Staff

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    Tom SadlerPresident/CEO
    Tom Sadler joined the Arizona Sports and Tourism Authority (AZSTA) as President and CEO in June of 2008. Under his leadership, AZSTA has delivered on the promise made to taxpayers who approved Prop. 302 to build University of Phoenix Stadium, enhancing Arizona’s economy and quality of life by attracting a slew of mega sporting events and funding the construction and renovation of Cactus League spring training facilities.

    Working closely with AZSTA’s nine-member volunteer Board of Directors, Sadler played a pivotal role in Arizona’s successful bids for the 2015 Super Bowl, 2016 College Football Playoff Championship and 2017 NCAA Men’s Final Four. Phoenix became the second city to host the nation’s three largest sporting events in consecutive years (New Orleans, 2002-04). Since it opened in 2006, University of Phoenix Stadium has hosted events that have generated more than $1 billion in economic impact for Arizona.

    Before he joined AZSTA, the majority of Sadler’s professional career was spent as a Division I collegiate athletics administrator. He worked for 20 years at Arizona State University and then spent three years at the University of Hawaii.

    Sadler holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Aquinas College, where he also played basketball, and a Masters in Public Administration from Arizona State University.
     
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    BJ MorleyChief Financial Officer
    BJ Morley joined the Arizona Sports and Tourism Authority (AZSTA) as Chief Financial Officer in June 2019.  Morley comes to AZSTA from SMG and her experience includes 13 years here at the stadium where she began with Spectra (formerly Global Spectrum) as the Controller in 2006.  She promoted to Assistant Director of Finance in 2010 and then to Director in 2012.

    Ms. Morley understands the uniqueness of our business and has been involved with the planning, budget, settlement, and financial reporting phases of mega events such as Super Bowl XLII and XLIX, 2017 Final Four, and two College Championship games.  Ms. Morley holds a Bachelor of Science in Accountancy from Arizona State University West and is a Certified Public Accountant.
     
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    Heather HarrisManager, Administration and Grants
    Heather Harris joined the Arizona Sports and Tourism Authority as Manager, Administration and Grants in April 2019. Harris’ duties include overseeing AZSTA’s Youth and Amateur Sports grants program, which has provided more than $20 million to help fund more than 360 projects across Maricopa County since 2001.

    Harris has more than 20 years' experience in the public and private sectors. Harris came to AZSTA from the City of Goodyear, where she served as Management Assistant to the Director of Development Services. Harris spent six years with Tolleson Union High School School District, worked as Executive Administrative Assistant to the General Manager/Regional Vice President of Global Spectrum in Glendale and spent six years with America West Airlines and U.S. Airways.

    Harris has a professional certificate in Grant Writing from San Diego State University and two associates degrees from Rio Salado College, and she is pursuing a degree in Public Administration from Northern Arizona University.