MINNEAPOLIS - The Minnesota Timberwolves and Lynx have confirmed that former Lynx COO Conrad Smith passed away Wednesday night after an extended battle with brain cancer.
He is survived by his wife and three children.
Smith was elevated to top leader of the Lynx's business operation in 2008. In his position he was responsible for overseeing Lynx ticket sales, corporate sponsorships, marketing, advertising, public relations and other business segments.
But more importantly, Smith served as a community ambassador, driving marketing and communications needs for the organization, and served as the team liaison to the league on marketing and business matters.
Smith had more than a quarter-century of professional sports experience, including more than a decade with the Minnesota Timberwolves. During that time, Smith was Vice President of Corporate Sales and Services and most recently, served as the team's Vice President of Business Development, working with the team's premier sponsors such as Verizon, Best Buy, Pepsi and Target.
A graduate of Emerson College in Boston, Smith was a fixture on the Minnesota sports scene. Prior to joining the Wolves, he spent four years as the Director of Corporate Sales for Major League Baseball's Minnesota Twins. Prior to that, Smith held a similar position with the National Hockey League's Minnesota North Stars.
(Copyright 2013 by KARE. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. )