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Meet the Sac State alumnus behind the world’s smartest arena

Ryan Montoya When visitors to the new Golden 1 Center in downtown Sacramento gaze up at the massive, ultra-high-definition scoreboard or effortlessly post a selfie over the wireless network that can handle more than 250,000 Instagram pictures per second, they can thank Ryan Montoya, the chief technology officer for the Sacramento Kings and a proud graduate of Sacramento State’s Executive MBA program.

Montoya’s vision and work have resulted in an arena hailed as one of the world’s smartest and most technologically advanced. “We’re not only connecting our fans to each other, but we’re connecting our fans to the city, and the city to the world,” he says.

Sac State made history at Golden 1 Center in November when the men’s basketball team faced UC Davis in the arena’s first college game. On May 19-20, the facility will be the site of many more Hornet memories when it hosts the University’s Spring Commencement ceremonies.

Montoya credits the Executive MBA program with helping him to become a more effective leader. “I not only learned the framework I needed to be a better person, but I also learned some of the core skills that are needed to take an organization or a company to the next level,” he says.

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