Michael Bidwill – President, Arizona Cardinals Football Club
Michael Bidwill joined the Cardinals in 1996 after six years as a federal prosecutor in Phoenix. Since he took over as team President in 2007, the Cardinal have gone .500 or better in seven of 10 seasons (just twice in previous 20 years) and have posted four double-digit win seasons (none in previous 20 years). Of the Cardinals seven all-time postseason wins, five have come during Bidwill’s 10 years as team president. Both of the Cardinals NFC Championship Game appearances (2008, 2015) and their first-ever Super Bowl appearance (2008) have also come during his tenure. Michael notably spearheaded the effort that led to the creation of University of Phoenix Stadium where the Cardinals have sold out all 114 games played since it opened in 2006. The iconic, award-winning stadium has been a major factor in the transformation of the Cardinals and catalyst for the team’s success. In early 2015, it hosted its second Super Bowl and Bidwill was also instrumental in getting the 2015 Pro Bowl moved to Arizona, marking just the third time the annual all-star game has been played outside of Hawaii. Michael has taken on an increasing role in the NFL and the greater Phoenix business community. In addition to serving on four NFL committees - Business Ventures, Stadium, NFL Foundation and Workplace Diversity – he chairs the Security and Fan Conduct Committee and in December of 2014 was tapped by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to chair the league’s new Conduct Committee. In Arizona, he is past Chairman of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council and serves on the boards of the Arizona Commerce Authority, Greater Phoenix Leadership, Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee and the Pat Tillman Foundation. Bidwill earned a B.S. in Finance from St. Louis University and a law degree from Catholic University in Washington, D.C.
We look forward to hearing Michael speak at the Spring Conference in Lake Havasu!