she directed events for the American Cancer Society. Jill holds a Public Relations degree from The University of Alabama College of Communication.  She and her husband Kerry are the proud parents of Tyler, Kade and Kali.  In her free time, Jill enjoys reading, painting, refurbishing furniture, and watching college football – especially the Crimson Tide!