Loras College Hosted Third Annual Sport Business Symposium

For Immediate Release
March 18, 2019

Director of Communications & Marketing
Office: 563.588.7407

Dr. Matt Garrett
Professor of Sport Management
Office: 563.588.7165


Loras College to Host Third Annual Sport Business Symposium
Molly Wallace (’92) from Wilson Sporting Goods to serve as keynote speaker

DUBUQUE, Iowa – Loras College, a Catholic liberal arts college, will hosts is third annual Sport Business Symposium from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, April 5. Molly Wallace, director of special projects and consumer innovation process management at Wilson Sporting Goods, will highlight the event as keynote speaker.

Since graduating from Loras in 1992, Wallace has spent 24 years at Wilson Sporting Goods holding a variety of positions in communications and marketing. For nine years, Wallace served as the communications manager in the team sports department followed by another eight years as director of corporate communications. After four years as director of experiential marketing, the Dubuque native has been in her current position for one year.

“We are pleased to bring Molly Wallace back to campus for the Sport Business Symposium as she brings a wealth of experience at one of the top brands in the industry,” Dr. Matt Garrett said, professor of sport management at Loras. “She highlights a day that also features eight talented panelists at different stages in their career who represent different segments of the sports industry. This student-led event promises to be a highlight for our sport management program.”

The event, sponsored by the Francis J. Noonan School of Business and hosted by the Loras Sport Business Club, also includes two speaker panels that consist of alumni from the College’s national-recognized sport management program as well as leaders from across the Midwest.

This year’s master of ceremony honors will be shared by Travis Misner (’13) and Chuck Yrigoyen.

Misner serves as the Partnership Development Manager for the NBA’s Charlotte Hornets. While at Loras, Misner was an active member of the Student Athletic Advisory Committee, ascending to the role of Chairman for Division III. After earning his MBA and MSA degrees from Ohio University, Misner spent two seasons with the Kalamzoo Growlers of the Northwoods League, serving as the Corporate Partnerships Manager.

For more than 30 years, Yrigoyen has been involved in the NCAA and its student-athletes, holding numerous roles, including associate director at the Ivy League and commissioner of the Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference/American Rivers Conference. Additionally, Yrigoyen has held multiple leadership roles within the NCAA including serving as the President of the Division III Commissioner’s Association as well as a two-year member of the Division III Commissioner’s Association Executive Committee. His committee work includes Division III Nominating Committee, NCAA Planning Subcommittee and Division III Football Regional Advisory Committee for the West Region. Both of Yrigoyen’s sons work in collegiate athletics, with Darin (’17) at Lynn University as an athletic communications assistant and Hunter at the University of Denver as a communications coordinator.

Mackenzie Arthur, Owner – Long Hollow Canopy Tours
Bob Chmiel, Director of Football Recruitment – Dark Horse Sports Recruiting
Tyler Daugherty, Director of Sports and Events – Travel Dubuque
Marykate Halm (’16), Seasonal Social Media – Chicago Bears
Tim Kelly (’12), Director of Major Gifts – Northwestern University Athletics
Andrew Lehman, Assistant Tournament Director – John Deere Classic
Alexi Spector, Director of Digital Media and Communication – Iowa Wild
Jamar Thompson, Director of Development – University of Northern Iowa Athletics

Those interested in attending can register at or contact Dr. Matt Garrett (563.588.7165 / for more information.

About Loras College
Founded in 1839, Loras College leverages its historic roots as Iowa’s first college, the second oldest Catholic college west of the Mississippi River and one of the nation’s 10 diocesan colleges to deliver challenging, life-changing experiences as part of its residential, Catholic setting. In 2018, Loras was the highest ranked Catholic college in the state of Iowa according to College Consensus, the 13th Best Regional College in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report and one of America’s Top 200 Most Loved Colleges/Universities by Forbes Magazine. Loras students ranked No. 2 in the world as part of the global Peeptrade Investment Challenge while a second group ranked No. 4. For the 10th consecutive year, Loras Media Studies student-led television station (LCTV) was named the TV Station of the Year by the Iowa College Media Association (ICMA).