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Scott C. ButeraButera

AFL Commissioner
sbutera@arenafootball.com
PH: 702-802-3905 ext. 352

EDUCATION: Trinity College (B.A.) / New York University, Leonard N. Stern School of Business (MBA)
AFL EXP: 1st Season

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:

An avowed sports enthusiast who played football at his alma mater Trinity College in Hartford, Commissioner Butera has spent most of his career in top management positions with nationally recognized entertainment brands such as Foxwoods and Tropicana Entertainment.

At Foxwoods (2011-present), a property with over $1.0 billion in annual revenues, he led the restructuring of the Resort's finances and operations through business development and marketing programs aimed at repositioning the brand. He secured sports partnerships with professional teams in Boston (Red Sox) and New York (Yankees, Rangers, Knicks, Nets, Madison Square Garden) to help spearhead the effort.

As CEO of Tropicana Entertainment (2008-11), Butera engineered the company's emergence from Chapter 11 bankruptcy and, in the process, helped to revitalize the iconic brand through improved marketing and property redevelopment.

Butera honed his business operations skills as Chief Operating Officer of the Cosmopolitan Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. Prior to that he was President, Chief Operating Officer, and Executive Vice President of Trump Entertainment Resorts, Inc.

Butera's financial background includes 20 years in investment banking with UBS Investment Bank, Credit Suisse First Boston, Smith Barney and Bear Stearns & Co. During that time he concentrated on analysis and client service for companies in the real estate, lodging, gaming and leisure industries. The new Commissioner earned his MBA at New York University's Leonard N. Stern School of Business. He recently served as a member of the Board of Fellows at Trinity College.


Christie CookCook

AFL Vice President
ccook@arenafootball.com
PH: (312) 465-2214

COLLEGE: University of Oklahoma
HOMETOWN: Anadarko, Oklahoma
AFL EXP: 14th season

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:

Cook is entering her 14th year with the Arena Football League and second as a member of the League office staff ... After working with Oklahoma Wrangers (AFL) from 2000-03, Cook joined the Oklahoma City Yard Dawgz (af2) in 2004... After just one year, Cook was promoted to Assistant General Manager... In November 2006, Cook's role was elevated to the role of General Manager of the Oklahoma City franchise.

OTHER PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:

Prior to joining the Yard Dawgz, Cook was a member of the Oklahoma Wranglers of the Arena Football League... In 2000, she worked as a marketing and promotions intern and game day operations assistant... In 2001, Cook was promoted to Director of Floor Operations.

COLLEGE EXPERIENCE:

Cook attended the University of Oklahoma where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Health & Sports Sciences in 1999 and her Master of Science in Sports Management in 2002... Cook began her sports career at the University of Oklahoma working in the Athletic Department as a Student Athletic Trainer for both football and women's basketball.

PERSONAL:

Cook has a strong reputation as a leader and innovator in the field of game operations and production... She has also helped serve as a liaison for the All College Basketball Tournament and NBA exhibition games... Cook also spent the 2004-05 hockey season as Producer for all home games for the Oklahoma City Blazers... In 2006, Cook served as the Director of Game Day Operations for the University of Central Oklahoma Athletic Department (football)... Daughter of Mike and Glenda Cook of Norman, Okla.


Wesley Friedman, Esq.Friedman

Corporate Counsel
wfriedman@arenafootball.com PH: (312) 465-2208

COLLEGE: The College of New Jersey (B.S.) / Nova Southeastern University (J.D.)
HOMETOWN: Marlboro, New Jersey
AFL EXP: Fifth Season

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:

Friedman began his time with the AFL working with the Tampa Bay Storm as a Football Operations intern in 2010. Following the Storms' American Conference championship season, Friedman was promoted to the League Office.

OTHER PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:

Friedman has worked in multiple capacities in the sports and legal fields. Originally, Friedman started as a legal intern at the Mercer County Prosecutor's office of New Jersey, before moving into the sports agency field at Sports Capital Group.

PERSONAL:

Friedman thoroughly enjoys family, friends, and football. He spends time playing and watching all sports.


Tom Goodhines

Executive Vice President, Communications and Broadcasting
tgoodhines@arenafootball.com
PH: 702-802-3905, ext. 356


Araxie Grant

Vice President of Finance and Controller

agrant@arenafootball.com
PH: 702-802-3905 ext. 351


Candice HallHall

Staff Accountant
HOMETOWN:
Hanover Park, Illinois
AFL EXP: Second Season
chall@arenafootball.com
PH: (312) 465-2203

COLLEGE: University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:

Enters her second season in the AFL and first season with the League Office... Served as the Accounts Payable Administrator for the Chicago Bears for four seasons... Worked for an IT consulting firm as an accountant prior to joining the AFL staff...Has a passion for football and can't wait for the season to start!

COLLEGE EXPERIENCE:

Majored in Technical Systems Management with a strong focus in business...Played intermural soccer and officiated intermural volleyball.

PERSONAL:

Enjoys being active with friends and trying new things...Has a passion for travel and believes that the best way to see the world is through cruising...Hobbies include going to the movies (and not missing the previews, which are the best part), and watching and attending all types of sporting events from skateboarding to football and everything in-between....Is a huge country music fan and enjoys line dancing....Self-proclaimed foodie and plans all vacation time around food joints.


Joe KleinsmithKleinsmith

Senior Director of Football Operations
jkleinsmith@arenafootball.com
PH: (312) 465-2215

COLLEGE: Indiana University
HOMETOWN: Cleveland, Ohio
AFL EXP: Fifth Season

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:

Enters his fifth season in the AFL and fifthwith the League Office... Joined the AFL in 2010 after its one-year absence as the Manager of Football Operations... After jumpstarting football operations league-wide in 2010, Kleinsmith was promoted to Director of Football Operations... Utilizing his extensive football background, Kleinsmith also played professionally for the Mahoning Valley Thunder (af2) and collegiately for Indiana University.

COLLEGE:

This highly touted recruit received a full-scholarship to play football at Indiana University.... Began his career with the Hoosiers as a kicker and was one of just three freshmen to see action... Almost immediately, Kleinsmith had impact and tacked a career-long 39-yard field goal... During his sophomore season, Kleinsmith transitioned to defensive back... While notching eight starts, Kleinsmith was a three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection in four years... Kleinsmith ranked third on the team with tackles during his senior campaign after tallying 56 tackles.

PERSONAL:

Born Joseph Anthony Kleinsmith in Cleveland, Oh.... Son of Anne and Kevin Kleinsmith and sister, Jane... Enjoys playing sports and spending time with his English Bulldog, Bernie.


Anastasia Savchenko

Staff Accountant
asavchenko@arenafootball.com
PH: 702-802-3905, ext. 353