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Gary Adams

Owner

Gary retired from UPS after 33 years of service and lives with his wife, Karen, at Chateau Elan. Besides the Gladiator Hockey Team, Gary’s retirement is filled with grandchildren, fishing, golf and traveling with Karen and friends.

 

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 Assitant General Manager. In 1995, Chapman stepped into the roll of General Manager with the Mobile Mysticks where he served for six years before leaving with the intentions of securing a lease at the Gwinnett Arena for a minor league professional team. In 2003, he spearheaded the effort to launch the Gwinnett Gladiators.

Since that time, the Glads have become widely known as one of the flagship memberships in the ECHL. The team annually ranks amongst the leaders in minor league professional hockey attendance while providing a quality on-ice product (six straight seasons of playoff hockey, 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 - the only two-time winner in the 22-year history of the league.

Bill Davidson

CEO

Davidson, CEO of National Sports Services (NSS-KS), 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 three dozen minor league baseball and hockey teams over the past 20 years. A speciality of the firm is the development and implementation of business plans for both start-up organizations and turnaround situations and venue development. NSS has provided comprehensive management services to the ECHL Stockton (CA) Thunder since June 2004. Stockton led the ECHL in attendance in 2005-2006.

From 1997-2000, Davidson was President of the Bakersfield (CA) Condors. From 1998 - 2000, he was vice-president of the Topeka (KS) ScareCrows. Davidson was a co-founder and owner of the Wichita Falls (TX) Rustlers in 2002.

Bill, his wife, Susan, son Turner and daughters Lindsay and Brittney reside in Chatanooga, 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 attended Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, graduating in 1986 with a B.A. in Political Science, and a minor in African-American and African Studies. He then attended the Walter F. George School of Law of Mercer University in Macon, Georgia. Because of his outstanding academic achievements, he was selected as a member of the Mercer Law Review. While at Mercer, he was elected Vice-President of the Student Bar Association. He was also the recipient of the Class of 1977 Scholarship Award. He is licensed to practice in all of the State and Superior Courts of Georgia, the Court of Appeals, and the Supreme Court of Georgia. He is also licensed in Federal Court before the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia. He is a Champion Member of the Georgia Trial Lawyers' Association as well as a Champion Member of the Civil Justice PAC.

Gary was awarded Georgia Trial Lawyer's Community Service Award in 2007 for his charitable endeavors for the American Cancer Society, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, and Dream House for Medically Fragile Children. Gary has also served on the Advisory Council for Mothers Against Drunk Driving in Georgia. He has helped raise over $3.5 million for charities, given away 1,000 bicycle helmets and 14 college scholarships, and supported numerous youth sports teams.

Gary, his wife Sheri and their three daughters live in Duluth.

Toby Jeffreys

Managing Member - Gwinnett County Hockey, LLC

Toby Jeffreys, 53, is the Majority Owner, Chairman and Alternate Governor for the Gwinnett Gladiators professional hockey team of the ECHL (the AA affiliate of the Atlanta Thrashers). He purchased in the team membership in 1998. Jeffreys currently serves on the Finance/Audit Committee of the ECHL and has served on the Executive and Business Strategy Committees for the League.

Possessing a strong sports business background, Jeffreys is also a minority owner in Mobile Professional Baseball’s BayBears, the Southern League AA Affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks. Toby also has prior ownership in a jet charter 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, one a pharmacist and the other a third year law school student at 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.

Tom Sapitowicz

Owner

Sapitowicz is a 1982 Georgia Tech graduate with a degree in Electrical Engineering and has worked for Inglett & Stubbs, LLC since graduating. His recent projects have included Olympic Stadium, Turner Field, Philips Arena, The Arena at Gwinnett Center, and the new Gwinnett Stadium for the Braves AAA farm team. Tom is co-owner of Greyledge Thoroughbreds and a Silver Sponsor of the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl. He volunteers with the Georgia Society of Professional Engineers MathCounts program for Middle School-aged students and serves as Neighborhood Coordinator for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. He continues to play hockey with various teams in the Atlanta Amateur Hockey League (AAHL). Tom resides in East Cobb with his wife Polly, who is a graduate of Agnes Scott College and hails from Greenville, SC.