Thunder Executive Staff

Danny Barth | Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer

An NBA executive since 1997, Danny Barth has served in his current position of executive vice president and chief administrative officer of the Oklahoma City Thunder since the team’s inaugural season in 2008. In this role, he oversees all aspects of the team’s business operations, driving its emphasis on building community partnerships and creating a first-class fan experience.

After overseeing the moving of the franchise’s business operations to Oklahoma City, Barth shifted his focus to the team’s growth and development, including overseeing the remodeling of Chesapeake Energy Arena to not only meet NBA requirements, but also to provide a strong fan-focused environment. The facility upgrades, which were completed in 2013, included new hospitality areas, enhanced seating and sightlines, modernized common areas and concourses, and the team’s permanent corporate office.

Under Barth’s leadership, the Thunder has become regarded throughout the industry as a leader in sports business and a model for best practices. Within its first five seasons, the team was recognized by ESPN The Magazine in its Ultimate Standings as the No. 1 professional sports franchise in North America and awarded Sports Team of the Year by the Sports Business Awards, presented by the Sports Business Journal. The national Make-A-Wish Foundation has honored the team with a Chris Greicius Celebrity Award, and Leadership Oklahoma has recognized the team with its Statewide Community Leadership Award.

Prior to his work with the Thunder, Barth served as interim president and CEO for two seasons with the Seattle Supersonics, having previously held positions as chief financial officer, vice president and controller for the team. He began his career with Price Waterhouse LLC, spending six years in the audit division in the corporation’s Seattle and New York offices, where he specialized in retail and investment banking.

A graduate of Seattle University, Barth resides with his wife Julie and their two sons in Edmond.

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Brian M. Byrnes | Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing

Brian Byrnes joined the Thunder organization in April 2005, and developed and executed the strategic sales and marketing efforts to launch business operations in Oklahoma City in 2008. Byrnes' current responsibilities include oversight of ticket sales, retention and operations; luxury suite sales and hospitality; marketing and communications strategies such as brand management, advertising, promotions, graphic design, digital media, e-commerce and event presentation.

Capitalizing on the unique platform of being Oklahoma's first permanent major-league sports team, Byrnes continues to foster programming that extends the reach of the Thunder brand to fans throughout the region. Initiatives such as Thunder Alley and the Kia Rewards Zone make the game-day experience accessible to all Thunder fans visiting Chesapeake Energy Arena. Year-round, the Blue Alliance connects local fans in towns across Oklahoma, while the OG&E ThunderBolt brings an interactive Thunder experience to regional fairs and neighborhood celebrations.

Previously, Byrnes served as executive vice president of business operations for the NHL's Phoenix Coyotes, guiding the organization through a rebranding that included a new corporate identity, logos and team uniforms. Prior to joining the Coyotes, Byrnes built nearly 10 years of experience with the NHL's Dallas Stars and MLB's Texas Rangers.

Byrnes is actively involved in the Thunder Cares Foundation, Allied Arts, Leadership Oklahoma City, the National Sports Forum and the Greater Oklahoma City Sports Consortium. A graduate of St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Byrnes and his wife Ashley reside with their three children in Edmond.

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Tony Driscoll | Vice President of Business Development

Tony Driscoll serves the Thunder organization as vice president of Business Development, having joined the team in 2012. He leads the organization’s efforts to foster relationships with existing business partners and to expand sponsorship opportunities.

Driscoll previously worked as vice president of sales and business development for the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA), headquartering out of Charlotte for the California-based organization.

Prior to that, he worked in several roles with the International Speedway Corporation (ISC), which owns and/or operates 13 NASCAR racetracks around the country. Over the course of 10 years with ISC, Driscoll rose to the position of senior director of partnership and integrated media sales, where he successfully developed and executed an expansive strategy to cultivate new partners, renew existing sponsorships and integrate sales for numerous media outlets into the organization’s corporate sales unit.

Driscoll is a graduate of Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, Michigan.

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Scott Loft | Vice President of Ticket Sales, Retention and Database Operations

Scott Loft is an industry veteran with more than 25 years of professional sports leadership experience in the National Football League, National Hockey League and National Basketball Association.

Loft joined the Thunder in 2010 after three seasons with the Miami Dolphins and is responsible for the Thunder's overall strategy and tactics for all ticket sales, retention and database operations including season ticket sales, group ticket sales, executive suites and Club Level memberships.

Loft's sports career started with the NBA's Philadelphia 76ers, where he spent nine seasons, culminating as the director of ticket sales. After his stint with the NBA, Loft became one of the first employees with the NHL's expansion Nashville Predators, where his ticket sales team became the first NHL or NBA franchise to qualify for expansion by selling more than 12,000 season tickets before the NHL franchise was awarded to the city of Nashville.

After five seasons in the NHL, Loft joined the NFL's Jacksonville Jaguars as executive director of ticket sales and marketing. Loft was chosen to be the Jaguars' sole attendee at the inaugural NFL Management Program at Stanford during the 2003 season, and his five years in Jacksonville were highlighted by the local oversight of the ticketing functions for Super Bowl XXXIX, which was played in Jacksonville in 2005. Loft then continued his NFL career with the Miami Dolphins, where he stayed until he joined the Thunder.

Prior to his career in sports, Loft received his undergraduate degree from Ball State University in Muncie, Ind., and his master's degree from Temple University in Philadelphia. Loft currently lives in Edmond with his wife Cathy; their son, Josh, attends the University of Oklahoma.

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Dan Mahoney | Vice President, Broadcasting & Corporate Communications

Dan Mahoney joined the Oklahoma City Thunder in August 2008. In his role of vice president of Broadcasting and Corporate Communications, he oversees the Thunder business public relations efforts, website (okcthunder.com) and broadcasting operations.

Previously Mahoney served as a public relations consultant for the Professional Basketball Club, LLC and the New Orleans Hornets. From 1995-2003 he was director of communications for Oklahoma Governor Frank Keating. He later worked with Gov. Keating as senior vice president of communications and public affairs at the American Council of Life Insurers in Washington, D.C.

Consulting with Gooden Group of Edmond, Okla., Mahoney coordinated public relations efforts for the Skirvin Hilton Hotel, a historic Oklahoma City landmark which reopened in 2007 after being closed for 18 years. He also assisted the Hornets during their relocation and two-year stay in Oklahoma City from 2005-07.

As director of communications for Gov. Keating, Mahoney was responsible for public information coordination for the State of Oklahoma and the Governor's office. That included public information efforts during the 1995 bombing of the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City. Following that tragedy, he consulted for businesses and other government agencies on crisis communications.

Mahoney spent 18 years in radio and television as a news director, news reporter and sportscaster in Richmond, Va.; Albuquerque, N.M.; and Oklahoma City. He is a native of Philadelphia and attended Virginia Commonwealth University and the University of New Mexico.

Mahoney served on the 20-year anniversary committee for the Oklahoma City National Memorial. He has two adult daughters who live in New York City

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Katy Semtner | Vice President, Human Resources

Katy Semtner joined the Oklahoma City franchise in January 2003. She serves as the team’s vice president of Human Resources. Semtner’s responsibilities include oversight of payroll, benefits, employee relations, recruitment, selection, orientation, performance management, compensation, policy creation, employment-law compliance and employee development.

Prior to joining the franchise, Semtner worked in human resources in the hospitality and nonprofit industries. She is a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources.

Semtner is a member of the Society for Human Resources Management, the Oklahoma City Human Resources Society and EWF International. The Seattle native is a graduate of the University of California at San Diego and an alumna of Leadership Oklahoma City.

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Pete Winemiller | Senior Vice President, Guest Relations

An NBA franchise executive since 1995, Pete Winemiller currently serves as senior vice president of Guest Relations for the Thunder.

Winemiller is charged with creating repeat customers in a business environment where you cannot control the level of success on the basketball court (the purchased product), but you can control what happens in the stands (the customer experience).

In 2008 Winemiller and his staff led the implementation of a results-producing customer service program leading into the inaugural season for the Thunder, during what former NBA Commissioner David Stern called “the most compressed beginning ever in professional sports.”

The Thunder was recognized in 2014 by the Customer Experience Professionals Association as a winner of its CX Innovation Award, which recognizes organizations implementing new practices that improve customer experience, resulting in strong business impact. The team also received the 2014 All-Star Award from the National Customer Service Association. The Thunder has previously been honored by the American Business Awards as Front-Line Customer Service Team of the Year in 2012 and as a Gold Award winner in the Customer Experience Excellence category of the Gartner & 1to1 Media CRM Excellence Awards.

Winemiller has been a keynote speaker and featured presenter at numerous customer service conferences throughout the country. He has served as adjunct professor at both Arizona State University and the University of Washington, sharing his business perspective with undergraduate students, graduate students and business executives.

Winemiller was selected in 2013 as Chief Customer Officer of the Year by the Chief Customer Officer Council. A graduate of Washington State University, he is an alumnus of the Disney Institute in Orlando, Fla., and the Ritz-Carlton Leadership Center in Chevy Chase, Maryland. He received his professional certification in Customer Experience Management in 2010. He is a member of the Make-A-Wish Oklahoma board of directors and serves on the Junior League of Oklahoma City advisory board.

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Christine Berney | Vice President, Community Relations

Christine Berney joined the Oklahoma City Thunder in 2008 and currently serves as vice president of Community Relations and executive director of the Thunder Cares Foundation. She is responsible for overseeing the programs and partnerships that help the Thunder make a positive impact on the community.

During her tenure with the Thunder, Berney has helped establish the team as a leader in the Oklahoma City community and as a partner with nonprofits across the state. She oversees the more than 20 ongoing and annual community programs that the Thunder administers, as well as directing the fundraising and day-to-day management of the Thunder Cares Foundation, whose mission focuses on building and refurbishing community basketball courts across the state of Oklahoma.

Berney’s professional background includes public relations and community relations positions in both the corporate and nonprofit sectors. Before joining the Thunder, she served as the manager of public relations for the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber. Prior to that, she was the manager of community relations for Sonic Corporation.

Originally from California, Berney earned her B.A. in English from Oregon State University and her M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.