2016 Keynote Speakers
Ray Anderson
Vice President for University Athletics and AD, Arizona State University

Ray Anderson, former Executive Vice President of Football Operations for the National Football League, was named Arizona State’s Vice President for University Athletics and Athletics Director in February of 2014.

“At ASU we have three priorities for our athletic director,” said University President Dr. Michael Crow, “help our student-athletes maximize their academic achievement and ensure they graduate on time; win; and win within the rules. Ray has the skills, experience and enthusiasm to accomplish those goals. Under his leadership, ASU student-athletes will continue to perform at the highest level both on the field and in the classroom. Ray will also play an important role in the university’s campaign to improve and expand its sports facilities through the development of the ASU Athletic Facilities District.” ...READ MORE

Ray Anderson, former Executive Vice President of Football Operations for the National Football League, was named Arizona State’s Vice President for University Athletics and Athletics Director in February of 2014.

“At ASU we have three priorities for our athletic director,” said University President Dr. Michael Crow, “help our student-athletes maximize their academic achievement and ensure they graduate on time; win; and win within the rules. Ray has the skills, experience and enthusiasm to accomplish those goals. Under his leadership, ASU student-athletes will continue to perform at the highest level both on the field and in the classroom. Ray will also play an important role in the university’s campaign to improve and expand its sports facilities through the development of the ASU Athletic Facilities District.”

Anderson has spearheaded a number of facilities projects in his first year at ASU, including the Sun Devil Stadium Reinvention and the baseball program’s move to Phoenix Municipal Stadium. He has also led a variety of community initiatives, such as the Honor Row for military veterans and the Sun Devil Caravan Tour, and continued to meet and exceed academic goals.

He was recognized during the week of Super Bowl XLIX by the National Football League for his outstanding leadership with a desire to improving his community as he was presented with both the 2015 Paul J. Tagliabue Award and the John Wooten Lifetime Achievement Award, two of the NFL’s most prestigious honors.
Anderson joined the Sun Devil Family after serving as the executive vice president of football operations for the National Football League (NFL) since August 2006.

“In evaluating the next step in my career, I could not imagine a better, more exciting opportunity,” said Anderson. “I am thrilled to become part of the team at Arizona State and energized by the academic and athletic mission of this great university. I am eagerly looking forward to the challenge of not only continuing the success of Arizona State athletics but also building on it to accomplish even more in line with President Crow’s priorities.”

2016 Featured Speakers Include:
Rick Barry
Basketball Hall of Fame

Rick Barry is one of the most celebrated players in NBA history — not only for his game, but also for the competitiveness he brought to the court. In 1965, following a stellar collegiate campaign at the University of Miami (FL), Barry was drafted third in the first round of the NBA Draft by the San Francisco Warriors. He quickly established himself as an elite player, garnered NBA Rookie of the Year honors, and was a member of the NBA All-Pro First Team. The next season, Rick proved he was for real by leading the league in scoring (35.6 ppg), and being named MVP of the All-Star Game. Once again, he was part of the NBA All-Pro First Team. ...READ MORE

Rick Barry is one of the most celebrated players in NBA history — not only for his game, but also for the competitiveness he brought to the court. In 1965, following a stellar collegiate campaign at the University of Miami (FL), Barry was drafted third in the first round of the NBA Draft by the San Francisco Warriors. He quickly established himself as an elite player, garnered NBA Rookie of the Year honors, and was a member of the NBA All-Pro First Team. The next season, Rick proved he was for real by leading the league in scoring (35.6 ppg), and being named MVP of the All-Star Game. Once again, he was part of the NBA All-Pro First Team.

During his 14-year professional career, four in the ABA (Oakland, Washington and the New York Nets) and ten in the NBA (San Francisco, Golden State and Houston), Barry was a 12-time All-Star. His deadeye jump shot was one of basketball’s most feared weapons and enabled him to become the only player in history to lead the NCAA, ABA and NBA in scoring. In 1975, Barry earned the NBA Championship Series MVP, leading the underdog Warriors to a four-game sweep of the Washington Bullets to win the title. In a combined ABA/NBA career, Barry tallied 25,279 points and received nine All-NBA/ABA First Team honors. In 1987, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame inducted Rick as a player, and in 1988; the Golden State Warriors retired his #24 jersey. Barry is one of the 50 Greatest NBA Players. His unorthodox underhanded free throw style enabled him to finish his career with the second best accuracy in the history of the NBA, 90%.

Kevin Johnson
Mayor of Sacramento

Kevin is a two-term mayor of the City of Sacramento with a diverse professional background as
an athlete, entrepreneur and nonprofit executive. He has taken on a range of national leadership roles, including president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors and the African-
American Mayors Association, Chair of the U.S. Secretary of Education’s Mayoral Taskforce,
Chair of the National Resilient Communities for America Campaign, and a member of the White
House Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience. ...READ MORE

Kevin is a two-term mayor of the City of Sacramento with a diverse professional background as
an athlete, entrepreneur and nonprofit executive. He has taken on a range of national leadership roles, including president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors and the African-
American Mayors Association, Chair of the U.S. Secretary of Education’s Mayoral Taskforce,
Chair of the National Resilient Communities for America Campaign, and a member of the White
House Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience. Before serving as Mayor Kevin founded St. HOPE, an after-school program in Sacramento that has grown into a community development company and charter management organization. Prior to that, he was an NBA All-Star, playing for 12 years with the Cleveland Cavaliers and Phoenix Suns. Kevin is a
graduate of UC Berkeley.

Carl Mittleman
President, Aramark Sports and Entertainment

Carl Mittleman is president of Aramark’s Sports and Entertainment division. In this role he provides leadership for more than 150 premier stadiums, arenas, convention centers and other entertainment venues across North America where Aramark provides award-winning food and beverage, retail service and facility service programs. He was promoted to president in February 2014. ...READ MORE

Carl Mittleman is president of Aramark’s Sports and Entertainment division. In this role he provides leadership for more than 150 premier stadiums, arenas, convention centers and other entertainment venues across North America where Aramark provides award-winning food and beverage, retail service and facility service programs. He was promoted to president in February 2014.

Mittleman is a 17-year veteran of Aramark and most recently served as a Regional Vice President in Sports and Entertainment. Since joining Aramark in 1997 as a management trainee, he has established himself as a versatile professional in numerous sales and operational roles across the enterprise, including the parks and destinations and international business units.

Throughout the course of his career, Mittleman has been honored for his work. In 2012, he was recognized with the company’s prestigious Most Valued Partner award for his efforts to expand client partnerships, enhance customer satisfaction and create loyal customers. He was named to Sports Business Journal’s 2013 list of “Forty Under 40,” awarded the 2011 Venues Today Generation Next Award; and twice named Aramark Manager of the Year, in 2004 and 2005.

He serves on the board of directors for Techniques for Effective Alcohol Management (TEAM) Coalition, is a member of the Cornell Hotel Society and sits on the Executive Advisory Board for University of Denver, Knoebel School.

Mittleman is a graduate of Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration and earned his Executive MBA from the Daniels College of Business at University of Denver.

Dave St. Peter
President, Minnesota Twins

Dave St. Peter was named the fourth president in Minnesota Twins history on November 26, 2002. He oversees the team’s day-to-day operations, strategic planning and interaction with Major League Baseball.

St. Peter played a central role in the approval, design, construction and opening of Target Field, which was named 2011 Sports Facility of the Year by the Sports Business Journal/Sports Business Daily. He also recently led the Twins effort to secure and host the 2014 Major League Baseball All-Star Game; expansion of the CenturyLink Sports Complex in Fort Myers, FL – named Ballpark Digest’s 2015 Major Ballpark Renovation of the Year; as well as the team’s partnership with Hennepin County on the design and programming of Minnesota’s newest intermodal transit hub – Target Field Station. ...READ MORE

Dave St. Peter was named the fourth president in Minnesota Twins history on November 26, 2002. He oversees the team’s day-to-day operations, strategic planning and interaction with Major League Baseball.

St. Peter played a central role in the approval, design, construction and opening of Target Field, which was named 2011 Sports Facility of the Year by the Sports Business Journal/Sports Business Daily. He also recently led the Twins effort to secure and host the 2014 Major League Baseball All-Star Game; expansion of the CenturyLink Sports Complex in Fort Myers, FL – named Ballpark Digest’s 2015 Major Ballpark Renovation of the Year; as well as the team’s partnership with Hennepin County on the design and programming of Minnesota’s newest intermodal transit hub – Target Field Station.

At age 49, St. Peter begins his 27th year with the Twins. He joined the organization as an intern in 1990 and over his first decade with the franchise held a variety of positions including Pro Shop Manager, Communications Manager, Vice President of Corporate Communications and Senior Vice President of Business Affairs. As the club president, the Twins established a new single season franchise attendance record in 2010 by attracting more than 3.2 million fans to Target Field while the team was recognized by ESPN as having the best stadium experience in all of professional sports. St. Peter’s leadership has been integral in the team’s growing corporate partnership base; development of the “Magic Moments” customer service initiative; the “Go Twins, Go Green” environmental stewardship platform; expansion of the Treasure Island Baseball Network; aggressive community outreach; and enhanced alumni involvement — including creation of the Twins Hall of Fame.

St. Peter has been part of a leadership team helping the franchise win six American League Central Division championships (2002-04, 06 and 09-10). During St. Peter’s leadership tenure, the Twins have twice been named “Organization of the Year” by Baseball America (2002 and 04). In 2006, the entire Twins organization was recognized as the Minneapolis Star Tribune’s “Sports Person of the Year.” The franchise received the Atlanta Sports Council’s Horizon Award (2002) as the Professional Sports Organization of the Year while the Twins Community Fund was a 2000 recipient of the Greater Minneapolis Chamber of Commerce’s Quality of Life Award and a 2006 recipient of a Project Evergreen Award. The State of Minnesota named the Twins organization a Yellow Ribbon Company in 2014. Five of the past six years (2010, 2012-2015) the Twins have been honored by the Star Tribune as one of the “Top 100” workplaces in Minnesota. In 2011, the Twins were the recipient of the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board’s “Living the Dream” Award. St. Peter has also been named to the Street and Smith’s Sports Business Journal and Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal’s “Forty under 40” lists.

In the community, St. Peter currently serves on the boards of the Minnesota Twins Community Fund, Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Upper Midwest, the YMCA of the Twin Cities, the Minnesota Chapter of Positive Coaching Alliance and 2020 Partners.
St. Peter was born in Bismarck, North Dakota, and graduated from the University of North Dakota in 1989. Dave, son Jack and twin sons Eric and Ben make their home in Chanhassen, MN.

2016 Scheduled Speakers Include:
Reid Ryan
Reid Ryan | President of Business Operations, Houston Astros

Reid Ryan enters his fourth season with the Astros after being named the club’s President of Business
Operations on May 17, 2013. Reid, 44, is one of the youngest team presidents in the game and brings enthusiasm
and energy to the organization, while also providing a wealth of experience working in professional baseball.
From day one, Reid has emphasized the importance of the fan experience and has made it a personal
mission to openly engage with the Astros fan base. ...READ MORE

Reid Ryan enters his fourth season with the Astros after being named the club’s President of Business
Operations on May 17, 2013. Reid, 44, is one of the youngest team presidents in the game and brings enthusiasm
and energy to the organization, while also providing a wealth of experience working in professional baseball.
From day one, Reid has emphasized the importance of the fan experience and has made it a personal
mission to openly engage with the Astros fan base. At nearly every home game, Reid can be found in the
stands, speaking with Astros fans on a personal level. Within a few weeks of starting his new position and
making his rounds through the ballpark, Reid used that fan feedback to make some changes. He followed up
on a specific request to have the ballpark opened earlier in order to give fans access to Astros batting practice,
which is now stadium policy. Whether he’s in the ballpark on game days or on the Community Leaders ball
fields participating in youth baseball and softball clinics with local at-risk children and teens, Reid takes pride
in being an active member of the Houston community.
Before joining the Astros, Reid was the founder and CEO of both the Corpus Christi Hooks and the Round
Rock Express minor league franchises, both of which are perennially lauded as two of the top franchises in
minor league attendance, stadium satisfaction and franchise value. Shortly after coming on board in Houston,
Reid continued to affect positive change by bringing the Corpus Christi Hooks into the fold as an owned and
operated affiliate of the Houston Astros. The Round Rock Express remains the Triple A affiliate of the Texas
Rangers.

Brody Leven
Adventure Skier & Storyteller

Brody Leven is a professional human-powered adventure skier. Since creating a career from scratch after university—where he served as student body president—, his adventures are featured in films, podcasts, TV, and print. While climbing and skiing first descents throughout the world’s steep, remote mountains, he intimately experiences the environment and its changes. ...READ MORE

Brody Leven is a professional human-powered adventure skier. Since creating a career from scratch after university—where he served as student body president—, his adventures are featured in films, podcasts, TV, and print. While climbing and skiing first descents throughout the world’s steep, remote mountains, he intimately experiences the environment and its changes. Brody is a 2016 Outdoor Industry “30 Under 30,” Powder Award recipient, speaker, and writer. He attended COP21, testifies to the EPA, speaks about climate change in the outdoors with Congress and schoolchildren alike on behalf of Protect Our Winters, and is one of the outdoor industry’s most engaged environmental storytellers. He lives in Salt Lake City with his four bicycles.

Joe Abernathy
Vice President, Stadium Operations, St. Louis Cardinals

As Vice President of Stadium Operations, Joe is responsible for all day-to-day building operations and game-day event management activities at Busch Stadium. Joe was a member of the design team for the new ballpark and was responsible for commissioning the start-up of the new Busch Stadium in 2006. During Joe’s 16 seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals, the team has made it to the post season 9 times and have hosted 45 post-season games including 9 World Series games and 20 National League Championship games. ...READ MORE

As Vice President of Stadium Operations, Joe is responsible for all day-to-day building operations and game-day event management activities at Busch Stadium. Joe was a member of the design team for the new ballpark and was responsible for commissioning the start-up of the new Busch Stadium in 2006. During Joe’s 16 seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals, the team has made it to the post season 9 times and have hosted 45 post-season games including 9 World Series games and 20 National League Championship games. Busch Stadium and the Cardinals were the host of the 2009 Major League Baseball 80th All-Star Game. Joe currently is the Past-President of the Board of Directors of the Stadium Managers Association. He also serves on the Stadium Operations Advisory Committee for Major League Baseball and is Co-Chairman of the Sustainable Operations sub-committee. In this role he is spearheading the benchmarking of sustainable operations metrics for all MLB facilities.

Anya Alvarez
Former Professional Golfer, LPGA

Anya Alvarez is a former professional golfer of the LPGA who found a passion in helping other female athletes find and use their voice. She founded MajorLeague Women with fellow professional athlete Shasta Averyhardt, which is dedicated to telling the story of women in sports, no matter their status an athlete. She also freelances for espnW and various publications, highlighting mostly women and the contributions they make in athletics. As a survivor as sexual assault, Anya also is a spokesperson for KidSafe Foundation, dedicated to bring awareness on how to prevent future assaults. Anya’s main motto she lives by is, “Never let anyone tell you ‘no’ who isn’t in the power to say ‘yes’.”

Ray Anderson
Vice President for University Athletics and AD, Arizona State University

Ray Anderson, former Executive Vice President of Football Operations for the National Football League, was named Arizona State’s Vice President for University Athletics and Athletics Director in February of 2014.

“At ASU we have three priorities for our athletic director,” said University President Dr. Michael Crow, “help our student-athletes maximize their academic achievement and ensure they graduate on time; win; and win within the rules. Ray has the skills, experience and enthusiasm to accomplish those goals. Under his leadership, ASU student-athletes will continue to perform at the highest level both on the field and in the classroom. Ray will also play an important role in the university’s campaign to improve and expand its sports facilities through the development of the ASU Athletic Facilities District.” ...READ MORE

Ray Anderson, former Executive Vice President of Football Operations for the National Football League, was named Arizona State’s Vice President for University Athletics and Athletics Director in February of 2014.

“At ASU we have three priorities for our athletic director,” said University President Dr. Michael Crow, “help our student-athletes maximize their academic achievement and ensure they graduate on time; win; and win within the rules. Ray has the skills, experience and enthusiasm to accomplish those goals. Under his leadership, ASU student-athletes will continue to perform at the highest level both on the field and in the classroom. Ray will also play an important role in the university’s campaign to improve and expand its sports facilities through the development of the ASU Athletic Facilities District.”

Anderson has spearheaded a number of facilities projects in his first year at ASU, including the Sun Devil Stadium Reinvention and the baseball program’s move to Phoenix Municipal Stadium. He has also led a variety of community initiatives, such as the Honor Row for military veterans and the Sun Devil Caravan Tour, and continued to meet and exceed academic goals.

He was recognized during the week of Super Bowl XLIX by the National Football League for his outstanding leadership with a desire to improving his community as he was presented with both the 2015 Paul J. Tagliabue Award and the John Wooten Lifetime Achievement Award, two of the NFL’s most prestigious honors.
Anderson joined the Sun Devil Family after serving as the executive vice president of football operations for the National Football League (NFL) since August 2006.

“In evaluating the next step in my career, I could not imagine a better, more exciting opportunity,” said Anderson. “I am thrilled to become part of the team at Arizona State and energized by the academic and athletic mission of this great university. I am eagerly looking forward to the challenge of not only continuing the success of Arizona State athletics but also building on it to accomplish even more in line with President Crow’s priorities.”

Stephen Ashkin
President, Ashkin Group

Stephen Ashkin is Executive Director of the Green Cleaning Network, a nonprofit educational organization working to accelerate the adoption of Green Cleaning among building owners and providers. He is often thought of as “The Father of Green Cleaning” having worked on the issue for over 20 years formulating greener cleaning products, developing standards and legislation, and implementing Green Cleaning programs that reduce impacts on worker and occupant/fan health, environment and the bottom-line. ...READ MORE

Stephen Ashkin is Executive Director of the Green Cleaning Network, a nonprofit educational organization working to accelerate the adoption of Green Cleaning among building owners and providers. He is often thought of as “The Father of Green Cleaning” having worked on the issue for over 20 years formulating greener cleaning products, developing standards and legislation, and implementing Green Cleaning programs that reduce impacts on worker and occupant/fan health, environment and the bottom-line.

Among his accomplishments are being a founding member of the US Green Building Council where he drafted the cleaning credits for their LEED for Existing Buildings Rating System, technical advisor to the Healthy Schools Campaign where he served as the lead author on their Quick & Easy Guide to Green Cleaning in Schools, author of 4 books including Green Cleaning for Dummies, recognized as the Green Building Advocate of the Year by the Leonardo Academy for “Bringing Green Cleaning to LEED-EB”, and an Excellence Award Winner from the US Environmental Protection Agency for his work to protect children from environmental threats.

Elaine Aye
President, Green Building Services, Inc.

As president of Green Building Services, Inc. (GBS), Elaine Aye heads one of the country’s leading sustainability firms. Elaine has spearheaded national green building milestones over the past decade with an emphasis on efficient design through operations of existing buildings. Her influence on diverse precedent-setting projects – ranging from operations and maintenance of existing buildings, commercial interiors, and state-of-the-art assembly spaces to corporate campuses and LEED volume certifications – distinguishes her in the green building industry. ...READ MORE

As president of Green Building Services, Inc. (GBS), Elaine Aye heads one of the country’s leading sustainability firms. Elaine has spearheaded national green building milestones over the past decade with an emphasis on efficient design through operations of existing buildings. Her influence on diverse precedent-setting projects – ranging from operations and maintenance of existing buildings, commercial interiors, and state-of-the-art assembly spaces to corporate campuses and LEED volume certifications – distinguishes her in the green building industry. She was named Woman Executive of the Year for Small/Medium size Companies by the Portland Business Journal as part of their 2015 Women of Influence Orchid Awards. In 2014 she was honored by the Portland DJC with a Women of Vision Award, and in 2012 received an Orchid Award, the Portland Business Journal’s highest honor of achievement for women of influence.

Rick Barry
Basketball Hall of Fame

Rick Barry is one of the most celebrated players in NBA history — not only for his game, but also for the competitiveness he brought to the court. In 1965, following a stellar collegiate campaign at the University of Miami (FL), Barry was drafted third in the first round of the NBA Draft by the San Francisco Warriors. He quickly established himself as an elite player, garnered NBA Rookie of the Year honors, and was a member of the NBA All-Pro First Team. The next season, Rick proved he was for real by leading the league in scoring (35.6 ppg), and being named MVP of the All-Star Game. Once again, he was part of the NBA All-Pro First Team. ...READ MORE

Rick Barry is one of the most celebrated players in NBA history — not only for his game, but also for the competitiveness he brought to the court. In 1965, following a stellar collegiate campaign at the University of Miami (FL), Barry was drafted third in the first round of the NBA Draft by the San Francisco Warriors. He quickly established himself as an elite player, garnered NBA Rookie of the Year honors, and was a member of the NBA All-Pro First Team. The next season, Rick proved he was for real by leading the league in scoring (35.6 ppg), and being named MVP of the All-Star Game. Once again, he was part of the NBA All-Pro First Team.

During his 14-year professional career, four in the ABA (Oakland, Washington and the New York Nets) and ten in the NBA (San Francisco, Golden State and Houston), Barry was a 12-time All-Star. His deadeye jump shot was one of basketball’s most feared weapons and enabled him to become the only player in history to lead the NCAA, ABA and NBA in scoring. In 1975, Barry earned the NBA Championship Series MVP, leading the underdog Warriors to a four-game sweep of the Washington Bullets to win the title. In a combined ABA/NBA career, Barry tallied 25,279 points and received nine All-NBA/ABA First Team honors. In 1987, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame inducted Rick as a player, and in 1988; the Golden State Warriors retired his #24 jersey. Barry is one of the 50 Greatest NBA Players. His unorthodox underhanded free throw style enabled him to finish his career with the second best accuracy in the history of the NBA, 90%.

Zach Baumer
Climate Program Manager, Office of Sustainability, City of Austin, TX

Zach leads Austin’s climate protection efforts, providing strategic direction to meet the goal of municipal carbon neutrality by 2020, and a target of net-zero community-wide greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. These efforts include: monitoring GHG inventories community-wide; collaborating with City leaders to improve sustainability performance; monitoring advances in technology to continuously refine emissions reduction strategies; and to prepare for climate change impacts. ...READ MORE

Zach leads Austin’s climate protection efforts, providing strategic direction to meet the goal of municipal carbon neutrality by 2020, and a target of net-zero community-wide greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. These efforts include: monitoring GHG inventories community-wide; collaborating with City leaders to improve sustainability performance; monitoring advances in technology to continuously refine emissions reduction strategies; and to prepare for climate change impacts.
Prior to joining Austin in 2011, Zach served as a Sustainability and Environmental Consultant. In that capacity, he collaborated with major private corporations and public entities to create and manage overall sustainability strategies that included calculating greenhouse gas inventories, developing tracking and monitoring protocols, and creating emissions reduction plans. This experience involved preparation of a Corporate Sustainability Report for CPS Energy; providing a Sustainability Plan and staff training program for Tennessee Valley Authority; and performing an evaluation of a carbon offset project for the Sacramento Municipal Utility District; and completing a Climate Action Plan Cost-Benefit Analysis for Palo Alto, California.
A LEED Accredited Professional, he earned an MBA in Sustainable Management from the Presidio School of Management in San Francisco. Zach is a native of Indianapolis and holds undergraduate degrees in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering from Purdue University.

Anastasia Behr
Technology and Sustainability Leader, Olympic and Sports Solutions, The Dow Chemical Company

Anastasia Behr, Ph.D., is Technology and Sustainability Leader for North America region in Dow Olympic & Sports Solutions business. In this role, she is responsible for engaging and collaborating with external partners and sports organizations to identify unmet technology needs with focus on sustainability value. She has almost 10 years of Research and Development experience in biomedical and chemical industry, scoping and assessing novel technologies and translating customer needs into technical challenges. ...READ MORE

Anastasia Behr, Ph.D., is Technology and Sustainability Leader for North America region in Dow Olympic & Sports Solutions business. In this role, she is responsible for engaging and collaborating with external partners and sports organizations to identify unmet technology needs with focus on sustainability value. She has almost 10 years of Research and Development experience in biomedical and chemical industry, scoping and assessing novel technologies and translating customer needs into technical challenges. Since joining Dow in 2010, she contributed to Dow’s Sustainability Leadership by creating a foundation for estimating and communicating the “Carbon Handprint” of Dow products when used by our customers, which in turn led to the definition of an Innovation metric included in Dow 2025 Sustainability Goals. In addition, she has been recently supporting Dow’s Olympic Carbon Mitigation Partnership, specifically delivering on Rio 2016 GHG Footprint mitigation commitment.

Darryl Benge
EVP & General Manager, Amalie Arena

In his role as Arena General Manager, Darryl oversees building operations, guest experiences, food & beverage operations and capital asset planning and management.  Prior to joining the Lightning organization, Darryl was the Assistant General Manager for First & Goal, Inc.  Here he managed the maintenance and engineering, capital projects, fields, conversions and technical operations for Century Link Field and Event Center and the Virginia Mason Athletic Center. Prior to that he was the Director of Capital Planning and Projects where he was instrumental in the start-up, commissioning, and relocation of the Seahawks to their new home in Renton. ...READ MORE

In his role as Arena General Manager, Darryl oversees building operations, guest experiences, food & beverage operations and capital asset planning and management.  Prior to joining the Lightning organization, Darryl was the Assistant General Manager for First & Goal, Inc.  Here he managed the maintenance and engineering, capital projects, fields, conversions and technical operations for Century Link Field and Event Center and the Virginia Mason Athletic Center. Prior to that he was the Director of Capital Planning and Projects where he was instrumental in the start-up, commissioning, and relocation of the Seahawks to their new home in Renton.

Darryl joined First & Goal after working for the Experience Music Project and Science Fiction Museum (EMP|SFM) as the Director of Facilities and Operations.  Darryl worked 16 years for the base operating service contractors at Naval Submarine Base Bangor.  Darryl has a B.A in Business Management from the University of Washington and also earned a Certified Facilities Manager designation from IFMA in 2008.

Dan Bergstrom
Senior Director of Field Operations, Houston Astros

Dan has served as the Senior Director of Field Operations for the Houston Astros since 2004, and frequently travels to other ballparks in the Astros minor-league system to advise and consult regarding playing surfaces. Dan serves on the Board of Directors for STMA, and is active in his local TXSTMA chapter as well. Dan is a proven leader in the sports turf industry as he has continually sought out turfgrasses that require lower inputs, including the playing surface here at Minute Maid Park, which was upgraded to Seashore Paspalum Platinum TE turfgrass after the 2008 season. Dan has led the resurgence of Paspalum turfgrass installations for use in low-light stadia, and several stadia worldwide have followed his lead by installing Paspalum turfgrass to solve low-light intensity turf growing challenges. Dan’s ideas are sought out by many in the turf industry looking for ways to lower inputs and increase playing surface performance.

Marko Blagovic
Global Business Director, The Dow Chemical Company

As Global Business Director for Dow’s Olympic and Sports Solutions, Marko is responsible for the in depth market assessment, strategy development and execution and sales of Dow solutions into sports-related markets such as Olympics, FIFA, Formula One and other mega sporting events. This includes delivering science and chemistry-based solutions for sports stadiums, arenas and related venues, as well as the infrastructure associated hosting these events such as hotels, bridges, roads, airports, water treatment and power generation projects. ...READ MORE

As Global Business Director for Dow’s Olympic and Sports Solutions, Marko is responsible for the in depth market assessment, strategy development and execution and sales of Dow solutions into sports-related markets such as Olympics, FIFA, Formula One and other mega sporting events. This includes delivering science and chemistry-based solutions for sports stadiums, arenas and related venues, as well as the infrastructure associated hosting these events such as hotels, bridges, roads, airports, water treatment and power generation projects. For the past two decades, Marko has held a variety of commercial leadership roles within Dow including country manager for Ukraine, and served as the President of Dow Russia and the CIS. Before taking his current assignment, Marko served as the global director of Strategic Development where he provided direct support to the CEO and Executive Leadership Committee. Marko holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Zagreb, Croatia and is currently located in the US at Dow’s Philadelphia office.

Halli Bovia
Sustainability Program Manager, University of Southern California

Through her career, Halli Bovia has been committed to the advancement of sustainability at institutions of higher education. Currently serving as the Sustainability Programs Manager at the University of Southern California, Halli has introduced ambitious programs designed to encourage sustainable practice while also engaging campus stakeholders. Since 2011, Her leadership of USC’s Office of Sustainability has been marked by strong coalition building and has reaped successful partnerships including a robust athletics sustainability program, a student green fund, a university-wide sustainability plan, and the establishment of an annual Earth Month. ...READ MORE

Through her career, Halli Bovia has been committed to the advancement of sustainability at institutions of higher education. Currently serving as the Sustainability Programs Manager at the University of Southern California, Halli has introduced ambitious programs designed to encourage sustainable practice while also engaging campus stakeholders. Since 2011, Her leadership of USC’s Office of Sustainability has been marked by strong coalition building and has reaped successful partnerships including a robust athletics sustainability program, a student green fund, a university-wide sustainability plan, and the establishment of an annual Earth Month. Prior to her tenure at USC, Halli served in a similar position at California State University, Chico, where she authored the university’s Climate Action Plan, managed a comprehensive greenhouse gas inventory, and launched a Zipcar car-sharing alternative transportation program. Halli holds a Bachelors in Biological Science and a Masters in Interdisciplinary Studies: Ecology and Sustainability

Marcel Braithwaite
Senior Vice President of Business Operations, Houston Astros

As the Senior Vice President of Business Operations, Marcel runs the operational side of the organization. He oversees eight different departments, including IT, Stadium Operations and Engineering, Safety and Security, Event Services, Guest Services, Aramark, Merchandising and Retail Operations, and Procurement. As an operator that likes to roll up his sleeves, Marcel is involved in the daily meetings and coordination of each department and manages the Aramark contract and partnership in a similar, hands-on fashion. ...READ MORE

As the Senior Vice President of Business Operations, Marcel runs the operational side of the organization. He oversees eight different departments, including IT, Stadium Operations and Engineering, Safety and Security, Event Services, Guest Services, Aramark, Merchandising and Retail Operations, and Procurement. As an operator that likes to roll up his sleeves, Marcel is involved in the daily meetings and coordination of each department and manages the Aramark contract and partnership in a similar, hands-on fashion.
Born in the Netherlands, Marcel is fluent in Dutch and has lived all over North America, including in Canada, Seattle, southern California and now Texas.
Marcel and his wife, Shara, have four daughters: Ashlynn, Amber, Bryndal, and Kenzie. They currently reside in southern California, but enjoy their many trips to the great state of Texas.

Christine Brown
Head of Corporate Marketing, NRG Energy

As head of corporate marketing for NRG, Christine Brown leads brand strategy and marketing initiatives for NRG Energy. Key areas of oversight include brand architecture, creative, content marketing, partnerships, sponsorships and corporate events.

Prior to joining NRG, Brown was at Octagon, the global sports, entertainment, lifestyle marketing and talent representation agency of the Interpublic Group, for 13 years. As a Vice President in the consulting division, she worked with clients such as Sprint, Unilever, Monster.com and Castrol helping to develop sponsorship marketing strategy and activation plans to help drive key business metrics. She has experience negotiating and working with major sports organizations including the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, PGA TOUR, LPGA, NASCAR, NCAA, USOC and MLS as well as with top athletes such as Cam Newton, Robert Griffin III, Herm Edwards, Michael Phelps, and Arnold Palmer. ...READ MORE

As head of corporate marketing for NRG, Christine Brown leads brand strategy and marketing initiatives for NRG Energy. Key areas of oversight include brand architecture, creative, content marketing, partnerships, sponsorships and corporate events.

Prior to joining NRG, Brown was at Octagon, the global sports, entertainment, lifestyle marketing and talent representation agency of the Interpublic Group, for 13 years. As a Vice President in the consulting division, she worked with clients such as Sprint, Unilever, Monster.com and Castrol helping to develop sponsorship marketing strategy and activation plans to help drive key business metrics. She has experience negotiating and working with major sports organizations including the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, PGA TOUR, LPGA, NASCAR, NCAA, USOC and MLS as well as with top athletes such as Cam Newton, Robert Griffin III, Herm Edwards, Michael Phelps, and Arnold Palmer.

Christine is a graduate of The George Washington University. She currently resides in Princeton, NJ, with her husband, Michael, and three daughters, Molly (11) and twins Alexis and Samantha (7). Active in the Princeton community, she is on the board of Princeton Little League and serves as the commissioner of the Princeton Softball Little League.

Carlie Bullock-Jones
Founder + Managing Principal, Ecoworks Studio

Carlie Bullock-Jones, LEED Fellow, is the founder and managing Principal of Ecoworks Studio and has dedicated her entire career to bringing about a greener, healthier built environment. As a nationally known expert in sustainability, Carlie has provided leadership on numerous high-profile projects and programs. With a passion for sports and sustainability, Carlie is currently the Sustainable Design Consultant for the new Atlanta Falcons Stadium, Atlanta United (MLS) Training Facility and Detroit Red Wings Arena. ...READ MORE

Carlie Bullock-Jones, LEED Fellow, is the founder and managing Principal of Ecoworks Studio and has dedicated her entire career to bringing about a greener, healthier built environment. As a nationally known expert in sustainability, Carlie has provided leadership on numerous high-profile projects and programs. With a passion for sports and sustainability, Carlie is currently the Sustainable Design Consultant for the new Atlanta Falcons Stadium, Atlanta United (MLS) Training Facility and Detroit Red Wings Arena. Carlie has been extensively involved in the development of LEED standards over the years, serving as a Subject Matter Expert for USGBC and GBCI, assisting in course curriculum, exam development and LEED Reference Guide creation. In 2012, Carlie was inducted by USGBC as a LEED Fellow, one of 77 in the world. In 2014, Carlie was a recipient of the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s 40 under 40 which highlights business leaders who have made significant career achievements and demonstrated social responsibility. As a LEED Faculty mentor for the U.S. Green Building Council, Carlie is a highly sought-after speaker and writer for national events and publications. Over the past sixteen years, Carlie has made teaching one of her primary focuses, training and inspiring thousands of individuals worldwide. In 2015, Carlie was selected by the International WELL Building Institute as their first WELL Faculty, in an effort to advance the world’s first building standard focused exclusively on human health and wellness.

Kyle Bunds
Assistant Professor, North Carolina State University

Kyle Bunds PhD is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management at North Carolina State University, where his research and teaching examines the connection between sport and the environment generally, and sport, water, and air pollution more specifically. His work has been published in numerous academic journals, such as Sport Management Review; European Sport Marketing Quarterly; Sport in Society; Critical Studies in Media Communication; Communication, Culture, & Critique; Cultural Studies – Critical Methodologies; and Water Resources: IMPACT. He is currently guest editing a forthcoming special issue on sport, physical culture, and the environment with Dr. Jonathan Casper in the Sociology of Sport Journal.

Paul Byrne
Vice President of Operations, BBVA Compass Stadium

As the Vice President of Operations for the stadium, Paul Byrne is responsible for the overall operations of the facility and the management of the stadium’s staff which includes the operations, event production, security and guest services team. Prior to joining the stadium staff, he served as the Senior Director of Operations for the Houston Dynamo where he was responsible for the club’s relationship between University of Houston and the team, monitored day-of game stadium operations, training facility and worked closely with soccer supporter groups in order to ensure a positive relationship between fans, the team and Robertson Stadium. ...READ MORE

As the Vice President of Operations for the stadium, Paul Byrne is responsible for the overall operations of the facility and the management of the stadium’s staff which includes the operations, event production, security and guest services team. Prior to joining the stadium staff, he served as the Senior Director of Operations for the Houston Dynamo where he was responsible for the club’s relationship between University of Houston and the team, monitored day-of game stadium operations, training facility and worked closely with soccer supporter groups in order to ensure a positive relationship between fans, the team and Robertson Stadium. Byrne has spent more than a decade working in the Major League Soccer (MLS) system having held a variety of positions with other teams including the New York Red Bulls and the New Jersey MetroStars. He was named the 2008 MLS Operations Executive of the Year. Byrne is a graduate of Seton Hall University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communications.

Jim Cain
President & Owner, Firland Management

Jim Cain is president and owner of Firland Management, which owns, manages and consults on ice arenas in both the United States and Canada. With over forty years of experience, he has become an industry expert in the field of ice rink design and operations. Firland Management was established in 1999 in the United States and has since been involved in arena design, development and operations of more than 55 arenas in the US & Canada. ...READ MORE

Jim Cain is president and owner of Firland Management, which owns, manages and consults on ice arenas in both the United States and Canada. With over forty years of experience, he has become an industry expert in the field of ice rink design and operations. Firland Management was established in 1999 in the United States and has since been involved in arena design, development and operations of more than 55 arenas in the US & Canada. Most recently, Firland has focused on total energy conservation and management both in new facility development and retro-fit of existing facilities that they operate and consult with. Prior to establishing Firland, Mr. Cain spent 25 years in the Canadian marketplace in arena and multi-purpose facility design and operations.

Jonathan Casper
Associate Professor, North Carolina State University

Jonathan Casper PhD is an Associate Professor and Sport Management Program Coordinator in the Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management in the College of Natural Resources at North Carolina State University. His research program focuses on enhancing quality of life through sport. His research in this field relates to informing sport organizations about better integrating sustainability efforts into organizational operations, marketing, and spectator/participant engagement. ...READ MORE

Jonathan Casper PhD is an Associate Professor and Sport Management Program Coordinator in the Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management in the College of Natural Resources at North Carolina State University. His research program focuses on enhancing quality of life through sport. His research in this field relates to informing sport organizations about better integrating sustainability efforts into organizational operations, marketing, and spectator/participant engagement. Specific to this project his expertise lies in leveraging large events as informal educational settings and influence behavior change. He has received external funding for his work on sustainability education and engagement. Dr. Casper has published in leading peer-reviewed academic journals specific to sport and sustainability, presented his findings at international conferences, and is the co-editor of Sport Management and the Natural Environment: Theory and Practice. He also serves as a consultant for sustainability initiatives.

Alec Cooley
Director of Recycling Programs, Keep America Beautiful

Alec Cooley is the director of recycling programs at Keep America Beautiful, where he manages college and public space recycling programs including the RecycleMania competition. Prior to joining KAB in 2009, he was a program manager with the National Recycling Coalition for three years. Alec got his start in the recycling field as a student volunteer and later the solid waste and recycling manager for Humboldt State University in northern California.

Chris DeVolder
Vice President, Sustainable Design Leader of Sports + Recreation + Entertainment, HOK

As a project leader and the sustainable design leader for HOK’s Sports + Recreation + Entertainment practice, Chris DeVolder has more than 20 years of experience designing environmentally responsible facilities for sports, civic, commercial and residential markets. Known for his thought leadership in the green sports movement, Chris has led sustainability initiatives and the LEED certification process for projects throughout the US and Canada. His creative and technical skills have advanced the way the design profession approaches sports venues, not just in the design and construction process, but with sustainable operations and programming as well. ...READ MORE

As a project leader and the sustainable design leader for HOK’s Sports + Recreation + Entertainment practice, Chris DeVolder has more than 20 years of experience designing environmentally responsible facilities for sports, civic, commercial and residential markets. Known for his thought leadership in the green sports movement, Chris has led sustainability initiatives and the LEED certification process for projects throughout the US and Canada. His creative and technical skills have advanced the way the design profession approaches sports venues, not just in the design and construction process, but with sustainable operations and programming as well.

Chris’ expertise and commitment to sustainable design has shaped notable facilities and districts including the University of Washington’s Husky Stadium Renovation, MetLife Stadium and Southern Methodist University’s Moody Coliseum Renovation. Currently, he is the sustainability project director on Mercedes-Benz Stadium, the new home of the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons, and Rogers Place, an arena for the NHL’s Edmonton Oilers, as well as the project leader for the sports-related components of Notre Dame’s $400 million Campus Crossroads project. Chris also serves as the co-leader of HOK’s soccer market, working with clients across North and South America.

Ian Ellison
Sustainability Manager, Product Development, Jaguar Land Rover

Ian leads a team of 50 people, managing the sustainability impacts of automobiles throughout their life cycles. The team’s innovations in product sustainability, sustainable value chains and natural capital protection helped JLR win Responsible Business of the Year 2013/14 and the Queens Award for Sustainable Development, 2015.

Previous roles include Corporate Responsibility Director, Strategic Change Director and Head of Information Systems and Strategy, in international businesses spanning electronics, software, consulting, aerospace and defence sectors. ...READ MORE

Ian leads a team of 50 people, managing the sustainability impacts of automobiles throughout their life cycles. The team’s innovations in product sustainability, sustainable value chains and natural capital protection helped JLR win Responsible Business of the Year 2013/14 and the Queens Award for Sustainable Development, 2015.

Previous roles include Corporate Responsibility Director, Strategic Change Director and Head of Information Systems and Strategy, in international businesses spanning electronics, software, consulting, aerospace and defence sectors.

Holding an Engineering degree and a Master’s degree in Sustainability from Cambridge University, where he is also a CISL tutor and Senior Associate, Ian’s professional qualifications include Chartered Engineer, Chartered Management Accountant and Chartered IT Professional.

Ian serves on The Prince of Wales Corporate Leaders Group, for climate change issues and regularly contributes to international CxO-level education and inspiration on sustainability, e.g. via The Prince of Wales Business & Sustainability Programme.

He has a deep passionate for sustainability and collaboration across sectors, to innovate solutions to difficult problems, as exemplified by his work with the Land Rover Ben Ainslie Racing team, 11th Hour Racing and partners.

Rosemary Enobakhare
Deputy Associate Administrator for the Office of Public Engagement and Environmental Education, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Rosemary Enobakhare was appointed by the Obama Administration to serve as the Deputy Associate Administrator for Public Engagement and Environmental Education in the Office of the Administrator at the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) where she leads the agency’s community outreach and develops strategic engagement plans to positively impact the EPA’s public policy and reputational goals. ...READ MORE

Rosemary Enobakhare was appointed by the Obama Administration to serve as the Deputy Associate Administrator for Public Engagement and Environmental Education in the Office of the Administrator at the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) where she leads the agency’s community outreach and develops strategic engagement plans to positively impact the EPA’s public policy and reputational goals. Ms. Enobakhare previously served as the Deputy Director of Public Engagement and Faith-based Initiatives. In this capacity, she oversaw the coordination of outreach to the African American, faith, women and business community on behalf of the EPA Administrator. Previously, Ms. Enobakhare served as the Director of African American Outreach for the Democratic National Committee, leading the party’s efforts to the African American Community in the 2012 election. Ms. Enobakhare also served as the Deputy Paid Canvass Director in Charlotte, North Carolina for President Obama’s reelection campaign. Rosemary is a native of Jackson, Mississippi and received her Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from Spelman College.

Rhett Evans
CEO, Golf Course Superintendents Association of America

J. Rhett Evans is in his fifth year as the chief executive officer of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America. Evans joined the GCSAA staff in July 2009 as chief operating officer and was promoted to CEO in January 2011. Since 1926 GCSAA has been the top professional association for the men and women who manage golf courses in the U.S. and worldwide. From its headquarters in Lawrence, Kan., the association provides research, education, advocacy, information and representation to nearly 18,000 members in more than 78 countries. ...READ MORE

J. Rhett Evans is in his fifth year as the chief executive officer of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America. Evans joined the GCSAA staff in July 2009 as chief operating officer and was promoted to CEO in January 2011. Since 1926 GCSAA has been the top professional association for the men and women who manage golf courses in the U.S. and worldwide. From its headquarters in Lawrence, Kan., the association provides research, education, advocacy, information and representation to nearly 18,000 members in more than 78 countries.

Under Evans’ leadership and through his work with allied and industry organizations, GCSAA continues to enhance the growth and vitality of the game of golf. His management of GCSAA and its philanthropic organization, the Environmental Institute for Golf, has evolved the discussion of sustainability initiatives from theory to action at golf facilities. His efforts are focused on fostering sustainability through research, awareness, education, programs and scholarships for the benefit of golf course management professionals, golf facilities and the game.

Evans was instrumental in helping establish We Are Golf (WAG), a coalition of golf’s leading organizations working together to communicate the games economic, charitable, environmental and fitness benefits to congressional leaders. He served two terms as chairman of the board and is currently serving on the executive board. He also serves as chairman of the Golf 20/20 Environmental Committee, is a member of the Golf 20/20 Executive Board and represents GCSAA on other industry initiatives.

Evans is a native of Prescott, Ariz. He and his wife, Colleen, reside in Lawrence, Kan., with their daughter, Caite, and son, Seth. Evans is a four-time Ironman Triathlon finisher and an active adventurist.

Ryan Evans
Director of Sustainability, Henderson Engineers, Inc.

Ryan has extensive experience in designing, consulting for, and researching high performance buildings. His portfolio includes a myriad of projects ranging from multi-billion dollar sports structures to commercial office buildings of more than one million square feet to the design of a new LEED certified sustainable city in the Middle East. Ryan’s design emphasis focuses on a building’s systems and how they interact with the building structure and occupants, leading to designs that increase energy performance, while enhancing building durability, occupant comfort, and indoor air quality. ...READ MORE

Ryan has extensive experience in designing, consulting for, and researching high performance buildings. His portfolio includes a myriad of projects ranging from multi-billion dollar sports structures to commercial office buildings of more than one million square feet to the design of a new LEED certified sustainable city in the Middle East. Ryan’s design emphasis focuses on a building’s systems and how they interact with the building structure and occupants, leading to designs that increase energy performance, while enhancing building durability, occupant comfort, and indoor air quality. With a finance background, Ryan also helps his clients evaluate retrofits to their buildings that result in increased performance and quicker paybacks. In addition to directing Henderson’s sustainable design practice, he is also co-director of Henderson Research, an initiative that funds research projects annually. Current research includes LED lighting for arenas, hoistway pressurization studies for high-rise buildings, locker room exhaust strategies, big-box infiltration studies, water reclamation, phase-change materials, and monitoring-based commissioning.

Jeff Farrell
Facility Operations Manager, Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, USC

Jeff is entering his third football season as the Facility Operations Manager at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, home to the University of Southern California Football team and temporary home of the recently relocated Los Angeles Rams. Jeff’s primary responsibilities at the Coliseum include oversight of the stadium maintenance staff, event day preparation and project manager for several facility upgrades. Prior to the 2015 football season, the Coliseum launched a zero waste initiative in coordination with the USC Office of Sustainability in the 94 year old historic stadium. ...READ MORE

Jeff is entering his third football season as the Facility Operations Manager at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, home to the University of Southern California Football team and temporary home of the recently relocated Los Angeles Rams. Jeff’s primary responsibilities at the Coliseum include oversight of the stadium maintenance staff, event day preparation and project manager for several facility upgrades. Prior to the 2015 football season, the Coliseum launched a zero waste initiative in coordination with the USC Office of Sustainability in the 94 year old historic stadium. The Coliseum’s zero waste program aims to reduce environmental impact on game day but also is designed to serve as a template for overcoming challenges and achieving zero waste at other stadiums across the country. Prior to arriving at USC, Jeff worked as the Facility Operations Assistant at the University of Connecticut for two years, serving as the primary building manager for the school’s on campus football practice facility. Jeff earned his undergraduate degree from UConn in Sport Administration, and is currently working towards his master’s degree in Applied Psychology at USC.

Edgar Farrera
Director of Sustainability, Circuit of The Americas

Edgar Farrera, Director of Sustainability at Circuit of The Americas (COTA) in Austin, Texas, has the distinction of being the first circuit based sustainability leader in the history of Formula One racing. COTA is a world-class destination for premium sports and entertainment, welcoming more than one million visitors annually for crown jewel events like the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix, MotoGP, United Sportscar Racing, & the FIA World Endurance Championship. ...READ MORE

Edgar Farrera, Director of Sustainability at Circuit of The Americas (COTA) in Austin, Texas, has the distinction of being the first circuit based sustainability leader in the history of Formula One racing. COTA is a world-class destination for premium sports and entertainment, welcoming more than one million visitors annually for crown jewel events like the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix, MotoGP, United Sportscar Racing, & the FIA World Endurance Championship. The 1,300-acre campus is also the home to the summer edition of ESPN’s popular X Games, & to the 14,000 seat Austin360 Amphitheater, which hosts multiple concerts & festivals annually.
Farrera’s responsibilities focus on corporate social responsibility and innovation, including collaboration with schools & universities, green event management, fan engagement, & coordination of alternative-energy racing events. He served as principal local organizer for the 2013 F1 in Schools World Championship, & for the 2013 & 2014 Formula Sun Grand Prix solar-EV collegiate competition.
Edgar serves as Chair of the Clean Energy Council at the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce, & is a member of SAE Internationals (formerly the Society of Automotive Engineers) Green Racing Committee which prepares SAE standard J2880 “Surface Vehicle Recommended Green Racing Protocols”.
In recognition of COTA’s environmental accomplishments, the FIM (Federation Internationale de Motocyclisme) awarded the 2014 FIM Environmental Award to COTA.

Patrick R. Finlen
General Manager, The Olympic Club

Pat was hired in 2002 as the Director of Golf Maintenance Operations for The Olympic Club in San Francisco. Early in 2013 he became the Director of Golf at The Olympic Club and became General Manager on December 1st of 2013. Previous to the Olympic Club, Pat was the Director of Golf Course Maintenance at Bayonet & Black Horse in Seaside, CA for four years and a Superintendent in Kansas City and Virginia Beach, VA since becoming a Superintendent in 1984. ...READ MORE

Pat was hired in 2002 as the Director of Golf Maintenance Operations for The Olympic Club in San Francisco. Early in 2013 he became the Director of Golf at The Olympic Club and became General Manager on December 1st of 2013. Previous to the Olympic Club, Pat was the Director of Golf Course Maintenance at Bayonet & Black Horse in Seaside, CA for four years and a Superintendent in Kansas City and Virginia Beach, VA since becoming a Superintendent in 1984.

Pat is a graduate of Rockhurst College in Kansas City, MO with a degree in Business Administration. He has been a Certified Superintendent since 1989. He is the Past-President of GCSAA, the California Golf Course Superintendents Association, The Golf Course Superintendents Association of Northern California, and The Heart of America Golf Course Superintendents Association.

Under Pat’s guidance the Olympic Club has hosted four recent USGA Championships.
The U.S. Junior, U.S. Amateur, U.S. Open, and the U.S. Four-Ball Championship.
In 2021 the Club will host the U.S. Women’s Open, its first female USGA Championship.

Seth Gregg
SVP, Business Development for the Club Managers Association of America

Seth Gregg is the SVP, Business Development for the Club Managers Association of America. In this position he manages the business units of the association including all non-dues related income. The units he is responsible for under this umbrella are corporate partners, exposition, club resource center and the 501 (c) 3 Foundation. He joined CMAA and The Club Foundation in 2003. For the past twelve (12) years he has focused on business development, financial management and operations to grow the net asset base of the organization. ...READ MORE

Seth Gregg is the SVP, Business Development for the Club Managers Association of America. In this position he manages the business units of the association including all non-dues related income. The units he is responsible for under this umbrella are corporate partners, exposition, club resource center and the 501 (c) 3 Foundation. He joined CMAA and The Club Foundation in 2003. For the past twelve (12) years he has focused on business development, financial management and operations to grow the net asset base of the organization. Additionally, he created the corporate alliance program that garnered over $9 Million to CMAA and The Club Foundation. The Foundation now distributes between $500k and $600k back into the professional development of club managers through grants and scholarships both directly and indirectly administered by CMAA. Seth brings his wide range of experience and resources to The Club Foundation and upholds the traditions and standards that the members of CMAA have come to expect. Seth spent the thirteen years honing his skills in business development, finance and overall management. Most recently, he worked in the education industry at different posts including business developer, financier, general manager and consultant. As Vice President of Capacity Building for the National Charter School Alliance in Alexandria, VA, he was responsible for the development and management of all activities associated with increasing the capacity of state charter organizations and local charter schools. Prior to that, Seth served as Principal to Education Capital Markets, Inc., a niche investment banking firm focused exclusively in the education market space. Here, he gained significant experience in strategic and business planning in both non-profit and for profit ventures.
Seth is a graduate of Clemson University where he earned a bachelors degree in Finance. Currently,
he resides with his wife and two children in Oak Hill, VA. When he is not commuting to work, you will
find him entertaining his children or playing golf, softball, basketball and tennis.

Kathleen Hatch
Strategist & Consultant; Co-chair Sports Equality Foundation

Kathleen Hatch is a recognized leader and consultant in sports, recreation, wellness, and higher education. Kathleen’s current work includes deployment of a new mobile platform, SportUpside, to accelerate and advance athlete and coach development; advocacy for campus recreation across Canada; and service as Board Co-Chair of the newly created Sports Equality Foundation – leveraging the power of sport for cultural change. ...READ MORE

Kathleen Hatch is a recognized leader and consultant in sports, recreation, wellness, and higher education. Kathleen’s current work includes deployment of a new mobile platform, SportUpside, to accelerate and advance athlete and coach development; advocacy for campus recreation across Canada; and service as Board Co-Chair of the newly created Sports Equality Foundation – leveraging the power of sport for cultural change.

In 2014, Kathleen completed her term as President of NIRSA: Leaders in Collegiate Recreation, concluding nine continuous years of Board and Governance Commission leadership roles. Kathleen has been active in her role as NIRSA Past President as co-chair of the LGBT Sport Coalition, steering committee member for the International Experiential Leadership Institute, and advisor to Partnership for a Healthier America. Kathleen provided progressive leadership for Washington State University for more than two decades. At WSU, Kathleen’s involvement in $140 million of capital projects included a Student Recreation Center, Golf Course, Playfields, and Student Union Building, sparking a career-long interest in maximizing the potential of the built and natural environments for learning, wellbeing, and sustainability.

Geert Hendriks
Head of Projects, AISTS

As the AISTS Head of Projects, Geert is responsible for a range of applied research and consulting projects, working closely with the IOC and many international sports federations to deliver on a range of initiatives. He is also tasked with the management of the AISTS Sustainable Sport and Events Centre, whose goal is to engage and empower cities, International Sport Federations and event organisers through providing practical and comprehensive resources on sports event sustainability and (corporate) social responsibility. ...READ MORE

As the AISTS Head of Projects, Geert is responsible for a range of applied research and consulting projects, working closely with the IOC and many international sports federations to deliver on a range of initiatives. He is also tasked with the management of the AISTS Sustainable Sport and Events Centre, whose goal is to engage and empower cities, International Sport Federations and event organisers through providing practical and comprehensive resources on sports event sustainability and (corporate) social responsibility.
He developed, in collaboration with the IOC and SportAccord, a Sport Sustainability E-learning course and is co-editor of “Collected Insights from the Field of Sport: Sport Sustainability and Legacy. For a few years in a row, Geert has surveyed International Sports Federations through AISTS’ annual IF Sustainability Study. Currently AISTS is co-leading the establishment of the Green Sports Alliance Europe.
In his free time, Geert leads the Swiss Korfball Federation in developing the sport of korfball throughout Switzerland and enjoys organising sports activities for locally based refugees.

Kattia Hernandez
Director of the International Environment Commission, Federation Internationale de Motociclysme

Kattia was born in Guatemala and has Salvadoran Nationality. She graduated as an Agricultural Engineer from the El Salvador University in 1991 and obtained her Master’s Degree in Business Administration. She has also completed postgraduate studies in Environmental Management and Hydrographic Basins Management. Kattia worked as an environment professional in the construction industry at regional level and also for the Hydroelectric Company of El Salvador. ...READ MORE

Kattia was born in Guatemala and has Salvadoran Nationality. She graduated as an Agricultural Engineer from the El Salvador University in 1991 and obtained her Master’s Degree in Business Administration. She has also completed postgraduate studies in Environmental Management and Hydrographic Basins Management. Kattia worked as an environment professional in the construction industry at regional level and also for the Hydroelectric Company of El Salvador.
Her passion for sport drove Kattia to found the Salvadorian National Motorcycling Federation in 1998. She went on to represent her country in the Union Latinoamericana de Motociclismo (now FIM Latin America). She became President of her National Federation and has been President of the FIM Latin America Environment Commission for 10 years.
Kattia now leads the FIM’s International Environment Commission since 2011. A respected professional in the motorsport world, she has trained a large number of environmental stewards during seminars in America, Europe and Asia. In recent years, Kattia has spearheaded the different sustainability initiatives promoted by the FIM, including KiSS, the Ride Green Cup and Environmental Ambassadors programme.
She has participated in international conferences as a panellist and is the author of several articles published in international magazines and newspaper. Recently she organizes and promote the first conference Women + Sustainability in Jerez, Spain. She is a blogger, painter and mother of a former Motocross champion.

Dr. Allen Hershkowitz
President, Green Sports Alliance

Dr. Allen Hershkowitz is the co-founder and President of the Green Sports Alliance. Dr. Hershkowitz is also co-founder of the Green Sports Alliance-Europe. Dr. Hershkowitz served as a Senior Scientist at the Natural Resources Defense Council for 26 years, between 1988 and 2014, helping to grow NRDC into one of the most influential and largest environmental organizations in the world. In 2015 SportsBusiness Journal listed Dr. Hershkowitz as one of the ’50 Most Influential People in Sports Business,’ stating, ‘he serves as the point person and de facto ‘godfather’ on green initiatives throughout sports, at the highest levels of the industry.' ...READ MORE

Dr. Allen Hershkowitz is the co-founder and President of the Green Sports Alliance. Dr. Hershkowitz is also co-founder of the Green Sports Alliance-Europe. Dr. Hershkowitz served as a Senior Scientist at the Natural Resources Defense Council for 26 years, between 1988 and 2014, helping to grow NRDC into one of the most influential and largest environmental organizations in the world. In 2015 SportsBusiness Journal listed Dr. Hershkowitz as one of the ’50 Most Influential People in Sports Business,’ stating, ‘he serves as the point person and de facto ‘godfather’ on green initiatives throughout sports, at the highest levels of the industry.'
During the 2014-2015 academic year, Dr. Hershkowitz served as Distinguished Visiting Faculty in Sustainability Management in the MBA Program of the Presidio Graduate School, where he taught an MBA-level course on Sustainability and Sports. Dr. Hershkowitz helped author President Clinton’s “Greening the Government” Presidential Executive Order in 1993, and he served for nine years on the DuPont Corporation’s Bio-Based Fuels Life Cycle Assessment Advisory Board. He has served on the National Academy of Sciences’ National Research Council Committee on the Health Effects of Waste Incineration. Previously he has served as the Chairman of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner’s Advisory Board on Operating Requirements for Municipal Solid Waste Incinerators. He has also served on the EPA’s Science Advisory Board Subcommittee on Sludge Incineration, as well as the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry’s Peer Review Panel for its Report to Congress on the Health Implications of Medical Waste. Dr. Hershkowitz was the Principal Contractor for the United States Congressional Office of Technology Assessment’s Report to Congress on Municipal Solid Waste Management. He was a member of the U.S. EPA’s Regulatory Negotiations on Fugitive Emissions from Equipment Leaks at Synthetic and Organic Chemical Manufacturing Industries.
Dr. Hershkowitz is a leader in the movement to make environmental responsibility understandable and achievable for every individual and institution – an accomplishment that earned him the name “The Godfather of Greening” by Yoga + Joyful Living Magazine in 2009. According to Greenwire, he “has long been among the most visible activists in the nation.” A native of New York, Dr. Hershkowitz received his Ph.D. in political economics, specializing in energy resources economics, from the City University of New York Graduate School in 1986. He earned a M. Phil. In political economics in 1982, a B.A. (cum laude) from the City College of New York in 1978 and a Certificat D’assiduite from the University of Grenoble in 1975.

Mike Higgins
GM & VP of Sales, Elgin Sweeper

Mike has been with Elgin Sweeper Company for 29 years holding various positions within manufacturing, production, sales, service and parts. He has a Bachelors Degree in General Engineering from the University of Illinois and MBA from Bradley University. Outside of work, Mike enjoys playing hockey and golf and is a board member and treasurer of the Autism Society of Illinois.

Jamie Hindhaugh
Chief Operating Officer, BT Sport & BT TV

Jamie joined BT Sport on 15th October 2012 as the Chief Operating Officer to build the infrastructure, broadcast chain and operating model for the launch of BT Sport. In August BT Sport 1, BT Sport 2 and BT Sport ESPN all started broadcasting from the brand new purpose built studio facility on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. From the 1st August 2015 the BT Sport offering has been expanded to 13 channel outlets to deliver the exclusive Champions League and Europa League coverage, as well as the launch of Europe’s first 4k UHD sports channel. ...READ MORE

Jamie joined BT Sport on 15th October 2012 as the Chief Operating Officer to build the infrastructure, broadcast chain and operating model for the launch of BT Sport. In August BT Sport 1, BT Sport 2 and BT Sport ESPN all started broadcasting from the brand new purpose built studio facility on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. From the 1st August 2015 the BT Sport offering has been expanded to 13 channel outlets to deliver the exclusive Champions League and Europa League coverage, as well as the launch of Europe’s first 4k UHD sports channel.
Jamie started his TV career as a transport coordinator at the BBC. Since then he has had many roles in the BBC including Head of Sourcing Production Resources and culminating as the Head of Production L2012 – responsible for the BBC’s multiplatform coverage of the Olympics, Paralympics and other key national events in 2012.

Jamie lives in Chiswick in West London and has three children.

Caryn Hojnicki
Sustainability Coordinator, Indiana University Athletics Department

Caryn Hojnicki, MA is the Sustainability Coordinator for Indiana University Athletics Department. Her educational background is a MA from the University of Toledo in Recreation Administration and a BS from Eastern Michigan University in Communication Technology. In the year she has been at Indiana, she has raised awareness on campus and in the community of their initiative Greening Cream & Crimson. She has coordinated Zero Waste Station collection on the concourse area and in the Hoosier Room (dining) of Memorial Stadium, started sustainability education of student-athletes and staff, conducted waste audits and inventoried all athletic department waste receptacles. ...READ MORE

Caryn Hojnicki, MA is the Sustainability Coordinator for Indiana University Athletics Department. Her educational background is a MA from the University of Toledo in Recreation Administration and a BS from Eastern Michigan University in Communication Technology. In the year she has been at Indiana, she has raised awareness on campus and in the community of their initiative Greening Cream & Crimson. She has coordinated Zero Waste Station collection on the concourse area and in the Hoosier Room (dining) of Memorial Stadium, started sustainability education of student-athletes and staff, conducted waste audits and inventoried all athletic department waste receptacles.

Previously while living in Portland, Oregon Caryn enrolled and completed a Master Recycler course. This course is a community education and outreach program on sustainable consumption, toxics, composting and recycling. During this course she had the opportunity to tour a landfill, MRF, multiple reuse stores, sustainable restaurants and LEED buildings in the community. In her payback volunteer hours she assessed a community recycling & waste area along with an education session for the residents, tabled at multiple events and did some research for the county. Her passion for recycling has turned into a career educating others about reducing consumption, caring for the environment and educating the community in which she lives in.

John Hwang
Founder & CEO, PlanLED

John Hwang is the founder and CEO of PlanLED and the Executiv e Director of the Human Centric Lighting organization (HCL). John emerged from the world of investment banking and finance in the late 2000′s to become one of the primary thought leaders and culture shapers of the rapidly advancing global LED lighting movement. ...READ MORE

John Hwang is the founder and CEO of PlanLED and the Executiv e Director of the Human Centric Lighting organization (HCL). John emerged from the world of investment banking and finance in the late 2000′s to become one of the primary thought leaders and culture shapers of the rapidly advancing global LED lighting movement. Mr. Hwang was instrumental in convening the HCL by building bridges for meaningful and catalytic relationships between educators, researchers, developers, manufacturers and business leaders who are also significant thought leaders and practitioners within the LED lighting movement. John is a tireless and compelling educator and advocate for delivering the sustainability, quality of life increases and creative solutions of LED lighting to the globe through standardized and affordable applications.

Julie Janiski
Senior Designer, Analytics, BuroHappold

Julie Janiski, LEED AP BD+C, is an associate who leads BuroHappold Engineering’s integrated high performance building design team. Julie’s background in architecture and sustainable design, and a deep interest in projects that innovate in these two areas at all scales – buildings, infrastructure and cities – informs her design process. She employs energy analysis and sustainable strategies to drive high performance design and develop solutions with qualitative metrics to measure performance. ...READ MORE

Julie Janiski, LEED AP BD+C, is an associate who leads BuroHappold Engineering’s integrated high performance building design team. Julie’s background in architecture and sustainable design, and a deep interest in projects that innovate in these two areas at all scales – buildings, infrastructure and cities – informs her design process. She employs energy analysis and sustainable strategies to drive high performance design and develop solutions with qualitative metrics to measure performance. Julie’s multidisciplinary project leadership work includes academic, cultural, sport and residential projects such as the new Cornell Tech Residential Tower in New York City being designed to Passive House standards and the School of Architecture renovation and addition at Tulane University. Her current analytics work includes sustainability strategy for the New Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, the Destination Medical Center project in Rochester Minnesota, and new U.S. Embassy for the State Department.

Scott Jenkins
GM, Mercedes-Benz Stadium, AMB Sports & Entertainment Group; Board Chair, Green Sports Alliance

Scott Jenkins joined AMB Sports & Entertainment Group in February 2014 to provide insight into the planning and construction of the new Atlanta Stadium leading up to its opening in 2017, after which he will manage the operations of the stadium. Jenkins comes to the Atlanta Falcons from the Seattle Mariners, where he spent the past seven-and-a-half years as vice president of ballpark operations and was responsible for overseeing all aspects of operating and managing Safeco Field.   ...READ MORE

Scott Jenkins joined AMB Sports & Entertainment Group in February 2014 to provide insight into the planning and construction of the new Atlanta Stadium leading up to its opening in 2017, after which he will manage the operations of the stadium. Jenkins comes to the Atlanta Falcons from the Seattle Mariners, where he spent the past seven-and-a-half years as vice president of ballpark operations and was responsible for overseeing all aspects of operating and managing Safeco Field.  

Prior to joining the Mariners, Jenkins spent three years with the Philadelphia Eagles where he opened and managed Lincoln Financial Field. Scott has served as V.P. of Stadium Operations for the Milwaukee Brewers and Director of Facilities and Events for Intercollegiate Athletics at the University of Wisconsin.  A native of Kenosha, WI, Jenkins graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1986 with a degree in Construction Administration and is a 2009 graduate of the University of Washington Executive MBA program. While at Wisconsin, Scott was a five-time All-American in cross country and track and was a member of the 1982 and 1985 NCAA National Champion Cross Country teams.

Kevin Johnson
Mayor of Sacramento

Kevin is a two-term mayor of the City of Sacramento with a diverse professional background as
an athlete, entrepreneur and nonprofit executive. He has taken on a range of national leadership roles, including president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors and the African-
American Mayors Association, Chair of the U.S. Secretary of Education’s Mayoral Taskforce,
Chair of the National Resilient Communities for America Campaign, and a member of the White
House Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience. ...READ MORE

Kevin is a two-term mayor of the City of Sacramento with a diverse professional background as
an athlete, entrepreneur and nonprofit executive. He has taken on a range of national leadership roles, including president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors and the African-
American Mayors Association, Chair of the U.S. Secretary of Education’s Mayoral Taskforce,
Chair of the National Resilient Communities for America Campaign, and a member of the White
House Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience. Before serving as Mayor Kevin founded St. HOPE, an after-school program in Sacramento that has grown into a community development company and charter management organization. Prior to that, he was an NBA All-Star, playing for 12 years with the Cleveland Cavaliers and Phoenix Suns. Kevin is a
graduate of UC Berkeley.

Sonya Jury
Senior Associate and Project Manager, HOK

Sonya Jury, AIA, LEED AP, is a seasoned architect with more than 26 years of experience working on a diverse range of project types. She has been involved in athletics, hospitality, healthcare, retail, mixed-use, restaurant and recreation projects ranging from $250,000 to $3 Billion. As a Senior Associate and Project Manager at HOK, Sonya leads complex collegiate athletic projects across the nation. ...READ MORE

Sonya Jury, AIA, LEED AP, is a seasoned architect with more than 26 years of experience working on a diverse range of project types. She has been involved in athletics, hospitality, healthcare, retail, mixed-use, restaurant and recreation projects ranging from $250,000 to $3 Billion. As a Senior Associate and Project Manager at HOK, Sonya leads complex collegiate athletic projects across the nation.
Her comprehensive understanding of the architectural design process – from high-level conceptual design to client management to design detailing and construction administration – is valuable as clients navigate each phase of their project. Her proactive management style is complemented by her ability to guide the decision making process and balance the needs and ambitions of multiple stakeholders.
Sonya has worked at both engineering and architecture firms and has run her own practice. Recently, Sonya has led several collegiate athletic projects, including a major renovation of Jordan-Hare Stadium at Auburn University. Her understanding of the complexities of sports business coupled with her commitment to building lasting relationships with clients has helped inform the way her university clients approach their projects.
Sonya has been a champion for sustainable design, working closely with partners at HOK to advance the sustainability and viability of sports facilities. She co-founded the committee on the environment for the American Institute of Architect’s Indianapolis chapter and was involved with early meetings at Ball State University focused on the green building movement which eventually grew into what we now know as the USGBC. Sonya is also integrally involved with the American Institute of Architect’s Kansas City chapter, having previously served as a past president and founding member of the Center for Architecture and Design. She currently serves as the Board Chair for KIPP Endeavor, a free public charter school in Kansas City, Missouri.

Dirk Kestner
Director of Sustainable Design, Walter P Moore

Dirk Kestner is a practicing structural engineer with fifteen years of experience in the design, evaluation, and repair of building structures. He is a Principal and the Director of Sustainable Design for Walter P Moore, a 600-person structural engineering firm with nationwide offices and a worldwide portfolio. Dirk is a licensed professional engineer and LEED Accredited Professional. Dirk was the founding chairman of the Sustainability Committee for The Structural Engineering Institute, an organization which represents over twelve thousand structural engineers nationwide. ...READ MORE

Dirk Kestner is a practicing structural engineer with fifteen years of experience in the design, evaluation, and repair of building structures. He is a Principal and the Director of Sustainable Design for Walter P Moore, a 600-person structural engineering firm with nationwide offices and a worldwide portfolio. Dirk is a licensed professional engineer and LEED Accredited Professional. Dirk was the founding chairman of the Sustainability Committee for The Structural Engineering Institute, an organization which represents over twelve thousand structural engineers nationwide. He also served as an editor and coordinator of the committee’s book Sustainability Guidelines for the Structural Engineer. He has piloted LEED LCA Pilot credit 1 credit on four projects and is currently pursuing Pilot Credit 63 / LEED V4 Beta on additional projects. In addition to his published graduate research on the use of crushed concrete as recycled aggregate, his other recent publications include: Achieving Sustainability though Durability, Adaptability, and Deconstructability and Sustainability: Thinking Beyond the Checklist in STRUCTURE magazine. His team’s entry Deconstructable and Reusable Composite Slab won the Professional Unbuilt Component category of the inaugural EPA Lifecycle Building Challenge. He is a member of the USGBC Central Texas Chapter.

Joe Khirallah
Chief Executive Officer, Green Bear Group

For the past 25 years, Joe Khirallah has learned and taught on the value of story in producing creative and innovative results. Listening to others, synthesizing their messages, and creating heartfelt communications, Joe helps his clients get their stories straight and connect them to their stakeholders. Stories of people and organizations, stories of struggle and success, stories of presence and impact. ...READ MORE

For the past 25 years, Joe Khirallah has learned and taught on the value of story in producing creative and innovative results. Listening to others, synthesizing their messages, and creating heartfelt communications, Joe helps his clients get their stories straight and connect them to their stakeholders. Stories of people and organizations, stories of struggle and success, stories of presence and impact.

Joe facilitates creative strategy sessions, develops communications campaigns, and builds lasting relationships with his clients and his colleagues. He listens with great presence, engages with enthusiasm and energy, and offers insights while having fun.

Three years ago, he founded Green Bear Group to focus on helping clients involved with environmental sustainability. Based in the Bay Area, with partners in Hollywood and Chicago, Green Bear helps Fortune 100 corporations, non-profits, technology start-ups, sports organizations, and other worthy causes.

Catherine Kummer
Senior Director, NASCAR Green Innovation and STEM Platforms

Catherine Kummer is NASCAR’s Senior Director of Green Innovation and STEM Platforms. Based in Charlotte, North Carolina, Catherine supports the adoption and implementation of sustainability practices across the sport. She joined NASCAR in 2004 and over the last five years has worked on existing and new initiatives across the industry. NASCAR focuses around three areas of environmental effort: renewable energy, recycling and air. ...READ MORE

Catherine Kummer is NASCAR’s Senior Director of Green Innovation and STEM Platforms. Based in Charlotte, North Carolina, Catherine supports the adoption and implementation of sustainability practices across the sport. She joined NASCAR in 2004 and over the last five years has worked on existing and new initiatives across the industry. NASCAR focuses around three areas of environmental effort: renewable energy, recycling and air. In addition to working with partners such as the US Department of Energy, US Environmental Protection Agency and Green Sports Alliance on developing new programs for implementation across the sport, Catherine also focuses her attention on growing and continuing programs that have recycled more than 25 million bottles and cans; over 700,000 race tires; and enough oil to power the Empire State Building for over a year. She manages a national tree planting initiative that with partners has planted enough trees (400,000+) to completely offset carbon emissions for all NASCAR national series racing for the past seven years of NASCAR Green, plus the next 40 years.

Catherine is also responsible for the continued development of the first comprehensive STEM education platform for NASCAR, engaging all stakeholders across the industry. Projects to date have included the development of an expanding library of STEM content that has been integrated into live at-track and in-school experiences, all connecting NASCAR and STEM while also ensuring standards and learning outcomes are addressed and noted for educators. In addition, she is also leading the charge on the content and program development for the STEM materials of NASCAR Acceleration Nation youth engagement program designed and tested currently with the support of Scholastic. A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Catherine is a LEED Green Associate, wife and Mom to two young kids.

Chef David Lee
President & Founder, The Field Roast Grain Meat Company

David Lee is President and Founder of The Field Roast Grain Meat Company, based in Seattle and established in 1997. Field Roast’s vegetarian meats and vegan cheese have gained international attention and David has become recognized as a leader in the fast-growing segment of vegan food products. Field Roast is the number one supplier of vegetarian sausages, burgers and frankfurters to stadiums across the United States and can be found in over 1,000 retail stores and upwards of 500 restaurant menus. ...READ MORE

David Lee is President and Founder of The Field Roast Grain Meat Company, based in Seattle and established in 1997. Field Roast’s vegetarian meats and vegan cheese have gained international attention and David has become recognized as a leader in the fast-growing segment of vegan food products. Field Roast is the number one supplier of vegetarian sausages, burgers and frankfurters to stadiums across the United States and can be found in over 1,000 retail stores and upwards of 500 restaurant menus. Chef David Lee is also the original founder of FareStart (originally named Common Meals) a culinary job training program with the mission of serving and supporting the city’s homeless and disadvantaged populations. While David grew FareStart into a highly successful nonprofit, he launched FoodCircle, which was the first and longest running online community of professional chefs and cooks from around the world. David is a long-time supporter of animal rights causes and organizations working to end farm animal suffering. In 2011, his work culminated in two humanitarian awards: Farm Sanctuary’s Corporate Leader in Compassion Award and the James Beard Foundation’s Humanitarian of the Year Award, given to FareStart and accepted by David on behalf of the organization.

Brandon Leimbach
Senior Manager, Business Development, Learfield Sports

Hired by Learfield Sports in 2015 as the Senior Manager of Business Development at the University of Colorado, Brandon oversees all sports sustainability sponsorships and assists the CU Environmental Center with the leadership of the Ralphie’s Green Stampede program. Prior to CU, Brandon was the Director of Athletics at NCAA Division II Dominican University of California. In addition to setting records for revenue generation during his tenure, the Dominican Penguins also experienced their highest ever rankings in the Pac West Conferences Commissioner’s Cup Standings. ...READ MORE

Hired by Learfield Sports in 2015 as the Senior Manager of Business Development at the University of Colorado, Brandon oversees all sports sustainability sponsorships and assists the CU Environmental Center with the leadership of the Ralphie’s Green Stampede program. Prior to CU, Brandon was the Director of Athletics at NCAA Division II Dominican University of California. In addition to setting records for revenue generation during his tenure, the Dominican Penguins also experienced their highest ever rankings in the Pac West Conferences Commissioner’s Cup Standings. Off the field, Dominican took home back to back Pac West Academic Achievement Awards highlighted by a record setting 3.41 GPA in 2014 with all twelve varsity sports earning a 3.0 or higher. Brandon has been working in collegiate athletics since 1999 and has extensive experience at both the NCAA Division I (Saint Mary’s College of CA, University of Notre Dame, UC Irvine, University of Colorado) and Division II levels (Colorado School of Mines, Dominican University of California).

Jami Leveen
Director of Marketing and Environmental Stewardship, Aramark Sports and Entertainment

Currently Jami is the Director of Marketing for Aramark Sports and Entertainment . In this role she is primarily responsible for supporting communications efforts, consumer strategies and driving sustainable business success within the stadium, arena and convention center portfolio. Additionally, she leads S&E’s corporate social responsibility advocacy focusing on environmental stewardship and health and wellness. Her daily responsibilities include developing innovative consumer programming, leading our national menu labeling and health and wellness initiatives and improving healthy options across our operations. She also provides strategic and marketing support to our business development and retention efforts for key accounts. ...READ MORE

Currently Jami is the Director of Marketing for Aramark Sports and Entertainment . In this role she is primarily responsible for supporting communications efforts, consumer strategies and driving sustainable business success within the stadium, arena and convention center portfolio. Additionally, she leads S&E’s corporate social responsibility advocacy focusing on environmental stewardship and health and wellness. Her daily responsibilities include developing innovative consumer programming, leading our national menu labeling and health and wellness initiatives and improving healthy options across our operations. She also provides strategic and marketing support to our business development and retention efforts for key accounts.

Jami is passionate about the environment and to furthering our commitments to sustainable business practices. She led the development of the Convention Center and Cultural Attractions Environmental Stewardship Platform and has been proactively positioning Aramark as an industry leader in sustainability. She was a governing member of the Accepted Practices Exchange (APEX) Green Meetings and Events Practices Panel of the Convention Industry Council, a participant in the International Association of Exhibits and Events (IAEE) Committee for Environmentally Responsible Exhibitions and Events and am recognized as a Fellow of the Presidio Graduation School’s Sports and Sustainability Certification Program. She is also an active participant and supporter of the Green Sports Alliance, serving as a panelist at the 2012 and 2013 annual summits and as a presenter as part of their online educational series. She is a founding member of the GSA Corporate Membership Network and outspoken advocate for power of sports to drive sustainability. Jami has been a feature speaker at Wharton’s Institute for Global Environmental Leadership Studies Seminar Series and the Partnership for a Healthier America.

Jami holds a Master of Management in Hospitality from Cornell University and a Bachelors of Arts in History and Politics, Philosophy & Law from Binghamton University.

Steve Levine
President and CEO, Clean Air Group, Inc.

Steve Levine is President and CEO of Clean Air Group, Inc. of Fairfield, CT, a company he founded in
2004. Clean Air Group brings to market products and technologies that improve the quality of our
environments including the AtmosAir Solutions line of air purification products for commercial and
residential use. ...READ MORE

Steve Levine is President and CEO of Clean Air Group, Inc. of Fairfield, CT, a company he founded in
2004. Clean Air Group brings to market products and technologies that improve the quality of our
environments including the AtmosAir Solutions line of air purification products for commercial and
residential use.

Mr. Levine brings over 30 years of experience in building and leading companies. Prior to Clean Air
Group, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of Protective Alarms, the largest independent
security company in Connecticut. The company sold in the late 90’s and was subsequently acquired by
ADT.

As a business leader, Mr. Levine actively supports the industries in which his companies operate. He has
held significant roles in the Central Station Alarm Association (CSAA) and the National Burglar and Fire
Alarm Association (NBFAA). Today, he represents the indoor air quality industry as industry liaison in his
Board position with the National Green Energy Council.

In addition to his industry involvement, Mr. Levine has served as Chairman of The Pro Sports Challenge
for twenty years. The Pro Sports Challenge is a fundraising event that has raised over $1,000,000 to
support the quality of life of developmentally disabled adults living at the Lower Fairfield Center, a state-
run group home in Norwalk, CT.

Lisa Lin
Sustainability Manager, City of Houston

Lisa Lin is the Sustainability Manager for the City of Houston, overseeing and assisting with various environmental programs and initiatives for the City. Projects include the Houston Green Office Challenge, DOE’s Better Buildings Challenge, the City Energy Project, the City’s bike share program, benchmarking energy performance for city buildings, updating municipal GHG inventory reports, climate action planning, forming City green teams, reporting to the Carbon Disclosure Project, and creating behavior change programs. ...READ MORE

Lisa Lin is the Sustainability Manager for the City of Houston, overseeing and assisting with various environmental programs and initiatives for the City. Projects include the Houston Green Office Challenge, DOE’s Better Buildings Challenge, the City Energy Project, the City’s bike share program, benchmarking energy performance for city buildings, updating municipal GHG inventory reports, climate action planning, forming City green teams, reporting to the Carbon Disclosure Project, and creating behavior change programs. Before joining the Mayor’s staff, Lisa was a program associate for ICLEI (ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability is an international non-profit organization that provides cities tools and technical expertise around climate mitigation and adaption efforts.) USA’s Climate Programs Division and also served as the South Central Regional Associate. She also has experience working for a commercial architecture firm. She has served on the US GBC Emerging Professionals National Committee, is a current board member of the USGBC-Texas Gulf Coast chapter and the South-central Partnership for Energy Efficiency as a Resource (SPEER), and is on the Steering Committee for STAR (Sustainability Tools for Assessing and Rating) Communities.

Izabel Loinaz
Program Manager, Center for Sustainable Business Practices, Lundquist College of Business, University of Oregon

Izabel Loinaz heads the Center for Sustainable Business Practices at the University of Oregon, Lundquist College of Business, currently ranked #1 Green MBA by The Princeton Review. Ms. Loinaz teaches graduate courses in the greening of sports and events management as well as industrial ecology for sports product management at the UO. She is a contributing author to “Sport Management and the Natural Environment” on the topic of sponsorships and sustainable practices, edited by Jonathan M. Caspar (NC State) and Michael E. Pfahl (Ohio Univ.), published by Routledge Press (2015). ...READ MORE

Izabel Loinaz heads the Center for Sustainable Business Practices at the University of Oregon, Lundquist College of Business, currently ranked #1 Green MBA by The Princeton Review. Ms. Loinaz teaches graduate courses in the greening of sports and events management as well as industrial ecology for sports product management at the UO. She is a contributing author to “Sport Management and the Natural Environment” on the topic of sponsorships and sustainable practices, edited by Jonathan M. Caspar (NC State) and Michael E. Pfahl (Ohio Univ.), published by Routledge Press (2015). Previously based in the San Francisco Bay Area, Ms. Loinaz has been consulting for more than 15 years, serving as an advisor for organizations predominantly in the sports, recreation, and healthcare industries. During that time she held a research position at the Presidio Graduate School, serving on the curriculum development and teaching team with Dr. Allen Hershkowitz, delivering the pioneering MBA course in the greening of sports. Ms. Loinaz holds an MBA in Sustainable Management from the Presidio Graduate School and is a Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) certified reporter.

Xavier Luydlin
VP, Operations and Labor Relations, Bell Center

Xavier Luydlin , VP Operations at the Bell Center, Home of the Montreal Canadiens ( NHL). In addition to manage the Bell Center Operations , Xavier is responsible of the sustainability program and implementation of the best practices. Xavier had the mandate to obtain 3 certifications in 1 year and ½: LEED EBOM certification, ISO 14001. “Here we recycle”: Highest government certification in Canada (80% of residual materials is recycled and composted).

Abraham Madkour
Executive Editor, SportsBusiness Journal

Mr. Madkour is responsible for determining the editorial content and shaping the editorial direction of the leading publications on the business of sports, while managing the entire editorial staff. In addition, he oversees all the editorial content for the various conferences produced by Street & Smith’s Sports Business Group, including the prestigious World Congress of Sports and Forty Under 40 awards dinner. ...READ MORE

Mr. Madkour is responsible for determining the editorial content and shaping the editorial direction of the leading publications on the business of sports, while managing the entire editorial staff. In addition, he oversees all the editorial content for the various conferences produced by Street & Smith’s Sports Business Group, including the prestigious World Congress of Sports and Forty Under 40 awards dinner. Mr. Madkour serves as the lead moderator and editorial spokesman for all of the company’s events. Mr. Madkour joined SportsBusiness Daily as a Senior Staff Writer when the publication launched in August 1994. He was named Editor-in-Chief in September 1996 and became Executive Editor of SportsBusiness Journal and SportsBusiness Daily in 2003. Prior to joining SportsBusiness Daily, Mr. Madkour was a Legislative Assistant for U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont. In addition to working with Senator Leahy, Mr. Madkour had stints working for the Washington Bullets and the Baltimore Orioles in 1993 and 1994. He lives in Charlotte, N.C., and is a graduate of the University of Vermont.

Scott Manley
VP of Arena Operations, Toyota Center/Houston Rockets

Scott Manley enters his fourteenth season with Toyota Center and his sixth as AGM, Vice President of Arena Operations. In his role, Scott is charged with overseeing all aspects of Facility Operations and Engineering, Scoreboard Operations, Guest Relations and Security Services. Scott, who joined the team in May 2003 as Guest Services Manager, also served as Director of Event Operations where he oversaw all aspects of Event and Guest Services. ...READ MORE

Scott Manley enters his fourteenth season with Toyota Center and his sixth as AGM, Vice President of Arena Operations. In his role, Scott is charged with overseeing all aspects of Facility Operations and Engineering, Scoreboard Operations, Guest Relations and Security Services. Scott, who joined the team in May 2003 as Guest Services Manager, also served as Director of Event Operations where he oversaw all aspects of Event and Guest Services.
Prior to joining the Rockets, Scott spent two seasons with the Carolina Panthers as an event staffing contractor. He also spent five years doing event contracting for 15 different venues throughout North Carolina and South Carolina. Scott graduated from the University of North Carolina-Charlotte with a degree in sociology. He resides in his hometown of Houston with his wife, Cami and his son, Cole.

John Marler
Senior Director, Energy and Environment, AEG

John Marler joined AEG in April 2013 as AEG’s new Senior Director of Energy and Environment. In this role, John oversees AEG’s corporate environmental sustainability program, AEG 1EARTH, and AEG Energy Services, AEG’s corporate energy management program. Through AEG 1EARTH, AEG identifies goals to guide company decision-making, measures and quantifies the environmental impact of its operations, and develops tools to improve its environmental performance. AEG Energy Services supports AEG’s venues by managing utility invoices, negotiating energy contracts, and providing project consultation on energy efficiency projects and renewable energy development. ...READ MORE

John Marler joined AEG in April 2013 as AEG’s new Senior Director of Energy and Environment. In this role, John oversees AEG’s corporate environmental sustainability program, AEG 1EARTH, and AEG Energy Services, AEG’s corporate energy management program. Through AEG 1EARTH, AEG identifies goals to guide company decision-making, measures and quantifies the environmental impact of its operations, and develops tools to improve its environmental performance. AEG Energy Services supports AEG’s venues by managing utility invoices, negotiating energy contracts, and providing project consultation on energy efficiency projects and renewable energy development.
Prior to joining AEG, John spent nearly four years at Southern California Edison, the local electrical utility for much of Southern California. At Edison, John worked on a variety of renewable energy and smart grid initiatives, such as managing renewable energy power purchase agreements, developing renewable energy and distributed generation policies, and managing smart grid research and development projects. John also spent four years as a commercial attorney with the Manhattan law firm Ford Marrin Esposito Witmeyer & Gleser litigating commercial disputes over historic environmental contamination at sites around the U.S. John began his career as technical advisor to the Rocky Flats Coalition of Local Governments, a local government coalition tasked with monitoring the historic cleanup of the Rocky Flats Environmental Technology Site outside of Denver, Colorado.
John has earned his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Georgia, where he served as editor-in-chief of the Georgia Journal of International and Comparative Law and as a student attorney at the Land Use Law Clinic. Before embarking on his legal studies, John studied hydrogeology and geology, earning a Master of Science from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and a Bachelor of Science from Vanderbilt University. He also serves on the Sustainability Committee for Claremont, California.

Kevin Martinez
VP of Corporate Citizenship, ESPN

A 25-year industry veteran, Martinez oversees all aspects of ESPN’s corporate citizenship initiatives including corporate giving, volunteerism, cause marketing and sustainability. Martinez joined ESPN in 2010, and was promoted to vice president in 2013. In this role, he leads strategic initiatives that enable both greater access to sports and leadership through sports. Additionally, Martinez manages ESPN’s ongoing collaboration and fundraising efforts with The V Foundation, which generates millions of dollars toward cancer research programs each year. ...READ MORE

A 25-year industry veteran, Martinez oversees all aspects of ESPN’s corporate citizenship initiatives including corporate giving, volunteerism, cause marketing and sustainability. Martinez joined ESPN in 2010, and was promoted to vice president in 2013. In this role, he leads strategic initiatives that enable both greater access to sports and leadership through sports. Additionally, Martinez manages ESPN’s ongoing collaboration and fundraising efforts with The V Foundation, which generates millions of dollars toward cancer research programs each year. Prior to ESPN, Martinez served as executive director, corporate social responsibility for KPMG. He also previously served as president of The Home Depot Foundation, and managed community affairs for both Starbucks and Eddie Bauer. Martinez has received numerous industry awards, including The Cause Marketing Forum’s “Halo Award” twice, the US Chamber’s Award for Corporate Citizenship, and the Association of Cable Communicators’ Beacon Award.

Aubrey McCormick
CEO and Co-Founder, Impact360 Group

Aubrey McCormick is the CEO and Co-Founder of Impact360 Group. She is a former professional golfer with 15 years of experience working within the golf industry. Aubrey starred on the NBC Golf Channel television series, “The Big Break Atlantis” and gained recognition as the first “green” golfer. She is currently a sports writer for GreenBiz and advocate of the broader green sport movement. In addition to work experience, Aubrey serves as a mentor to Master in Sustainability Students at Wake Forest University, golf instructor for LPGA Girls Golf Program, and rehabilitative golf instructor for the Salute to Military Golf Association helping wounded veterans. As a leadership scholar at Presidio Graduate School, Aubrey earned a Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Sustainable Management.

Kathy McGuire
Director of Sustainable Development, PGA National Resort & Spa

As Director of Sustainable Development for PGA National Resort & Spa, Kathy has, for ten years, implemented best practices for the hotel, spa, sport and racquet club, private golf club, and five championship caliber golf courses.

With her leadership, PGA National became the first hotel property in the U.S. to be certified to the ANSI accredited APEX/ASTM Environmentally Sustainable Meetings and Events standard – Venue & Accommodations category. This was third-party verified by iCompi, a sustainability auditing firm. ...READ MORE

As Director of Sustainable Development for PGA National Resort & Spa, Kathy has, for ten years, implemented best practices for the hotel, spa, sport and racquet club, private golf club, and five championship caliber golf courses.

With her leadership, PGA National became the first hotel property in the U.S. to be certified to the ANSI accredited APEX/ASTM Environmentally Sustainable Meetings and Events standard – Venue & Accommodations category. This was third-party verified by iCompi, a sustainability auditing firm. In the same year it was GEO Certified®, golf’s internationally accredited and widely supported eco-label from the Golf Environment Organization, out of Scotland, also third-party verified. Subsequently, it was awarded the 2016 “Sustainable Golf Course of the Year Award” for the Americas region, by the International Association of Golf Tour Operators (IAGTO). Success was driven by the Super Hero mascot and Fore the Planet program she designed to engage employees and other stakeholders. This resulted in an organization wide savings of nearly $500,000, and the reduced impact on the environment.

Kathy obtained her sustainability professional’s credential from the International Society of Sustainability Professionals. She has been a LEED Green Associate®, Harvard educated in Corporate Sustainability Strategies, and Columbia University’s Age of Sustainable Development. She also has expertise in ISO 20121-Environmentally Sustainable Event Management System, ISO 14001-Environmental Management System, ISO 26000-Stakeholder Engagement, and the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) + Events Sector Supplement.

Aileen McManamon
Founder and Managing Partner, 5T Sports Group

Aileen McManamon is the Founder and Managing Partner of 5T Sports Group, a sports management consultancy focused on creating triple bottom line impact for professional sports leagues, teams and marquee events. Her start in the auto industry set the wheels in motion for a career crafting top-performing partnerships between brands and sports properties. ...READ MORE

Aileen McManamon is the Founder and Managing Partner of 5T Sports Group, a sports management consultancy focused on creating triple bottom line impact for professional sports leagues, teams and marquee events. Her start in the auto industry set the wheels in motion for a career crafting top-performing partnerships between brands and sports properties. Her field of play has included the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia, Nürburgring Classic, Winter Olympic Games, Minor League Baseball, the NFL, Major League Soccer and numerous skiing World Cups. On the sponsor side, she has worked with global brands including FIAT, Alfa Romeo, General Motors, Molson, EA Sports, Microsoft, Qualcomm and Hewlett Packard.
Aileen is passionate about leveraging sports for sustainable development, and has delivered local & diversity procurement programs, most recently for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup and 2015 Canada Winter Games. She is an ongoing advocate for diversity and inclusion in sports in several volunteer roles alongside her work with 5T.
Aileen holds a Bachelor’s in Economics from Kent State (Ohio) and a Master’s of International Business from the University of South Carolina that led her to work in Germany, Italy, the US and now Canada. She is a native of Cleveland, Ohio; a diehard Indians, Browns and Cavs fan and lives in Vancouver, BC with her husband and 2 sons.

Kunal Merchant
CEO, Lotus Advisory Ltd

Kunal Merchant is CEO of Lotus Advisory Ltd. In this capacity, Kunal provides strategic, leadership, and management support to a select portfolio of clients in sports, media, entertainment, politics, and technology. Kunal’s current work includes: advising the Sacramento Kings on construction of the $1B Golden1 Center and Downtown Common project; leading an effort to bring a new Major League Soccer franchise and downtown MLS stadium to Sacramento; and directing public policy strategy for Airbnb in priority markets across the United States. ...READ MORE

Kunal Merchant is CEO of Lotus Advisory Ltd. In this capacity, Kunal provides strategic, leadership, and management support to a select portfolio of clients in sports, media, entertainment, politics, and technology. Kunal’s current work includes: advising the Sacramento Kings on construction of the $1B Golden1 Center and Downtown Common project; leading an effort to bring a new Major League Soccer franchise and downtown MLS stadium to Sacramento; and directing public policy strategy for Airbnb in priority markets across the United States.

Previously, Kunal served as Vice President of Strategic Initiatives for the Sacramento Kings, where he oversaw a portfolio of top strategic, political and community initiatives for the Kings, with a special focus on advancing progress on the Golden1 Center, a new $507M entertainment and sports center in downtown Sacramento slated to open in October 2016. Kunal also managed the Kings delegation to the 2014 NBA Global Games series in Beijing and Shanghai, and formulated the team’s “Greenprint” sustainability agenda.

In his previous role as Executive Director of Think BIG Sacramento, Kunal served as Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson’s chief advisor in efforts to develop a $477M public-­‐private finance plan for a new downtown arena,
win NBA approval to keep the Kings in Sacramento, and facilitate the $534M
sale of the franchise to the new ownership group led by Vivek Ranadivé.

From 2008 to 2012, he served as Chief of Staff to Mayor Johnson, where he oversaw the full range of the mayor’s strategic, management, operational, media and external relations activities. During this time, Kunal played a central role in developing a $255M public financing plan for the project that did not raise taxes or impact the City’s general fund, as well as mobilizing political, corporate and community support for the Kings and new
arena. He also served as the mayor’s primary liaison on all economic
development, fiscal, governance, and policy initiatives.

Kunal is an Adjunct Professor at the University of San Francisco Graduate School of Sport Management, where he teaches coursework on the intersection of sports and politics. In 2015, Kunal was featured in the award-­‐ winning ESPN Films 30 for 30 documentary Down in the Valley, which chronicled Sacramento’s historic fight to save the Kings from relocation.

Prior to his time in Sacramento, Kunal worked in management consulting, education, health care and economic development. Kunal graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University with an A.B. in Economics, and earned
his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

Paul Mifsud
VP and Deputy General Counsel, Labor Relations & Social Responsibility, MLB

Paul Mifsud is Vice President, Deputy General Counsel, Labor Relations and Social Responsibility, at the Office of the Commissioner of Baseball. Paul has been an attorney in the Labor Relations Department at the Commissioner’s Office since January 2, 2001. Prior to joining Major League Baseball, Paul was an associate in the Labor & Employment Department of Proskauer Rose, LLP, in New York. While at Proskauer, Paul worked on the lawsuits and arbitration arising from the failed mass resignation scheme of 22 umpires in July 1999. Paul also worked on the John Rocker disciplinary grievance arising from Rocker’s inflammatory comments to a Sports Illustrated reporter in December 1999. ...READ MORE

Paul Mifsud is Vice President, Deputy General Counsel, Labor Relations and Social Responsibility, at the Office of the Commissioner of Baseball. Paul has been an attorney in the Labor Relations Department at the Commissioner’s Office since January 2, 2001. Prior to joining Major League Baseball, Paul was an associate in the Labor & Employment Department of Proskauer Rose, LLP, in New York. While at Proskauer, Paul worked on the lawsuits and arbitration arising from the failed mass resignation scheme of 22 umpires in July 1999. Paul also worked on the John Rocker disciplinary grievance arising from Rocker’s inflammatory comments to a Sports Illustrated reporter in December 1999.

Since joining Major League Baseball, Paul has been involved in four collective bargaining negotiations (2002, 2006, 2011, and 2016) over the Basic Agreement with the Players Association. In those negotiations, Paul has been responsible for identifying proposals regarding operational issues (e.g., Major League and Playing Rules changes, contract assignments, player allowances, etc.). In this regard, Paul is responsible for drafting Basic Agreement and associated rules changes, and sits as Secretary to the Playing Rules Committee. Paul also is responsible for developing and managing a number of Baseball’s social responsibility programs, including its domestic violence policies, Spanish language translator program, and a number of diversity and inclusion initiatives.

Paul’s daily responsibilities include providing advice and counsel to the Baseball Operations Department at the Commissioner’s Office on Major and Minor League transaction issues. Paul also provides daily advice and drafting assistance to the 30 Major League Clubs on player and employee contracts, and assists the Clubs in interpreting the Basic Agreement as it applies to their baseball operations objectives. Paul has been involved in nearly every player grievance that has been arbitrated since 2001, including every case challenging discipline under the Joint Drug Program. And Paul has participated in virtually every salary arbitration case since 2001, performing the role of lead counsel for the Commissioner’s Office in the David Phelps/Miami Marlins and Tom Wilhelmsen/Seattle Mariners hearings in 2015.

Paul is a 1995 graduate of Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York, where he majored in Economics and minored in Russian language. He received his J.D. from N.Y.U. School of Law in 1998. Paul lives in Irvington, New York, with his wife and three children.

Jake Millan
Business Development, Tesla Energy

Jake Millan joined the Tesla Energy Business Team in 2014 and leads direct Powerpack sales for North America and the Caribbean. Jake has worked in the renewable energy industry for over 10 years and is extremely passionate about energy efficiency, storage and renewables.

Originally from the Seattle, WA, Jake is an Eagle Scout, dedicated environmentalist and graduated from the University of Montana. During college, he spent several summers commercial salmon fishing off the coast of Alaska where he got his start in sustainability, and currently resides with his wife and son in San Francisco, CA.

Jase Miller
Ballpark Operations Manager, Minnesota Twins, Target Field

Jase has been the Manager of Ballpark Operations for the Minnesota Twins since March of 2015. In this role he oversees game day set up and teardown, custodial services, waste hauling and diversion, and pest control at Target Field. Prior to joining the Twins Jase spent 7 years in the athletic department at Stanford University in various roles within accounting, operations, facilities, and events. He graduated from the University of North Dakota with a degree in Business Administration and received his Master’s from the University of San Francisco in Sport Management. Jase and his wife Janel have a 1 year old daughter named Paityn and live in Watertown, MN.

Carl Mittleman
President, Aramark Sports and Entertainment

Carl Mittleman is president of Aramark’s Sports and Entertainment division. In this role he provides leadership for more than 150 premier stadiums, arenas, convention centers and other entertainment venues across North America where Aramark provides award-winning food and beverage, retail service and facility service programs. He was promoted to president in February 2014. ...READ MORE

Carl Mittleman is president of Aramark’s Sports and Entertainment division. In this role he provides leadership for more than 150 premier stadiums, arenas, convention centers and other entertainment venues across North America where Aramark provides award-winning food and beverage, retail service and facility service programs. He was promoted to president in February 2014.

Mittleman is a 17-year veteran of Aramark and most recently served as a Regional Vice President in Sports and Entertainment. Since joining Aramark in 1997 as a management trainee, he has established himself as a versatile professional in numerous sales and operational roles across the enterprise, including the parks and destinations and international business units.

Throughout the course of his career, Mittleman has been honored for his work. In 2012, he was recognized with the company’s prestigious Most Valued Partner award for his efforts to expand client partnerships, enhance customer satisfaction and create loyal customers. He was named to Sports Business Journal’s 2013 list of “Forty Under 40,” awarded the 2011 Venues Today Generation Next Award; and twice named Aramark Manager of the Year, in 2004 and 2005.

He serves on the board of directors for Techniques for Effective Alcohol Management (TEAM) Coalition, is a member of the Cornell Hotel Society and sits on the Executive Advisory Board for University of Denver, Knoebel School.

Mittleman is a graduate of Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration and earned his Executive MBA from the Daniels College of Business at University of Denver.

Ovie Mughelli
Founder, Ovie Mughelli Foundation

Ovie Mughelli, Founder of the Ovie Mughelli Foundation and former two-time All Pro Fullback for the National Football League demonstrates dedication and drive both on and off the field. He spends the majority of his time empowering our nations’ youth and educating the public on living an ecologically friendly lifestyle to increase environmental sustainability. He has established ongoing efforts to provide “green sports camps” most notably Recycle on the Run, which produce a synergy of athletic participation and foster environmental stewardship. ...READ MORE

Ovie Mughelli, Founder of the Ovie Mughelli Foundation and former two-time All Pro Fullback for the National Football League demonstrates dedication and drive both on and off the field. He spends the majority of his time empowering our nations’ youth and educating the public on living an ecologically friendly lifestyle to increase environmental sustainability. He has established ongoing efforts to provide “green sports camps” most notably Recycle on the Run, which produce a synergy of athletic participation and foster environmental stewardship. When he is not working to educate, enlighten, and engage people on the methods of living green, his dynamic personality and passion for sports has leant to his success serving as a Media Sports Correspondent. Working in television, radio and digital broadcasting for Fox Sports, Comcast Sports South, Raycom, CBS Sports Radio, 120 Sports and 680 The Fan.

Dave Newport
Director, Environmental Center, University of Colorado-Boulder

Hired to launch the University of Florida’s sustainability program in 1999, Dave Newport, LEED AP, became the Gators’ first Sustainability Director. He worked in The Swamp to pilot zero-waste football and homecoming events in the early 2000s while founding a campus wide sustainability program and brand. While he worked for the Gators, Dave was elected Chairman of the Board of the Alachua County Commission where he advanced energy conservation, smart growth, and related sustainability efforts for a large county government. ...READ MORE

Hired to launch the University of Florida’s sustainability program in 1999, Dave Newport, LEED AP, became the Gators’ first Sustainability Director. He worked in The Swamp to pilot zero-waste football and homecoming events in the early 2000s while founding a campus wide sustainability program and brand. While he worked for the Gators, Dave was elected Chairman of the Board of the Alachua County Commission where he advanced energy conservation, smart growth, and related sustainability efforts for a large county government. After accepting the job as Director of the University of Colorado-Boulder Environmental Center, the Buffalos became the nation’s first NCAA Division 1 athletics program to create a comprehensive sustainability program, Ralphies Green Stampede. Today, Dave helps the Buffs expand the impact of sports sustainability to motivate college sports’ fans to practice sustainability in their homes, work and play. Dave has served as Secretary and Board member of AASHE and is one of the original co-creators of STARS, the sustainability assessment system for higher education. Dave also founded and led an award winning environmental publishing firm, Florida Environments Publishing, for nearly 15 years. A lifelong hockey fan, Dave started working for Brown University’s hockey team at age nine, worked practices and traveled with the team for years, played youth league hockey and became starting defenseman and three-sport letterman at Berwick Academy. He holds an AS from Santa Fe College and a BA from Syracuse University.

Sheila Nguyen
Executive Director, Sports Environment Alliance

Dr Sheila Nguyen is the Director of the Master of Business (Sport Management) Program at Deakin University (Melbourne, Australia). Sheila has a PhD in Sport Management from Florida State University (USA), specialising in corporate social orientation and stakeholder management with ongoing research interests including corporate social responsibility, environmental responsibility, measurement and research design. ...READ MORE

Dr Sheila Nguyen is the Director of the Master of Business (Sport Management) Program at Deakin University (Melbourne, Australia). Sheila has a PhD in Sport Management from Florida State University (USA), specialising in corporate social orientation and stakeholder management with ongoing research interests including corporate social responsibility, environmental responsibility, measurement and research design.

She has had experience working with licensing/marketing (PGA Tour, USA), corporate consulting (William Morris Agency, Beverly Hills, USA), and she worked as part of the broadcasting team at the 2010 Asian Games (Guangzhou, China) with clients such as NHK, Al-Jazeera, KBS, and CCTV. Sheila is a member of Baseball Victoria’s Board of Directors and is part of the Committee for Melbourne business leadership program alumni network. She passionately advocates for environmental leadership within the sport industry and its communities; Sheila is Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Associate certified (since 2011) and recently passed her National Australian Built Environment Rating System (NABERS) assessor exam.

Sheila is currently the Executive Director of Sports Environment Alliance (SEA), a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to leading, educating and empowering the sport industry and its partners in ecological consciousness.

Rick Penn
Director, Sales & Global Partnerships, Dow Olympic & Sports Solutions

Rick Penn, Director, Sales & Global Partnerships in Dow’s Olympic & Sports Solutions business unit leads the development and implementation of a marketing partnership strategy to deliver revenue growth by optimizing the value of Dow’s product, solutions and value added services into the sports industry.
Based in Midland, Michigan, Penn supports a team focused upon sales efforts and partnership development, and shares responsibility in driving and growing sales revenue to achieve the business goals of $1 billion revenue by 2020. By strategizing and collaborating with partners, agencies and internal stakeholders, Penn defines and executes integrated market development programs keeping partner goals and Dow parameters top of mind.
Prior to joining Dow, Rick worked with Richard Childress Racing (RCR) as Vice President of Business Development, where he led a team responsible for generating revenue for the RCR organization.

Mark Petruzzi
SVP of Outreach & Strategic Relations, Green Seal, Inc.

Mark leads Green Seal’s engagement with purchasers, industry groups, trade associations and other external organizations that share Green Seal’s goal of a more sustainable marketplace. Over the last 20 years, he has conducted research on the life cycle impacts of products and services, developed criteria to address key impacts, and evaluated products and services for compliance with Green Seal’s standards in a wide range of product and service categories. ...READ MORE

Mark leads Green Seal’s engagement with purchasers, industry groups, trade associations and other external organizations that share Green Seal’s goal of a more sustainable marketplace. Over the last 20 years, he has conducted research on the life cycle impacts of products and services, developed criteria to address key impacts, and evaluated products and services for compliance with Green Seal’s standards in a wide range of product and service categories. On the demand side, Mark works to implement sustainable procurement and operations with local, state and Federal purchasers, K-12 schools, higher education, healthcare, green building programs, foodservice, and hospitality. He currently serves on the Technical Advisory Committee for the Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council and the Governance Committee for the EPA Pilot to evaluate Product Environmental Performance Standards and Ecolabels for Voluntary Use in Federal Procurement. Previously he directed Green Seal’s Certification Program. Mark holds a B.S. in mechanical engineering and a M.S. in civil and environmental engineering from The George Washington University.

Jeremy Pochman
Co-Founder and Director, 11th Hour Racing

Jeremy is co-Founder and Director of 11th Hour Racing, captain and professional sailor. Educated in France and stateside, with a penchant for math and solutions, he worked at Nantucket Community Sailing as Director of Operations and sailed many miles on the classic yawl Impala. Jeremy has dual degrees in English and French and is a licensed USCG captain. Through 11th Hour Racing, Jeremy’s goal is to underscore the bonds between human and water and land through sailboat racing, recognizing that we can push each other to find better solutions for better sailing practices.

Molly Ray
Director of Global Sustainability, Office Depot, Inc.

Molly Ray is the Director of Global Sustainability for Office Depot, Inc. She represents and supports the initiatives and evolution of the GreenerOffice program for the company. She works with customers and partners to make greener decisions around their supply chain as well as to utilize the various resources and tools that can help them to benchmark and monitor their progress. In addition to external engagement and visibility, she focuses on strengthening sustainability awareness with internal stakeholders through the creation of the GreenerOffice Champion Program. ...READ MORE

Molly Ray is the Director of Global Sustainability for Office Depot, Inc. She represents and supports the initiatives and evolution of the GreenerOffice program for the company. She works with customers and partners to make greener decisions around their supply chain as well as to utilize the various resources and tools that can help them to benchmark and monitor their progress. In addition to external engagement and visibility, she focuses on strengthening sustainability awareness with internal stakeholders through the creation of the GreenerOffice Champion Program.

Molly comes to Office Depot from the Hospitality industry where she developed sustainability programs for several luxury hotel brands. Her past projects include carbon footprint reporting, renewable energy and carbon offset programs, community engagement and environmental and social sustainability growth for the hotels.

Molly hails from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and graduated with a B.A. in Communications/Media from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. In 2008, she graduated from Bainbridge Graduate Institute (now Pinchot University) with a degree in Sustainable Business. She currently resides in Seattle, WA.

Tim Reeve
President, Reeve Consulting

Tim Reeve, is a well-­‐recognized and results oriented professional with over 20 years’ experience delivering successful ethical and sustainability strategies, corporate social responsibility programs and stakeholder engagement processes for private sector and non-­‐profit organizations, governing bodies and Olympic Games.
Tim has brought his reputation as a leading practitioner in results-­‐oriented sustainability consulting to Reeve Consulting. His practical experience allows him to develop and implement sustainability strategies that meet his client’s specific needs, while enhancing brand image and reputation. ...READ MORE

Tim Reeve, is a well-­‐recognized and results oriented professional with over 20 years’ experience delivering successful ethical and sustainability strategies, corporate social responsibility programs and stakeholder engagement processes for private sector and non-­‐profit organizations, governing bodies and Olympic Games.
Tim has brought his reputation as a leading practitioner in results-­‐oriented sustainability consulting to Reeve Consulting. His practical experience allows him to develop and implement sustainability strategies that meet his client’s specific needs, while enhancing brand image and reputation.

Over the years, Tim has established a legacy of “firsts” that have helped shape ethical purchasing, supply chain management, industry collaboration, and sustainability awareness in Canada. Tim helped develop Canada’s first ethical policy for a Canadian Credit Union (Vancity), Canada’s first comprehensive product stewardship program (BC Product Stewardship Regulation), Canada’s first ethical purchasing policy for a major Municipality (Vancouver) and the first social compliance program for an Olympic Games (Vancouver 2010) that has led to influence both the London 2012 and Sochi 2014 Olympic Games. These achievements led to significant enhancements in brand leadership for Vancity, Vancouver 2010 and led to real reductions in supply chain labour abuses.

More recently, Tim has development the Canadian Municipal Collaboration for Sustainable Procurement (MCSP) group by facilitating and fostering a group of approximately 20 active municipalities throughout Canada. By encouraging resource sharing and knowledge transfer, Tim has been able to nurture sustainability leadership, green operations and socially responsible supply chains.

Tim is a sought after facilitator for conferences, workshops and companies wanting to develop strategic plans. He has a reputation for being able to drill down to key objectives and then work with his clients to build up around that firm foundational planning.

Jennifer Regan
Principal & Chief Sustainability Officer, We Bring It On, Inc.; Board Member, Green Sports Alliance

Prior to joining We Bring It On in 2013 as Principal and Chief Sustainability Officer, Regan founded and led AEG’s sustainability initiative, AEG 1EARTH, for 6 years. In her role as the Global Sustainability Director for AEG she advised company executives on environmental strategy and assisted division leaders with integrating sustainable practices into their operations to achieve the company’s AEG 1EARTH 2020 Environmental Goals which focus on energy and water efficiency, waste reduction, education and sustainable purchasing for all AEG operating entities including Facilities, Sports, Events, Live Entertainment, Touring, Festivals and Merchandising Divisions.

Tiffany Richardson, PhD
Sports Management Lecturer School of Kinesiology, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

Dr. Tiffany Richardson has been a Sport Management Lecturer for the School of Kinesiology at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities since 2009. In this position, she leads several classes with a focus on work on industry projects in conjunction with the Minnesota Twins, Minnesota Timberwolves, and University of Minnesota athletic department offering her students real world experience. ...READ MORE

Dr. Tiffany Richardson has been a Sport Management Lecturer for the School of Kinesiology at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities since 2009. In this position, she leads several classes with a focus on work on industry projects in conjunction with the Minnesota Twins, Minnesota Timberwolves, and University of Minnesota athletic department offering her students real world experience. Dr. Richardson worked in collaboration with the Major League Baseball Facility Operations department on the greening efforts at the 2014 All-Star Game in Minneapolis, coordinating Green Team activation at numerous events and in establishing the Major League Baseball All-Star Game Sustainability course. The course which invites students from the classroom to the game for the purpose to further learn about MLB’s efforts be more environmentally responsible. Currently, Dr. Richardson is preparing to assist with the greening efforts at the upcoming 2016 All-Star Game in San Diego, . In her spare time, Dr. Richardson enjoys traveling, Downton Abbey, and taking in live sporting events. Dr. Richardson earned her M.A. in Sport Management from the University of San Francisco as well as her Ph.D in Recreation, Sport and Tourism

Michael Richter
U.S. Hockey Hall of Famer; President, BrightCore Energy

Mike enjoyed a successful 15 year professional athletic career for the New York Rangers where he was a three time NHL All-Star and Stanley Cup Champion. Mr. Richter represented the United States on numerous international competitions including three Olympic teams, earning Silver in 2002. After retiring from the NHL, Mr. Richter enrolled in Yale University and received his degree in Ethics, Politics, and Economics with a concentration in Environmental Policy. ...READ MORE

Mike enjoyed a successful 15 year professional athletic career for the New York Rangers where he was a three time NHL All-Star and Stanley Cup Champion. Mr. Richter represented the United States on numerous international competitions including three Olympic teams, earning Silver in 2002. After retiring from the NHL, Mr. Richter enrolled in Yale University and received his degree in Ethics, Politics, and Economics with a concentration in Environmental Policy.

In 2007 he helped found Environmental Capital Partners, a $100M Private Equity Fund focusing on resource efficiency. Mike’s current venture, Healthy Planet Partners, finances and manages the deployment of renewable energy technologies and energy saving retrofits for sports facilities of all sizes, ranging from professional stadiums to high school and municipal athletic complexes in order to and reduce both their operating costs and ecological footprint.

Gina Rizzi
Co-Founder, IMPACT360 Group + President, ARCUS Marketing Group LLC

Rizzi is the Co-­‐Founder of IMPACT360 Group and President of ARCUS Marketing Group LLC, a business-­‐to-­‐business marketing firm which generates sustainable business growth for Fortune 500, mid-­‐market, and start up clients within automotive, transportation, health sciences, new media, non-­‐profit, and consumer packaged goods industries.

The firm’s focus areas include marke@ng strategy, sports marketing, media optimization, and corporate social responsibility activation of diversity, inclusion, environmental sustainability, and community engagement programs. Rizzi is a speaker and passionate advocate for helping businesses drive financial performance while positively impacting society and the environment. She is also a partner in a life sciences and real estate management company. ...READ MORE

Rizzi is the Co-­‐Founder of IMPACT360 Group and President of ARCUS Marketing Group LLC, a business-­‐to-­‐business marketing firm which generates sustainable business growth for Fortune 500, mid-­‐market, and start up clients within automotive, transportation, health sciences, new media, non-­‐profit, and consumer packaged goods industries.

The firm’s focus areas include marke@ng strategy, sports marketing, media optimization, and corporate social responsibility activation of diversity, inclusion, environmental sustainability, and community engagement programs. Rizzi is a speaker and passionate advocate for helping businesses drive financial performance while positively impacting society and the environment. She is also a partner in a life sciences and real estate management company.

Prior to founding ARCUS in 2010, Rizzi led business development operations at Avis Budget Group, Inc. She pioneered operations responsible for new store openings, elevating supplier diversity platforms, environmental sustainability, motorsports partnerships, and strategic alliances.

Rizzi held positions at Time Inc. and 3M; she served four years as executive director of Free Arts for Abused Children of Illinois, a non-­‐profit helping inner city, abused, homeless, and neglected children.

Rizzi graduated from the University of Notre Dame, with a Master of Business Administration, Cum Laude, and Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Advertising, High Honors. She holds a Certificate in Sustainable Energy Management from Presidio Graduate School and a Certificate in Sustainability Best Practices from the Global Business Travel Association Project ICARUS.

Graham Rossini
Vice President Special Projects & Fan Experience, Arizona Diamondbacks

Graham Rossini is in his ninth season with the D-backs and fifth as Vice President, Special Projects & Fan Experience. In this business development capacity, Rossini manages the relationships between the D-backs and several key business partners, including Levy Restaurants & Retail Group. He also oversees the club’s stadium branding, retail business, baseball outreach efforts, Spring Training business operations, Alumni Association, the renovation and sustainability planning of Chase Field and serves as the club contact for all MLB special events. ...READ MORE

Graham Rossini is in his ninth season with the D-backs and fifth as Vice President, Special Projects & Fan Experience. In this business development capacity, Rossini manages the relationships between the D-backs and several key business partners, including Levy Restaurants & Retail Group. He also oversees the club’s stadium branding, retail business, baseball outreach efforts, Spring Training business operations, Alumni Association, the renovation and sustainability planning of Chase Field and serves as the club contact for all MLB special events.

This season, the D-backs have taken the innovative step of evolving the team’s on-field attire, a two-year process in which Rossini played a leading role. This includes eight distinct uniform options and the reintroduction of one of the franchise’s popular original colors, teal, as well as a bold gray color for the team’s road uniforms. In addition, a sublimated diamond pattern adorns the shoulder, back, sleeve and pant leg on various uniforms, a subtle reference to the club’s name, snakeskin and diamond shape of a baseball field. Armed with the support of D-backs ownership, and the Office of the Commissioner, the D-backs worked closely with licensees Majestic, New Era and Nike to develop the new look that was designed by D-backs graphic designers with support from MLB Design Services.

Rossini and his team have worked with Levy Restaurants & Retail Group on many enhancements to the D-backs’ decorated fan experience. The entire Chase Field retail footprint was redesigned prior to the 2015 season to include additional square footage, state-of-art payment technology, walk-in concept shops and the addition of a mobile merchandise truck. Additionally, several new food concepts were added, including specialty locations that feature craft beer, innovative desserts, local food brands and restaurant concepts. Under his direction, the Special Projects team is also tasked with the future planning and development of 18-year old Chase Field and previously directed the revenue-generating enhancements and renovation of luxury suites, All-You-Can-Eat Seats, Legends Conference Center, American Airlines Lounge, Mountainside Fitness Club and Game 7 Grill.

Rossini also oversaw the design, construction and business planning of Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, the D-backs’ award-winning Spring Training complex. The facility opened in 2011 and was a finalist for Sports Facility of the Year from the Sports Business Journal. Salt River Fields also achieved LEED-Gold certification from the US Green Building Council in 2011, becoming the first venue of its kind to achieve this designation. Since opening, the complex holds the top five all-time Spring Training attendance records and led all of baseball in total and average attendance each season, while D-backs Minor League affiliates have made 20 playoff appearances and won nine league titles during this span.

As the primary club contact for the acquisition and execution of Major League Baseball jewel and international events, Rossini helped lead the D-backs’ successful efforts to host the 2011 All-Star Game, 2011 Postseason, and 2013 World Baseball Classic. He also coordinated the 2014 MLB Opening Series in Sydney, Australia, and the 2015 D-backs exhibition game in Hermosillo, Sonora Mexico.

The Mobile, Ala. native also oversees the D-backs Baseball Academy, the organization’s official baseball camps and outreach programs. He helped create the D-backs Youth Jersey Program, which outfits over 45,000 youth baseball and softball players in 76 unique leagues throughout Arizona in free D-backs jerseys and caps, and the club’s Alumni Association, which is designed to reconnect former players and coaches with the organization. He and his staff introduced the annual D-backs Alumni Game which debuted in 2012 and the Collegiate Baseball Series in 2015.

Prior to joining the D-backs in February 2008, Rossini spent six years as the Director of Baseball Operations at Arizona State University. While at ASU, he was involved in two College World Series teams (2005, 2007) and the recruitment of five Top 5 signing classes, which included current Major Leaguers Dustin Pedroia, Andre Ethier, Mike Leake, Tuffy Gosewisch, Eric Sogard, Jason Kipnis, and Eric Hosmer.
Rossini graduated cum laude from ASU’s W.P. Carey School of Business with a degree in Business Management in 2002 and a Masters of Business Administration with an emphasis on leadership in 2011. This past September, he was named to the 2015 class of Phoenix Business Journal’s 40 Under 40. He is an active member of the TGen Ambassadors, The Society of St. Vincent de Paul’s ‘The Vinnies,’ Downtown Phoenix Warehouse District Council, ASU National Alumni Council, Green Sports Alliance, ASU Baseball Legacy Committee and is a voting member of the National College Baseball Hall of Fame.

Tyler Rubright
Biologist, Materials Conservation and Recycling Branch, Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery, US Environmental Protection Agency

R. Tyler Rubright is a Biologist in the Materials Conservation and Recycling Branch of the US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery. In addition to data analytics surrounding Sustainable Materials Management and federal challenges, he also works with the various Green Sports initiatives supported by the EPA. ...READ MORE

R. Tyler Rubright is a Biologist in the Materials Conservation and Recycling Branch of the US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery. In addition to data analytics surrounding Sustainable Materials Management and federal challenges, he also works with the various Green Sports initiatives supported by the EPA. Tyler earned a Bachelor of Science (BS) from Furman University, and a Master of Science (MS) and in Environmental and Occupational Health from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health. He also holds Certificates of Public Health (CPH) and Environmental Risk Assessment.

Ginger Rucker
Senior Lighting Designer, Impact Illumination

Ginger Rucker, PE, LEED AP BD+C, LC is a senior lighting designer for Impact Illumination, a division of Henderson Engineers, Inc. A graduate of Kansas State University with a M.S. in Architectural Engineering, she has over 15 years of experience designing lighting, electrical and lighting controls systems. Her strong technical background and passion for sustainability carry through in her approach to a range of project experiences, including corporate, educational, mixed-use, retail, and sports facilities. In 2015, as a lead researcher with Henderson Research, she spearheaded an investigation into LED technology for sports and multi-purpose arenas. Ginger has received numerous IES/IIDA architectural lighting awards and enjoys participating in educational outreach through various speaking engagements. She has presented on LEED, sustainability, lighting and daylighting topics at the local and national levels.

Jill Savery
Sustainability Consultant & Advisor; Olympic Gold Medalist

Jill Savery is a sustainability consultant and advisor, public speaker, University instructor and author. She is the founder and CEO of Bristlecone Strategies, a sustainability consulting company. Jill is an MBA instructor at the University of Nevada, Reno, focusing on Corporate Social Responsibility, and is the co-editor of Sustainability and Sport (2011), one of the first books in this emerging field. Jill was the Head of Sustainability for the America’s Cup Event Authority for the 34th America’s Cup, where she was responsible for the successful development and implementation of the 2013 America’s Cup Sustainability Plan. This work included delivering zero waste, carbon neutral and sustainable event activities. ...READ MORE

Jill Savery is a sustainability consultant and advisor, public speaker, University instructor and author. She is the founder and CEO of Bristlecone Strategies, a sustainability consulting company. Jill is an MBA instructor at the University of Nevada, Reno, focusing on Corporate Social Responsibility, and is the co-editor of Sustainability and Sport (2011), one of the first books in this emerging field. Jill was the Head of Sustainability for the America’s Cup Event Authority for the 34th America’s Cup, where she was responsible for the successful development and implementation of the 2013 America’s Cup Sustainability Plan. This work included delivering zero waste, carbon neutral and sustainable event activities. Jill led the London 2012 work program of the London-based sustainability charity Bioregional. She served as a Co-opted Expert to the Commission for a Sustainable London 2012 – a first of its kind body that independently assured the sustainability of the London 2012 Games. Jill’s sustainability advisory services include working with the Super Bowl 50 Host Committee, the England 2018 FIFA World Cup bid team, the Chicago 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games bid team, and several municipalities in the United States. Jill earned a Master’s Degree in Environmental Management from Yale University, and a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of California at Berkeley. In 1996, Jill won an Olympic gold medal in synchronized swimming, and was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame. Jill speaks frequently to national and international audiences about sustainability.

Katy Severinsen
Regional Director of Facilities, Sports and Entertainment Aramark

Katy Severinsen is currently the Director of Facilities Operations overseeing Aramark’s Stadiums Arenas, and Convention Centers facility account portfolio in Cleveland, Chicago, Texas, Denver, Seattle and San Diego Markets. Katy has held this position for seven years, during which she has played a vital role in establishing Aramark’s Sports and Entertainment Facilities presence as the market leader in the Central and West Region. ...READ MORE

Katy Severinsen is currently the Director of Facilities Operations overseeing Aramark’s Stadiums Arenas, and Convention Centers facility account portfolio in Cleveland, Chicago, Texas, Denver, Seattle and San Diego Markets. Katy has held this position for seven years, during which she has played a vital role in establishing Aramark’s Sports and Entertainment Facilities presence as the market leader in the Central and West Region. In addition to the 15 accounts she oversees she also plays a role in developing and leading the sustainability initiatives for Aramark. In the last two year she mentored and developed sustainability interns for S&E delivering and developing a recycling play book for the account operation teams. Also serving on the advisory board for Metropolitan State College; and attracting highly qualified talent through an ongoing internship program. (She has developed over 20 interns in the last five years.) Katy has also worked hand in hand with the EPA, ISSA and Aramark Leaders Team to further develop the S&E facilities initiatives. Katy is leading the Environmental Stewardship efforts for S&E facilities. Katy’s roster of client relationships and account responsibilities to name a few have included Coors Field, home of the Colorado Rockies; historic Red Rocks Amphitheater; Sports Authority Field at Mile High Stadium, home of the Denver Broncos; as well as McCormick Place and Navy Pier in the Chicago markets. During nearly Sixteen years of service to Aramark, Katy has managed the complexities inherent in the opening – and retention — of eight new accounts. She has provided on-the-ground support for countless high-profile events, including three MLB All-Star Games, two MLB World Series, NBA All Star game, NHL All-Star Game and the 2008 Democratic National Convention — to name just a few. Following Katy’s leadership and example, her team pursues the goal of creating world-class environments and memorable fan experiences at these events by responding with agility to a spectrum of attendee and client needs — from celebrities and high-profile business executives to whole staffs of unseasoned or untrained part-time volunteers. In May of 2010 she led the business in gaining CIMS (Cleaning Industry Management Standards) certification for the facilities line of business. The certification was earned with honors and green building designation.

Cindy Sisson Hensley
Consultant, Delos

Cindy is a consultant to Delos and recently served as board member and Director of Development for the National Foundation on Fitness Sports and Nutrition, a congressionally chartered foundation to support the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition.

She is the co-founder of ConnectTIVITY, an agency that specializes in assisting non-profits to raise funds through creative fundraising solutions utilizing state-of-the-art technologies. Prior to ConnectTIVITY, Cindy served as president of HOPSports, a global health and wellness network dedicated to fighting childhood obesity. ...READ MORE

Cindy is a consultant to Delos and recently served as board member and Director of Development for the National Foundation on Fitness Sports and Nutrition, a congressionally chartered foundation to support the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition.

She is the co-founder of ConnectTIVITY, an agency that specializes in assisting non-profits to raise funds through creative fundraising solutions utilizing state-of-the-art technologies. Prior to ConnectTIVITY, Cindy served as president of HOPSports, a global health and wellness network dedicated to fighting childhood obesity.

Cindy’s sports marketing expertise was built on many years with leading sports properties, brands and agencies, including:

• Team owner and managing director of the USPS Pro Cycling team
• Raised more than $60 million in sponsorship resources for various NASCAR drivers, tracks and race teams.
• Sports Marketing Manager, Gatorade; responsible for negotiating pro-team contracts for the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, NASCAR, Universities and major golf properties.
• Director of Promotions, LPGA; created the LPGA Tour Fitness Van program and was part of the team that developed the LPGA’s inaugural Solheim Cup,
• NGB and IOC Logistics Manager, 1984 Olympics, in Los Angeles

Cindy has a degree in sports medicine and kinesiology from Pepperdine University and UCLA.

Jonathan Smith
Chief Executive, Golf Environment Organization (GEO)

A geographer, passionate about sports and sustainability, Jonathan has specialised in advancing the social and environmental value of golf for almost 20 years. Building on experience that has spanned local advisory to international strategy, across public, private and non-profit sectors, Jonathan founded GEO in 2006. ...READ MORE

A geographer, passionate about sports and sustainability, Jonathan has specialised in advancing the social and environmental value of golf for almost 20 years. Building on experience that has spanned local advisory to international strategy, across public, private and non-profit sectors, Jonathan founded GEO in 2006. Since then, he has led the organization’s development to conceptualise innovative and integrated solutions; support industry policy and target setting; and facilitate new global collaboration to develop a platform of voluntary standards, certification, reporting and communications – leading GEO to become the only sports based member of the ISEAL Alliance. Jonathan is a graduate of St Andrews University, and member of the Institute for Ecology and Environmental Management, and lives in Scotland where GEO are headquartered.

Meagan Smith
Program Director, PepsiCo Recycling

Meagan Smith developed and launched PepsiCo’s largest-ever national recycling program, leading the initiative from concept to reality. As Program Director of PepsiCo Recycling, Meagan oversees all facets of the program, and works to build strategic partnerships and business alliances driven by the goal of increasing the national U.S. beverage container recycling rate. ...READ MORE

Meagan Smith developed and launched PepsiCo’s largest-ever national recycling program, leading the initiative from concept to reality. As Program Director of PepsiCo Recycling, Meagan oversees all facets of the program, and works to build strategic partnerships and business alliances driven by the goal of increasing the national U.S. beverage container recycling rate.
Meagan’s expertise flows from her unique background in sustainability, business and marketing. Before joining PepsiCo’s Environmental Sustainability team, Meagan served in a number of marketing roles at the company, leading successful marketing and advertising campaigns for both Tropicana and Quaker. She also founded and co-chairs PepsiCo’s grassroots employee sustainability initiative, PepsiCo Green.
Prior to her time at PepsiCo, Meagan worked for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as a project manager of ecological restoration projects. Meagan graduated from Northwestern University with a B.A. in Environmental Science and received her M.B.A. from the University of Michigan.

Dominic Soucie
Executive Chef, Aramark

Dominic started his culinary career as a teenager in the Maine tourist town of Boothbay Harbor working at many of the town’s restaurants. In 2003 he started working at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston, MA. After 6 years in Boston, Dominic relocated to Houston, TX and the George R Brown Convention Center. In August of 2013 Dominic became Executive Chef of Minute Maid Park. ...READ MORE

Dominic started his culinary career as a teenager in the Maine tourist town of Boothbay Harbor working at many of the town’s restaurants. In 2003 he started working at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston, MA. After 6 years in Boston, Dominic relocated to Houston, TX and the George R Brown Convention Center. In August of 2013 Dominic became Executive Chef of Minute Maid Park. Dominic holds degrees in both Culinary Arts and Food Service Management from Johnson & Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island and also has PRO CHEF II certification from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York. When not in the kitchen, Dominic enjoys spending time at the golf course, dining at Houston’s restaurants, and playing Hockey.

Dave St. Peter
President, Minnesota Twins

Dave St. Peter was named the fourth president in Minnesota Twins history on November 26, 2002. He oversees the team’s day-to-day operations, strategic planning and interaction with Major League Baseball.

St. Peter played a central role in the approval, design, construction and opening of Target Field, which was named 2011 Sports Facility of the Year by the Sports Business Journal/Sports Business Daily. He also recently led the Twins effort to secure and host the 2014 Major League Baseball All-Star Game; expansion of the CenturyLink Sports Complex in Fort Myers, FL – named Ballpark Digest’s 2015 Major Ballpark Renovation of the Year; as well as the team’s partnership with Hennepin County on the design and programming of Minnesota’s newest intermodal transit hub – Target Field Station. ...READ MORE

Dave St. Peter was named the fourth president in Minnesota Twins history on November 26, 2002. He oversees the team’s day-to-day operations, strategic planning and interaction with Major League Baseball.

St. Peter played a central role in the approval, design, construction and opening of Target Field, which was named 2011 Sports Facility of the Year by the Sports Business Journal/Sports Business Daily. He also recently led the Twins effort to secure and host the 2014 Major League Baseball All-Star Game; expansion of the CenturyLink Sports Complex in Fort Myers, FL – named Ballpark Digest’s 2015 Major Ballpark Renovation of the Year; as well as the team’s partnership with Hennepin County on the design and programming of Minnesota’s newest intermodal transit hub – Target Field Station.

At age 49, St. Peter begins his 27th year with the Twins. He joined the organization as an intern in 1990 and over his first decade with the franchise held a variety of positions including Pro Shop Manager, Communications Manager, Vice President of Corporate Communications and Senior Vice President of Business Affairs. As the club president, the Twins established a new single season franchise attendance record in 2010 by attracting more than 3.2 million fans to Target Field while the team was recognized by ESPN as having the best stadium experience in all of professional sports. St. Peter’s leadership has been integral in the team’s growing corporate partnership base; development of the “Magic Moments” customer service initiative; the “Go Twins, Go Green” environmental stewardship platform; expansion of the Treasure Island Baseball Network; aggressive community outreach; and enhanced alumni involvement — including creation of the Twins Hall of Fame.

St. Peter has been part of a leadership team helping the franchise win six American League Central Division championships (2002-04, 06 and 09-10). During St. Peter’s leadership tenure, the Twins have twice been named “Organization of the Year” by Baseball America (2002 and 04). In 2006, the entire Twins organization was recognized as the Minneapolis Star Tribune’s “Sports Person of the Year.” The franchise received the Atlanta Sports Council’s Horizon Award (2002) as the Professional Sports Organization of the Year while the Twins Community Fund was a 2000 recipient of the Greater Minneapolis Chamber of Commerce’s Quality of Life Award and a 2006 recipient of a Project Evergreen Award. The State of Minnesota named the Twins organization a Yellow Ribbon Company in 2014. Five of the past six years (2010, 2012-2015) the Twins have been honored by the Star Tribune as one of the “Top 100” workplaces in Minnesota. In 2011, the Twins were the recipient of the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board’s “Living the Dream” Award. St. Peter has also been named to the Street and Smith’s Sports Business Journal and Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal’s “Forty under 40” lists.

In the community, St. Peter currently serves on the boards of the Minnesota Twins Community Fund, Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Upper Midwest, the YMCA of the Twin Cities, the Minnesota Chapter of Positive Coaching Alliance and 2020 Partners.
St. Peter was born in Bismarck, North Dakota, and graduated from the University of North Dakota in 1989. Dave, son Jack and twin sons Eric and Ben make their home in Chanhassen, MN.

Bruce Stewart
Chief Marketing Officer and SVP, Constellation

Stewart leads the Constellation marketing group and also manages the mass markets business that serves over 1.2 million residential and small business customers in 23 states and includes the Startex Power, Constellation Home, and BGE Home businesses. As the chief marketing officer, he manages the company’s marketing and branding strategy, brand communications, analytics and corporate sponsorship initiatives, as well as the channel partnerships, digital marketing and web services teams. ...READ MORE

Stewart leads the Constellation marketing group and also manages the mass markets business that serves over 1.2 million residential and small business customers in 23 states and includes the Startex Power, Constellation Home, and BGE Home businesses. As the chief marketing officer, he manages the company’s marketing and branding strategy, brand communications, analytics and corporate sponsorship initiatives, as well as the channel partnerships, digital marketing and web services teams.

Stewart’s experience includes 20 years of leadership, expertise and innovation with several leading consumer brands. Prior to Constellation, he served as CEO of mobile & digital of KGB, the world’s largest independent provider of directory assistance and enhanced information services, where he had overall global business management, P&L and operations responsibility for KGB’s mobile & digital division. He was also vice president & general manager for Yahoo! Inc.’s Connected Life division, where he served as a key member of the executive leadership team providing oversight of Yahoo!’s broadband, mobile and wireless, digital home and PC desktop application businesses in the Americas. He has also held executive-level management positions at America Online, Netscape, Exodus Communications, GlobalCenter Inc. and InterMedia Partners.

Stewart holds numerous professional and charitable board memberships. He is a member of the Houston Habitat for Humanity Board of Directors and the New York State Bar Association. His previous board memberships have included serving on the Collider Media Inc. Board, Xtone Inc. Board, Mater Dei School Board, CTIA Wireless Internet Caucus Leadership Board, National Cable Television Association (NCTA) Corporate Counsel Committee, Project Rebirth Board, Comprehensive Care Center Inc. Board, and the Cable PAC President’s Club, among others. He was also a member of the Courageous Sailing Team affiliated with the Yale Corinthian Yacht Club in the 1987 America’s Cup.

Stewart received a juris doctor from Case Western Reserve University School of Law and a bachelor of arts from Holy Cross College.

Ian Storey
President, I.B. Storey International (IBSI)

Ian B. Storey is the President of I.B. Storey International (IBSI) an independent rink specialty engineering firm. With over 15 years’ experience, IBSI has earned a strong reputation as industry experts. IBSI improves facility performance by maximizing efficiency opportunities, reducing operating costs and improving service levels. IBSI has completed projects throughout North America, ranging from assessments to detailed engineering and training seminars. ...READ MORE

Ian B. Storey is the President of I.B. Storey International (IBSI) an independent rink specialty engineering firm. With over 15 years’ experience, IBSI has earned a strong reputation as industry experts. IBSI improves facility performance by maximizing efficiency opportunities, reducing operating costs and improving service levels. IBSI has completed projects throughout North America, ranging from assessments to detailed engineering and training seminars.

Ian is an award winning industry expert who was recently honored with the Leadership Award by Efficiency Nova Scotia, Canada for his contribution and influential impact on the Energy Efficiency Industry. Previous accomplishments include being recognized by the Ontario Recreation Facilities Association as the recipient of the prestigious Don Harrison Energy Champion Award for his outstanding commitment to energy management.

Liz Storn
Program Coordinator, University of Florida, Office of Sustainability

Liz is a Program Coordinator for the University of Florida Office of Sustainability. She is responsible for programs and initiatives related to waste, transportation and water, and enjoys working with students, faculty and staff on these and other topics. Specifically, Liz is involved with University Athletics, Green Buildings and Green Office initiatives, Greek life outreach and Campus Biodiversity. ...READ MORE

Liz is a Program Coordinator for the University of Florida Office of Sustainability. She is responsible for programs and initiatives related to waste, transportation and water, and enjoys working with students, faculty and staff on these and other topics. Specifically, Liz is involved with University Athletics, Green Buildings and Green Office initiatives, Greek life outreach and Campus Biodiversity. Liz has a BA in Environmental Biology and Environmental Science from Dartmouth College (NH), as well as a BS in Engineering and a Master’s in Engineering Management from the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth College. Prior to coming to UF, she worked as the Engineering Technician for a small city in the suburbs of Portland, Oregon and as a wetland consultant. She has experience in natural resource management, transportation system planning, stormwater engineering, mapping, and data management. She helps coordinate zero waste efforts in Ben Hill Griffin Stadium – better known as The Swamp – and manages 12 enthusiastic interns. When not at work, Liz is busy running, biking, and chasing after her toddler.

Susie Thomson
Sustainability Manager, Land Rover Ben Ainslie Racing

Susie Tomson is the Sustainability Manager for Land Rover BAR, the British sailing team challenging to win the 35th America’s Cup. Susie has been an associate member of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (AIEMA) since 2008 and has a PhD in integrated coastal management (2001) from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. She established Earth to Ocean Ltd in 2009, delivering sustainability advice to major events, high performance teams and the construction sector. Her experience covers the Ryder Cup and Golf’s European Tour, the London 2012 Olympic Games, as well as the earlier British America’s Cup Challenge Team Origin.

Michael Tuohy
Executive Chef and General Manager, Legends Hospitality, Golden 1 Center Sacramento, Future Home of the Sacramento Kings

Chef Michael Tuohy leads the innovative Legends culinary team for the new Entertainment and Sports Center, home of the Sacramento Kings. Transforming the American fan food experience at this novel and standard setting venue, Chef Tuohy and team are bringing a genuinely seasonal and local “farm to fork” culture to recipes for the thousands who will enjoy NBA games and all event experiences at the Golden 1 Center. The Legends menus for food and beverage are setting precedent, utilizing the abundant excellence from the 700-plus farms and producers within the 150-mile Central Valley radius, and encompassing all of the bountiful flavors of one of the world’s greatest sources for fine ingredients. ...READ MORE

Chef Michael Tuohy leads the innovative Legends culinary team for the new Entertainment and Sports Center, home of the Sacramento Kings. Transforming the American fan food experience at this novel and standard setting venue, Chef Tuohy and team are bringing a genuinely seasonal and local “farm to fork” culture to recipes for the thousands who will enjoy NBA games and all event experiences at the Golden 1 Center. The Legends menus for food and beverage are setting precedent, utilizing the abundant excellence from the 700-plus farms and producers within the 150-mile Central Valley radius, and encompassing all of the bountiful flavors of one of the world’s greatest sources for fine ingredients. Northern California ethos and aesthetic permeate and set the spirit for food and beverage for fans at Golden 1 Center Sacramento.
Chef Tuohy’s career began in his hometown of San Francisco, including working with the acclaimed chef, author and Chez Panisse alumna Joyce Goldstein to launch Caffe Quadro, an Italian-inspired caffe/enoteca. Throughout his career, Chef Tuohy’s inspired entrepreneurship and restaurant and menu creation have brought critically acclaimed concepts and businesses to Atlanta (Chef’s Cafe, Woodfire Grill, the organic Georgia Grown Co-op) and Sacramento (Grange at The Citizen Hotel, LowBrau Sausage & Bier Hall & Block Butcher Bar).
Chef Tuohy, joined Legends Hospitality in 2014 as Executive Chef/General Manager for the new Golden 1 Center, activating Legends’ visionary mission for more US and international stadium food and beverage excellence in California. Golden 1 Center also has a partnership with the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Green Sports Alliance for a sustainability program.
Chef Tuohy is an active member of the Slow Food Sacramento/USA and participates on leadership committees supporting the Farm-to-Fork movement. He is a past member of the Extra Virgin Olive Oil taste panel at the UC Davis Olive Center, the first & only IOC certified taste panel in the US recognized by the International Olive Council. In 2010, Tuohy was elected to the Board of Directors of the California Olive Oil Council and served for two years. Tuohy is a graduate of the Hotel & Restaurant School at City College of San Francisco. He and his wife Patti live in Midtown Sacramento.

Tim VanLoo
Manager of Athletic Turf and Grounds, Iowa State University

Tim VanLoo, CSFM, is Manager of Athletic Turf and Grounds at Iowa State University. Tim came to the Athletic Department in March 2010. He oversees Jack Trice Stadium, Johnny Majors Practice Facility, Cyclone Sports Complex (soccer/track/softball), Cross Country Course, Bergstrom Multi-purpose Indoor Facility and all other athletic department grounds. Previous to Iowa State University he was the Associate Director of Facilities/Agronomist at Northwestern University from 2007-2010.
Tim received his B.S. and M.S. from Michigan State University in Crop and Soil Science with an emphasis on Turfgrass. Tim currently serves as President –Elect for the Sports Turf Managers Association and has chaired or worked with the following committees; Environmental, Membership, Certification, Awards, Scholarship, and Student Challenge committees. He is currently on the Board of Directors for the Iowa Chapter of STMA. Tim achieved CSFM certification in the summer of 2009. He also currently teaches a Sports Turf Maintenance class at Des Moines Area Community College.

Whitney Wagoner
Director, Warsaw Sports Marketing Center, University of Oregon

Whitney Wagoner was named director of the University of Oregon’s Warsaw Sports Marketing Center in June 2015. Wagoner was affiliated with the Warsaw Center for 11 years prior to being elevated to director, teaching sports business courses at both the undergraduate and MBA levels, as well as serving as undergraduate program manager. She was the faculty advisor for the 300-member Warsaw Sports Business Club, which was named best student club on campus by the Oregon Daily Emerald. ...READ MORE

Whitney Wagoner was named director of the University of Oregon’s Warsaw Sports Marketing Center in June 2015. Wagoner was affiliated with the Warsaw Center for 11 years prior to being elevated to director, teaching sports business courses at both the undergraduate and MBA levels, as well as serving as undergraduate program manager. She was the faculty advisor for the 300-member Warsaw Sports Business Club, which was named best student club on campus by the Oregon Daily Emerald.

A 1996 graduate of the University of Oregon, she spent seven years in a variety of corporate marketing positions with the National Football League (NFL) in New York. While at the NFL, she was responsible for the management of several key sponsorship programs, including Motorola, Sony, and IBM. Wagoner also spent four years with Peter Jacobsen Productions as event staff for the Fred Meyer Challenge. She completed her graduate business studies at the Stern School of Business at New York University, earning an MBA in marketing and economics in 2003.

Wagoner oversees the strategic direction for both the undergraduate and MBA programs for the Warsaw Center and leads the management of key external constituencies, including the center’s alumni, donors, and industry board of advisors. She is active as a media spokesperson on behalf of the center and seeks to build collaborations with industry and academic partners around the world.

Wagoner currently serves on the Sustainability Committee for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials–Track & Field taking place in Eugene. She is also a former member of UO’s Intercollegiate Athletics Committee and the Eugene Komen Race for the Cure Committee. She won the Lundquist College of Business’s Undergraduate Teaching Award in 2008, as well as the Dean’s College Service Award both in 2008 and 2014. Wagoner and her husband, a musician and instructor of music at University of Oregon, live in Eugene with their two children. She is the first woman to serve as director of the Warsaw Center, which was founded in 1993.

Charlene Wall-Warren
Sustainability Director, BASF

As Sustainability Director for BASF in North America, Charlene Wall-Warren collaborates with business and functional leaders across the company to set strategy and drive sustainable solutions, combining economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility. She leads a team working across the organization to bring BASF’s corporate purpose “We create chemistry for a sustainable future” to life: by further integrating sustainability in business strategies, engaging employees, and collaborating with customers, value chain partners and other external stakeholders. ...READ MORE

As Sustainability Director for BASF in North America, Charlene Wall-Warren collaborates with business and functional leaders across the company to set strategy and drive sustainable solutions, combining economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility. She leads a team working across the organization to bring BASF’s corporate purpose “We create chemistry for a sustainable future” to life: by further integrating sustainability in business strategies, engaging employees, and collaborating with customers, value chain partners and other external stakeholders. Charlene’s roles over the last 23 years include project engineering and process design for manufacturing facilities, business & strategy development, marketing communications, packaging, and life cycle assessment – touching industries as diverse as petrochemicals, construction, automotive, food, and personal care. She has been a Board member for Sustainable Brands, the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, and The Sustainability Consortium. Charlene holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Stacy Wheeler
President, RecycleMania, Inc.

Stacy Wheeler is the co-founder and president of RecycleMania, Inc. and co-organizer of the national GameDay Recycling Challenge competitions which aim to advance sustainability, recycling and zero waste efforts at college stadiums and arenas nationwide.

Myron Willson
Deputy Chief Sustainability Officer, Sustainability Office, University of Utah

Myron Willson has a BS in City and Regional Planning from Cal-Poly, San Luis Obispo and a Master of Architecture from University of Utah. Myron worked in green architecture and planning for over 30 years, broadening his interests and skills to include operational and behavioral aspects of the built environment to lessen environmental impacts and to respond to the challenge of global climate change. In 2009 he was named Deputy Chief Sustainability Officer for the University of Utah and continues to work with faculty, students, staff and administration to implement sustainability programs into campus operations and educational efforts.

Betsy Wilson
Senior Director of Communications, UPS

Betsy Wilson holds the position of Senior Director of Communications at UPS. She manages UPS’s brand and customer communications, including advertising, content marketing, social media and global sponsorships. In the sports space, she has responsibility for strategy and activation of platforms such as collegiate athletics (IMG College), international motorsports (Ferrari/F1) and golf (Masters).

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Betsy Wilson holds the position of Senior Director of Communications at UPS. She manages UPS’s brand and customer communications, including advertising, content marketing, social media and global sponsorships. In the sports space, she has responsibility for strategy and activation of platforms such as collegiate athletics (IMG College), international motorsports (Ferrari/F1) and golf (Masters).

Betsy joined UPS in 2003 after an eight-year advertising agency career at companies including BBDO and JWT. In her first 13 years at UPS, Betsy managed global advertising, relationship marketing and sustainability communications programs for the company. She assumed her current responsibilities in April 2016.

Betsy holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She loves classical music and playing golf. She lives in Atlanta with her husband, daughter and golden retriever.

Angela Woods
Director, Corporate Citizenship, ESPN

Angela was named Director, Corporate Outreach in June 2013. Angela has responsibility for leading the Corporate Outreach staff in the planning and execution of day-to-day efforts, including volunteerism, cause-related projects, and charitable giving. She will also develop the strategic plans and impact metrics for Corporate Outreach as well as oversee program planning for U.S. regional and international offices. Angela will collaborate with The Walt Disney Company and its divisions as appropriate on corporate citizenship initiatives. ...READ MORE

Angela was named Director, Corporate Outreach in June 2013. Angela has responsibility for leading the Corporate Outreach staff in the planning and execution of day-to-day efforts, including volunteerism, cause-related projects, and charitable giving. She will also develop the strategic plans and impact metrics for Corporate Outreach as well as oversee program planning for U.S. regional and international offices. Angela will collaborate with The Walt Disney Company and its divisions as appropriate on corporate citizenship initiatives.
Most recently, Angela served as Director, Foundation & Community Affairs for Darden Restaurants where she oversaw the Darden Restaurants Foundation and charitable corporate giving. She also partnered with others across the enterprise to align strategies on employee volunteerism and diversity outreach to support the eight Darden restaurant brands representing more than 2,000 restaurants and 180,000 employees.
Prior to that, Angela served as Director, U.S. Corporate Responsibility for Nike, Inc. In this role, Angela led corporate responsibility for Nike’s U.S. regional offices in New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Chicago, Memphis and Portland. Her work included overseeing the national strategy and championing the execution of the company’s U.S. corporate responsibility programs to change young consumers’ lives through sport.
Also, Angela was Director of Philanthropy for American Express. During her seven-year tenure, she was responsible for managing company-wide employee engagement programs, community service initiatives, philanthropic grant-making and cause-marketing campaigns for the American Express Foundation.
Angela has also spent several years working in the nonprofit sector and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from Howard University in Washington, D.C

Jamie Zaninovich
Deputy Commissioner/Chief Operating Officer, Pac-12

Deputy Commissioner Jamie Zaninovich comes to the Pac-12 after six years as the commissioner of the West Coast Conference. At the Pac-12, Zaninovich has responsibility for all aspects of the Pac-12 Conference’s administrative operations, including television administration, sport management, championships, football bowl relationships, governance, enforcement, compliance, and officiating. In his time with the WCC, Zaninovich led the conference through a period of unprecedented membership growth, transformed the conference basketball championships into successful events, and brought forward television and digital media advances that showcased the WCC’s brand regionally, nationally and internationally. ...READ MORE

Deputy Commissioner Jamie Zaninovich comes to the Pac-12 after six years as the commissioner of the West Coast Conference. At the Pac-12, Zaninovich has responsibility for all aspects of the Pac-12 Conference’s administrative operations, including television administration, sport management, championships, football bowl relationships, governance, enforcement, compliance, and officiating. In his time with the WCC, Zaninovich led the conference through a period of unprecedented membership growth, transformed the conference basketball championships into successful events, and brought forward television and digital media advances that showcased the WCC’s brand regionally, nationally and internationally.

Zaninovich was a member of the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Committee from 2011-2014 and is a past Chair of the Division I Collegiate Commissioners Association Division I Subdivision. He is also a founding member of the Board of Managers and Competition Committee of the Men’s Basketball Officiating LLC, a past member of the NCAA Committee on Women’s Athletics and was named one of the prestigious “40 Under 40” honorees by the Sports Business Journal in 2010.

A native of Eugene, Oregon, Zaninovich is a graduate of Stanford University and the Stanford University Graduate School of Business. Prior to the WCC, he served as a sports administrator at both Stanford and Princeton University.

Jo Zientek
Deputy Director, City of San Jose, California

Jo Zientek is San Jose’s deputy director of integrated waste management, with more than 20 years of experience implementing waste management programs, including the city’s Zero Waste Strategic Plan 2022. Recent achievements: development of $30 million Clean Tech Demonstration Center, supporting City’s Economic Development Strategy and partially financed through an innovative Federal New Markets Tax Credit program – a first for a California city; new commercial solid waste system-live July 2012 – with best-in-class recycling rate– won 2013 Solid Waste Association of North America Gold Excellence Award; and design/implementation of most comprehensive national ordinance to reduce single-use carryout bags. ...READ MORE

Jo Zientek is San Jose’s deputy director of integrated waste management, with more than 20 years of experience implementing waste management programs, including the city’s Zero Waste Strategic Plan 2022. Recent achievements: development of $30 million Clean Tech Demonstration Center, supporting City’s Economic Development Strategy and partially financed through an innovative Federal New Markets Tax Credit program – a first for a California city; new commercial solid waste system-live July 2012 – with best-in-class recycling rate– won 2013 Solid Waste Association of North America Gold Excellence Award; and design/implementation of most comprehensive national ordinance to reduce single-use carryout bags. Jo has won the California Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award twice, the most prestigious prize for environmental achievement in the state. Current committee service includes: California’s Used Mattress Recovery and Recycling Act advisory committee; the Urban Sustainability Directors Networks Innovation Fund Steering Committee, which provides grant funding from foundations to cities to implement cutting-edge projects; and the board of CommUniverCity a partnership between San Jose, San Jose State and neighborhood associations to enhance the livability of very low income communities in San Jose. Jo completed the 2013 Harvard Kennedy School Senior Executive Leadership Program.