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Patrick Barkley Named Fiesta Bowl Chair of the Board of Directors

Apr 02, 2019

Ed Erhardt, Harry Garewal, Bryce Hancock join Bowl’s Board; Randal Norton to serve as Chair-Elect

SCOTTSDALE, AZ – The Fiesta Bowl organization named Patrick Barkley as the Chair of the Board of Directors for the 2019-20 and 2020-21 seasons. A Tucson native who has lived in the Phoenix area for 23 years, Barkley was appointed to the Fiesta Bowl Board of Directors in 2010.

Barkley will oversee the governance of the Board, helping lead and promote the nonprofit organization and its extensive football and charitable giving efforts. Over his two-year term, he will preside over the PlayStation® Fiesta Bowl’s College Football Playoff Semifinal contest on December 28, 2019, the organization’s 50th Anniversary season, the highest charitable giving of any bowl organization and the year-long calendar of community events that’s also highlighted by the Cheez-It® Bowl, Desert Financial Fiesta Bowl Parade and more.

“The Fiesta Bowl organization has an incredible legacy of service, hospitality and community impact, in addition to memorable college football games,” said Barkley. “Being associated with the Fiesta Bowl has meant so much to my family and millions of other Arizonans and visitors. I’m honored to be in this prestigious role for an organization that benefits so many people, in what’s a truly exciting time in our history.”

Barkley, who first became involved with the Fiesta Bowl in 1998, joined the Yellow Jacket Committee in 2000 and served as Yellow Jacket Committee Chair for the 2008-09 season. For the last two seasons, he was the Board Chair-Elect and was a member of the Executive Committee for four years. Barkley contributed and had leadership roles with a wide-range of committees, including game operations, sales commissioner, recruiting commissioner and as a team liaison.

A University of Arizona graduate, Barkley is a principal with Newmark Realty Capital, the largest independently-owned commercial mortgage banking firm in the western United States. Newmark sources commercial real estate loans for life company and correspondent lenders. Newmark has an S&P rated servicing portfolio of loans totaling approximately $12 billion in assets. Barkley and his wife Allison have two sons, Michael and Matthew.

“Patrick has been a dedicated member of the Fiesta Bowl organization for more than 20 years and he will be a great leader as our Chair of the Board,” said Mike Nealy, Fiesta Bowl Executive Director. “He is well-respected by our volunteers and staff, with a commitment to pushing us forward as we continue to make a difference throughout the State of Arizona.”

Along with Barkley’s appointment as Board Chair, Randal Norton starts a two-year term as Chair-Elect. Norton joined the Fiesta Bowl family in 2002, earned Committee Member of the Year in 2013-14 and served as Committee Chair in 2014-15.

As a nonprofit organization, the Fiesta Bowl is administered by the Board of Directors, which provides management oversight, strategic direction and governance for the organization. Joining the Board of Directors are newcomers Ed Erhardt, retired ESPN President of Global Sales & Marketing, education advocate and Trin & Associates President & CEO Harry Garewal and longtime Fiesta Bowl Yellow Jacket Committee Member Bryce Hancock.

Erhardt recently retired following a 20-year career at ESPN, where he most recently served as president of global sales and marketing and directed the multimedia sales, consumer marketing, research and advertising business operations. Under his direction, ESPN broke ground with the first unified sales organization for Walt Disney Company’s sports assets across all media platforms, incorporating enhanced research and analytics and marketing efforts that include branding, creative services and advertising. He also had oversight of the award-winning “This is SportsCenter” campaign. A sought-after speaker in cross-media marketing and sales, Erhardt was inducted into the American Advertising Federation’s Hall of Achievement and earned the Distinguished Citizenship Award from the John A. Reisenbach Foundation. Prior to ESPN, he worked at industry-leading publication Advertising Age, including as Group Publisher where he was responsible for all content and business operations.

Garewal has been an active and accomplished leader in Arizona’s Hispanic and education communities. Over a distinguished career, he was president & CEO of the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the U.S. Minority Business Enterprise Center, president of the Arizona School Boards Association and the National School Boards Association Pacific Region, president of the Caucus of Hispanic School Board and on the executive committee of the National School Boards Association. Garewal also co-founded the National Tri-Caucus Board Development Association, a nonprofit that established public policy for Hispanic, African-American and Native American public school children, and served on three White House initiatives related to Hispanic student issues. He is a certified tribal-state vendor by the Arizona Department of Gaming and holds licenses for two tribal enterprises. While with the City of Phoenix from 1994-2002, Garewal helped drive economic development in the city.

Hancock joined the Fiesta Bowl Yellow Jacket Committee in 2008, and has served as fundraising chair, sales coach and as a team liaison and in the organization’s renowned hospitality efforts. An experienced financial leader of nearly 10 years in the cybersecurity industry, Hancock was named a CFO of the Year in 2015 by Financial Executives International and “Outstanding CFO” by the Phoenix Business Journal due in large part to his leadership through the growth and success of BeyondTrust. An active certified public accountant since 2001, Hancock also worked almost 10 years as an external auditor for KPMG in Phoenix and Sydney, Australia, serving a wide range of companies and industries, from smaller private entities to global public companies. Hancock graduated from the University of Arizona with degrees in both finance and accounting in 1998.

With a base of over 3,000 dedicated individuals, the Fiesta Bowl volunteers help to put on the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl, the Cheez-It Bowl and the many community events that the Fiesta Bowl operates throughout the year. Through the season’s events, the Fiesta Bowl has contributed more than $12.5 million back to the Arizona community in the last eight years, including $2.5 million during each of the last two seasons alone.


The Fiesta Bowl is a world-class community organization that executes innovative experiences, drives economic growth and champions charitable causes, inspiring pride in all Arizonans. As a nonprofit organization, it believes in the importance of community outreach and service. Through charitable giving, the organization strives to enhance Arizona nonprofit organizations that contribute to the success of communities through youth, sports and education. Since 1971, the Fiesta Bowl has worked to increase its footprint across the state and work to benefit Arizonans year round, during and outside of bowl season.