Event Sales Coordinator
Mahoghani Johnson, an event sales coordinator, is charged with the ideation and creation of upcoming event bid responses. Mahoghani has been with HCHSA for 8 months. Prior to that, she spent a couple of years with another Texas sports commission, San Antonio Sports. She started with San Antonio Sports as a marketing intern moving on to serve as an events coordinator and eventually joining the San Antonio Local Organizing Committee as the marketing and public relations manager for the 2018 NCAA Final Four.
Mahoghani earned an M.S. in Sport Management from Texas A&M University and a B.A. in Public Relations from the University of Houston. In her spare time, Mahoghani enjoys practicing yoga, discovering new recipes, crafting, putting together jigsaw puzzles and shopping at Costco.
Currently, Mahoghani’s favorite quote is from Olympian Michael Johnson, “Life is often compared to a marathon, but I think it is more like being a sprinter; long stretches of hard work punctuated by brief moments in which we are given the opportunity to perform at our best.”
Mahoghani enjoys creating memorable experiences for fans and athletes whether it’s through customer service or through high-quality signage or marketing collateral. The overall fan experience and making an event appear seamless is one of the greatest feelings to her.
Get To Know Mahoghani Johnson
-Birthplace: San Antonio
-Hobbies/Passions: Yoga, Running, Photography
-Hometown (where you grew up): San Antonio
-Your First sports memory: Watching the 1996 Olympics on television and watching Michael Johns win the 200m and 400m gold. I watched sports with my parents before this, but this is the moment that always stuck out to me. I will never forget seeing his gold shoes seemingly flash across the track, being in awe of his running technique and posture and thinking to myself, “that’s what I want to do!”
-Your favorite sports memory: Attending the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics as a spectator, experiencing Olympic events in person and watching events that I normally wouldn’t watch.
-Why are athletics important? Athletics are important because they close barriers between people (language, religion, politics, etc.) Sports can transcend all the bad things in the world today and allow people a moment to enjoy competitions ultimately meant to unite.
-Childhood hero/favorite player? Michael Johnson
-Why do you serve on the board/What makes working at HCHSA rewarding? Seeing how an event has made someone feel or how our staff has brightened someone’s day through their efforts.
-Nickname (sports related or otherwise)? MJ
-What sport(s) did you compete in? Track & Field, Cross country (I played volleyball and basketball for one year in middle school, let’s just say I learned what I wasn’t good at).
-What is your favorite sport to watch/play? Love watching track & field, I’ve never had the greatest hand-eye coordination, but I like to play volleyball.
-One sport you never played, but would like or have liked to try? I would have liked to try gymnastics or ice skating. Today If I could participate in any sports besides track, I would choose speed skating or bobsled.
-Most prized possession (not sports related but could be): N/A
-If you could change one rule in any sport, what would it be and why? I would change the one-and-done false start rule in track & field sprints because it offers no second chance. If a distance runner jumps the gun, the entire field is a allowed a restart. I think it should go back to the original format with a warning for the entire heat.
Bonus rule change: The four-person Olympic gymnastics team (luckily, they will go back to a five-person team in 2024).