New Phoenix Rising governor Bill Kraus shares ambitions for club

(Disclosure: Rose Law Group represents Phoenix Rising FC.)

By Theo Mackie | Arizona Republic

Last week, Phoenix Rising FC announced that Bill Kraus would join the club’s Board of Directors as governor. Kraus — a local investment banker who serves as managing director at Arlington Capital Advisors — has been a part of the club’s current 15-person ownership group since it purchased the team in 2016. He previously served as an advisor to the Board of Directors, which he will now head.

This week, Kraus spoke with The Republic to share his ambitions for the club. The interview has been edited for length and clarity.

Q: What does being the club’s governor entail?

A: The first point is really interfaith with the league, senior officials and the league front office. And I would say the governor is also the first point of contact for Bobby Dulle as GM, who is running the day-to-day for the club. I’ve been on a bunch of corporate boards before and they tend to meet quarterly, maybe every two months. We talk every Friday morning. It’s almost been more of an operating committee, where we have a bunch of talented folks, they each have different sets of experiences. Tim Riester runs a big marketing firm in hand. Mark Detmer is a real estate executive. And several other guys like myself are business and finance executives. So we’ve had the approach over the years of talking regularly. Every Friday morning, I try to pool the resources and talents of the whole group.

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