2011 Keynote Speaker—John Doonan
John is a 1992 graduate of Augustana College. He majored in business administration with a focus on marketing and advertising, and also completed a major in Spanish. John was a member of the Vikings basketball and track & field teams while at Augustana. He was a longtime member of the residential life program, serving as Resident Assistant and Assistant Residence Director in Erickson Hall, and ultimately the Residence Director of Carlsson Hall. In 1993, John joined the alumni relations staff in the Office of Development, focusing on student programs and fundraising. In 1997, while continuing his work as a development officer at the college, John completed his M.B.A. from Western Illinois University.
In 2003, John accepted the opportunity to pursue his passion for sport cars, and went to work for Mazda North American Operations as the regional advertising manager in their Chicago area offices. In 2005, he was named to his current position as Director of Motorsports & Team Development at Mazda, managing all of the company's auto racing programs domestically and internationally.
John and his wife Kristin Cline Doonan '93 have three children - Carlee (14), Alex (9) and Maggie (7). They live in Plainfield, Illinois.