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Speaker: Kevin Cooper
Point One Group
Speaker: Callye Dannheim Emmons
Final Four Fan Fest Project Manager
Turner Sports
Speaker: Doug Hall
Vice President, Special Projects
Harris County-Houston Sports Authority
Speaker: Diane Crossey
Professor in the Practice
Rice University

Panel "Houston: America's Hottest Host City"

Thursday, April 13, 2017
7:00 PM  to 8:00 PM

309  Sewall Hall
Rice University
6100 Main St
Houston, Texas, USA

In addition to being the most diverse and soon-to-be the third largest city in America, Houston is also America's Hottest Host City! In the past calendar year alone, H-Town has played host to three of the largest events on the worldwide sports calendar: Super Bowl LI, the 2016 NCAA Men's Final Four, and the Copa America Centenario. Rice Sport Business Society invites you to hear from Kevin Cooper, Callye Dannheim Emmons, Diane Crossey, and Doug Hall, who were all behind the scenes in organizing and executing these incredible events. Come learn about the amazing opportunity available to Rice students of experiencing or even helping coordinate these events! #SportBiz #HAHHC

Biography of Kevin Cooper:
Cooper recently served as the Senior Director of External Communications and Media Relations for the Houston Super Bowl LI Host Committee. LinkedIn profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kevin-cooper-b237b592/

Biography of Callye Dannheim Emmons:
In her current role, Callye serves as the liaison with operational vendors and host venue for the NCAA Final Four Fan Fest - Phoenix. She also manages and communicates the master production schedule for all event activities and movements. Callye recently served as the Super Bowl LIVE Event Operations Director for Houston Super Bowl LI Host Committee. In this role she directed the overall site operations and execution for the 10-day fan festival for Super Bowl LI hosting over 1mm fans. She was also the primary point of contact on the 750,000 ft2 event footprint for venue preparation, site operations, food and beverage, NFL and local partners, and security management for the first-ever fan event connected to the NFL Experience. She was also named the youngest Venue Director for COPA America 2016 Local Organizing Committee where she directly managed the planning and production of all host venue operations through staff, volunteers and contractors including team logistics and training sites, event management, hospitality, accreditation, staffing, security and competition. LinkedIn profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/callyedannheimemmons/

Biography of Doug Hall:
Hall recently served as Executive Vice President of Operations for Houston Super Bowl LI Host Committee. In this role, he oversaw Super Bowl Live, the 10-day free Fan Fest, Houston's Volunteer Program as well as the Public/Safety and Traffic/Transportation components of the Houston Host Committee. LinkedIn Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/doug-hall-89469b16/

Biography of Diane Crossey:
Crossey recently served as the Venue Event Manager for the COPA America Centenario tournament games in Houston. Second in size to only the World Cup, soccer's Copa America tournament hosts CONCACAF and CONMEBOL teams, as well as invited teams. In her role, she oversaw multiple operational areas including accommodations, transportation, medical/doping, protocol, security, accreditation, logistics and special events. Crossey worked with the National Teams of Argentina, the United States, Mexico, Costa Rica, Venezuela, and Colombia. The three tournament dates in Houston hosted over 175,000 attendees at NRG Stadium.
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