A native of Brookfield, Wisconsin, Carollo attended high school at Brookfield Central High School where he graduated in 1970. Following high school, he attended University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee (UWM) and graduated in 1974 with a degree in industrial relations. At UWM, he was the starting quarterback for the school’s football team from 1970 to 1973.
Carollo currently resides in Shorewood, Wisconsin and is married and has four children.
Carollo worked as an international account executive for 30 years at IBM before becoming Vice President of Global Sales for Milwaukee, Wisconsin based Manpower Inc.
Carollo began his officiating career working Wisconsin high school football, basketball, and baseball games. He joined college football’s Big Ten Conference, where he stayed for ten years and included a selection to work the 1988 Rose Bowl Game. In addition to officiating football games in the Big Ten, he was a basketball referee from 1982 to 1988. For a period of time, he also served as the Milwaukee Brewers Official Scorer for the American League.
Carollo started in the NFL as a side judge and officiated Super Bowl XXX in 1996 at that position, then became a referee (crew chief) for the start of the 1997 NFL season after Red Cashion and Howard Roe announced their retirements. Carollo was assigned to work his first post-season as referee during the 1998-99 NFL playoffs and later made his second appearance in the Super Bowl at Super Bowl XXXVII in 2003. Before he officiated Super Bowl XXXVII, Mike Pereira, the NFL’s director of officiating, said of Carollo, “Bill is just perfect in the management of a game. He understands how to handle coaches, players and a team of seven officials. He’s terrific at that.” In addition, he was the alternate referee of Super Bowl XXXVIII.
While serving as referee of the 1999 NFC Championship game between Tampa Bay and St. Louis, Carollo overturned a catch by Tampa Bay’s Bert Emanuel, that later led to the adoption of the Bert Emanuel Rule. The play consisted of Bert Emanuel making what was ruled a catch at St. Louis’ 22-yard line with 47 seconds left in the game and the Buccaneers down by 5. After review, Carollo ruled that the tip of the ball had touched the ground, and even though Emanuel maintained control of the football, Carollo had to rule it an incomplete pass. This led to the NFL clarifying the definitions of both a catch and an incomplete pass, as to avoid this scenario replaying itself in the future. This is known as the Bert Emanuel Rule.
He served as the director of the NFL Referees Association, the union representing NFL officials, from 2000 to March 1, 2006. He was the center of the negotiations that took place during the 2001 NFL season where there was a work stoppage by game officials. The NFL and its game officials eventually agreed on September 19, 2001 to a new six-year Collective Bargaining Agreement that ended a two-week lockout of the regular officials, who returned to work on September 23, 2001.
Carollo was also the referee of the Houston Texans’ inaugural game against the Dallas Cowboys on September 8, 2002.
On November 18, 2007, Carollo became the first referee in 35 years to officiate a game for the same team in back-to-back weeks during the New England-Buffalo game. Bill Leavy was scheduled to officiate the November 11th Buffalo-Miami game, but fell ill. Carollo served as the referee for that contest using Leavy’s crew.
In August 2008, Carollo announced he would retire as an NFL referee at the end of the 2008 NFL season to become the Director of Officiating for the Big Ten Conference. His final assignment was for the AFC Championship game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Baltimore Ravens on January 18, 2009. Don Carey, brother of NFL referee Mike Carey, was promoted from back judge to take Carollo’s place as a crew chief.
In Carollo’s twenty-year NFL career he officiated in two Super Bowls, a third SB as alternate referee, eight NFL Conference Championships and one Pro Bowl. Currently Bill is Director of Officiating for the Big Ten, Mid-American and Missouri Valley football conferences. This new officiating alliance, Midwest Football Officials Alliance was created in 2009 and headquartered in Park Ridge, IL.
Dr. Nick Colarelli grew up in a farming and mining community in southern Colorado. After graduating from Regis College with degrees in Philosophy and Education, receiving a Masters’ degree in Psychology from St. Louis University and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Northwestern, he had the privilege of working as a staff psychologist at the Menninger School of Psychiatry in Topeka, KS. Nick led a research project that investigated and ultimately demonstrated how effective the psychiatric ward caregivers were at restoring chronic schizophrenics to functionality compared to professional providers. Nick returned to St. Louis in 1964 and worked in private practice at Psychological Associates for 2 years before becoming a member of the graduate psychology faculty at St. Louis University. He taught in the clinical program, directed doctoral research, and initiated a program in Organizational Psychology over a 7 year period. Later, Nick founded CMA, a consulting business, and left the University to devote his time to consulting with healthcare, business, religious, nonprofit, and governmental organizations with a focus on selection and development of executives, strategic planning and executive team development. Nick especially appreciated helping family businesses deal with succession issues and the integration of family and business values.
Nick and his wife, Margaret Ann, raised 5 children, and enjoy their 13 grandchildren. After retiring and moving back to Colorado, Nick and Margaret Ann founded a family foundation to enable their family to work together in service of others. Together the family inaugurated Fostering Hope, a program that creates an “extended family” from business and faith community volunteers. These volunteers form a network of support and assistance for foster families and youth that have suffered abuse and neglect, changing the typical trajectory for foster youth to one of becoming productive citizens.
Allison Rosati was born in Dover, Delaware and grew up in Pine City, Minnesota. Rosati is of Finnish (paternal) and Italian (maternal) descent. In 1980, She is crowned as Minnesota Junior Miss but a year later in 1981, she was repensented the State of Minnesota in the 1981 America’s Junior Miss pageant, she’s receiving a ‘Spirit of Junior Miss’ award alongside Idaho Junior Miss Kelly Jo Kreisher. She attended Gustavus Adolphus College where she studied speech and communications. She is also the member of the school’s choral group The Lucia Singers in 1981. She graduated in 1985 and received cum laude.
Rosati started her career in Rochester, Minnesota in 1985. KTTC-TV hired her as a general assignment reporter and less than a year later, promoted her to producer and co-anchor of the 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. newscasts. Rosati later went to WGRZ-TV in Buffalo, New York and anchored the 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. newscasts at WGRZ. Rosati also did general assignment reporting. In 1989, She was the local co-host of The Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon 1989 alongside Barry Lillis. She was host of First Thing in the Morning when she first came to WMAQ in 1990. During her morning tenure, Rosati co-hosted “Chicago Live” along with Warner Saunders from 1991 to 1992. Five years later in 1995, she began anchoring the early evening news. And in May 1997 following the controversial hiring of Jerry Springer as commentator and the resignations of Ron Magers and Carol Marin, Rosati was promoted to co-anchor of NBC 5’s 10 p.m. newscast. In August 1998, Rosati dropped from their Early Evening Newscast in order to concentrate on its short-lived hourlong daytime program NBC 5 Chicago Daytime alongside Nesita Kwan and Byron Miranda, but later they canceled it in 1999 due to low ratings. In April 1999, Rosati was promoted to co-anchor of NBC 5’s 6 p.m. newscast after Joan Esposito left the station. In addition, Rosati also hosted the weekly segment Wednesday’s Child from its inception in 1999 until their final report in 2005. In 2000, she was named host, co-creator and co-executive producer of half-hour special series MomTV. Later in September 2006, Rosati and Saunders were promoted to anchors of 5 p.m. newscast, displacing Bob Sirott and Marion Brooks which still anchoring the 4 p.m (later 4:30) newscasts and for a short time during the football season of 2006, Rosati and Saunders anchored the 10 p.m. Sunday Newscast. After Saunders’ retirement in 2009, Rob Stafford was selected Rosati’s co-anchor in the NBC 5 evening newscasts.
Frank L. Steeves is Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of Emerson Electric Co. He is responsible for Emerson’s 300 person international law department, and for all legal matters arising from Emerson’s 140,000 employees and operations in 150 countries. He also is responsible for Emerson’s Global Security program and is Chair of the Company’s Ethics Committee.
Frank is a graduate of Marquette University Law School in Milwaukee. He joined Emerson in March of 2007 from the Milwaukee law firm of von Briesen and Roper, where he was Chairman of the firm’s Litigation Practice Group. While in private practice before joining Emerson, Steeves was a trial and appellate attorney representing Emerson and many other United States manufacturers on a range of legal issues.
Frank has been a guest lecturer at many of the United States’ leading law and engineering schools, a Special Master in the Federal Courts, a member of Best Lawyers in America, the recipient of the highest Martindale and Hubble ratings for the past 25 years, and while in private practice, appeared on behalf of clients in the courts of most states, Federal Circuit Courts of Appeals and in the U.S. Supreme Court.
Frank is currently Chairman of the United States Conference Board’s Council of Chief Legal Officers as well as an adjunct professor at the Washington University Law School. He is also on the executive committee of the Missouri History Museum, Chairman of the Missouri Humane Society’s capital campaign, and an executive board member for the Missouri Baptist Hospital Foundation and is the State of Missouri representative for the Midwest High-Speed Rail initiative.
While in Milwaukee, he founded and chaired the organization that developed and built Wisconsin’s official flagship, the S.V. Sullivan, and which later become Discovery World and Milwaukee’s lakefront. He also is an amphibious aircraft owner and pilot, and serves as a volunteer pilot for animal rescue and angel medical flights.