Below you will find a list of our speakers for the ASU Sports & Sustainability Symposium – more are being added daily!
Ray Anderson | Vice President for University Athletics & Athletic Director, Arizona State University
Ray Anderson was named Arizona State University’s Vice President for University Athletics and Athletics Director on Jan. 9, 2014, and has quickly begun to redefine the collegiate athletics landscape over the course of his tenure at ASU.
While national trends lean toward downsizing athletics departments and eliminating non-revenue generating sporting programs, Anderson has made it his mission to not only add NCAA Division I sports at Arizona State, but expand educational and scholarship opportunities for future Sun Devil student-athletes. In 18 months, Anderson added men’s ice hockey, women’s triathlon, women’s lacrosse and provided the lead $1M gift, with wife Buffie, to resurrect men’s tennis.
Anderson was named by Forbes Magazine as one of the 25 Most Influential Minorities in Sports in February 2016, noting that he had “helped position the Sun Devils as one of the most innovative brands in college sports”.
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. 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.
A Los Angeles, California native, Anderson earned a BA in political science from Stanford in 1976 and a juris doctorate degree from Harvard Law School in 1979. He was an all-league high school quarterback and shortstop, and a three-year football letterman and two-year baseball letterman at Stanford.
Christopher Boone | Dean & Professor, School of Sustainability, Arizona State University
Christopher Boone is the Dean of the School of Sustainability at Arizona State University. His research contributes to ongoing debates in sustainable urbanization and global environmental change. He is a co-PI for the urban Long Term Ecological Research projects based in Baltimore and Phoenix, both supported by the National Science Foundation. At ASU, he has taught classes on sustainable urbanization, urban and environmental health, principles and methods of sustainability, environmental justice, sustainable design and innovation, and interdisciplinary methods for socio-ecological research. Boone serves on the Executive Committee for the Council of Environmental Deans and Directors and the Board of Directors for the National Council on Science and the Environment. He has a PhD from the University of Toronto and was a post-doctoral fellow at McGill University.
Dave Dunne | General Manager, Salt River Fields
Dave Dunne is the General Manager of Salt River Fields, in Scottsdale, Arizona, which is the spring training home of the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Colorado Rockies. SRF is the first MLB facility built on Native American Land, and is LEED Gold certified. In the 8 seasons it has been open for baseball, they are the 8 top seasons, all time in attendance, in the history of MLB spring training. SRF also hosts a large amount of festivals and events each year, such as the Arizona Taco Festival, the Halloween Balloon Spooktacular, AZ. Barrels, Bottles and Brews, Mac and Cheese Fest, and more, bringing in over 300,000 people to non- baseball events.
Dave has been at SRF since before construction began, overseeing the construction of the multi-award winning facility and compiling the events for the facility, which is located in the Talking Stick Entertainment and Cultural District, and running the day to day business of the facility. Dave previously worked in Mesa, Arizona, running the Chicago Cubs spring training facility for 13 years, combining baseball with festivals and special events. Dave was also the Superintendent of the Chicago Heights Park District for 6 years, before relocating to Arizona.
Shawn Emerson | Director of Agronomy, Desert Mountain Club
Shawn has worked for Desert Mountain since December 1996 on his second tour. He first began employment as the Assistant Superintendent at the Renegade Golf Course and was later promoted to Superintendent. He left Desert Mountain for two years to work at PGA West as a Superintendent. He returned to Desert Mountain in 1996 to take his current position as the Director of Agronomy. He has been the Superintendent or Assistant Superintendent of 12 PGA, SRPGA, LPGA and USGA tour events. In 2017, Shawn was induced into the Arizona Golf Hall of Fame.
Nicole González Patterson | Arizona and Nevada Policy Director, Business for Water Stewardship
Nicole González Patterson is an experienced attorney, with strong public policy, advocacy and government relations experience, and deep ties to the business community in Arizona. As an advocate, Nicole brings over 10 years of developing, building and managing coalitions, and experience leading stakeholder groups, with an emphasis on water and environmental policy advocacy. As our Arizona and Nevada Policy Director Nicole provides strategic policy guidance and works closely with businesses and Chambers of Commerce in Arizona to develop an effective engagement strategy at the State and Regional level. Nicole graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and received her Juris Doctor degree from the James E. Rogers College of Law at the University of Arizona.
Warren Gorowitz | Vice President of Sustainability, Ewing Irrigation & Landscape Supply
Warren S. Gorowitz, vice president of sustainability, is a 24-year Ewing team member, respected industry leader, and water efficiency and sustainability professional. He sits on numerous industry association boards, and is a speaker and expert on issues related to water and sustainability in the Green Industry.
Warren maintains oversight of all sustainability initiatives and products at Ewing, including Ewing’s environmental impact and broader sustainability efforts in the landscape industry. He previously served as Ewing’s National Water Management Product Manager and was responsible for water conserving irrigation and landscape solutions, from vendor relations to product selection. Additional responsibilities included branding guidance for water conservation products and oversight of Ewing’s 12-member regional Water Management Specialists team.
Warren is an Irrigation Association Certified Landscape Irrigation Auditor. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Ornamental Horticulture from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, California and received an Executive Master’s of Sustainability Leadership from Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona.
Matt Helmeid | Director, Special Projects & Brand Development, Arizona Diamondbacks
As Sr. Director of Special Projects & Fan Experience for the Arizona Diamondbacks, Matt Helmeid is heavily involved in both the day-to-day business operations and strategic planning efforts of the organization. Paying special attention to a fan experience that has resulted in the organization being branded as the most fan friendly team in sports, Helmeid manages the relationships between the D-backs and several key business partners, including Levy Restaurants and Rank + Rally Retail. He also oversees the sustainability planning for Chase Field and through new initiatives launched in 2017, helped the D-backs significantly increase waste diversion, decrease energy consumption and water usage, introduce a vertical urban garden and develop a ballpark-wide organics collection program. The Green Sports Alliance recently recognized the D-backs’ efforts with a 2018 Environmental Innovator of the Year award.
Previously, he was architecture editor of Golfweek for 30 years and the founding editor of Superintendent News. Dr. Klein is a former PGA Tour caddie, a stint that included six U.S. Opens and service as Bernhard Langer’s first U.S. Tour caddie. In 2006 Klein was inducted into the International Caddie Hall of Fame.
He holds a Ph.D. in political science and was a university professor for fourteen years in international relations and political theory before “retiring” from academia in 1999 to devote himself fulltime to golf writing.
He has published seven books on golf architecture and history, including Discovering Donald Ross, winner of the USGA 2001 International Book Award, and Wide Open Fairways (2013). In 2015 he won his industry’s highest honor, the American Society of Golf Course Architecture’s Donald Ross Award for lifetime achievement. He has also written extensively on golf and the environment.
Klein has served as a consultant on numerous golf course development and restoration projects, including Desert Forest Golf Club here in Carefree, Old Macdonald at the Bandon Dunes Resort in Oregon, and Augusta Country Club in Georgia.
Doug Kunnemann | Business Development Leader – Performance Packaging, NatureWorks
Doug is the Business Development Leader for NatureWorks LLC Performance Packaging business unit. He has over 20 years of experience in sales, marketing, business development and business management for such companies as The Dow Chemical Company, Ashland Chemical Company, UCB, Innovia Films and has been with NatureWorks for twelve (12) years.
Prior to becoming the Business Development Manager, Doug served as the Global Segment Leader for NatureWorks LLC Food Service segment. He has served NatureWorks in additional capacities as a North America Commercial Manager and the North America Market Development Manager for Film and Sheet market segments. He assumed the role of Business Development Manager in July of 2017. His current responsibilities include management of NatureWorks Performance Packaging business development activities working with global commercial and technical teams. Doug and his family reside in Marietta, GA.
Aubrey McCormick | Sustainability Strategist, Former Pro Golfer
Aubrey McCormick is a sustainability strategist and former professional golfer with over 10 years of experience in the industry, ranging from public and private club operations, television, media, and instruction. Aubrey has been featured as the First Green Golfer on NBC Golf Channel and named “Golf’s Voice of Reason,” for her work that spearheaded corporate social responsibility standards into the golf industry.
Aubrey earned an MBA in Sustainable Management from Presidio Graduate School and maintains accreditations including a LEED Green Associate, Climate Reality Leadership, Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), and Climate Change Planning professional. Aubrey serves on the World Golf Foundation Women’s task force and the board of the Sustainable Living Association.
Haley Paul | Policy Manager, Audubon Arizona
Haley Paul is the Policy Manager for Audubon Arizona, the state office of National Audubon Society. There she develops the policy strategy and builds relationships with key stakeholders and elected officials to promote sound water and natural resource policies in Arizona. Haley previously worked at the Town of Gilbert as their Water Resources Coordinator, where she led the water conservation team, developed water resources policy, and conducted water use reporting and accounting. Haley holds a Master of Science degree in Sustainability from Arizona State University, where she analyzed the 1980 Groundwater Management Act and its impact on the agricultural industry in south-central Arizona.
Pamela Smith | Esq, CGCS, Director of Agronomy, City and County of Denver
Pamela C. Smith, Esq, CGCS, is the Director of Agronomy for the City and County of Denver. She is a Certified Golf Course Superintendent with over 30 years in the golf industry. Pamela oversees the maintenance operations for Denver’s seven municipal golf courses; encompassing six metro courses and one mountain course. She and her team were twice awarded Denver’s prestigious 5281 award for their sustainable golf initiatives. Pamela is a regular contributor to Golf Course Management magazine’s environmental column and has covered a broad range of golf industry topics such as water law, energy, and wildlife.
Pamela is also an attorney and licensed to practice in Michigan and Colorado. She received her Juris Doctor from Western Michigan University Cooley Law; a Master of Laws in Environmental and Natural Resources Law and Policy from the University of Denver; and a Bachelor of Political Science from Ball State University.
While Pamela considers Michigan her home state, she always wanted to live in Colorado and has taken full advantage of the Rocky Mountain lifestyle. Along with golfing and great drives at a mile high, she enjoys Colorado’s epic wilderness by snowshoeing, hiking, and camping.
Tamara Woodbury | CEO, Girl Scouts – Arizona Cactus-Pine Council
Tamara Woodbury has spent her entire career creating the conditions for personal and organizational transformation. Her work in integrated leadership has brought new depth and possibilities in preparing youth and adults for leadership that is sourced from an inner authority and authenticity. She has almost 30 years of professional leadership experience in social sector organizations and has served as a facilitator, trainer and public speaker at many local and national gatherings.
Andy Staples | Owner, Staples Golf Design
Andy Staples, ASGCA, is a nationally renowned thought leader on sustainable golf course architecture. His firm, Staples Golf Design, is based in Scottsdale, AZ. Staples received his Bachelor degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Arkansas, focusing his studies on golf course architecture. He began his career in golf by working with the national golf course builder Wadsworth Golf Construction, and has worked with national golf architects such as Robert Muir Graves, John Fought, Brian Curley and Lee Schmidt. Staples serves on the Board of Governors of the ASGCA, and is a member of the Education Committee. He regularly participates in review of environmental issues on ASGCA’s behalf.
Staples Golf implements sustainable, efficient designs and management practices on golf courses throughout the U.S., and is known for its signature development vision, Community Links; a paradigm shifting approach with regards to how public golf fits into a community.
He lists the following remodeled representative courses: Sand Hollow Resort, Hurricane, Utah, Rockwind Community Links, Hobbs, New Mexico and Meadowbrook Country Club, Northville, Michigan.
Greg Stanton | Former Mayor of Phoenix and Candidate for Congress in Arizona’s 9th District
During his tenure as Mayor, Greg Stanton worked tirelessly to build a more modern and sustainable economy that works for every Phoenix family. With key investments in the biosciences and the innovation economy, boosting local small business, and facilitating greater trade with Mexico, Stanton led the way to create an innovation-based, export-driven economy built to last.
In 2017, Stanton was the first Arizona mayor to be named “Public Official of the Year” by Governing Magazine for his leadership on rebuilding the economy and making the city more environmentally sustainable.
Stanton won reelection for Mayor in 2015 and successfully led one of the most ambitious transportation initiatives in the country – a plan that is now working to triple Phoenix’s light rail system, expand bus service, and build 1,000 miles of new bike lanes over the next 35 years.
Under Stanton’s leadership, the City of Phoenix set goals to become both zero-waste and carbon-neutral by 2050. Stanton announced Phoenix would commit to the standards set by the Paris Climate Accord, entered agreements to preserve the Colorado River, and ensured the city became a leading municipality for solar energy.
Stanton attended Marquette University on the Harry S. Truman Scholarship, and earned a law degree from the University of Michigan. Before he was elected to his first term as mayor in 2011, he served nine years on the City Council and as Arizona’s Deputy Attorney General.
Now, he is ready to take on a new challenge, representing Arizona in Congress. Since October 2017, Greg has been running a robust, grassroots campaign for Congress focused on bringing new ideas and new leadership to Washington to better serve the needs of hard working Arizonans and their families.
Colin Tetreault | Senior Sustainability Scholar and Global Sports Scholar, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability, Arizona State University
Colin Tetreault is an accomplished sustainability business, policy, and senior scholar practitioner. Colin serves as Principal for S2 Consulting, LLC, an innovation-driven sustainability and management consulting firm. Colin drives revenue & sparks innovation, mitigates & manages risk, and advances brands & causes. Select clients include US Foods, PetSmart, Intel, Starbucks, Cox Enterprises, Competitor Group, and various government partners.
Colin is the Chair of the City of Phoenix’s Environmental Quality and Sustainability Commission. As the ranking appointed citizen official in the state focused on sustainability, Colin serves an impactful board of senior executive leadership and community changemakers to advance the region in a nonpartisan and outcomes focused manner.
Colin currently serves Senior Sustainability Scholar & Global Sports Scholar – focusing on: business & sustainability strategy; national energy & environmental policy; entrepreneurship & smart cities; “resource” & circular economies – at ASU’s School of Sustainability.
Colin is recognized as a “40 under 40” by the Phoenix Business Journal, TED Speaker, and served as the Chairman of the Final Four 2017 Sustainability Committee.
Andy Tobin | Commissioner, Arizona Corporate Commission
Commissioner Andy Tobin was first elected to the Arizona House of Representatives in 2006 and served as Speaker of the House from 2011 to 2014. His leadership within the State of Arizona includes his time as former Director of the Arizona Department of Weights and Measures, Director of the Arizona Department of Insurance, and Acting Director for the Arizona Department of Financial Services. Mr. Tobin also served as National President of the U.S. Jaycees Foundation. He was appointed by Governor Doug Ducey to fill a vacant seat on the Arizona Corporation Commission in 2015 and elected to serve a full term in 2016. During his time at the Commission, Commissioner Tobin has focused on getting broadband (internet) connections into rural Arizona schools, been instrumental in establishing the Water Emergency Team to proactively protect Arizona’s water supply, and introduced the Arizona Energy Modernization Plan, which calls for 80 percent of the state’s electricity generation to come from clean energy by 2050 and advocates for an end to devastating wildfires through the adoption of biomass related energy.