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Adventure Center/Visitor Information: 3312 Gateway St · Springfield OR (Open daily 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.)
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2018 Speakers

Speakers and Keynotes for the 2018 Oregon Sports Summit coming soon. 



Speaker Coming Soon



Matt Bonniksen Speaker

Session: Utilizing Your Local Sports Commission

Matt Bonniksen has worked as the Sports and Events Sales Manager at Travel Salem for over a year. Prior to joining Travel Salem, Matt was the Director of Marketing at Cherry Country, a cherry and chocolate factory located in Rickreall. Matt has a communication and marketing degree from Portland State.

Greg Duff Speaker

Session: Legal Session

Established hospitality industry advisor, Greg Duff is part of the Hospitality, Travel and Tourism Group at Garvey Schubert Barer. With experience in hotel management and operations, sales and marketing, and distribution, Greg brings a unique perspective to each engagement.


Anne Hallinan, CMP Speaker

Sessions: Event Management, Event Budgeting

Anne Hallinan’s more than 25 years planning and organizing events of all shapes and sizes – including national conventions, alpaca shows, grand openings and training events. In 2012, with the help of a tourism grant from Lane County, they launched Tour de Lane, a three day, non-competitive, bicycle rally based in Lane County, which attracts cyclists from all over the country.

Joey Jewell Speaker

Session: Utilizing Your Local Sports Commission

Joey has a Bachelor’s Degree in Sport Management and a Graduate Degree in Sport Administration and Policy. Since coming to Eugene, Joey develops and supports Eugene’s local sports events and securing others, such as the 2016 Oregon’s Strongest Man and Woman Championships and the 2016 & 2017 USA BMX Gold Cup Finals Northwest.


Tom Jordan Speaker

Sessions: Event Management, Working with the Media

Tom Jordan is in his 34th year as Director of the Prefontaine Classic, the No. 1-ranked invitational track meet in the world in 2016 & 2017. For 20 years, from 1989 to 2009, he and business partner Barbara Kousky owned Northwest Event Management, which organized multiple National Championships, two World Masters Championships, and 13 editions of the OTC Butte to Butte Road Race.

Corey Kearsley Speaker

Session: Utilizing Your Local Sports Commission

Corey holds a sport management master’s degree and has 21 years of sports experience with a sports consulting company, Minor League Baseball, and the Washington County Visitors Association where he currently directs the sales of sporting events, meetings, group and FIT travel for the Tualatin Valley.  He is a father of four and a bib-less Boston Marathon squeaker.


Kelli Matthews Speaker

Sessions: Social Media

Michael Reilly Speaker

Session: Oregon21

Michael Reilly is a graduate of Stanford University. His long career in event athletics began as a student athlete; and includes serving in roles at Stanford, Oberlin, UO, and as Competition Director for four USA Championships, the Olympic Trials, the NCAA Championships, and the London Organizing Committee. His current focus is on delivering the World Championships in 2021: known as Oregon21.


Janis Ross Speaker

Session: Group Housing

Janis's experience includes hotel sales and meeting/event management. She holds both an MBA and Bachelors in Business Administration from Portland State University. Janis serves on the National Association of Sports Commissions Board of Directors, as well as organizing committees for the U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials in 2008, 2012 and 2016, and the IAAF World Junior Track & Field Championships in 2014.

Kyle Stanfield Speaker

Session: Working with Facilities

Kyle has been with the Oregon School Activities Association (OSAA) for 10 years and oversees corporate sponsorships, public relations, marketing and oversee multiple state championship events. Additionally, Kyle is the director of the OSAA Foundation, a separate 501(c)3 to the OSAA. OSAA is the governing body of high school sports in the state. 


Vicki Strand Speaker

Session: Working with Facilities

Joining the UO Athletics staff in 1998, Vicki Strand has managed Pac-12/NCAA playoffs and championship events, Olympic Track & Field Trials and IAAF World Championships. She developed event procedures for Autzen Stadium expansion and the opening of Matthew Knight Arena. Before joining UO, Strand work in Arts Administration at the Oregon Bach Festival and University of Idaho.

Brian Strickland Speaker

Sessions: Group Housing, Understanding Event Data

Leveraging more than 15 years of experience in operations, sales and account management, Brian joined Experient in 1999. He is responsible for Experient’s performance to the client throughout the relationship. Brian earned his Certified Association Sales Executive Certification (CASE) through PCMA in August of 2004. Brian in his personal life is a father, mentor, adventurer and explorer. 


Whitney Wagoner Speaker

Session: Sponsorship

Michael Wargo Speaker

Session: Working with Facilities

Michael is the Deputy Superintendent of Willamalane Park and Recreation District, winner of the 2016 Gold Medal Award for Excellence in the Field of Park and Recreation Management. A Certified Recreation and Park Professional, he has over 25 years’ experience in the field of athletics, parks and recreation.


Angela Wood Speaker

Session: Utilizing Your Local Sports Commission

Angela has worked at Travel Medford since 2010. When it became clear that sports tourism was a huge industry in Medford & the Rogue Valley, she was instrumental in creating the Southern Oregon Sports Commission (SOSC). The SOSC officially launched in 2012 and is made up of 17 community sports enthusiasts.