"I remember looking at sizes of parking lots and how many parking spaces we could fit in there and how that tied into ticket sales and road capacities," he said. "I knew that my job was to make sure everything worked, financially and operationally."
Bullock said he was never bothered by the attention Romney received. "The fact that we're not on the front page of the newspaper doesn't really matter. It's what we delivered as a team to the world."
That, he said, was "certainly the best-operated Games without question." Even new IOC President Jacques Rogge, who said he would break with tradition and not rank the Games, labeled them "superb."
"You just could not have had a Mitt Romney without a Fraser Bullock," said Nolan Karras, who represents Gov. Mike Leavitt on the SLOC board and heads its finance committee. "He's an unsung hero in my mind. . . . He's an asset to the state and to the Olympics."
Before joining SLOC, Bullock was a founding partner of a lucrative business consolidation firm in Alpine. Both he and Romney attended Brigham Young University, and they worked together in Boston at Bain & Co., a consulting firm, and later at Bain Capital.
Unlike Romney, Bullock, 46, doesn't see politics in his future or anything else at this point. "I'm very much a person who has to complete something 100 percent before I can shift gears," he said. "I'm in no rush."