Karl Eller

Longtime Phoenix businessman, entrepreneur, sports fan, and civic leader.

A pictorial celebration of a life that touched so many for 85 years.


Fiesta Bowl Founders

Karl (middle, front) was one of the original Fiesta Bowl Founders. This group of men were the driving force to bring the game to Phoenix in 1971 and begin a new college football tradition.

Reagan Fiesta Bowl

As an original Fiesta Bowl Founder, Karl presents Fiesta Bowl game tickets to President Ronald Reagan.


Public Service

Karl has been very involved in the community over the years and would use his companies’ powers to get a strong message out. This early ‘70s billboard is a good example of how he would [...]


Combined Communications

In 1968 Karl orchestrated a deal that merged Eller Outdoor Advertising with KTAR Radio and Television stations (local NBC affiliate, Channel 12). The name of the new company would become Combined Communications. Mr. Eller served [...]


Phoenix Suns

A 1968 newspaper article announcing that three investors, one being Karl (middle) landed an NBA franchise that would begin play in Phoenix Arizona. This was the beginning of “The Phoenix Suns”.


Phoenix Roadrunners

In the late sixties, Karl was the lead investor in a group from Phoenix that brought the original Phoenix Roadrunners hockey team to Phoenix.