MATT FARRELL, USA SWIMMING
Farrell is the Chief Marketing Officer at USA Swimming, where he oversees USA Swimming's 13 business development staff members in the areas of public relations, events, video production, sponsor services, marketing and publications. Prior to his tenure at USA Swimming, Farrell worked seven years for the U.S. Olympic Committee, most notably as the associate director of entertainment properties. As the director of internet marketing for Warner Home Video, Farrell directed the promotion of DVD releases for The Matrix, the Stanley Kubrick Collection, Humphrey Bogart, and Scooby-Doo. In 2008, Farrell and the USA Swimming Business Development team enjoyed great promotional successes across several departments. Of special note was the creation of the USA Swimming Aqua Zone, a 100,000 square-foot fan experience at the U.S. Olympic Trials which drew thousands of visitors and was hailed as a "runaway success" by the Omaha World-Herald. The division also created the first-ever U.S. Olympic Splash Bash, a grassroots recruiting promotion held in more than 1,200 cities during the Olympic Games. Additionally, 2008 saw public relations success from unprecedented exposure for the sport of swimming to the release of a research study garnering national attention for the drowning epidemic and need for learn-to-swim programming. In an ongoing assignment, Farrell serves as a leader in the development of Swimnetwork.com, USA Swimming's new media venture in collaboration with the Wasserman Media Group and oversees marketing for the USA Swimming Foundation's Make a Splash initiative. Farrell earned a degree in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville and is a graduate of the 2009 Olympic Sport Leadership Certification program.
GARY KLEIN, PhD
Klein is the Information Systems, Accounting & Finance Team Chair and a Couger Professor of Information Systems in the UCCS College of Business. He earned a PhD in Optimization Theory & Methods and Operations Management from Purdue University. His research and teaching interests include Project Management, Mathematical Modeling and System Development. He is the former Director of Data Processing for Transport Clearings Midwest and Business Systems Consultant for Arthur Andersen and Company. He is a seasoned author, contributor and editor for a number of peer-reviewed publications, including Comparative Technology Transfer & Society, Journal of the Association of Information Systems, Pacific Asia Journal of the Association of Information Systems, MIS Quarterly, and the International Journal of Information Technology Project Management.
BRIAN MCALLISTER, PhD, CPA
McAllister is an Associate Professor of Accounting in the UCCS College of Business. He earned a PhD in Accounting from the University of Nebraska (Lincoln). His research interests include Not-for-Profit Accounting, Auditing and Financial Accounting. He is a former Audit Supervisor, Senior, and Staff Accountant for BKD, LLP. He is a current member of the American Accounting Association, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and the Colorado Society of Certified Public Accountants. In 2009, McAllister was recognized by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants with the Lawler Award for the Best Article in the Journal of Accountancy.
TOM ZWIRLEIN, PhD
Zwirlein is a Professor of Finance in the UCCS College of Business and Director of the Southern Colorado Economic Forum. He earned a BS in Economics and MBA from the University of Wisconsin at LaCrosse and a PhD in Finance from the University of Oregon. Zwirlein's teaching and research interests include managerial and international finance, valuation, economic value added, dividends and financial strategy. He has taught in England, Finland and Germany and has published in journals ranging from Business Horizons, Financial Management, Financial Services Review and the Journal of Management.