Chris Willaert

Sports Commission Director 507.385.6663

Hello! I am the Sports Commission Director here at Visit Mankato. I was raised in Mankato from the time I was 4 (my parents were both born and raised here in town) until I graduated from high school. I went on to graduate from the University of St. Thomas with a degree in business/marketing and spent a number of years working in banking, insurance and financial services.  However, my true passion in life has always been sports, and one of my greatest thrills ever was being in London for the 2012 Olympics and watching an athlete that I had once coached walk into the arena to compete for Team USA as I sat next to his parents!

I have 2 young boys, Cael (age 11) and Caeden (age 9), who keep me busy and always on the run. Because of them, I am involved in various ways with a number of sports organizations whether it be as a coach (baseball and wrestling) or as a spectator/fan/dad (football, hockey and soccer). Regardless of the season, we always have something going on and love that we constantly get to enjoy the parks and facilities that our area has to offer. Even with all the activities my kids are involved in, I do find time to run in, around and through our local parks or on some of our many beautiful trails as well as work out, which is a good thing considering how much I love some of the Mankato area restaurants.

Chris’ Favorite Mankato Find…..

When it’s time for me to kick back I like to take in a MoonDogs
baseball game on their deck with a beer and a brat.”