Hear from top business leaders at 30th anniversary of economic speaker series

August 26, 2014

Top leaders from Starbucks and State Farm, as well as Arizona State University's athletic director (a former NFL executive), are among those headlining the new season of the Economic Club of Phoenix speaker series. Every year, Phoenix-area audiences are invited to attend the club’s luncheons and hear from some of the biggest names in the business world.

“We want to offer people in the Phoenix area the opportunity to hear directly from the heads of major local companies and international firms,” explains Amy Hillman, dean of the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University. “In this series, they cover both what’s happening in their own companies and larger trends in the business arena.” W. P. Carey School of Business Download Full Image

The Economic Club of Phoenix (ECP) speaker series, hosted by the W. P. Carey School of Business, is celebrating its 30th anniversary. The club is now the pre-eminent Arizona forum for the exchange of ideas about business and the economy. Its monthly luncheons and other activities offer business leaders and others a chance to network and engage.

This season’s speaker lineup, subject to change, is:

Thursday, Oct. 9 – Ray Anderson, athletic director and university vice president, Arizona State University & former executive vice president of football operations, National Football League  – JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa, Phoenix

Thursday, Nov. 13 – Kevin Knight, chief executive officer, Knight Transportation – Arizona Biltmore, Phoenix

Wednesday, Jan. 14 – Cliff Burrows, group president, U.S., Americas, and Teavana; Starbucks Coffee Company – JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort & Spa, Scottsdale

Thursday, Feb. 12 – Michael Tipsord, vice chairman and chief operating officer, State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company – Camelback Golf Club, Scottsdale

Thursday, March 5 – Elizabeth Crain, managing director and chief operating officer, Moelis & Company – The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa, Scottsdale

Wednesday, April 8 – Christopher Mapes, chairman, president and chief executive officer, Lincoln Electric Holdings; Dean’s Council Executive of the Year – JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa, Phoenix

Wednesday, May 6 – Annual Economic Outlook Luncheon – Camelback Golf Club, Scottsdale

All luncheons run from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Non-members are welcome for a $75 luncheon fee. Funds in excess of the cost of lunch are used to support scholarships and faculty research at the W. P. Carey School of Business.

For more information about the club or to reserve seats, call (480) 727-0596, e-mail wpcarey.ecp@asu.edu or go to www.econclubphx.org.

Game day starts at Devils on Mill: ASU's official tailgate block party

August 27, 2014

Countdown to the 2014 Sun Devil football season kicks off at ASU's official tailgate Devils on Mill block party. Devils on Mill welcomes all fans to join the ASU community in showing Sun Devil spirit and pride before the first ASU Football home game opener.

The official ASU tailgate block party takes place before each home game on Sixth Street and Mill Avenue, and includes live entertainment, food, carnival rides and games for all ages. ASU students get their faces painted for Game Day Download Full Image

A student-led and coordinated event, Devils on Mill is in its third year and has become the place to be three hours before ASU home games.

The tailgate festivities on Mill are free and open to the public, and begin at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 28. The game against Weber State at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe begins at 7:30 p.m., Arizona time.

"We are so excited to invite the community to join us at the Devils on Mill – game day starts here," said Lindsay Heffron, Game Day director of the Student Programming and Activities Board. "This Sun Devil tradition is like no other event, and this year it will be bigger and better and will include more vendors, activities and entertainment."

To top off the excitement to the season opener, students will have an opportunity to win a football helmet signed by ASU Head Football Coach Todd Graham.

This family-friendly event will also include a Little Devils Zone, a new addition to the event, sponsored by the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College. This new tradition will include an area for young future Sun Devils to participate in activities, games and face painting, and will also feature a photo booth.

The reigning Pac-12 South champions will open the 2014 season this Thursday, Aug. 28, against Weber State at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, at 7:30 p.m.

This event is free and open to the public. To learn more about Devils on Mill, visit https://eoss.asu.edu/pab/devilsonmill.