Thursday, May 14, 2009

PAC 10 Equipment Managers Annual Meeting

It is that time of the year again where the Pac 10 Equipment Managers get together for a couple of days for meetings and workshops. This is our fourth annual meeting in Las Vegas.

We will be meeting on a variety of topics, plus we have some special guest coming to address the group. We will be meeting at the Thomas and Mack Center on the UNLV campus. Scheduled to appear this year is Duane Lindberg from the Pac 10 office, which will address a few things including the Pac 10 brand and how we can advance that effort with logos on our uniforms. He will clear up any issues any of us have, or answer questions we may have.

Also talking to the group will be Tina Kunzer-Murphy, Executive Director of the Maaco Las Vegas Bowl. Her bowl and city have so much to offer to the Pac 10 teams that come and participate in that bowl game. She will take some time to share with the group what they can offer to make our jobs as equipment managers easier during the week long experience.

Along with the bowl theme, we have Jon Cooperstein talking to our group about bowl gifts. Jon is somewhat of an innovator when it comes to bowl gifts for the bowl games and the schools that participate in their bowls. He has very creative ideas that has worked extremely well at some big time bowl games. He was nice enough to accept our offer to address our group to see if he can help with our sometime headaches when it comes to ordering bowl gifts.

We also have Riddell's top legal counsel coming to address our group about liability issues and how we can protect ourselves and our schools. For obvious reasons, this is an extremely valuable presentation. Also from Riddell will be Thad Ide, who is Vice President for Research and Development for them. He is responsible for the Revolution helmet among many other things at Riddell, but with the explosion of the Speed Revolution helmet now we are very fortunate to have him walk us through the evolution of the Revolution.

These are just the highlights of our two days of meetings this year. We will have 15 equipment managers representing 9 of the 10 conference schools this year. I hope to have some pictures and stories from our experience next week.

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