John Marquardt was named Event and Safety Coordinator for State Farm Center in August of 2007. Marquardt joined State Farm Center and Division of Intercollegiate Athletics as an Event Management intern in 2005.
Marquardt's primary role is to facilitate the management of State Farm Center concerts, sporting events, and other shows and events, as well as oversee State Farm Center Event Staff. He also oversees facility safety, security and emergency preparedness initiatives for State Farm Center. During the State Farm Center renovation, Marquardt also oversees facility marketing and communications, serving as chair of the State Farm Center Renovation Communications Committee within the Division of Intercollegiate Athletics.
Within Illinois Athletics Development, Marquardt serves as a liaison between State Farm Center and the IFUND, helping to connect and integrate the two entities as new State Farm Center staffing, event management procedures and policies, and Illinois Premium Seating operational plans are developed.
Marquardt is an active member of the International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM), where he serves on several committees and holds positions as both IAVM Illinois State Representative and Vice Chair for both the VenueConnect Committee and Young Professionals Task Force.
A native of Urbana, Ill., Marquardt earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Illinois in 2006. He completed his master's degree in Sport Management from the University of Illinois in 2010. He is also a graduate of IAVM Venue Management School (2013).