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April 2004

Release Date: April 8, 2004

Nike's Carroll to Examine Creativity in Business during 2004 Wells Fargo Lecture

Kevin Carroll, who works as a "katalyst" with Nike's special projects division, will deliver the 2004 Wells Fargo Distinguished Lecture on "Sustaining Creative Genius" at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 15, at Angelo State University.

Carroll, a 1989 ASU graduate, will speak in the C.J. Davidson Conference Center in the Houston Harte University Center on campus. Carroll serves as Nike's agent for product design conceptualizing as well as storytelling, internal communications and corporate culture.

His lecture will offer a unique view into the non-traditional corporate culture that has helped the Nike "Swoosh" become one of the most identifiable trademarks in the world. The lecture, sponsored by Wells Fargo of San Angelo, is open free to the public.

Carroll joined Nike in 1997 and is a leader in the company's innovation planning process from conceptual work to final product. With Nike, Carroll's unique ability to link creativity, imagination and communication to the Nike mission has proven to be a tremendous asset for the Nike brand.

Carroll earned his bachelor of arts degree in speech communication with a minor in physical education at ASU. After graduation he worked in a variety of athletic training jobs, culminating between 1995 and 1997 when he was the head athletic trainer for the NBA's Philadelphia 76ers.

His professional career has included 10 years with the U.S. Air Force as a language translator, several stints with the National Football League and three years as head trainer at NCAA Division 1 St. Joseph's University.

Carroll's proficiency in five languages earned him the job of head trainer and translator for the Yugoslavian national basketball team during the 1996 Olympics.

The Wells Fargo Distinguished Lectureship in Business was established in 1995 by Wells Fargo Bank, San Angelo. The lectureship is designed to provide ASU students with exposure to well-known business leaders and to help promote greater cooperation between ASU and the San Angelo business community.