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Steve Chapman

President/General Manager

Steve Chapman is President and General Manager of the Gwinnett Gladiators Professional Hockey Club as well as a partner in Gwinnett County Hockey, LLC. Chapman is responsible for overseeing all business and hockey operations for the ECHL membership and also serves as governor for the team within the ECHL.

His professional hockey management career began in the East Coast Hockey League with the Birmingham Bulls in 1992 where he served as Assistant General Manager. In 1995, Chapman became the General Manager of the expansion Mobile Mysticks and in 1997 joined with a new ownership group in purchasing the membership.  In 2002, after securing a lease at the Gwinnett Arena, he successfully transitioned the move of Mobile to the North Atlanta Metro Area. In 2003, he spearheaded the launch of the Gladiators professional hockey team.

Over the past 12 seasons, the Glads have become widely known as one of the flagship memberships in the ECHL, winning numerous awards and recognitions. The team annually ranks amongst the leaders in minor league professional hockey attendance while providing a quality on-ice product (annual playoff hockey participants, two conference championship appearances and one Kelly Cup Finals appearance) as well as one of the best shows in minor league sports. The Gladiators are also a fixture in suburban Atlanta, making contributions to community, school and charitable organizations.

Chapman has also served as Chairman of the Board of the ECHL since June of 2006 and was selected as the ECHL Executive of the Year in 2005 and 2006.  He is actively involved in the community by service on several local boards including the US Army Community Advisory Board and the Gwinnett Medical Center Concussion Advisory Council.

Bill Davidson

CFO

Davidson, CEO of National Sports Services (NSSsports.com), has been involved in professional sports since 1982. NSS provides management, venue and franchise development, brokering and training services to the professional sports industry.

The firm has provided services to more than four dozen minor league baseball and hockey teams over the past 20 years. A specialty of the firm is the development and implementation of business plans for both start-up organizations and turnaround situations and venue development.

Bill, his wife Susan, sons Turner & Parker reside in Cleveland, TN.

Jay Gilbertson

Owner

Gilbertson is a Certified Public Accountant that has spent the past 15 years working for several Fortune 500 companies, leading the merger and acquisition groups. In addition, Jay has spent the last five years as a private investor. His investments have primarily been in wireless technology, insurance, and real estate.

 

Dan Hauck

Owner

Dan Hauck and his wife Cathy are the General Partners of Gable Gate Enterprises, L.L.L.P., a private investment company.

Dan is currently president of Alphagen Laboratories, a privately held generic pharmaceutical distributor. Dan was previously vice-president of W.E. Hauck, Inc. pharmaceuticals, in addition, he was a founder as well as the first president of First Horizon Pharmaceutical Corporation. Cathy is a registered nurse who worked at Emory University Hospital for 19 years and is also a former Naval officer.

Active in youth sports in Roswell and at their church, they are the parents of two college-aged children.

Gary Hays

Owner

Gary Martin Hays is not only a successful lawyer, but is a nationally recognized safety advocate who works tirelessly to educate our families and children on issues ranging from bullying to internet safety to abduction prevention.  He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Elizabeth Smart Foundation.  Gary has been seen on countless television stations, including CNN Headline News, ABC, CBS, NBC and FOX affiliates.  He has appeared on over 110 radio stations, including the Georgia News Network, discussing legal topics and providing safety tips to families. He has hosted “Georgia Behind The Scenes” on the CW Atlanta TV Network, and is currently the host of “Do I Need A Lawyer” on the same network.  Gary has been quoted in USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, and featured on over 250 online sites including Morningstar.com, CBS News’s MoneyWatch.com, the Boston Globe, The Miami Herald, The New York Daily News, and The Miami Herald.

In just the last three years, Gary has authored or co-authored ten (10) best-selling books, including “TRENDSETTERS”, “CHAMPIONS”, “SOLD”, “PROTECT AND DEFEND”, “THE SUCCESS SECRET”, “THE AUTHORITY ON TOUT”, “THE AUTHORITY ON CHILD SAFETY”, “THE CONSUMERS’ ADVOCATE”, “THINK & GROW RICH”, and “THE AUTHORITY ON PERSONAL INJURY CLAIMS IN GEORGIA.”

Gary graduated from Emory University in 1986 with a B.A. degree in Political Science and a minor in Afro-American and African Studies.  In 1989, he received his law degree from the Walter F. George School of Law of Mercer University, Macon, Georgia.  His outstanding academic achievements landed him a position on Mercer’s Law Review. 

His legal accomplishments include being a member of the prestigious Multi Million Dollar Advocate’s Forum, a society limited to those attorneys who have received a settlement or verdict of at least $2 Million Dollars.  He has been recognized in Atlanta Magazine as one of Georgia’s top workers’ compensation lawyers.  He has been recognized as one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Georgia since 2007 by the American Trial Lawyers Association.  His firm specializes in personal injury, wrongful death, workers’ compensation, and pharmaceutical claims. 

In 2008, Gary started the non-profit organization Keep Georgia Safe with the mission to provide safety education and crime prevention training in Georgia.  Keep Georgia Safe has trained over 80 state and local law enforcement officers in CART (Child Abduction Response Teams) so our first responders will know what to do in the event a child is abducted in Georgia.  Gary has completed Child Abduction Response Team training with the National AMBER Alert program through the U.S. Department of Justice and Fox Valley Technical College.  His law firm has given away 1,000 bicycle helmets and 14 college scholarships.

Gary has been a guest announcer on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, performed on Broadway in the hit musical “Rock of Ages”, appeared in the television show “See Dad Run” with Scott Baio, and performed with the legendary band Chicago at the St. Augustine Amphitheater.

Toby Jeffreys

Managing Member - Gwinnett County Hockey, LLC

Toby Jeffreys is the Majority Owner, Chairman and Alternate Governor for the Gwinnett Gladiators. With 17 years in the ECHL, Jeffreys currently serves on the Finance/Audit Committee for the League and has served on the Executive and Business Strategy Committees.

Possessing a strong sports business background, Jeffreys also has prior ownership in minor league baseball, a charter jet company, real estate and over 25 years in a family owned steel service center business.

He currently sits on The Heritage School Board of Trustees and is Chairman of the A.L. & M.H. Family Foundation. Jeffreys and his wife Vicki reside in Newnan, with their son and daughter. Jeffreys has two grown daughters, Katie, a Doctor of Pharmacy and Kristin, a lawyer. Both received their degrees from Samford University in Birmingham.

Jim Pinard

Owner

Jim Pinard has been a Real Estate Broker in the Metro Atlanta Area since 1977, and is currently an Associate Broker at The River Club; a new Crescent Resources Greg Norman designed golf course and Community in Suwanee.

Earlier this year, Jim was awarded the prestigious Double Phoenix Award for 20 years $million club. An avid golfer and member of the Professional Golfer's Association of America from 1971 to 1981, Jim has been involved with Metro Atlanta Youth For Christ as well as working with inner city under privileged children and different high schools in metro Atlanta for over 24 years.

Jim resides in Duluth, with his wife Dina, who is also a successful real estate broker.

Thomas P. Sapitowicz, Jr.

Owner

A 1982 Georgia Tech graduate with a degree in Electrical Engineering, Tom is a partner with The Inglett & Stubbs Group, where he has worked since graduation. A Senior Project Manager for Inglett & Stubbs LLC until May, 2011, his electrical construction projects have included the Atlanta Olympic Stadium, Turner Field, Philips Arena, The Arena at Gwinnett Center, and Cool Ray Field, home of the Atlanta Braves AAA farm team. Tom is currently employed with Inglett & Stubbs International, which was established in 2004 to support the U.S. Military’s critical need for qualified technicians in Afghanistan & Iraq. Tom is also co-owner of Greyledge Thoroughbreds, which breeds and races horses in New York and Pennsylvania, and Gaming and Sports Moguls, operators of Battle & Brew, established in 2005 as the first gaming and e-sports bar in the United States, and GASM Media, a production company for online video and audio content. He is a member of the Advisory Board for the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Georgia Tech, and a Silver Sponsor of the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl.  Tom’s volunteer activities have included working with the Georgia Society of Professional Engineers MathCounts program for Middle School-aged students, serving as Neighborhood Coordinator for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, and hosting fundraising events for the Georgia Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.