Linda East Named Sun Bowl President For 2007
EL PASO, Texas (March
21, 2006) - Linda East officially became the 72nd president of the Sun
Bowl Association Wednesday night at the organization's Celebration 2007
at the Camino Real Hotel.
The NFL Network's Charles Davis and 2007 President Linda East spoke at the Camino Real Hotel. (Brian Kanof Photo)
featured the college football analyst Charles Davis as the keynote
speaker. Davis played in the 1984 Sun Bowl for Tennessee and is
currently the lead analyst for the Fox Network's coverage of the Bowl
Championship Series East takes over for departing president John Folmer.
East, who was
a duchess in the 1973 Sun Court, becomes the fourth woman president in
Association history, joining Jane Thornton (1981), Joyce Feinberg
(1995) and Linda Smith (2004).
the Sun Bowl Association board of directors in 1998 and served as the
Association's vice president of marketing from 2000-04. East was
responsible for the developing and implementation of a ticket sales
campaign that led to a sellout at the 2004 Vitalis Sun Bowl.
East, who was
inducted into the Sun Bowl Ring of Honor in 2005, has held several
positions at the Sun Bowl Association, including secretary, vice
president, executive vice president and president elect. She has also
been a member of the football committee for the past two years.
East's efforts as a volunteer led to her earning the inaugural Gary Del Palacio President's Award in 2001.
An El Paso
native and graduate of Burges High School, She graduated from the
University of Texas at El Paso with a Bachelor of Arts degree in
journalism and a Master of Arts degree in communications. East is the
owner of East Communications and prior to that, she worked for 10 years
at Del Sol Medical Center and 18 years with the Socorro Independent
member in the community, East has served on several boards including
the Rotary Club of El Paso, Better Business Bureau, El Paso ProMusica,
United Way, Ronald McDonald House, the YMCA and the YWCA.
Linda Whitbread, is married to Roger East and has three children,
Bryan, Adam and Jessika, who was a 2001 Sun Princess.
on the board of directors are Joe Valenzuela (President Elect), Frank
Bates (Executive Vice President), Jimmy Rogers, Jr. (Chair Emeritus),
John Folmer (Immediate Past President), Amen Ayoub (Secretary), Coquis
Casavantes (Treasurer), Marilyn Munden (Vice President of Marketing),
Wayne Thornton (Vice President of Public Relations), Bill Blaziek (Vice
President of Community Relations), Chris Mott (Vice President of Legal
Affairs, Linda Smith (Sun Court), David Lindhuber (Basketball), Ron
Marcum (Golf), Tommy Lewis (CBS), Art Munoz (Special Events), Jim
Booher (Parade), Brent Gulbus, Sean Henschel, Cary Silahian, Mike
Rogers, Rex Furr, John Colman, Jeff Stevens and Joe Loya.
The 2007 SBA
Advisory Board consists of Pat Abeln, Robert Almanzan, David Ash,
Anthony Cobos, John Cook, Christian Daw, Richard Dayoub, Sarah
Enriquez, Don Flores, Natalia Flores, David Forti, Clovis Guevara, Gary
Helsten, Steve Kauitzsch, Brian Kennedy, Bob Kimble, Traci
Miller-Ramos, Kay Mooy, John Oblinger, Jean Offutt, Tony Ponce, Sr.,
Bruce Reichman, Mike Rosales, Allen Rystad, Mike Shoffit, Bob Snead,
Bob Stull, Cindy Ramos-Davidson, Pat Valdez-Rios, Chris Van Pelt,
Charles Vass, Max Weber and Deb Zuloaga.
In its 74th
year, the Brut Sun Bowl will feature the Pac-10 Conference against
either the Big 12 Conference, Big East Conference or Notre Dame. The
game is set for Monday, Dec. 31 at Noon (MT) on CBS. This year marks
the 40th consecutive year that the Brut Sun Bowl has appeared on CBS.
For ticket information, call the Sun Bowl Association office at (915)
533-4416 or 1-800-915-BOWL.