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FUNK JR., BOB
Bob Funk Jr. is owner and president of Prodigal LLC. In addition to operating the Oklahoma City Barons AHL hockey franchise, Prodigal LLC co-promotes PBR (Professional Bull Riders) events in Oklahoma City and Tulsa, operates the RNCFR (Ram National Circuit Finals Rodeo) in Oklahoma City each spring and oversees the Express Sports Agency which represents 15 of the best rodeo and bull riding athletes in the world. The Barons are the American Hockey League affiliate of the Edmonton Oilers. The AHL is a 30-team league that serves as the primary developmental affiliates for teams in the National Hockey League.
Funk has worked on a variety of projects in the sports and entertainment world following his graduation from Oklahoma Baptist University in 1998. After working as Chief Operations Officer for Express Sports, Funk worked independently with the United States Tennis Association in producing Davis Cup and Fed Cup matches across the United States.
In 2003, he joined the RCA Group as the tour manager of a 30-city, five-country Street Basketball Tour called the AND 1 Mix Tape Tour. His responsibilities included planning and implementation of the tour, staffing, travel coordination, corporate branding and on-site marketing. During his term with RCA he also produced other events such as concerts, team sports, and other specialty events.
Following the conclusion of the street basketball tour, he served the RCA Group as production manager for standalone events such as Winter and Summer X Games and the Moto X Championships. His main duties included working with ESPN’s event marketing department on all aspects of sponsor signage fulfillment, analyzing day-to-day signage views as well as personnel management for the event.
Funk and his family are actively involved in community efforts within the state of Oklahoma. With the Barons hockey team, Bob has participated in events with: Habitat for Humanity, Special Olympics Oklahoma, Oklahoma City Youth Hockey Association, Sexual Assault Awareness month with the Oklahoma Attorney General Office and PALS (Police Athletic League Sports).
Individually, he has served as Chair for the March of Dimes Sports Headliner Banquet, is a board member for the State of Oklahoma March of Dimes chapter, organizing committee member for the National Sports Forum, is a graduate of the CommStar Program at Tinker AFG, graduate of the Citizen Police Academy, supporter of The First Tee program and is an active member of Downtown Rotary Club 29.