GUEST SPEAKERS: Dean Howes & David Smyth

“Building teams that stand the test of time”

Join us for this one of a kind business networking luncheon that will feature a seasoned sports-management expert and multiple national champion rugby coach.

  • WHEN: May 5th @ 12.00pm
  • WHERE: Cambridge Financial (6440 S Wasatch Blvd., Holladay, UT)



Dean Howes

Former CEO of Real Salt Lake

Dean HowesDean Howes is a former partner in SCP Worldwide, a New York City-based sports, entertainment and media company founded in 2002. Howes and SCP Worldwide were the managing partners in the National Hockey League’s (NHL) St. Louis Blues and the newly renamed Scottrade Center. SCP also owned the Real Salt Lake soccer franchise, a member of Major League Soccer (MLS) playing in Salt Lake City, Utah, and also Rio Tinto Stadium, home of Real Salt Lake. Howes served as the vice-chairman and oversaw the construction of Rio Tinto soccer-specific stadium with related entertainment elements in Sandy, Utah.

Howes played a role in making Real Salt Lake the first U.S. professional sports team to sell the naming rights to the front of their jerseys. This has sparked a trend throughout the MLS, in which now all teams have followed suit with front jersey sponsors.

Most recently Howes has been partnering with Findlay Entertainment about their bid to bring the first major league sports franchise to the Las Vegas market.

Dean began his career with Bristol-Myers Squibb spending 19 years in key executive positions in New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles. As Senior Director of Business Development, he was responsible for 160 million dollars in annual sales in addition to managing a staff of National Account Managers and Business Development Managers.

In 1997, he became CEO, president, and Founding Executive of Professional Teams Physicians, a company that aggregated physicians representing professional teams in the NBA, MLB, NFL, MLS and NHL. The company grew to represent over 1,100 sports medicine physicians responsible for creating and supporting sports care products as well as providing technology tools for hospitals and physicians across the country.

During his thirty-seven years of marketing, sales, and business development experience, Howes has earned numerous professional awards for his outstanding achievement and business accomplishments. Dean has served in many voluntary leadership positions. In his spare time, he enjoys family, friends, and a wide variety of sports interests.

From July 2010 to July 2013, Howes served as a mission president in the Arizona Tempe Mission of the LDS Church, an ecclesiastical leader of about 200 LDS missionaries in central Arizona.

David Smyth

Head Coach--BYU Rugby

BYU Head Coach David Smyth

David Smyth is the head coach for the BYU rugby team. Smyth played for BYU rugby in the 1980s. Smyth coached the BYU rugby team from 1991–2002, and after taking a break, has been the head coach since 2005. BYU rugby claimed its first national championship in 2009, and Smyth was selected as college coach of the year for the 2008–09 season by American Rugby News.

Smyth would go to lead to the Cougars to National Titles from 2012-15. In total Smyth and the BYU Rugby program has produced over 50 Collegiate All Americans and 12 USA National Team Members. Since first playing in the National Championship playoffs in 2004 BYU has played in the National Championship under Smyth’s guidance since 2006 and has a 5-6 record in title game, having won the last four in a row.

Smyth currently serves as a Bishop in his local LDS Ward and is married with 3 children, two of whom are married with another that is a standout rugby player for local United Rugby Club in Alpine, UT.

Smyth’s record in the National Championship playoffs:

Season Tournament Finish
2005 USA Rugby Semi
2006 USA Rugby 2nd
2007 USA Rugby 2nd
2008 USA Rugby 2nd
2009 USA Rugby 1st
2010 USA Rugby 2nd
2011 Division 1-A 2nd
2012 Division 1-A 1st
2013 Varsity Cup 1st
2014 Varsity Cup 1st
2015 Varsity Cup 1st

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