Meet the Leadership Team

  • EVAN SUTTNER / PRESIDENT

    esuttner@pacersac.com

    (317) 763-1502

    Evan Suttner is a graduate of Indiana University, where he earned his master’s degree in Sport Management and bachelor’s degree in Communication and Culture. While at IU, Evan worked for five seasons with the Indiana Women’s Basketball team as a manager and graduate assistant. He also spent three seasons as an advance scout for the WNBA’s New York Liberty and two summers traveling the country as an instructor for PGC (Point Guard College) Basketball. Evan joined Primetime in 2012 as Director of Basketball, before transitioning to Vice President of Pacers Athletic Center in 2016. Named President of Pacers Athletic Center in 2018, Evan oversees all leagues, training, teams, marketing, operations, and more for the facility. He and his wife Lauren reside in Carmel, IN with their daughters Sydney and Sophie.

  • BRANDON LAFFERMAN / CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

    blafferman@pacersac.com

    (317) 763-1501

    Brandon Lafferman is a graduate of Butler University, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in Education. He has a passion for helping young athletes develop their strengths—physically, mentally, and emotionally—through memorable sports experiences and worked to co-found Indiana Primetime Sports, Inc. in 2007. As Chief Operating Officer, Brandon oversees sponsorships and events for Pacers Athletic Center and the upcoming Finch Creek Fieldhouse, opening in 2018. Brandon is also entering his fifth season as Head Boys Basketball Coach at University High School in Carmel. Brandon enjoys traveling, golf, watching football, and spending time with his wife Dani, son Crew and daughter Lennox.

  • J.P. CLINE / DIRECTOR OF FINANCE

    jpcline@pacersac.com

    (317) 763-1505

    JP Cline is a graduate from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University Bloomington, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Technology Management. While at IU, JP proudly served as a member of the IU Student Foundation Steering Committee. Prior to joining Pacers Athletic Center in July 2017, JP gained experience at EY and Merrill Lynch in risk advisory and private wealth management. JP is responsible for overseeing accounting and financing activities at Pacers Athletic Center and the upcoming Finch Creek Fieldhouse.

  • BILLY BUNKOWFST / DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS

    wbunkowfst@pacersac.com

    (574) 242-8308

    Billy Bunkowfst is from Winamac, IN and is a graduate of IUPUI where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. He has been with the company since January of 2016, where he first started as a part-time employee. Billy began working full time at Pacers Athletic Center in 2017, as the Director of Operations. Billy oversees all aspects of the facility, including working closely with event operators and local youth sports programs/leagues, customer service needs, equipment, concessions, maintenance and more.

  • BRADEN HEIL / DIRECTOR OF SPORTS PROGRAMMING

    bheil@pacersac.com

    Braden Heil is a graduate of the University of Illinois, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology. While at Illinois, Braden worked for three seasons (2006-2009) with the Illinois Women’s Basketball team as a student manager. Braden spent the next year in Bradley, IL as a student-teacher and boys basketball assistant coach at Bradley-Bourbonnais Community H.S., followed up by a stop at St. Ambrose University in Davenport, IA as a graduate assistant womens basketball coach while pursuing a master’s degree in Organizational Leadership. In 2011, Braden found his way back to Champaign, IL and was hired as Assistant Event Coordinator for Blue Star Basketball & U.S. Junior Nationals, where he helped facilitate all aspects of over 40 girls basketball exposure events annually all over the country. In addition to his duties with Blue Star & USJN, Braden spent 2011-2014 as an assistant girls basketball coach at The High School of Saint Thomas More and was a part of a Class 2A State Runner-Up finish & a Class 2A State Championship season. From 2014-2018, Braden served as the Head Girls Basketball Coach at Unity High School in Tolono, IL; during his tenure there, he also served on the IBCA All-State Selection Committee. As Director of Sports Programming, Braden oversees all camps, Parents Night Out, Field Trips and Birthday Parties at the PAC, along with management of the Grand Park Select program; he will also be coaching with Primetime and assisting with our IYBL leagues.

  • JUSTIN BATES / HEAD OF SCHEDULING

    jbates@pacersac.com

    (765) 278-6620

    Justin Bates is a graduate of Anderson University, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications/Journalism. Having been involved in athletics for the past 20+ years, Justin is a long-time athlete and also a licensed IHSAA football and basketball official. He served as the Sports Information Director at Anderson University from 2001-2014 and was an assistant coach for the Anderson University softball team from 2006-2015. Justin is also the Sports Editor and a Sports Writer at The Herald Bulletin. Originally from Vero Beach, FL, Justin and his wife Heather now reside in Anderson, IN with their daughter Holly.