DON KIM, CEO
Don Kim graduated from Harvard University in 2016 before beginning his career in Esports in developer partnerships at Skillz, the leading mobile games esports platform. In 2018, Don joined TSM FTX, the world’s most valuable esports organization, as the Director of Operations for the largest analytics and insights gaming app, blitz.gg. In his tenure at TSM FTX, Kim also served as the orgs Director of Esports. In this role, Kim oversaw operations for Rainbow Six: Siege, Apex, Valorant, mobile and more. While at TSM FTX, Don founded the ICON Agency, a premier digital talent agency focused on representing world-ranked professional esports athletes and top-tier streaming talent. Today, Don serves as the CEO for DarkZero Esports, the professional esports organization based in Las Vegas, with top competitive teams in Rainbow Six: Siege and Valorant.
TOMMY PADULA, HEAD OF PARTNERSHIPS
Tommy Padula joined DarkZero Esports in October 2020. Prior to DarkZero Esports, Tommy worked for MGM Resorts & Madison Square Garden company as an instrumental part of corporate & sports entertainment partnerships. Mr.Padula graduated from Ithaca College in 2014, and currently resides in Las Vegas, NV.
ZACH MATULA, CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD
Former BP Trade Manager, and investment advisor to one of the largest private equity firms in the world. Zach is responsible for leading and overseeing DarkZero Esports business and team operations from an executive level. Mr.Matula graduated from Texas A&M and currently resides in Houston, TX with his wife and two daughters.
GRANT TRIPPLE, CONTENT MANAGER
Grant originally joined DarkZero as a social media intern, he quickly scaled our TikTok account from zero to 200K followers. Grant also showcased his exceptional data & analytics skills in this time that transferred to the competitive Siege team, this earned him the role as an analyst on the team. Grant later returned to the content team and now serves as content manager overseeing the entire department leading our brand image and content strategies.
WAYNE PEACOCK, ART DIRECTOR
Initially brought into DarkZero as a part time contractor, Wayne soon became an integral piece of the content team. His expertise and broad skillset allowed DarkZero to develop their social media presence and brand image through key art initiatives. After proving himself a valuable asset through his experience, vision and accomplishments DarkZero named Wayne as their first ever Art Director.