|Tommy Benizio has a very successful track record of more than two decades of experience in the management and operation of professional minor league sports franchise and is highly respected in the industry. Most recently, Benizio joined the Allen Wranglers Organization near the end of the 2012 season 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 to being named commissioner of the IFL, 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 began his career in professional minor league sports 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 moving through organizations in Dayton, OH, Baton Rouge, LA, Tucson, AZ, El Paso, TX and Knoxville, TN. It was during his second stint with the team in Roanoke that Benizio served as founding member of the af2 while operating both the hockey and football franchises.