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2016-2017 Featured Speakers

Kevin Demoff

 Kevin Demoff

Kevin Demoff

Executive Vice President of Football Operations and COO
Los Angeles Rams


Los Angeles Rams


About Kevin Demoff

Kevin Demoff is in his eighth year as Chief Operating Officer & Executive Vice President of Football Operations with the Rams. In this capacity, Demoff serves as the team’s top front office executive and liaison to owner and chairman, Stan Kroenke, on all organizational matters.

After serving on the working group that helped Kroenke return the Rams – Los Angeles’ original professional sports team – home to L.A., Demoff is now playing a significant role in delivering on Kroenke’s vision to design and construct the 298-acre sports and entertainment district in Inglewood that will serve as the future home of the Rams. The NFL-themed campus will include a 70,000 seat stadium, performance venue, retail district and office complex and is currently the largest entitled real-estate project in Southern California. Demoff will also continue to lead the club on all business operations, including marketing and sales, finance, administration, communications, ticketing and community affairs. Additionally, Demoff works closely with General Manager Les Snead and Head Coach Jeff Fisher to develop the club’s strategic plan for player signings and acquisitions.

Demoff serves on the boards of the United Way of Greater Los Angeles, Los Angeles Sports and Entertainment Commission and Los Angeles Sports Council. Demoff is also part of the American Cancer Society’s CEOs Against Cancer, which is a partnership of the world’s leading CEOs and the American Cancer Society dedicated to eliminating unnecessary deaths and suffering from cancer. Since joining the Rams in 2009, Demoff has been responsible for re-organizing the club's business efforts with a focus on delivering a better overall experience for Rams' fans and increasing the club's presence in the community.

As part of his vision, Demoff spearheaded the organization’s efforts to become one of the strongest philanthropic partners in professional sports. That focus has led the team to receive numerous awards for their charitable efforts including being named the “2010 St. Louis Philanthropic Organization of the Year.” His tireless dedication to community engagement will continue to set the tone for the organization as they look to become part of the fabric of the greater Los Angeles region. While in St. Louis, Demoff and his family established the “Demoff’s Dreamers” ticket program and purchased tickets for patient families at The Children’s Hospital to attend every Rams’ home game. That effort will continue in Los Angeles. Demoff and his wife, Jennifer, were very active in the St. Louis community and led efforts for The Magic House, St. Louis’ Children’s Museum and COCA (Center of Creative Arts). Demoff also held leadership positions with the United Way of Greater St. Louis, Regional Business Council, St. Louis Sports Commission and Salvation Army.

Prior to joining the Rams, Demoff spent the previous four seasons (2005-08) with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, where he served as a consultant before being named Senior Assistant in 2006. In this capacity, Demoff assisted General Manager Bruce Allen in contract negotiations, salary cap management, strategic planning and both college and pro scouting. During his tenure with the Buccaneers, the team captured NFC South titles in 2005 and 2007 while posting a winning record in three of his four seasons. Born and raised in Los Angeles, Calif., Demoff received a bachelors’ degree in history from Dartmouth College in 1999 and a Masters in Business Administration from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth in 2006. Kevin and Jennifer have two children – a daughter, Claire and son, Owen.

Jody Giles

 Jody Giles

Jody Giles

Executive Director Emeritus
Under Armour


Under Armour

Jody Giles is the former CIO for Under Armour, the fast-growing, Baltimore-based company specializing in performance apparel, footwear, and accessories. Upon joining Under Armour in 2005, as the company's first CIO, Giles worked to build an IT culture with high team engagement.

Prior to Under Armour, Gile served as CIO of Vans Inc., based in Southern California, where he lead a turnaround of the IT function. Giles has also worked in the Entertainment Industry, serving as CIO for Virgin Interactive Entertainment, and as Executive Director of Systems Planning for Paramount Pictures.

Honored as "Lattanze Executive of the Year" by Loyola University in April, 2013 and "CIO of the Year" by the Gartner Midsize Enterprise Summit in 2004, Giles possesses deep experience in Apparel and Footwear design, development, production, distribution, and marketing, specifically in high-growth and high-profile brands.

Giles is a recipient of the "Excellence in Education Business Partner Award" from Anne Arundel County Public School System for his work in developing the Business, Innovation and Leadership program and curriculum.

Giles earned his MBA, with distinction, from the Pepperdine Graziadio School of Business and Management, and was a graduate of the University of New Mexico with a degree in business computer systems.