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Keynote Speaker: Carl Cheffers - Leading Through Adversity


  • Carl Cheffers, NFL Referee #51

    Carl began officiating in 1980 in Long Beach, CA working various levels of HS and college football. In 1995, he was honored to follow in his father’s footsteps by being appointed to the officiating staff of the Pac-10 where he worked for five seasons. He had the opportunity to work eight seasons in NFL Europe, where he trained for the referee position. Following the 1999 NCAA season where he worked in both the Pac-10 and the WAC, he was added to the roster of officials in the NFL as a side judge. Carl became a referee in 2008.

    Carl has worked multiple NFL post-season assignments including 2 Championships and 2 Super Bowls (LI ATL v NE and LV KC v TB).

    Carl graduated from UC Irvine and has a MBA from University of Redlands. He has worked 29 years for Clarios, a manufacturer of automotive batteries. He resides in Southern California with his wife Nanette. They have two adult children and are happy that their son Ben is also enjoying football officiating in the Big Sky Conference.

April 28, 2021
Wed 9:00 AM PDT

Duration 1H 0M

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