Shay Butler, ’10
Excellence in Achievement by a Recent Graduate Award
In the eight short years since his graduation from NAU with a degree in finance and management, Shay Butler has followed a dynamic career trajectory. After NAU, his first job was as an account executive for the Dallas Stars professional hockey team. Within four years, Butler had become the Director of Corporate Partnerships for NHL team. Four years following, he was hired as the Vice President for Sales and Marketing for Envy Gaming, Inc., one of the world’s leading esports organizations. Esports—professional video gaming competitions—is a rapidly growing segment of the video gaming industry. Envy Gaming manages competitive teams in electronic sports and video gaming (Call of Duty, Halo, and others). Butler has taken his NAU business degree and applied to great effect within a burgeoning industry. Analysts expect Esports to generate $905.6 million in 2018, up from $493 million in 2016 and on track to reach $1.4 billion by 2020.
In addition to his professional roles, Butler is also active in Christian organizations and fundraises for student mission trips at his church.
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