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Steve Poppen
Vice President of Finance & Chief Financial Officer

BIOGRAPHY

Currently in his 16th season with the Vikings, Steve Poppen serves as the team’s Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer. In his role, Poppen is responsible for all financial aspects of the team, including business planning, budgeting, day-to-day financial and administrative operations, human resources, facilities, and new stadium project financing.

For several years Poppen played a lead role in the Vikings attempts to pass new stadium legislation, an exhaustive effort that culminated with Governor Mark Dayton signing the stadium bill into law on May 14, 2012. Since the passage of stadium legislation, Poppen continues to serve on the Vikings stadium team, assisting with the design and construction process and helping negotiate the team’s use agreement, as well as other documents governing the construction and operation of the new publicly-owned facility. Poppen also oversees the Vikings efforts to finance the $477 million team/private commitment to the project. Earlier this year, he helped secure NFL approval for up to $200 million in loans as part of the team/private contribution, a significant step forward for the stadium project.

Currently in his 16th season with the Vikings, Steve Poppen serves as the team’s Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer. In his role, Poppen is responsible for all financial aspects of the team, including business planning, budgeting, day-to-day financial and administrative operations, human resources, facilities, and new stadium project financing.

For several years Poppen played a lead role in the Vikings attempts to pass new stadium legislation, an exhaustive effort that culminated with Governor Mark Dayton signing the stadium bill into law on May 14, 2012. Since the passage of stadium legislation, Poppen continues to serve on the Vikings stadium team, assisting with the design and construction process and helping negotiate the team’s use agreement, as well as other documents governing the construction and operation of the new publicly-owned facility. Poppen also oversees the Vikings efforts to finance the $477 million team/private commitment to the project. Earlier this year, he helped secure NFL approval for up to $200 million in loans as part of the team/private contribution, a significant step forward for the stadium project.

A native of Watertown, SD, Poppen spent eight years as a Certified Public Accountant in the business assurance group of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP in Kansas City before joining the Vikings. In 2006, Poppen participated in the NFL-Stanford Program for Managers at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, a program developed by the NFL to promote growth of leaders within the League. Poppen helped engineer dramatic renovations to Winter Park during the 2006 offseason that featured a total remake of the locker room and equipment facilities and an upgrade of the athletic training areas. In 2009, he joined the NFL’s Green Committee to enhance environmental awareness among clubs and  has been key in the Vikings Planet Purple initiatives to operate the franchise in a more Earth-friendly way.

Poppen received his bachelor’s degree in accounting from Evangel University in Springfield, MO, in 1991. An active member of his community, Poppen served on the board of Minnesota Adult and Teen Challenge, a faith-based drug and alcohol rehabilitation program for Minnesota adults and teens, from 2002-2012. Poppen sits on the Executive Committee of the Minneapolis Downtown Council board, an organization promoting business development in downtown Minneapolis, and he holds a position with the Minnesota State Fair Foundation board of directors, including serving as the chair of the Audit Committee. The State Fair Foundation was created to preserve and improve the historic Minnesota State Fair buildings and grounds and support State Fair educational, scientific and agricultural programs. Poppen also served on the Entertainment Subcommittee of the Downtown 2025 working group of Minneapolis civic and business leaders focused on a progressive future for downtown. Shortly after the public rollout of the Downtown 2025 Plan, he was given a role on the group’s Implementation Committee.

Poppen and his wife, Christy, who holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Evangel, have four children – Natalie, Andrew, Nathan and Avery. The Poppen family resides in Chanhassen.

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