Campus Athletics Facilities Summit 2020

The Westin Oaks Houston, Houston, TX
May 31, 2020 - June 2, 2020

100 days left

Enhancing the Student Athlete Experience

College athletics is a constantly evolving area. Recruiting student athletes is more than just having championships; it’s the academics, the look, the feel and pride of a school. And what reflects an athletic brand more than its facilities?

The Campus Athletics Facilities Summit (CAFS) is the premier conference for Division I college and university Athletic Directors focused on the enhancement of facilities and event operations. The professional development aspect provides real-world and practical insights from peer-to-peer collaborative sessions and organic conversations. The networking and meetings provide ideal solutions to your challenges. Take this opportunity to learn new ideas, discuss strategies and examine approaches to supporting college-level athletic facilities.

Be part of the movement that initiates the change.

The Summit Experience

Current as of January 31, 2020

12:00pm

Registration

2:00pm

Tour of Georgia State University

Georgia State University

5:30pm

Welcome Cocktail Reception

6:30pm

The Ups & Downs of Athletic Facility Event Management

John Diffley, Deputy Athletic Director, St. John’s University

Tom Gabbard, Senior Associate Athletics Director, Facilities & Operations, Virginia Tech

Stan Williamson, Deputy Director of Athletics, Houston Baptist University

7:30pm

Dinner Reception

7:15am

Breakfast & Itinerary Pick-up

8:00am

Steve Cottingham, Senior Associate Athletic Director for Business Operations/CFO, Colorado State University

Doug Max, Senior Associate Athletic Director for Facilities & Engineering, Colorado State University

Melvin Robinson, Assistant Athletic Director of Facilities & Operations, University of Georgia

8:50am

One-on-One Meetings

10:25am

Patrick Hatcher, Associate Athletic Director of Facilities & Operations, Georgia State
University

Doug Justice, Senior Associate AD & Chief of Staff, Georgia State University

Brian Baptiste, Deputy Director of Athletics Capital Projects and Operations,
Northwestern University

11:15am

One-on-One Meetings

12:45pm

Luncheon

1:30pm

Tuning your Campus for Gen Z: A Quick Start Guide

John Roberson, CEO, Advent

2:20pm

Implementing an Alcohol Policy

Kortne Gosha, Associate Athletic Director of Facilities, University of Miami

3:10pm

One-on-One Meetings

5:00pm

Tour and Dinner at the University of Georgia & Reception

University of Georgia

7:45am

Breakfast

8:15am

Bait and Switch – Capital Construction Challenges

Jim Senter, Athletic Director, University of Texas at El Paso

Daniel Garcia, Assistant Athletic Director for Internal Operations, University of Texas at El Paso

9:05am

One-on-One Meetings

11:10am

Securing Your Facilities – Trends for Large & Small Events

 

Lou Marciani, National Director, National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security, University of Southern Mississippi

12:00pm

Roundtables & Working Lunch

1:00pm

Tour of Georgia Tech

Georgia Tech

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The Campus Athletics Facilities Summit is an invitation-only meeting for athletic directors responsible for the planning, design, construction and operations of their athletic facilities. Registrations are complimentary for qualified participants and include 2 nights of accommodations at the conference resort, meals, networking functions and participation in the full conference program. Solution providers are able to attend through sponsorship. Categories are limited to three companies.

To learn more about participating, please contact summits@opalgroup.net
  • Financing
  • Succession Planning
  • Budgets
  • Capital Planning
  • Master Planning
  • Talent Management & Development
  • Community Planning
  • Security Implementation
  • Emergency Preparedness
  • Game Day Experience
  • Preventative Maintenance Planning
  • Security Management for Large & Small Events
  • Facility Improvements
  • Digital Fan Experience
  • Prescheduled One-to-One Meetings:
    Each participating solution provider and attendees will have pre-summit access to our matching software that allows you to completely customize your meeting agenda. The password protected website provides the information needed to make your selections on who you want to meet with.

  • Exceptional Networking Opportunities
    We strive to maximize your face-to-face time by providing a multitude of avenues to engage with all attendees. The agenda incorporates cocktail receptions, networking lunches and a specially selected dinner and tours of local athletic facilities. Leverage the meeting’s relaxed atmosphere and after hours networking activities to build strong personal relationships with current and future clients.

Attendees have requested to meet with companies in the following categories:

  • Architecture
  • AV Systems
  • Bleachers/Seating/Furniture
  • Concessions
  • Scoreboard/Display Systems
  • Energy Management
  • Exhibits/Hall of Fame
  • Finance
  • Branding/Graphics
  • Gym Equipment
  • Lighting
  • Locker Systems
  • Luxury Suites
  • Parking
  • Playing Surfaces/Flooring
  • Scoring Tables
  • Security Systems
  • Signage
  • Smart Devices/Tablets
  • Turf
  • Wall Treatments
  • Wifi/Wireless

    Excellent programs with good variety of topics and knowledgeable presenters. Deputy AD

    Colorado State University

    It was just what I was looking for in my first conference since stepping into this new role. It was 3 days packed with information, ideas, stories, etc. I took a lot from it and made a lot of contacts. Assistant AD for Facilities and Game Operations

    University of Texas Arlington

    Overall, I felt like this was a good experience. I learned some day to day facility and operations difficulties from Universities of all sizes. I also made some good connections with vendors as well. Associate Director of Athletics for Internal Operations

    Valparaiso University

    Being a first time attendee I really enjoyed the tours, conference and the meetings with the vendors. I came away with some really good information for some current projects, but also ideas for the future. Assistant AD- Athletic Facilities

    University of Iowa

    The 2019 Campus Athletics Facilities Summit was a great event. It brought together professionals as well as vendors in a unique setting and I truly enjoyed my educational experience. Associate Director of Athletics for Facilities, Operations and Events

    The Holy Cross College