Travis Williams is in his 11th season as a senior executive with the Penguins, currently serving as Chief Operating Officer and overseeing day-to-day business and arena operations.
In addition, Williams serves as the Penguins' point man on the development of the former Civic Arena site and oversaw the construction of the much-acclaimed UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex in Cranberry.
Williams joined the Penguins in 2008 as Senior Vice President of Business Affairs/General Counsel. One of his first responsibilities was to guide the construction and development of the team's new arena - bringing the project to completion on time and under budget for the start of the 2010-11 season. He now serves as the team's liaison with building manager AEG Facilities, working closely with AEG on all arena-related events, including major concerts and national-level sporting events.
Previously, Williams had been a partner at Reed Smith LLP, where he specialized in mergers and acquisitions, investment management, commercial lending and general corporate matters. During his 12 years at Reed Smith, Williams also represented several sports franchises, regional sports networks and other sports-related businesses.
A native of Indianapolis, he graduated from Penn State University and received a Juris Doctorate from Duquesne University, summa cum laude. While at Duquesne, he was a member of the Duquesne Law Review and the Duquesne Business Law Journal.