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Greenmen grad lands post with pro basketball league

Published: August 17, 2016 1:00 AM
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Aurora High School 1983 graduate and former standout athlete Byron Spruell recently was hired as the National Basketball Association's president of league operations.

An announcement of the hiring was made by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, and Spruell officially began his duties in the New York City office Aug. 1.

In his new role, Spruell will oversee critical league operations, including the basketball and referee departments and management of rule changes, evaluation and training of game officials and enforcement of conduct standards and discipline.

He also will collaborate with USA Basketball and the International Basketball Federation to promote global growth of the game.

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Executive Vice President of Referee Operations Mike Bantom and Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations Kiki VanDeWeghe will report to Spruell.

"As a lifelong NBA fan, I'm privileged to join the league at such an exciting time," Spruell said. "Having watched the NBA's continued ascendance from afar, I couldn't ask for a better opportunity than a leadership role with a forward-thinking organization that embraces new technology and modern management techniques while upholding the critical principles of transparency and integrity."

Spruell spent the last 20 years at Deloitte LLP, most recently as its vice chairman and central region market leader.

He also served as Chicago managing principal, supervising talent and community involvement initiatives in that office.

"Byron's excellent track record of operations and employee management, coupled with his established leadership skills, make him well-suited to further develop and enhance the processes supporting our game," said Silver.

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DURING HIS TENURE at Deloitte, Spruell was responsible for driving the global growth of the firm's financial advisory business. He led the 8,500-person practice across nearly 150 countries, managing operations in markets such as Australia, Brazil, China, Germany, Japan and India.

As managing principal, he served as chief of staff to former U.S. CEO Barry Salzberg.

Before joining Deloitte in 1996, Spruell worked as an executive consultant at Peterson Consulting LLC for seven years.

Spruell has served on several charitable boards and committees.

He earned a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering in 1987 and an MBA in finance in 1989 from the University of Notre Dame, where he was an offensive lineman and co-captain of the football team, and currently serves on the board of trustees.

While at Notre Dame, he earned four monograms in football from 1984-87, and served as co-captain of the 1987 team under head coach Lou Holtz.

Spruell met his wife Sedra at Notre Dame. They have a son Devyn and a daughter Aleah, and the family lives in Warren, N.J.

He is a two-time winner of the Toyota Leadership Award (1986-87), garnered academic All-America honorable mention accolades in 1987, and earned a Ford Foundation post-graduate scholarship in 1988.

He has written several articles and often speaks on topics regarding business disputes and the quantification of economic damages.

He also serves as a speaker at numerous industry conferences, firm recruiting events and diversity functions.

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