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Arizona Rattlers Name Chris Presson President

Wednesday October 8, 2014

 Former Central Hockey League executive to lead business operations

Phoenix, Ariz. – The five-time ArenaBowl champion Arizona Rattlers announce today that Chris Presson has been named president of the organization.

Presson comes to the Rattlers with over 20 years of sports management experience, including facility management at the INTRUST Bank Arena and Kansas Coliseum in Wichita, Kan. Most recently, he served as president and general manager of Arizona’s Central Hockey League (CHL) team in Prescott Valley, the Arizona Sundogs. Under his leadership the team exponentially increased their season ticket revenue and created a corporate emphasis on community relations that earned the franchise the 2013 Community Relations Franchise of the Year award.

“With Chris’ extensive sales and sports marketing background we are excited to have him oversee the business operations of the franchise. With his expertise, we look forward to working together to elevate the Rattlers to the next level,” said Ron Shurts, owner, Arizona Rattlers.

Presson has twice been named the CHL Executive of the Year and CHL Soul of Service Award recipient. His leadership has earned his franchises numerous sales and marketing awards and earned a spot on Billboard Magazine’s list of Top 45 arenas in the world while managing INTRUST Bank Arena.

“It’s not often you get a chance to lead a franchise with the status the Arizona Rattlers have,” said Presson. “I’m privileged to have this opportunity and my family and I are excited to make the move.”

Presson is a 1992 graduate of Oklahoma State University with a degree in Journalism and Broadcasting. He and his wife Tracy have been married for 21 years. The couple has three daughters, ages 9, 10 and 13.

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