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Sun Bowl Association Elects Steve Beltran as 2016-17 Board President April 27, 2016

Sun Bowl Association Elects Steve Beltran as 2016-17 Board President

EL PASO, Texas – The Sun Bowl Association has elected Steve Beltran as President for the 2016-17 year.

Beltran, along with the 2016 Board of Directors and Advisors, will be officially introduced April 28 at the El Paso Convention Center beginning at 5:30 p.m. (MT).

Beltran is Principal, President and Chief Operating Officer of TVO Management Services, overseeing TVO’s entire portfolio of owned and fee managed properties. He has served as the Chief Acquisition Officer, which included market assessment, property identification, and purchase contract negotiation as well as due diligence coordination, financial review, and oversight of the closing process. This experience has led to his leadership role in the company’s property operations, which includes all facets of property and asset management, overseeing lease-up strategies, maximizing revenues and cost efficiencies, and positioning properties for sale. His experience includes Multifamily, Retail, Office, Hospitality, Industrial and Facilities Management.

Beltran, who joined TVO in 1992, is a lifelong El Pasoan. After graduating from Coronado High School in 1987 he received his Bachelor of Science in Economics and Political Science in 1992 from Texas Christian University. He is a member of several national and regional professional and civic organizations including the National Multi-Housing Council, TransUnion Multifamily Advisory Board and the National Water & Power Advisory Committee. He has served as President of The El Paso Country Club and as a member of The Salvation Army Advisory Board, Hospice of El Paso Board of Directors, UTEP Golf Century Club and Young Presidents’ Organization.

Beltran has been heavily involved with the Sun Bowl Association since he started to serve on the Board of Advisors in 2008-09 and was selected to join the Sun Bowl Association Board of Directors in 2010. He was the Board Treasurer from 2010-13. He was a player host from 2013-15 for the Sun Bowl Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic. Beltran was also a member of the Sun Bowl Association Football Selection Committee in 2014 and 2015 while also helping with the WestStar Bank Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational.

Mr. Beltran and his wife, Neisha have been married for 19 years and have 12-year-old twin boys, Cayle and Cullen.

“The Sun Bowl Association does such a tremendous job of attracting community volunteers for each of the events administered by the organization,” Beltran said. “As President, I look forward to working with the Board of Directors, Advisory Board, Sun Bowl Association staff and all of the aforementioned incredible volunteers that make the effort and take the time out of their busy work and family schedules to ensure that each event tied to the Sun Bowl is special and continues to instill a sense of pride within the El Paso community. Lastly, I would like to thank my wife, Neisha, my sons, Cayle and Cullen and the rest of my family for their support as I strive to augment the great work done by this organization.”

Joining the 83rd president of the association on the board of directors are Bill Coon (President Elect), Scott Mann (Executive Vice President), Marilyn Munden (Immediate Past President), Jimmy Rogers, Jr. (Chair Emeritus), Natalia Flores (Secretary), John Aranda (Treasurer), Bryan Crowe (VP Community Relations), Robert Dunlop (VP Marketing), Scott Mann (VP Legal Affairs), Wayne Thornton (VP Public Relations), Tamara Gladkowski (VP Volunteers), Linda Smith (Coronation), John Folmer (Football Chairman), Jim Lawrence (Parade Chairman), Art Muñoz (Special Events Chairman), Asher Feinberg (CBS Host Chairman), Mark Pelletier (Golf Chairman), Allen Rystad (Provisions), Michelle Kaip (member), Michael Guerra (member), Mary Kipp (member), Andre Miranda (member), Victor Rueda (member), James O. Stewart III (member), Victor Salazar (member), Stuart Sliva (member), Ernest Eisenberg (member), Travis Hughes (member) and Alice Chavez (member).

The 2016 Sun Bowl Association Board of Advisors is made up of past Presidents Amen Ayoub, Frank Bates, Walker Crowson, Linda East, Chris Mott, Joe Valenzuela, along with members Joana Alferez, Ruben Batista, Liz Perez Bellegarde, Gil Blancas, Edward Davis, Richard Dayoub, Celia Dubrule, Veronica Escobar, David Forti, Brian Kennedy, Tommy Lewis, Richard Limas, David Lindhuber, David Morales, Leila Melendez, Cindy Ramos Davidson, Terri Rangel, Jimmy Rogers III, Mike Rogers, Jeff Stevens, Bob Stull, Eric Swanson, Brad Taylor, Pat Valdez-Rios, Charles Vass and Mario Vega.

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Hyundai Sun Bowl Executive Director Bernie Olivas Named Football Bowl Association Chairman April 25, 2016

Hyundai Sun Bowl Executive Director Bernie Olivas Named Football Bowl Association Chairman

EL PASO, Texas – Bernie Olivas, who has overseen the unprecedented growth and development of the Hyundai Sun Bowl since 2001, will take over as Football Bowl Association chairman this coming July 1. The announcement was made by FBA Executive Director Wright Waters.

“Bernie has been an integral member of the FBA’s executive committee,” Waters said. “That role has prepared him well in terms of this appointment, and I greatly anticipate working with Bernie and the committee to further the FBA’s work on behalf of the bowls and the student-athletes who play in them.”

A native El Pasoan, Olivas oversees 20 different special events in and around the Hyundai Sun Bowl, which matches teams from the Pac-12 and Atlantic Coast Conferences. Those include the WestStar Bank Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational college basketball tournament and the Sun Bowl Fan Fiesta.

“I am extremely humbled to be the chairman for the Football Bowl Association and I hope to continue the work that the previous chairmen have begun,” Olivas said. “I look forward to working with FBA Executive Director Wright Waters and all the member of the FBA. I’ve seen this association grow immensely over the years and it is great to be a part of an organization that is working hard to make the bowl experience better for everyone involved, especially for the student-athletes.”

The annual Hyundai Sun Bowl produces the largest economic impact in El Paso for a single event in the city. The Sun Bowl has also been aligned with CBS Sports since 1968, the longest running association between a bowl game and network in history.

Olivas was a Sun Bowl volunteer for more than 20 years. His involvement began when he joined one of the team host committees; he was named to the game’s board of directors in 1992 and continues to serve on the team selection committee.

Prior to joining the Sun Bowl Association fulltime, Olivas had a 13-year career with Merck Pharmaceutical Company.

The 2016-17 FBA Executive Committee includes Olivas as Chairman; Kevin McDonald [Famous Idaho Potato Bowl] as Vice Chair; Bill Flinn [Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual] as Treasurer; and David Fletcher [AdvoCareV100 Texas Bowl] as Secretary.

Past chairs serving on the Executive Committee are Paul Hoolahan [Allstate Sugar Bowl], Eric Poms [Capital One Orange Bowl], Steve Hogan [Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl/Russell Athletic Bowl] and Scott Ramsey [Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl. As an at-large member, Olivas has added Pete Derzis [ESPN].

Olivas takes the reins from 2015-16 chairman Bruce Binkowski, recently-retired from service with the Holiday and Poinsettia Bowls. “I am extremely grateful for all the hard work Bruce put in on behalf of the FBA,” Waters said. “We will continue to call upon his expertise in the future.”

Sun Bowl Association Announces Dates for Academy Sports + Outdoors Sun Bowl International Soccer Tournament April 25, 2016

Sun Bowl Association Announces Dates for Academy Sports + Outdoors Sun Bowl International Soccer Tournament

EL PASO, Texas – The Sun Bowl Association is teaming up with Academy Sports + Outdoors to put on the Academy Sports + Outdoors Sun Bowl International Soccer Tournament, June 3-5 at the Westside Sports Complex on 201 Isela Rubalcava.

The Academy Sports + Outdoors Sun Bowl International Soccer Tournament plays host to over 150 teams from the Southwest and Mexico, making it one of the largest youth soccer tournaments in the country. Boys’ and girls’ teams consisting of specified age groups participate in the tournament every year.

This summer marks the tournament’s 17th year, as thousands of players take to the pitch to play the world’s most popular sport under the bright West Texas sun. The tournament has grown into the premier youth soccer tournament in the region and will continue to be for years to come.

“This tournament is one of the biggest events the Sun Bowl Association puts on and it is always great to see the community come together for the youth,” Sun Bowl Association Special Events Director Joe Daubach said.

Teams can sign-up on the Internet at and everyone is encouraged to take advantage of the early bird special fee that must be paid on or before May 12. The information on rules, roster information and a map for the Westside Sports Complex is also available at The tournament is sanctioned by STYSA (South Texas Youth Soccer Association).

This is an unrestricted tournament that is open to all Federation affiliated participants with youth non-competitive and competitive teams. Categories are: non-competitive coed U6 & U8; non-competitive & competitive coed U9: non-competitive & competitive boys & girls U10; competitive boys U11 – U19, competitive girls U12, U14 & U19. If there are not enough teams to field a complete bracket in a specific age category, teams will be moved up to the next highest age category.

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Twenty-Four Sun Bowl Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic Alumni on 2016 Masters Tournament Invitee List April 4, 2016

Twenty-Four Sun Bowl Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic Alumni on 2016 Masters Tournament Invitee List

AUGUSTA, Ga. – Jordan Spieth, who played in the Sun Bowl Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic in 2011 and won the 2015 Masters, leads a group of 24 players that are participating in the 2016 Masters.

Spieth is one of four alumni participants to have worn the green jacket as a Masters Champion. Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and O’Meara have also won the tournament and Woods is the only to have multiple crowns with wins in 1997, 2001, 2002, and 2005.

In an article posted on, Spieth said, “It’s a different feeling on the grounds having won the Tournament.”

The most recent alum on the list of invitees is Bryson DeChambeau, who is playing in the Masters as an amateur. DeChambeau played in the 2014 Sun Bowl Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic and is one of only four amateurs in the field for the Masters this year.

Golf Central Live said of DeChambeau in a press release sent out on April 4, 2016: “2015 U.S. Amateur champion Bryson DeChambeau – making his Masters debut this week – has proven himself capable of handling pressure situations even as an amateur. While it’s clear that a physics degree from Southern Methodist University sets DeChambeau apart and helps him to assess his strengths and weaknesses in greater statistical and scientific detail than his contemporaries, Notah Begay helps illustrate how DeChambeau is just as much an artist as he is scientist.”

Other notable alumni who have played in El Paso the past 10 years include Rickie Folwer (2008), Harris English (2009, 2010), Billy Horschel (2006, 2007, 2008), Dustin Johnson (2006), Chris Kirk (2006), Russell Knox (2006), David Lingmerth (2009), Webb Simpson (2007) and Justin Thomas (2012).

The Masters is strictly an invitation Tournament.

2016 Masters Tournament Invitees/Sun Bowl Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic Alumni

Participant - School - Year(s) in SBWRCAAGC
Paul Casey - Arizona State - 1998
Bryson DeChambeau - Southern Methodist - 2014
Jason Dufner - Auburn - 1997
Harris English - Georgia - 2009, 2010
Rickie Fowler - Oklahoma State - 2008
Jim Furyk - Arizona - 1990
Bill Haas - Wake Forest - 2001
J.B. Holmes - Kentucky – 2002
Billy Horschel - Florida - 2006, 2007, 2008
Dustin Johnson - Coastal Carolina - 2005, 2006
Chris Kirk - Georgia - 2005, 2006
Kevin Kisner - Georgia – 2004
Russell Knox - Jacksonville - 2006
Matt Kuchar - Georgia Tech - 1999
David Lingmerth - Arkansas – 2009
Davis Love III - North Carolina - 1983, 1984
Graeme McDowell - UAB - 2001
Phil Mickelson - Arizona State - 1989
Ryan Moore - UNLV - 2002, 2003
Mark O’Meara - Long Beach State - 1976
Webb Simpson - Wake Forest - 2005, 2007
Brandt Snedeker - Vanderbilt - 2002
Jordan Spieth - Texas - 2011
Justin Thomas - Alabama - 2012

Past Masters Champions not playing in 2016:
Craig Stadler - USC - 1974
Tiger Woods - Stanford - 1995

Additional Player/SBWRCAAGC Alumni Notes
• Tiger Woods has made 11 top-5 finishes
• Dustin Johnson hit four eagles during the 2009 tournament; most for anyone in a Masters
• Jordan Spieth made 28 birdies during the 2015 Masters; holds the record for most in a Masters
• Mark O’Meara birdied the No. 17 and the No. 18 in 1998 to win the Masters
• Craig Stadler, who has played in 118 rounds at the Masters, is averaging 73.94 strokes per round
• Jim Furyk, has played in 70 rounds heading into the 2016 Masters and averages 72.33 stokes per round there

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Looking at Former Sun Bowl Participants Who Were a Part of Super Bowl 50 February 12, 2016

Looking at Former Sun Bowl Participants Who Were a Part of Super Bowl 50

EL PASO, Texas – With the Denver Broncos triumphing in Super Bowl 50 and the game now in the history books, we look back at former Sun Bowl participants who were among this year’s most elite NFL teams.

Perhaps the most impressive among the group is former Oregon running back Jonathon Stewart. Stewart was named the C.M. Hendricks Most Valuable Player in the 2007 Sun Bowl after setting the bowl’s record for rushing yards with 253, and all-purpose yards with 282. In Sunday’s Super Bowl, Stewart scored Carolina’s first touchdown of the game with a remarkable dive over Denver’s defense, finishing with 29 rushing yards in the loss.

Stewart’s former teammate at Oregon, strong safety T.J. Ward, also started in Sunday’s game, however, unlike Stewart, he was clad in orange and blue. He helped the Broncos ensure the Super Bowl title recording seven tackles, one interception and a crucial fumble recovery in the fourth quarter. When Ward wore the same uniform as Stewart in the 2007 Sun Bowl, he contributed to the victory with two solo tackles.

A third former Duck suited up for Super Bowl 50 as 6-foot-4-inch tight end Ed Dickson put on the Panther’s uniform. Dickson helped his previous teammates to the 2007 Sun Bowl championship by recording 16 receiving yards and one touchdown.

Carolina’s starting defensive lineman Star Lotulelei, who played for the Utah Utes in the 2011 Sun Bowl, posted four tackles against the Broncos last Sunday. Lotulelei was named the 2011 Jimmy Rogers Jr. winner, which goes to the most valuable lineman in the Sun Bowl. He helped the Utes to an overtime win over Georgia Tech.

Backup Bronco center Sam Brenner, was alongside Lotulelei on the Utah 2011 Sun Bowl championship team. In 2011, Brenner was a starter in all 13 games for the Utes, only allowing one sack throughout the season. Brenner experienced a neck injury in a late season game against Colorado and had to be taken to the hospital. The junior center didn’t allow that to stop him however, and he returned to the field to help his team to a Sun Bowl Championship.

Brenner, Lotulelei and the Utes were joined in the 2011 Sun Bowl victory by Brian Blechen, a member of Carolina’s practice squad. Blechen contributed to the 30-27 Sun Bowl victory with six tackles.

Panther wide receiver Stephen Hill played for Georgia Tech in the 2011 Sun Bowl. The wide receiver contributed 35 receiving yards and one touchdown in their 2011 loss to The University of Utah.
Joining Hill on the Panthers’ roster was his former teammate Lou Young. Young played for Georgia Tech in 2011 and 2012, when they appeared in the Sun Bowl back to back. Young could not play in the Sun Bowl in 2011, but helped Georgia Tech to victory over USC in 2012 by executing four tackles and breaking up a pass.

Defensive end George Uko, a member of the Broncos’ practice squad, played opposite Hill in the 2012 Sun Bowl matchup between USC and Georgia Tech. Uko, the Trojan All-American, had six tackles in the loss, one of which was a sack.

The 2009 Sun Bowl featured Carolina Panthers’ reserve player, Frank Alexander. Alexander had two tackles to help the Oklahoma Sooners to a 31-27 victory over Stanford.

The 83rd Annual Hyundai Sun Bowl is set for Friday, Dec. 30, 2016 in El Paso, Texas featuring a team from the ACC taking on an opponent out of the Pac-12.

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