Glen Taylor
Owner
On March 23, 1995, Glen Taylor closed the deal that made him majority owner of the Minnesota Timberwolves. He added the title of NBA owner to a list that already included international businessman, state senator, entrepreneur, philanthropist and executive of the year. In October 2002, Taylor became the majority owner of the WNBA’s Minnesota Lynx after a change in the league’s ownership structure. Taylor had served as the operating owner of the Lynx for the previous four seasons of the team’s existence, beginning with the 1999 inaugural campaign.
Before he even completed his first full season as Timberwolves owner, Taylor set in motion his plan for making a mark on the Minnesota sports scene. Prior to the completion of the sale of the team from Marv Wolfenson and Harvey Ratner, Taylor installed RobMoor, Roger Griffith and Chris Wright to run the business functions of the franchise. In 1999, Taylor brought women’s professional basketball back to the Twin Cities by operating the Lynx and added the duties of Lynx Chief Operating Officer to Griffith’s responsibilities. In the winter of 2008, Taylor shifted the balance of power within the Lynx by naming Griffith the company’s Executive Vice President and appointing longtime Timberwolves and Lynx Vice President of New Business Development Conrad Smith as the new Chief Operating Officer of the Lynx. During the 2009 off-season, Taylor appointed longtime successful WNBA assistant coach Cheryl Reeve as the franchise’s seventh head coach.
Glen Taylor is chairman of the multinational Taylor Corporation, based in Mankato, MN. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Minnesota State University, Mankato. During this period, he worked part time at Carlson Wedding Service, a print shop specializing in formal invitations. After graduation he continued to work at the company, developing strategies to cut delivery time, improve service and expand offerings. Taylor purchased the company in 1975, assembled a passionate leadership team and dramatically expanded the firmís capabilities, growing it into one of the largest privately held companies in the United States. Today Taylor Corporation, based in North Mankato, includes more than 80 subsidiaries providing business and personal communications products, technologies and marketing services. Other enterprises owned by Glen are in securities, agricultural, and medical fields.
He continued his education at the Harvard Graduate School of Business. In 1997, Mankato State University awarded Taylor their first honorary doctorate. Taylor received the degree of Honorary Doctor of Laws for his distinguished professional career and volunteer service. In October 2001, Taylor was inducted into the Minnesota State University, Mankato Hall of Distinction.
Taylor’s business savvy has been recognized by Corporate Report magazine, which honored him as its Executive of the Year (1987), and the Sales and Marketing Executives of Minneapolis/St. Paul, who awarded him with their Sales Executive of the Year Award (1999). He was also inducted into the Minnesota Hall of Fame (2002) by Twin Cities Monthly Magazine.
Taylor was elected to the Minnesota Senate in 1980, where he served until 1990. He became assistant Senate minority leader in 1982. From 1984 to 1986, he served as Senate minority leader. While in the Senate, Taylor was instrumental in providing leadership in the areas of higher education, child care and economic development policies.
He has served on the NBA Planning Committee and has been Chairman of the Audit Committee. In October of 2008, Taylor was named chairman of the NBA’s Board of Governors. Through personal involvement, Taylor has remained active in many community, civic and charitable causes. He has also has served on his church’s board of deacons and board of trustees and on the Mankato State University Foundation board of directors.
Taylor and his family have provided financial assistance and participated in missions to Africa, Turkey, Egypt and Central America to support the Starkey Hearing Foundation and Common Hope. Nationally, Taylor has provided expert testimony on business and child care issues to the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives and served as a committee chair on the 1991 Commission on Reform and Efficiency (CORE).
Taylor and his wife, Becky, live in Mankato. Their children and grandchildren enjoy attending many of the
Timberwolves and Lynx games.
LIMITED PARTNERS
  • WILLIAM F. BIEBER – Chairman of ATEK Companies, Eden Prairie, Minnesota. Bieber resides in Minnetonka, Minnesota.
  • JOHN BOLLERO – A retired commodity trader. A native of Decatur, Illinois, now resides in Palm Beach, Florida and Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.
  • RALPH W. BURNET – Chairman of Coldwell Banker Burnet, Edina, Minnesota, and Owner and Chairman of RWB Hospitality LLC. Burnet resides in his hometown of Wayzata, Minnesota.
  • R. WHYNN KEARNEY, JR. – Kearney is a retired orthopedic surgeon who resides in Mankato, Minnesota, his hometown.
  • TERI E. POPP – President of Minnesota Military Family Tribute and retired attorney residing in Orono, Minnesota.
  • WILLIAM J. (BILL) POPP – Owner/President of POPP Communications, Golden Valley, Minnesota. A native of Minneapolis, Popp resides in Orono, Minnesota.
  • JOYCE SEXTON – President of Sexton Family Foundation. Sexton resides in Las Vegas, Nevada.
  • WILLIAM SEXTON – Retired President/Owner of Old Northwest Company. Sexton resides in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Ethan Casson
Chief Executive Officer
Ethan Casson was named Chief Executive Officer of the Minnesota Timberwolves and Lynx on July 11, 2016. Casson returned to Minnesota after most recently serving as Chief Operating Officer of the San Francisco 49ers of the National Football League (NFL). He spent six seasons with the 49ers, initially in 2010 as the team’s Vice President of Corporate Sales. Casson led a team focused on generating corporate revenue associated with the 49ers’ new stadium project. He spearheaded the team’s effort in securing a 20-year, $220 million naming rights partnership with Levi Strauss & Co., one of the largest naming rights deals in NFL history.
Under Casson’s direction, the first two seasons at Levi’s Stadium saw record-breaking revenue growth in several areas of the 49ers business, inclusive of ticket and premium sales and corporate partnerships. In addition, Casson helped procure some of the most prominent events in sports and entertainment, including Super Bowl 50, WrestleMania 31, the NHL Outdoor Stadium Series, Pac-12 Championship Football and various music headliners.
Casson was promoted to the position of Chief Revenue Officer for two seasons (2014, 2015), before being elevated to his current role as Chief Operating Officer. His impact on the 49ers business and success of the Levi’s Stadium project led to Casson being recognized as a member of the Sports Business Journal’s “Forty Under 40” class of 2014.
Prior to the 49ers, Casson worked for 11 years with the Timberwolves and Lynx. As Senior Vice President of Corporate Partnerships and Game presentation, Casson established many long-term partnerships with key Twin Cities brands while working to enhance the overall in-arena fan experience. Before his tenure with the Timberwolves and Lynx, Casson served in Sponsorship Development with ESPN.
Casson earned a Bachelor of Science in sports management from Colby-Sawyer College in New London, New Hampshire. A standout college basketball player, he was inducted into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame in July 2013 and the Colby-Sawyer College Athletic Hall of Fame in October 2015.
Chris Wright
President
This season marks Chris Wright’s 25th year with the Timberwolves and Lynx organizations and 11th as the teams’ president. Wright is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the teams.
He leads a senior management group that is responsible for setting the strategic direction of the business operations of the franchise. By developing a culture driven by the values of maximum effort, teamwork, passion for what we do, innovative thinking, fun and integrity, Wright and his senior management team are integrating the business and basketball operations to meet the strategic and financial goals of the team.
As president, Wright also articulates the mission for the organization, which is to provide the ultimate sports and entertainment experience at exceptional value, with unparalleled customer service, while connecting with and engaging in our community. Whether coming to the arena, watching a game on television, purchasing a ticket online, or meeting players and staff in the community, Timberwolves fans know that they are the sole focus of the organization’s efforts.
Wright believes that by developing a culture that emphasizes “one team,” “one voice” and “one with our community,” that the Timberwolves will have the ability to achieve great things. He believes in hiring a staff that lives the company core values every day, plays hard, plays with passion, plays together, thinks innovatively, is professional and has fun.
A native of England, Wright came to the United States in 1978. Prior to joining the Timberwolves, he spent three years working for the state of Minnesota, first as a consultant working on bids for major national and international events, including the programming of the $17.4 million National Sports Center in Blaine, Minn. Prior to that, Wright also served as general manager for two Major Indoor Soccer League Teams, the Pittsburgh Spirit (1981-86) and the Minnesota Strikers (1986-87).
Wright, who graduated from Carnegie College of Physical Education in Headingly, Leeds, Yorkshire, England, is very involved in and consults with many local charities and youth sports programs. He was elected to and serves on the board of the Minneapolis Downtown Council and the executive committee of the Minneapolis Downtown Council. He resides in Eden Prairie, Minn., with his wife Walla and daughter Christy. Wright also has two sons Ned and Jeff, and daughters-in-law Laura and Amy.
Roger Griffith
Executive Vice President & CFO
Roger Griffith joined the Timberwolves in 1994 as Executive Vice President and CFO. In this role, he is responsible for all finance, accounting, risk management, box office and budgeting for the organization.
In 1999, Griffith added the duties of Chief Operating Officer of the WNBA’s Minnesota Lynx to his responsibilities, and transitioned to Executive Vice President of the Lynx prior to the 2009 WNBA season. In this role Griffith has acted as the architect of one of the most talented teams in the league, building a roster with hometown favorite Lindsay Whalen and superstars Maya Moore and Seimone Augustus. Under Griffith’s leadership, the Lynx have posted one of the most impressive four-year stretches in WNBA history, winning two WNBA championships and three Western Conference championships. From 2011-14, the Lynx also became the first team in WNBA history to string together four consecutive 25+ win seasons.
Prior to coming to the Timberwolves, Griffith gained a variety of experience in public and private industry. He previously worked for Taymark, a Taylor Corporation company, as division manager of the ad specialty direct mail division. He also worked for Northwest Airlines as the director of internal audit and spent time with a public accounting firm.
A native of Shakopee, Minn., Griffith graduated magna cum laude from Augsburg College in 1984 with a degree in business administration with a concentration in accounting. In 1988, he earned his MBA in general management from the University of Minnesota. Griffith resides in Eagan, Minn., with his wife, Jean, and daughters, Emma and Abby
Carley Knox Director of Lynx Business Operations

Carley.Knox@lynxbasketball.com

Carley Knox is entering her sixth season with the Minnesota Lynx and her 11th in the WNBA. In December 2012, she was named the Lynx Director of Business Operations and acts as the primary liaison between the team and WNBA on league-wide business and marketing initiatives. Knox oversees the day to day business operations of the Lynx, including business development, budget management, community relations, scheduling, preseason games, and logistics. Additionally, Knox maintains her role within the development of corporate sales and tickets sales.
Erin Henning Manager of Lynx Ticket Sales and Service

Erin.Henning@lynxbasketball.com

Erin Henning is entering her 11th season with the Minnesota Lynx and her second season as Ticket Sales and Service Manager. Prior to taking on her current position with the Lynx, Henning oversaw the Fan Relations department, servicing season ticket members, including planning member events and benefits. She transitioned to a Sr. Account Executive position, where she helped grow the Lynx season ticket member base and generated group revenue. With her success in the sales department, she was recently promoted to Ticket Sales and Service Manager.

Kyle Burns

 

 

Senior Account Executive
Lynx Sales and Service
Kyle.Burns@lynxbasketball.com

Ashley Carlson

 

 

Lynx Public Relations Manager
Public Relations
Ashley.Carlson@lynxbasketball.com

Matt Corners

 

 

Senior Account Executive
Lynx Sales and Service
Matt.Corners@lynxbasketball.com

Micaela Erickson

 

 

Account Executive
Lynx Sales and Service
Micaela.Erickson@lynxbasketball.com

Kristin Edmundson

 

 

Senior Coordinator
Community Relations
Kristin.Edmundson@timberwolves.com

Whitney Fisher

 

 

Account Executive
Lynx Sales and Service
Whitney.Fisher@lynxbasketball.com

Jacob Koch

 

 

Account Executive
Lynx Sales and Service
Jacob.Koch@lynxbasketball.com

Emma Sandstrom

 

 

Senior Account Executive
Lynx Sales and Service
Emma.Sandstrom@lynxbasketball.com

Tori Stein

 

 

Lynx Marketing Manager
Marketing
Tori.Stein@lynxbasketball.com

Sam Wolfson

 

 

Account Executive
Lynx Sales and Service
Sam.Wolfson@lynxbasketball.com

Amanda Zanghi

 

 

Lynx Member Programming Specialist
Lynx Sales and Service
Amanda.Zanghi@lynxbasketball.com