The Milwaukee Bucks continued building out the organization today with the announcement of two new executives and the appointment of one of the team’s most senior leaders to spearhead the newly established Community Affairs and Social Responsibility department. Bucks owners Marc Lasry and Wes Edens announced that Patrick McDonough has joined the organization as Chief Financial Officer, Bob Cook has been hired as Vice President of Business Affairs, and that longtime Bucks executive John F. Steinmiller will lead the organization’s community outreach efforts in a new role as Executive Vice President of Community Affairs and Social Responsibility.
Bucks co-owner Wes Edens commented, “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.”
Co-owner Marc Lasry said, “We are so excited about how this team is coming together. 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.”
Steinmiller begins his 45th season as a member of the Milwaukee Bucks organization, and after a 34-year run as Executive Vice President of Business Operations will take on the new role as Executive Vice President of Community Affairs and Social Responsibility. In his new position, Steinmiller will reinforce the team’s commitment to the region through the planning and implementation of team and league-wide initiatives. He will also lend his years of experience to assist Lasry and Edens in their efforts to engage as new members of the community. This marks 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.
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 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 Lasry.
Prior to joining the Bucks, Cook served as a vice president at HNTB Corporation, a national engineering and architecture company specializing in complex transportation projects and sports venues. At HNTB, Cook was based in Wisconsin’s state capital and brings with him a wealth of relationships in government, policy and statewide community organizations that will allow the Bucks brand to elevate beyond the Milwaukee city limits to become a respected name across the state and a true partner in both local and statewide economic revitalization.