Local Organizing Committee

The Big Hoopla is an Ohio non-profit corporation formed to organize all activities for the Dayton region in and around the NCAA First Four and the Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament. The mission of its volunteer committee is to enlist community support for the NCAA First Four from small and large business, academic institutions, government, civic and community organizations as well as individuals across the fourteen-county Dayton region.

These dedicated individuals meet bi-weekly for much of the year to develop policies and plans that assure the growth and success of the NCAA First Four in Dayton, year after year. Guiding the activities of The Big Hoopla and the many volunteers are the committee leads.

2016-17 Committee Leads

Jeff Hoagland
Dayton Development Coalition, President & CEO
Volunteer Chairman 
& Air Force Participation Lead

Eric Farrell
University of Dayton
Executive Director, The Big Hoopla

Matt Farrell
Farrell Management Group, LLC, Founder & Principal
Hoopla Sponsor Lead

Sandy Gudorf
Downtown Dayton Partnership, President
Volunteer & Community Engagement Lead

Jacquie Powell
Dayton Montgomery County CVB, President & CEO
Student Athlete Experience Lead

Scott Sullivan
SelectTech Services & SelectTech Geospatial, President
Hoopla STEM Challenge Lead

Bev Shillito
Sebaly Shillito + Dyer, Founding Partner
General Council

Matt Zolman
Real Art, Producer
Marketing, Brand & Creative Lead


2016-17 Local Organizing Committee (Alphabetical by Organization)

Corey Callahan
Callahan Financial Management Group

Mike Lehner
Catholic Social Services of the Miami Valley

Brett Chimiel
Chaminade Julienne Catholic High School

Mayor Nan Whaley
Steve Finke
City of Dayton

Mark Schwieterman
Stacy Schweikhart
Dayton Business Journal

Allen Willis
Cox Media Group Ohio

Don Baker
Dayton Business Journal

Amber Begley
Janet Harp
Mitch Heaton
Dayton Development Coalition

Terry Slaybaugh
Linda Hughes
Yolanda Sanders
Sarah Spees
Dayton International Airport

Mary Ann Kabel
Tom Raga
Holly Wiggins
Dayton Power & Light

Bev Rose
Dayton Montgomery Country CVB

Bryan Bucklew
Greater Dayton Area Hospital Association

Laura Elking
Kathryn Oakes
Heidelberg Distributing Company

Leslie Blye
Kathleen Kean
Iacono Productions

Aneesa Bhimani-Trimble
Anthony Trimble
Key Sports

Jay Nigro
Liftoff Entertainment

Matt McAlpine
Sarah Schena
McGohan Brabender

Commissioner Judy Dodge
Commissioner Debbie Lieberman
Mark Anderson
Cathy Petersen
Montgomery County

Jim Brown
Nutter Center at Wright State University

Diane Ewing
Sharon Howard
Premier Health

Tom Whalen
Sebaly Shillito + Dyer

Brian Curry
Claudia Curry
SpeedPro Imaging

Colonel Rick Johns
Theodore Theopolos
Marie Vanover
United States Air Force, Wright Patterson Air Force Base

Roderick Perry
Wright State University

University of Dayton, Staff

Eric Spina

Neil Sullivan
Vice President / Director of Athletics

Scott DeBolt
Director, University of Dayton Arena

Adam Tschuor
Director, Ticketing

Adrienne Ross Greene
Assistant Director, Marketing



Emeritus Committee Members (Alphabetical by Last Name)

Carol Clark (Dayton Business Journal)
Dr. Daniel Curran (University of Dayton, Retired)
Debbie Feldman (Children’s Medical Center)
Mark Fornes (Mark Fornes Realty)
Bob Grant (Wright State University)
Colonel Don Grannan (United States Air Force)
Lt. Michael Holloway (United States Air Force)
Regina Holman (Dayton International Airport)
Shane Imwalle (Woolpert)
Michelle Kaye (PNC Bank)
Kevin Keeley (Wright Bros. Aero, Inc.)
Jim Leftwich (Viance Partners)
Jeremy Loyd (Sparkbox)
Colonel Robert Lyman (United States Air Force)
Tom Nikolai (Mark Fornes Realty)
Timothy O’Connell (Cincinnati Reds)
Ray Olkfy (Key Sports, Retired)
Maureen Patterson (Dayton Development Coalition)
Vishal Soin (Soin International)
Tim Wabler (University of Dayton, Retired)
Julian Wallace (Cox Media Group Ohio)
Chris Wire (Real Art)
Tom Zerba (United States Air Force, WPAFB)