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2022 Keynote Speakers

Taylor Randall

Randall began his career at the U as a professor of accounting from 1999-2009. He received awards for the best teacher in the MBA, Executive MBA, and undergraduate programs, as well as the Brady Superior Teaching Award, which is a career achievement award. Under his guidance as faculty director, the University Venture Fund (a real-world investing learning experience) became the largest student-run venture fund in the country. His academic research has examined the interactions between strategy, technology, products, and value chain structure, with an emphasis on how these interactions affect financial performance in organizations. The president graduated from the University of Utah in 1990 with honors in accounting and then earned an MBA and a doctorate in operations and information management from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. Randall and his wife, Janet, have four children, one daughter-in-law, and one son-in-law. He loves spending family time playing games, relaxing in the backyard, mountain biking, road biking, golfing, and all things sports-related.

Sarah Wilhelmi

In Fall 2020, Wilhelmi convened the USOPC College Sports Sustainability Think Tank, in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, to identify solutions to help sustain Olympic and Paralympic varsity programming within college athletics. This work resulted in strategic partnerships with the NCAA and NGBs to pilot sport-specific customization efforts to ensure sport stability and growth. In 2017, Wilhelmi launched the USOPC Collegiate Advisory Council, to engage collegiate leaders in driving shared priorities to support Team USA student-athletes. Together, the CAC and USOPC launched the Olympians and Paralympians Made Here campaigns to celebrate the collegiate contribution to the Olympic and Paralympic Movements and the pathway project adopt NCAA legislation supporting student-athletes competing for their school and their national team. Wilhelmi was formally the Associate Commissioner for Governance and Institutional Services/Senior Woman Administrator at the West Coast Conference (WCC) and previously served as the Assistant Director of Compliance Services at Stanford University. Wilhelmi started her career was an intern within the NCAA Membership Services and was a Student Services Administrative Assistant and track and field athlete at her alma mater, the University of Iowa. Sarah and her husband Chris reside in Colorado with their two daughters, Audrey and Lucille Wilhelmi.

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Jose Eskenzi

Prior to USC, Jose spent five years (1998-2003) at the Los Angeles Times, as a Project Manager working on the launch of latimes.com and was promoted to Department Manager of Consumer Events in March 2000. His team produced events such as the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books among others...Before that he spent nearly 5 years (1994-1998) with Nike, inc., first as the Nike campus representative for USC...later became a project manager for Nike Sports Entertainment where he was involved in producing global sporting events like the Tiger Woods Invitational, The Brazil World Tour and Nike Hoop Heroes. He received his bachelor's degree in business marketing from USC in 1995. He received a certificate from the Sports Management Institute in 2004.

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Mark Harlan

The skiing program has won the last three national championships (2019, ’21, ‘22) that have been completed; the football program won its first Pac-12 championship in 2021 and played in the Rose Bowl Game for the first time, after claiming its third Pac-12 South Division championship in the past four years (2018, ’19 & ’21); gymnastics earned a third-place finish at the 2022 NCAA Championships, its second consecutive top-three national finish, and has claimed back-to-back Pac-12 Championships as well as the 2020 regular season Pac-12 title; and the volleyball program has competed in six consecutive NCAA tournaments with a Sweet 16 appearance in 2019.
In addition, the men’s tennis, women’s cross-country and men’s golf programs have advanced to NCAA Championships competition as teams, and the Utes achieved their highest final fall ranking in the 2019 Learfield/IMG Director’s Cup, ranking 18th, third among Pac-12 schools. That 2019 fall sports season saw all four of Utah’s fall sports programs reach postseason play.
Utah’s student-athletes have posted record-high GPAs for three years in a row, and the three highest semester GPAs have come in the Spring and Fall of 2020, and in the spring of 2021. Utah’s 95-percent rate in the 2018 NCAA Graduation Success Rate report was the highest in school history, and has been followed by back-to-back 94-percent rates in the 2019 and 2020 reports, and a 93-percent rate in 2021.
Harlan has spearheaded the development of the Ken Garff Red Zone at Rice-Eccles Stadium, which opened in 2021 and expands the stadium’s capacity to 51,444, while adding new team locker room facilities, club spaces and premium seating. Groundbreaking took place in November 2019, and construction on the $80 million expansion began in early 2020 on the project that also fully encloses the stadium’s south end zone area. Remarkably, all premium seating inventory sold out before completion of the project.
Entering the 2021-22 school year, six of Utah’s head coaches have been hired by Harlan in his three years at the helm. His first hire, Director of Skiing Fredrik Landstedt, came to Utah in July 2018 and has led the Utes to two national championships. Harlan appointed Ric Mortera to lead the women’s tennis program in the summer of 2019, and in the spring and summer of 2021 hired four new leaders for Utah’s athletics programs: Craig Smith (men’s basketball), Gary Henderson (baseball), Hideki Nakada (women’s soccer) and Andrew McMinn (lacrosse).
Harlan, 52, earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s degree in education from Arizona. He and his wife, Carolyn, have two children: Savannah (16) and Austin (13) and Cali the Labradoodle (7).

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Suzy Mason

Filling various event management support roles for five years, Mason was elevated to Director of Event Operations in August 2000. Her primary responsibilities focused on home event operations for then the 19-sports sponsored by Arizona Athletics. Mason was promoted to Assistant Athletics Director for Event Operations in June 2004 when the Athletic Facilities Staff and Information Technology Department began reporting through operations. Mason and her staff coordinate efforts with departmental, campus, and community entities to maximize the fan experience while streamlining efforts with campus to operate as efficiently and safely as possible. Managing the game experience for large scale events and managing a small team of facilities, operations, and event staff is a dream career since opportunities to connect with staff, campus, and the community, as well as fans and guests are limitless.
Mason was elevated in 2011 to Senior Associate AD and works as a primary sports administrator for volleyball, women’s basketball, gymnastics, and beach volleyball. Additionally, she manages the capital projects for Arizona Athletics and works with campus planning on the main campus master plan and sustainability pillars. Mason is on the UAPD Police Pension Retirement Board and the campus Critical Incident Response Team. She is a previous member of the Tucson Fiesta Bowl Committee and an advisory board member to the YES Network, a Tucson mentoring association. She has served as a youth softball coach and team and league treasurer for both her daughter and son in softball and baseball.
Mason was raised in Canandaigua, NY and earned a bachelor’s of science degree in Communication from Cornell University in 1994. She completed her master’s in Exercise and Sports Science at Arizona in 1996. She is married to Marvin Mason and the couple have two children, Kate and Drew.

Malory Monson

She also has been involved in a number of department-wide initiatives, including the opening of the Ken Garff Performance Zone at Rice-Eccles Stadium, assembling the men’s lacrosse application to join the ASUN Conference and engaging with the Faculty Athletics Representative.

Monson is currently a CEFMA Assistant Regional Ambassador, serves on the University of Utah Staff Council, is a committee member of the McCluskey Center for Violence Prevention, and represents Utah on the Pac-12 Sustainability Committee. A current senior staff member, Monson also acts as sport supervisor for the men’s and women’s mixed skiing programs.

A native of Salt Lake City, Monson began her experience with the Utah Athletics Department in her first year as an undergraduate student. As a manager for the women’s soccer team she performed a myriad of duties, ranging from practice operations, to merchandise sales, to team event planning, setting the foundation for a career in intercollegiate athletics.

After six years, Monson transitioned into a position with the events and facilities staff. Since entering the profession she has worked with all 20 sports programs at Utah, running game-day operations, maintaining a program’s daily facility functions or supervising special projects.

Monson has a bachelor of arts degree in English literature and a bachelor of science degree in biology from the University of Utah. She completed her master of education in Intercollegiate Athletic Leadership from the University of Washington in June 2021. Monson is previously a State of Utah certified American Sign Language interpreter. Malory and her wife, Megan, spend their free time traveling and caring for their dogs, Kit and Kuma.

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Miguel Rueda

Graham Rossini

Rossini's return to ASU followed 13 years with the Arizona Diamondbacks as Vice President of Special Projects & Fan Experience. He was responsible for several departments and revenue derived from ticketing, corporate partnerships, special events, food & beverage, and merchandise. In addition, Rossini oversaw the club's fan experience, special events, alumni outreach, branding, and sustainability efforts.
Rossini also led over $300 million in capital projects during his time in MLB. He oversaw the design, construction, ticket sales, and marketing of Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, the award-winning and LEED-Gold certified Spring Training complex. The complex was a finalist for Sports Facility of the Year from Sports Business Journal and has received over 40 "best of" awards. The complex has led baseball in total and average attendance each season since opening in 2011. He was also responsible for the planning and design of the D-backs' nearly completed Player Development and Education Academy in the Dominican Republic.
Additionally, he led the D-backs successful efforts to host the 2011 All-Star Game and the 2013 World Baseball Classic. He also coordinated the 2014 MLB Opening Series in Sydney, Australia, exhibition games in Mexico (2015 & 2019), and the winning bid that secured Phoenix as a host site for the 2023 World Baseball Classic.
Before joining the Diamondbacks, the Mobile, Ala. native spent five years as the Director of Baseball Operations at ASU. He was involved in two College World Series teams and the recruitment of five Top-5 signing classes. Rossini graduated Cum Laude with a B.S. and MBA from ASU's W.P. Carey School of Business.
A passionate community supporter and advocate, Rossini has worked with The Society of St. Vincent de Paul as a member of “The Vinnies” since 2015 and is a past-board member of TGen, Vitalant, Downtown Phoenix Partnership, Downtown Phoenix Warehouse District, and the ASU Alumni Association.
In the summer of 2021, Rossini was selected to participate in the prestigious LEAD1 Institute, a professional development experience, and a cohort of top senior-level collegiate administrators. In addition, he is a recipient of Phoenix Business Journal's 40 Under 40, and his work has been honored as both MLB's Retailer of the Year and Green Sports Alliance's Environmental Innovator of the Year.
Rossini is married to Alison Lund, an ASU Cronkite School alumna and Sun Devil Volleyball Letterwinner. The couple resides in Phoenix with their son, Rhett, and daughter, Sofia.

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