Tommy Benizio- Owner and CEO
Team owner Tommy Benizio spearheads the Revolution organization as the team’s CEO following a four year stint as the Indoor Football League’s first Commissioner. Over the course of his time as Commissioner, the league grew in both strength and stability. Prior, Benizio was the owner and operator of both the Intense Football League and the Odessa Roughnecks for five seasons, winning Franchise of the Year and Executive of the Year awards for his work with the team.
Benizio brings over two decades of experience in the operation of professional minor league sports franchises, getting his start in the early 1990’s as a player for the ECHL’s Roanoke Valley Rampage. Following his brief professional hockey career, he took a position in the front office of the ECHL’s Roanoke team. From that point on he worked hard at every position he held, while earning promotions through professional hockey teams in Dayton, OH, Baton Rouge, LA, Tucson, AZ, El Paso, TX, and Knoxville, TN. During his second stint with the team in Roanoke, Benizio served as a founding member of the AF2 while operating both the hockey and football franchises.
A dedicated professional, he continues to contribute to the success of the Revolution with great leadership and passion. He resides in Frisco, Texas with his wife Jessica and daughter Giuliana.
Tim Brown- General Manager
Tim Brown is a Hall of Fame wide receiver who spent sixteen years with the Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders, during which he established himself as one of the NFL’s most prolific wide receivers. Brown has also played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and college football for Notre Dame, where he won the Heisman Trophy, becoming the first wide receiver to win the award. He was inducted into the Hall in 2015.
Tim has been with the Revolution since it was founded in 2013 as a co-owner and General Manager. He currently resides in Dallas, Texas with his family and is an active member of the community through his charity work and public speaking.
David Van Wagenen - Office Manager
Also known as the Office Ninja, David Van Wagenen is in his first year with the Revolution as a full-time employee, but third season overall. Overseeing the books, office management and intern operations, he has developed a close relationship with schools and companies in Allen and the surrounding communities.
David is a native Houstonian and married his high school sweetheart Lauren Van Wagenen after she graduated from SMU and now reside in lower Greenville with their two kids. After David got his undergraduate degree from University of Texas at Dallas, he worked for the Texas Rangers in the sales department as an account executive learning valuable skills while being one of the top performers in his group.
Officially brought onto the staff in August of 2015, David was an intern for almost a year and a half learning all the different aspects of running a professional football team and using his past experiences to help the company grow. David is an avid fan of college football and loves being outside and spending time with his two boys William and Brooks. David is proud of his hairy chest that makes even Borat jealous.
Jeremy Phillips, Assistant General Manager
As the new Titan of Tickets, Jeremy Phillips combines his passions of football and working with people by overseeing all ticket operations, including many of the luxury suite sales and sponsorship opportunities that the Texas Revolution offers. During his first year as the Director of Ticket Operations, he more than exceeded expectations, leading to his promotion as the new Assistant General Manager. With a season of Revs football under his belt, a new dynamic team and state of the art facility, Jeremy is ready to launch the Revs into the 2019 season!
Jeremy is a graduate of Texas Tech University and has a Bachelor of Science in Sports Management with a Minor in Advertising. When Jeremy is not watching sports, he spends his spare time with his girlfriend and high school sweetheart, Hannah Taylor, and their two dogs Rondo and Kobe.
Andrew Hatfield, Director of Communications
Andrew is in his first year as the Football Evangelist for the Texas Revolution after studying at the University of Missouri. He is in charge of public relations, community outreach and our social media pages, managing the Twitter account with the most followers in the CIF. He was born in Dallas, where he still resides, and is a member of the Class of 2014 at The St. Mark’s School of Texas. Andrew is excited to be with us and is looking to bring a renewed energy to our Social Media and community outreach efforts.
Shane Sharp, Director of Marketing
Shane brings his experiences from the Special Olympics and Texas Tech University to create a lively and exciting in-game atmosphere as the new Director of Fun. Overseeing game operations, Shane will provide excitement for all fans! Shane is an avid sports fanatic who enjoys playing football and basketball as well as attending sporting events throughout the metroplex.
In addition to his passion for sports, Shane enjoys collecting popular sneakers and being a Star Wars nerd. Shane is currently engaged to his fiancé Sarah, who is completing her Masters in Deaf Education at the University of Texas at San Antonio.