Bucks announce new executive leadership

Last updated on July 2nd, 2019 at 09:37 am

The Milwaukee Bucks today announced the addition of two new top executives and the appointment of longtime Bucks executive John F. Steinmiller to a new post.

Steinmiller will lead the organization’s community outreach efforts in a newly created role as executive vice president of community affairs and social responsibility. He now begins his 45th season as a member of the Bucks organization. For the last 34 years he worked as executive vice president of business operations. With Steinmiller in his new position, this is the first time that the Bucks organization will have an executive level team member focused entirely on making the team a partner in the greater Milwaukee community.

“John Steinmiller has been a part of this team’s fabric since the very beginning, and I can think of no better person to solidify this team’s bond with the city than a man who has dedicated his entire career to improving the team and the community in which it exists,” Bucks co-owner Wes Edens said.

In addition, Patrick McDonough has joined the Bucks as chief financial officer and Bob Cook has been hired as vice president of business affairs. Both of their career backgrounds have experience that the Bucks will rely on as they work to get a new arena built. The NBA says the BMO Harris Bradley Center is no longer adequate for the Bucks and a new arena is needed to keep the team in Milwaukee.

McDonough, whose career in accounting spans almost 17 years, has spent the last 13 years in the sports division of The Madison Square Garden Company in New York, including the last six years as vice president – accounting.

“McDonough’s lengthy history working with one of the country’s most respected sporting venues and brands will give us the knowledge base that we will need to create not only a world-class facility for the Milwaukee Bucks but to really build a successful franchise that can stand the test of time,” said Bucks co-owner Marc Lasry.

Prior to joining the Bucks, Cook served as a vice president at HNTB Corp., a national engineering and architecture company specializing in complex transportation projects and sports venues. At HNTB, Cook was based in Madison and has relationships in government, policy and statewide community organizations.

“We are so excited about how this team is coming together,” Lasry said. “The Milwaukee Bucks will be one of the best organizations in professional sports on and off the floor. That means recruiting the best talent and making the Bucks integral throughout the community. Bob Cook and Patrick McDonough are incredible additions to the organization.”

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