Derek Hillestad  
Derek Hillestad

Position:
Director of Operations at TCF Bank Stadium


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Derek Hillestad is the Director of Operations at TCF Bank Stadium with the University of Minnesota and has been in the venue management field for 12 years. Derek joined Minnesota in the fall of 2008 as efforts were underway to bring football back to campus through TCF Bank Stadium, a LEED Silver project (c/o July 2009). Derek ushered in ownership from construction phase and was responsible for developing a staff structure (full-time & part-time), implementing policies, launching a 24/7 security programand developing a green standard with venue operations and engineering. He serves as chief of staff for a team of 50 students in eight positions within Stadium Operations.

Prior to joining UM Athletics, Derek was in the corporate sector with Global Spectrum as Operations Manager at University of Phoenix Stadium. While in Arizona, Derek was part ofthe venue opening team (c/o June 2006) and spearheaded the development of an in-house custodial department.In his position he waslogistics manager for large-scale events including the Fiesta Bowl, BCS National Championship Game, USA/Mexico Soccer,Super Bowl XLII, Rolling Stones and Kenny Chesney concerts.

Derek has worked in university venues for six years, including positions at the University of San Diego and Ball State University. He is an Adjunct Professor in the Sport Management program at both the University of Minnesota and Concordia University - St. Paul and worked six Super Bowls.

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