Fiesta Bowl Names Duane Woods Chairman of the Board


Denae Schumacher

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – The Fiesta Bowl announced today that Duane Woods, Senior Vice President for the Western Group at Waste Management, has been elected the 2010-2011 Chairman of the Board.

Woods joined the Fiesta Bowl Board of Directors in 2005 and has since been an integral part of the non-profit Fiesta Bowl. He served as the Board secretary in the 2008-2009 season before assuming the role of chair-elect last year.

As Chairman of the Board he will oversee the community-based organization and its Festival of College Football, including the 40th Annual Tostitos Fiesta Bowl, 22nd Annual Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl, the 2011 Tostitos BCS National Championship Game and more than 40 statewide events.

“I am honored to serve as Chairman of the Fiesta Bowl and its Festival of College Football for this exciting national championship season,” said Woods. “This organization and its more than 2,900 volunteers work hard at everything they do. In these difficult economic times, the Fiesta Bowl and its events are incredibly important to the economic health of the Valley of the Sun and the state of Arizona, and I am thrilled to be playing a part in it.”

Prior to his current role at Waste Management, Woods served as vice president and counsel, overseeing the company’s legal and regulatory affairs in the West. He also spent time in local and state government in Seattle and the state of Washington. In addition to his time spent volunteering with the Fiesta Bowl, Woods also serves on the Board of Directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington and his law degree from Seattle University.

He and his wife, Teri, have three children, Brynya, John and Meryl, and reside in Paradise Valley.

Other officers on the Fiesta Bowl Executive Committee include: Chairman-Elect Dan Lewis; Treasurer Kemp Ellis; Secretary John Zidich; Immediate Past Chairman Alan Young; and President and CEO John Junker.