Boardroom Insights Speaker Bios
September 1, 2017
As President, League Operations at the National Basketball Association, Byron Spruell oversees critical league operations, including the Basketball Operations, Referee Operations and Basketball Strategy & Analytics departments and the processes regarding the management of rule changes, the evaluation and training of game officials, the enforcement of conduct standards and discipline, and the application of analytics and innovation on the future of the game. Spruell also collaborates with USA Basketball and the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) to promote the global growth of the game and development of players worldwide.
Prior to joining the NBA in August 2016, Spruell spent 20 years at Deloitte LLP, most recently as its Vice Chairman, Central Region Market Leader. He spearheaded the firm’s client and business growth and strategic positioning across 22 states consisting of 31 offices and more than 14,000 Deloitte professionals across the region. He also served as Chicago Managing Principal, supervising talent and community involvement initiatives in the local office.
Spruell has served on several charitable boards and committees, including World Business Chicago and the Civic Committee of the Commercial Club of Chicago, and is active in various nonprofit organizations, including the United Way, Big Shoulders Fund, Northwestern Memorial HealthCare and Chicago Urban League. He is currently on the boards of the Museum of Science and Industry, and Metropolitan Family Services in Chicago and the Jackie Robinson Foundation in New York.
Spruell, who grew up in Cleveland, earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and an MBA in finance from the University of Notre Dame. He was an offensive lineman and co-captain of the Fighting Irish’s football team and currently serves on the University’s Board of Trustees and as an Advisor on the Monogram Club. Spruell met his wife, Sedra, at Notre Dame. They have a son, Devyn, and a daughter, Aleah.
September 8, 2017
Dan T. Cathy is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Chick-fil- A, Inc, one of the nation's largest family-owned businesses, and is a member of the company's Board of Directors and Executive Committee. Since taking over the business from his father and founder, S. Truett Cathy, Dan represents the next generation of leadership for the Atlanta-based fast-food chicken restaurant chain.
Dan's career began at age nine when he sang songs for customers and performed radio commercials for the chain's original Dwarf House restaurant in Hapeville, Ga. Named as Chairman and CEO in 2013, Dan served as the president and chief operating officer since 2001. Previous roles include senior director of operations, vice president of operations and executive vice president. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Georgia Southern University.
Dan serves on the board of directors for The Georgia Aquarium and the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce. He is a board member for the Atlanta Committee for Progress, and he serves on the board of advisors for Eagle Ranch, Global Teen Challenge, and Heritage Preparatory School. Additionally, he is a member of the board of councilors for The Carter Center.
Dan and his wife, Rhonda have two sons, Andrew, senior vice president of people at Chick-fil-A, and Ross, Operator of Midland FSR and three grandchildren.
October 6, 2017
Diane Aigotti is Chief Financial Officer and Managing Director of Ryan Specialty Group (RSG) and has been at RSG since its inception.
October 27, 2017
Tony Crudele is the former Executive Vice President and CFO of Tractor Supply Co., one of the fastest growing NASDAQ companies in the 2000’s. Crudele also served as CFO at The Sports Authority during their high growth years and Gibson Guitar. He spent his early career in public accounting principally at Price Waterhouse rising to Senior Manager. Crudele graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a Bachelors of Business Administration in Accounting.
November 3, 2017
Paul Reilly became chief executive officer of Raymond James Financial in May 2010, after joining the firm’s management team as president and CEO-designate in May 2009. He has served on the firm’s board of directors since 2006.
From July 2007 to April 2009, he was executive chairman of Korn/Ferry International, a global provider of talent management solutions with more than 90 offices in 39 countries throughout North America, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific. Mr. Reilly began his tenure with the company as chairman and CEO in 2001. Prior to Korn/Ferry, he was CEO at KPMG International, a firm of more than 100,000 employees with annual revenues of $12 billion. Based in Amsterdam, he was responsible for the overall strategy and implementation of the firm's products, services and infrastructure on a global basis. Before being named CEO at KPMG, he ran the firm's financial services business and earlier had held senior management positions in its real estate consulting group.
Mr. Reilly holds his Bachelor of Science degree and MBA from the University of Notre Dame and remains active with the school, serving on the Mendoza Graduate Alumni Board and the Business Advisory Council, and being recognized as a recipient of the Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2004-2005. In addition to his degrees, he earned the Certified Public Accountant designation.
He is a financial services industry leader, serving on the board of the Financial Services Roundtable and as an executive committee member of SIFMA, and also is active in charitable causes, including involvement with the National Leadership Roundtable on Church Management, Our Lady of Divine Providence House of Prayer in Clearwater, Florida, the United Way Suncoast, and the American Heart Association’s Tampa Bay Heart Walk.
November 17, 2017
Crane Kenney is in his 24th season with the Cubs organization. Named President of Business Operations following the Ricketts' family purchase of the Cubs in 2009, Crane is responsible for the strategic direction of the Cubs business operations and the development of the Wrigleyville campus. He began his career with the Cubs in 1994 as an attorney, representing the Cubs in sponsorship, concession, media rights, municipal and MLB negotiations. In his current role, Crane is responsible for the organization’s growth, including new business development; design, construction and operation of its facilities; media strategy; government relations; associate recruitment and training; and development of a winning culture.
From 2003-2009, Crane was the principle executive in charge of Cubs operations on behalf of Tribune Company, the previous owner. Overseeing all aspects of the Cubs organization for that period, the Cubs won the N.L. Central Division three times (2003, 2007 and 2008), surpassed 3 million in attendance for eight consecutive seasons and set an all-time attendance record of 3,300,200 in 2008.
He is responsible for the continuing redevelopment and preservation of Wrigley Field. Under his watch, the Friendly Confines have been in a constant state of change, adding new seating options, new amenities, expanded player facilities and integrated marketing partnerships, all while retaining its historic charm and character. Crane also oversees the current restoration plan for Wrigley Field, named the 1060 Project. He was also responsible for the development of Sloan Park and the Under Armour Performance Center, the Cubs new $100 million training center in Arizona, completed in 2013.
Beginning in 1999, Crane led the expansion of Cubs media rights with the launch of Fox SportsNet Chicago and in 2003, he founded Comcast SportsNet Chicago with Jerry Reinsdorf and has served on the Board of Directors since its formation. Crane also led the Cubs first Hispanic radio broadcast with partner WRTO in 2009.
Crane serves on a variety of boards, including the Board of Directors of Comcast SportsNet, MLB's Long Term Strategic Planning Committee, the Board of Advisors of Winona Capital Management (a Chicago-based private equity firm), the University of Notre Dame Student Athlete Advisory Council, the Board of Governors of Global Sports Management Summit and the Board of Directors of Good Sports. He is also an investor in aXiomatic Gaming LLC, the majority owner of Team Liquid (a leading eSports team).
He holds a law degree from the University of Michigan and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame. He and his wife Kelly have four children, Ryan, Sophie, Clare and Caroline.