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Steve Pace

Title: Corporate Compliance Officer

Steve Pace joined the Big 12 in 1996 and was the first CFO of the Conference. He transitioned to the role of Corporate Communications Officer (CCO) in July 2018.

Pace’s primary responsibility includes overseeing compliance within the organization and ensuring compliance with the Internal Revenue Service code, Department of Labor regulations, Conference contracts, the employee manual and Conference handbook.

In 2003, Pace developed and founded PayOGFE, which quickly became the premier payment provider for Collegiate Division I sports organizations that compensate game officials and other independent contractors who work sporting events. He sold the company in 2015 to Arbiter Sports, a subsidiary of the NCAA.

A certified public accountant and certified fraud examiner, Pace received his bachelor of business administration (accounting) from the University of Texas-Arlington in 1977. He joined the Dallas CPA firm of Murski, Hicks & Co., and at 30, became the youngest person ever admitted to the partnership. He left in 1990 to form his own company, Pace & Associates, P.C.

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