Stadium Players


Minnesota Vikings

9520 Viking Drive, Eden Prairie, MN 55344
(952) 828-6500

Administration

Zygi Wilf, owner, chairman, emigrated with his parents, Holocaust survivors Joseph and Elizabeth Wilf, from Europe to New Jersey in the 1950s. His father founded what became a real estate empire. The company’s website says Garden Commercial owns and manages in excess of 25 million square feet of retail and commercial space, which ranks in the Top 20 firms in the United States. The Wilfs led the purchase of the Minnesota Vikings from San Antonio businessman Red McCombs in 2005 for a reported $600 million. Zygi Wilf got a B.A. in economics from Fairleigh Dickinson University, and later graduated from New York Law School. He and his wife, Audrey, have four children.

Mark Wilf, owner, president, is the younger brother of Zygi Wilf. He manages the day-to-day operations of the team and runs all the business departments. Mark Wilf graduated from Princeton University with a B.A. and served as the radio announcer for the Princeton Tigers basketball and football teams. He’s also an New York University School of Law graduate. He and his wife, Jane, have four children.

 

Lester Bagley, vice president, was the chief lobbyist for the team over the nearly decade-long effort to win state financial support for a new stadium, dating back to previous owner Red McCombs. Bagley was previously a lobbyist for the Minnesota Business Partnership, and he also oversees the team’s public affairs efforts. He’s been a vice president of the team since 2005.

 

Kevin Warren, general counsel and chief administrative officer, has been a legal advisor to the Wilfs since they purchased the team in 2005. He was fixture in negotiations over the stadium legislation at the Capitol in 2011 and 2012. He has an MBA from Arizona State University and went to law school at Notre Dame.The team says Warren is the highest-ranking African-American executive in any NFL team’s business administration. He’s been with the team since 2004.

 

Jeff Anderson, corporate communications director, is the public contact for the Vikings and their stadium efforts. He’s the team spokesman and does communications work on non-football initiatives, like public affairs, sales and marketing, business affairs and crisis communications. He started as an intern in 2003 and was named director in 2011.

 


HKS Architects

1919 McKinney Ave., Dallas, Tex., 75201
214-969-5599

Bryan Trubey, design principal, has been with HKS for more than 30 years and led the company’s bid to design the new Vikings stadium. He was also a key player in the 2008 Metrodome Next project, a previous iteration of a successor to the Metrodome. He leads the firm’s Sports & Entertainment group, and HKS touted his “focus on new ways to increase revenues” in their 2012 bid for the new Vikings stadium. He has worked previously on Cowboys Stadium, Lucas Oil Stadium, as well as for the Oakland Raiders.

 

John Hutchings, principal in charge, is one of the three senior managers of the design project for HKS Inc. He is responsible, according to the firm’s bid, for contracts and consultants, and oversees prepartion, coordination and implementation of construction documents. He worked on the Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Miller Park in Milwaukee and the Metrodome Next project, a 2008 effort by the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission to draw up a successor for the 1982 stadium.

 

Mark Williams, project programmer,  is one of the two second-level managers named in the HKS bid. He has previously done work for the Dallas Cowboys, Indianapolis Colts, St. Louis Rams, Washington Redskins, as well as the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission in Minneapolis. He is another Metrodome Next veteran.

 

 

Emily Gossett is the Interiors Vice President for HKS, and will work with the Vikings and the MSFA on furnishings and fixtures for the stadium. She has been interior project manager for Lucas Oil Stadium, the Liverpool Football Club stadium in England, as well as college stadiums and arenas in Texas. She is also working on the Department of Defense’s Washington Headquarters building in Virginia. She is also a Metrodome Next veteran.

 


Mortenson Construction

700 Meadow Lane North
Golden Valley, MN 5422
(763) 522-2100

John Wood is a senior vice president at Mortenson Construction. He leads the company’s operations in Arizona, the sports group and the headquarters estimating group. He’s previously worked on Target Field, The University of Minnesota’s TCF Bank Stadium, the Minneapolis Central Library, the FedEx Forum in Memphis, Tenn., and the Minneapolis Convention Center construction and expansion.

 

Ken Sorenson, vice president, works on preconstruction, construction and business development in Minnesota and surrounding states. He was a team advisor in the runup to the stadium legislation, providing background information and testimony on construction during legislative hearings. He’s previously worked on Target Field, the University of Minnesota’s TCF Bank Stadium, United Health Group’s Next Technology Center and the Minneapolis Central Library.

 


Thor Construction

700 Meadow Lane North
5400 Main St. NE, Suite 203
Fridley, MN 55421-1132
(763) 522-2100

Ravi Norman is CEO of Thor Construction. He’s previous worked with Norwest Bank, Wells Fargo & Co., and Highland Banks. Thor is a minority-owned construction partner that has worked with Mortenson on Target Field, the Xcel Energy Center, the Minneapolis Central Library and the TCF Bank Stadium. Thor has also worked on Target stores and the City Center in Las Vegas and on the Hiawatha Light Rail line.

 

All photos from Minnesota Public Radio