2017 Keynotes

Bill Walton | Former UCLA student-athlete, NBA player, and ESPN and Pac-12 Networks on-air talent  

Bill Walton

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

Jamie Zaninovich

During Zaninovich's time at the Pac-12, the Pac-12 Global initiative has also expanded exponentially. In 2015, the conference hosted the first-ever U.S. regular season basketball game, collegiate or professional, to be played in China as the University of Washington defeated the University of Texas in Shanghai. He also orchestrated the advent of a first of its kind coaching education program in which coaches from China visit Pac-12 universities to be trained on coaching techniques. Additionally, Zaninovich has helped increase global distribution of Pac-12 sports around the world and across multiple platforms, including LeSports in China and YouTube. Prior to the Pac-12, Zaninovich spent six years as the commissioner of the West Coast Conference. He led the WCC through a period of extraordinary 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 also served on several national college sports committees. Notably, he was as a member of the prestigious NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Committee from 2011-2014 and a Chair of the Division I Collegiate Commissioners Association Division I Subdivision from 2010 to 2011. He is also a founding member of the Board of Managers and Competition Committee of the Men's Basketball Officiating LLC, and a past member of the NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics. In 2010, Zaninovich was named to Sports Business Journal's "40 Under 40" list in recognition of his visionary leadership at the WCC. Prior to becoming commissioner of the WCC, he was a sports administrator in two prominent Division I athletics departments, serving as a Senior Associate Athletic Director at Princeton and a Senior Assistant Athletic Director at Stanford. A native of Eugene, Oregon, Zaninovich is a graduate of Stanford University and the Stanford University Graduate School of Business. Jamie and his wife, Karen, live in Millbrae, Calif. and have two children, Max and Luke.

2017 Speakers

Halli Bovia, LEED AP | Sustainability Manager, University of Southern California  

Halli Bovia

Yann Brandt | Managing Editor, SolarWakeup  

Yann Brandt

Tim Carey | Senior Director for Sustainability and Recycling, PepsiCo  

Tim Carey

Mick Deluca | Assistant Vice Chancellor, Campus Life, University of California, Los Angeles  

Mick Deluca

Prior to working at UCLA, Mick also worked at the University of Denver as Assistant Athletic Director and Director of Campus Recreation and the University of Wyoming as a Physical Education Instructor and Intramural Director, and received degrees from Colorado Mesa University and the University of Denver. During his career he has overseen over 20 major capital projects and chaired over 50 university committees. He is currently on the steering committee of the UCLA Sustainability Committee, UCLA Health Campus Committee, was the university lead for the 2015 World Special Olympics Games Los Angeles, and is key university lead with the LA2024 Olympic Bid. He is recognized as an active leader within the University of California system and Pac-12 Conference and has served nationally within NASPA and NIRSA, Leaders in Collegiate Recreation, where he was in the position of President, 2012-13 and was recognized with the National Honor Award in 2016. Mick has also presented at the Collegiate Sports Sustainability Summit and the Green Sports Alliance.

Jason DePaepe | Associate Athletic Director, University of Colorado, Boulder  

Jason Depaepe

DePaepe, 42, is also responsible for overseeing all facilities maintenance, scheduling and game day operations for Folsom Field, the Dal Ward Athletic Center, Coors Events Center, Balch Fieldhouse, Prentup Field, Potts Field, the Football Practice Facility, Kittredge Lacrosse Field and the South Campus Tennis and Cross Country Facility. In his position, he also oversees the Folsom Field Events team. The newly constructed Champions Center and renovations in Dal Ward have doubled the number of event venues available for private events within Folsom Stadium. Folsom Field Event venues boast flexible event spaces and unparalleled views of the world famous Flatirons. Along with private events, he is also liaison for major annual events such as the Bolder Boulder, CU Commencement Ceremonies and Ralphie's Independence Day Blast fireworks show. DePaepe also stewards the Ralphie's Green Stampede program for the Athletic Department. In 2008, Folsom Stadium was the first major sporting venue in the United States to convert to zero waste. Recent efforts are pushing the zero waste efforts outside of the stadium footprint and into adjacent tailgating areas. Prior to his promotion to Associate Athletic Director, he was the Assistant Athletic Director for Facilities. DePaepe was responsible for all athletic facilities, maintenance and support staff. He was in this role for 2 years. Overall, DePaepe has been with CU Athletics since 2000. He came to CU from the Baltimore Ravens, where he was the assistant field manager. Prior to that, he was employed by the Iowa State Athletic Department as a student and graduated from there in 1999 with a Bachelor of Science.

Rick George | Athletic Director, CU Boulder  

Rick George

Angela Gilbert | Coordinator, ESPN Sustainability & CU Boulder Special Events Manager  

Angela Gilbert

Sara Hoversten | Director, Corporate Partnerships  

Sara Hoversten

Mitch Huberman | Chief Business Development Officer, Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum  

Mitch Huberman

Brandon Leimbach | Senior Manager of Business Development, University of Colorado  

Brandon Leimbach

Seth Matlins | EVP, Head of Branded Impact Group, IMG  

Seth Matlins

Gloria Nevarez | Senior Associate Commissioner/Senior Woman Administrator, Pac-12  

Gloria Nevarez

Dave Newport | Director, Environmental Center at the University of Colorado at Boulder  

Dave Newport

Monica Rowand | Program Manager, Ralphie's Green Stampede & President, Net Impact, University of Colorado Boulder  

Monica Rowand

Julia Rudnick | Coordinator, Campus Sustainability Programs, University of Arizona  

Julia Rudnick

Colin Tetreault | Senior Sustainability Scholar, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability and Chair, NCAA Final Four Sustainability Committee  

Colin Tetreault

Acting with a city and regional emphasis, Colin advanced Phoenix's future by: creating robust and resilient economic opportunity for all; protecting and expanding environmental and natural systems while looking to them for use-inspired solutions; fostering and growing a beautiful, vibrant, pluralistic and socially just culture. Colin holds a Master of Arts from Arizona State University's School of Sustainability, the first program of its kind in the United States. Colin holds a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University. He has studied international business and development at the Baltic Business School while living and consulting for international companies, in Sweden.

Judi Weiss | Senior Operations Producer, ESPN College GameDay  

Judi Weiss

Weiss graduated from Pennsylvania State University in 1989 with a major in Liberal Arts, focusing on Film and Russian Studies. She also attended the Pedagogical Institute in Volgograd, Russia where she received her certification in Russian Studies during the summer of 1992. Annually she returns to Volgograd, Russia with her husband and daughter to visit friends and family. Currently she is an active member of Kiwanis International the North Miami Beach-Sunny Isles Chapter.

Katie Zeller | Sustainability Coordinator, Recreation and Sports Venues , University of California, Los Angeles  

Katie Zellar