Todd A. Kalis, President & CEO and Member, Board of Directors
Todd is an eight-year veteran of the National Football League (NFL) having played for the Minnesota Vikings, Pittsburgh Steelers and Cincinnati Bengals (1988-1995). Todd was a fourth round draft pick of the Minnesota Vikings in 1988. He spent six years with the Vikings helping them reach the NFL playoffs four times and finish first in the NFC Central Division in 1989 and 1992. In 1994, Todd moved to the Pittsburgh Steelers and helped them reach the AFC Championship game and finish first in the AFC Central Division with a 12-4 record. In 1995 he joined the Cincinnati Bengals and played in his final NFL game on December 24, 1995 beating the Minnesota Vikings 27-24 at Riverfront Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio.
For over sixteen years, until his resignation January 31, 2017, Todd was President of the Pittsburgh Chapter of the NFL Alumni Association, a 501 (c) (3) membership organization whose mission is to serve and support youth-oriented charitable causes. Todd was the youngest chapter President in the history of the organization when he was voted into the position by his fellow alumni in June of 2000. He was also the youngest member of the NFL Alumni Board of Directors (2002-2010), where he was also Vice Chairman of the Board (2004-2010). Todd was also elected Chairman of the NFL Alumni Board of Chapter Presidents (2003-2010).
Todd netted $202,000 for charity from the first NFL Alumni local golf event he hosted in July of 2001. It was the most successful NFL Alumni chapter golf event ever held in Pittsburgh or by any NFL Alumni chapter. Under the guidance of Todd, the local chapter of the NFL Alumni netted nearly $3,000,000 for western Pennsylvania nonprofit organizations from June of 2000 through 2016. Past event beneficiaries have included: Make-A-Wish Foundation, American Heart Association, United Way, National Kidney Foundation, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Boys & Girls Club, and Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.
Todd is co-author of Pigskin Dreams – The People, Places and Events that Forged the Character of the NFL’s Greatest Players. The book is a collection of stories based on personal interviews conducted by Kalis highlighting the early influences that helped develop the character of some of the greatest NFL Hall of Fame football players: Bobby Bell, Mel Blount, Dick Butkus, Larry Csonka, Len Dawson, Dan Dierdorf, Mike Ditka, Tony Dorsett, Franco Harris, Deacon Jones, Leroy Kelly, Paul Krause, Howie Long, Anthony Munoz, Ozzie Newsome, Merlin Olsen, Mel Renfro, Mike Singletary, Bart Starr, Johnny Unitas, Kellen Winslow and Steve Young. The Foreword is by Don Shula, with additional support provided by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, Garth Brooks, Bill Johnson (then HJ Heinz CEO), Art Rooney II and Bob Costas.
Todd was also co-host of the “Steelers Huddle” television show during the 2002 and 2003 National Football League regular seasons. The show was hosted by Todd and John Fedko, sports director and anchor for WPXI/Channel 11 Pittsburgh, and each episode also included one current Pittsburgh Steeler football player. It was a 30-minute live talk show that allowed the viewers to call in to ask questions and discuss the previous week’s game. Todd’s guests included Alan Faneca, James Farrier, Kendall Simmons, Kimo von Oelhoffen, Dan Kreider and Mark Bruener.
Todd has over 19 years of sales, marketing and business development expertise working with both public and privately-held corporations. His ability to build C-Level relationships through personal contact, communications, presentations and negotiations has been an essential key to his success. His collegiate and professional athletics background also provides a unique foundation of experience specific to his leadership, team building and performance based sales skills.
Todd received his Bachelors of Science degree in Economics from Arizona State University where he was a four-year letterman and a three-year starter on the football team. He started the final 36 games of his career with ASU which included three bowl games, the Holiday, Rose and Freedom Bowls. The 1986 Arizona State University football team won the Pac-10 Championship and received the school’s first invitation to play in the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California. On January 1, 1987, Arizona State defeated the Big Ten Champion University of Michigan Wolverines 22-15 in the 73rd Rose Bowl.
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