Front Office

Administration

Todd Frederickson - President / Alternate Governor

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Since his hiring on April 24, 2013, President Todd Frederickson has been an instrumental and driving force in hockey’s return to the Des Moines market. 

During the course of the first five seasons, the Wild has averaged nearly 6,000 fans per game and completely entrenched itself as one of the premier franchises in the American Hockey League. The Frederickson-led front office broke its’ own record by re-setting the all-time attendance mark for a professional hockey game in the state of Iowa when the team welcomed 13,422 patrons to Wells Fargo Arena on Nov. 9, 2017. 

Under his leadership, the team has garnered numerous awards in its short existence. During the summer of 2018, Iowa was honored for the third straight season as the AHL’s Corporate Sales Team of the Year, with more than 100% growth backed by new and creative sponsorships. In 2016-17, Iowa Wild was awarded best Digital Media Experience for fans.

In July of 2015, the club was awarded the Best Fan Experience for the AHL’s Western Conference. The organization also racked up three more business-growth awards at the AHL League Marketing Meetings in June of 2015. The Iowa Wild picked up more honors in July of 2015 after Drake University selected team mascot “Crash” for the Character Counts! Program – Mascot of Character Award.

As the first president in team history, Frederickson integrated a successful business plan by creating community-based initiatives such as the Healthy Living Floor Hockey Program and the team’s Wild About Reading campaign. In all, more 150,000 young students throughout central Iowa participated in the team’s floor hockey and reading programs in the first five seasons.

In addition to these programs, the Iowa Wild continues to expand its local growth through community programs. During the 2017-18 season, Iowa Wild, partnered with Iowa Corn, introduced Hockey Days Iowa, the largest outdoor 3-on-3 hockey tournament in Iowa history. More than 300 players from multiple states making up more than 40 teams competed in the inaugural event, which took place in a cornfield in the greater Des Moines area. Because of the success of Hockey Days Iowa, the Wild received the AHL Corporate Promotion of the Year and Community Service Excellence awards at the 2018 AHL Team Business Meetings.

During the winter of 2016, the club partnered with Wells Fargo to christen the first-ever outdoor rink at Raccoon River in West Des Moines. Furthermore, the team added two more rinks for the winter of 2017, giving citizens in Waukee and Ankeny new outdoor facilities open to the public.

In the summer of 2017, Iowa Wild introduced new programs designed for beginners and a separate league for those with physical disabilities. Boys and girls between the ages of 4-12 could sign up for the Junior Crash Course, which allows kids the opportunity to play hockey without the burden of purchasing expensive equipment. In addition, through a donation made by the Minnesota Wild Foundation and a partnership with Adaptive Sports Iowa, the Iowa Wild announced a Sled Hockey League to begin play in fall of 2017.  

Aside from his team responsibilities, Frederickson takes pride in helping his local community. In 2017, he oversaw a successful fundraiser for the American Heart Association (AHA) as the chairman for their annual Heart Walk. The annual jersey auction has generated roughly $60,000 in funds from the hockey club alone. Frederickson served on the board of the AHA from 2014-17, with a strong tie to the AHA because his son Will had open-heart surgery seven days after birth.

Since 2014, he has served as a volunteer chairman for the Mid-Iowa Friends of Scouting – which provides leadership for annual fundraising campaigns for the Mid-Iowa Council Boy Scouts of America. The only president in Iowa history also makes time to serve on the board for the Susan G. Komen of Greater Iowa since March of 2016. In addition, he was the acting Corporate Chair for the Walk to Defeat ALS in October of 2016.

Prior to taking over in Iowa, Frederickson had served as the AHL’s Vice President, Team Business Services, leading the league to five consecutive years of ticket sales and corporate sales growth.

Before joining the AHL, Frederickson spent time with the Atlanta Falcons organization. Prior to that, Frederickson spent 10 years in the ticketing department of the AHL’s Chicago Wolves, including three years as their executive director of ticket sales and service. The Wolves led the AHL in attendance during the 2004-05 season, averaging more than 9,200 fans per game.

The Grosse Pointe Woods, Mich., native, is a graduate of Denison University in Granville, Ohio. He resides in West Des Moines, with his wife Kristy and their two children: Lilly (9) and William (6). 

Eve Sloan - Office Coordinator

Corporate Sales

Eric Grundfast - Vice President, Sales

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What you love most about working for the Wild: Enjoy connecting with local leaders and partners in the community

Best thing about your job: The excitement of game nights and events throughout the year

Hometown: Saugerties, NY

College degree/year/school: Bachelor of Science (Sport Management) Eastern Connecticut State University 2008.

States (and provinces or countries) you’ve lived in: Texas, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York and Iowa

Sports idol(s) as a youth: Emmitt Smith

As a child, you dreamed of becoming: A Lacrosse Coach

First job/your age: Old Navy/16

Current dream job: Running a minor league franchise

Other sports teams you’ve worked for: Albany River Rats, Providence Bruins

Proudest professional accomplishment: Accepting a job in the AHL 1 day out of College

Favorite charities/charitable causes: American Heart Association, ALS Association, Iowa Chapter

Sports played growing up: Basketball, Football, Lacrosse

Favorite music artists: Dave Matthews Band, Zac Brown Band, Kenny Chesney

Favorite sports movie: Miracle, Remember The Titans, The Departed

Favorite book or author: Its Not about the Bike - Lance Armstrong

Favorite subject in elementary school: Phys. Ed

Favorite spectator sports: College Football, College Basketball, NFL games, NHL Games

Favorite pro/college sports teams (excluding Iowa Wild): Dallas Cowboys, Minnesota Wild, NY Yankees

Favorite recreational activities/hobbies: Biking and Golf

 

Joe Sheridan - Director, Corporate Sales and Service

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What you love most about working for the Wild: All the energy, excitement and support we receive from our amazing fans!

Best thing about your job: Building unique partnerships between the IA Wild and the community

Hometown: Des Moines, IA

States (and provinces or countries) you’ve lived in: Iowa, Delaware, Colorado, California, New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut and Washington D.C.

College degree/year/school: B.A. English -  University of Iowa

Sports idol(s) as a youth: Cal Ripken Jr. and Mario Lemieux

Personal/professional hero(es): It’s my mother, hands down.

As a child, you dreamed of becoming: Entrepreneur

First job/your age: Car Detailer, 16

Current dream job: Sports Commissioner (Professional or Collegiate) 

Favorite charities/charitable causes: Variety – the Children’s Charity of Iowa, United Way of Central Iowa and Adaptive Sports Iowa

Sports played growing up: Golf, Baseball, Basketball, Soccer, Track and Wakeboarding

An interesting fact about you: I met my spouse by texting the wrong number.

Favorite foods: Prime Rib, Sushi and Gnocchi

Favorite music artists: Modern Country, 2000’s Rock, Pop and R&B

Favorite sports movie: Happy Gilmore

Favorite book or author: Malcolm Gladwell, Tobias Wolff, Laura Hillenbrand and Dan Brown

Favorite subject in elementary school: Social Studies/History

Favorite spectator sports:  Hockey, College Football and Golf

Favorite pro/college sports teams (excluding Iowa Wild): Iowa Hawkeyes

Favorite recreational activities/hobbies: Wakesurfing, Kayaking, Tailgating and Cooking
 

Scott Ball - Manager, Client Services

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What you love most about working for the Wild: The people I work with and connecting with our partners in the greater Des Moines area

Best thing about your job: Getting to work in professional hockey and help grow the best game in the world

Hometown: Wayne, Pennsylvania

States (and provinces or countries) you’ve lived in: Pennsylvania, Ohio, Illinois & Iowa

College degree/year/school: Sport Leadership & Management, Miami University '15

Sports idol(s) as a youth: Eric Lindros, John LeClair, Brian Dawkins, Chase Utley

Personal/professional hero(es): My parents

As a child, you dreamed of becoming: Pro hockey player or sports executive

First job/your age: Packaging products at a local farm, age 16

Current dream job: Running a pro hockey franchise

Other sports teams you’ve worked for: New York Red Bulls, Wilmington Blue Rocks & Miami RedHawks

Favorite charities/charitable causes: Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation

Sports played growing up: Hockey & baseball

An interesting fact about you: I go by my middle name, Scott, on a daily basis

Favorite foods: Mexican food, cheesesteaks, anything with shrimp

Favorite music artists: A Tribe Called Quest, Pearl Jam, Slightly Stoopid

Favorite sports movie: Miracle

Favorite book or author: Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer

Favorite subject in elementary school: Social Studies/History

Favorite spectator sports: NHL/AHL hockey & college football

Favorite pro/college sports teams (excluding Iowa Wild): Philadelphia Flyers, Philadelphia Eagles, Philadelphia Phillies, Philadelphia 76ers, Miami RedHawks

Favorite recreational activities/hobbies: Playing men’s league hockey, golf, spending time with family & friends

Zach Fahey - Senior Coordinator, Client Services

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What you love most about working for the Wild: The culture and the people

Best thing about your job: Help create unique partnerships through the Des Moines area with the Iowa Wild and be a part of an organization who loves to give back to the community.

Hometown: Chicago Ridge, IL

States (and provinces or countries) you’ve lived in: Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, now Iowa

College degree/year/school: M.S. Sport Management, 2016, Valparaiso University
B.S. Sport Management, 2015, Southern Illinois University

Sports idol(s) as a youth: Tony Gonzalez. Hines Ward

Personal/professional hero(es): My brother Joey, without a doubt

As a child, you dreamed of becoming: The 3rd basemen for the Chicago Whitesox

First job/your age: 16 at Bouna Beef

Current dream job: Owning my own sports bar on a lake or by the ocean 

Other sports teams you’ve worked for: Chicago Bandits and Milwaukee Bucks

Proudest professional accomplishment: Help create my first activation piece with Luke Oil at Valparaiso University with their athletic department

Favorite charities/charitable causes: St. Jude's Children Hospital, Boys and Girls Club

Sports played growing up: Football, Baseball and Basketball

An interesting fact about you: I have had dinner with Mike Ditka 

Favorite foods: Wings and Pizza Rolls 

Favorite music artists: Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Migos, Dave Matthews Band,

Favorite sports movie: Remember the Titans

Favorite book or author: Wooden: A Lifetime of Observations and Reflections on and Off the Court

Favorite subject in elementary school: Reading and Writing 

Favorite spectator sports: Baseball

Favorite pro/college sports teams (excluding Iowa Wild): All Chicago sports except the Cubs, Milwaukee Bucks, SIU and Ohio State 

Favorite recreational activities/hobbies: Hiking, Golfing, Bags, Traveling and Cooking
 

Marketing and Fan Development

Allie Brown - Senior Director, Marketing and Creative Services

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What you love most about working for the Wild: It’s been a great opportunity to build a business from the ground up and know that how hard you work makes an impact on the success of the organization. I enjoy the people I get to work with and I love seeing the passion and pride each person has for what they do.

Best thing about your job:  I love creating a fun, unforgettable experience for fans and seeing the passion they have for the sport. I also enjoy the opportunities we have as a team to make an impact in the local community. 

Hometown: Emmetsburg, Iowa

States (and provinces or countries) you’ve lived in: Colorado, Pennsylvania, Spain, Iowa

College degree/year/school: Marketing and Spanish at the University of Iowa, 2011.

Sports idol(s) as a youth: Misti May, Kerri Walsh, Ryan Theriot, Phil Mickelson

As a child, you dreamed of becoming:  Sound Designer (person who creates a movie’s soundtrack)

First job/your age: A Heavenly Celebration Bridal, age 15

Other sports teams you’ve worked for: University of Iowa Hawkeyes

Proudest professional accomplishment: Developing and executing a new marketplace promotion - the post-game country concert night with Grammy-nominated artist, Cam, which resulted in one of the organization's highest attended revenue-generating games. Since then, we have hosted Parmalee, Gaelic Storm, Cassadee Pope and Brett Young; the dates have become marquee games for each season.

Favorite charities/charitable causes: Make-a-Wish Foundation, Iowa Wild's Junior Crash Course, Tame the Hunger

Most exciting/unique thing you’ve done or place you’ve visited: Waterfall repelling in Alicante, Spain

Sports played growing up: Basketball, Volleyball, Softball, Track

Favorite foods: Sushi, pizza, mushrooms, avocado, Oreos

Favorite sports movie: Happy Gilmore, Miracle, Moneyball

Favorite book or author: Ken Follett, J.K. Rowling

Favorite subject in elementary school: English

Favorite spectator sports: College football, hockey, golf, baseball

Favorite pro/college sports teams (excluding Iowa Wild): Iowa Hawkeyes, Minnesota Wild, Chicago Cubs

Favorite recreational activities/hobbies:  sand volleyball, biking, fishing, golfing, reading

Brad Allen - Manager, Game Operations

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What you love most about working for the Wild:  The staff is very friendly and easy to work with. Also, I love "working" for a professional hockey team.

Best thing about your job: Putting together a great in-game atmosphere is something I really enjoy, so it makes everything very enjoyable.

Hometown: Brighton, Michigan

States (and provinces or countries) you’ve lived in: Texas, Italy, California, Illinois, Alabama, Alaska, Virginia, Colorado, and Michigan.

College degree/year/school: Bachelor's Degree in Sport Management from Central Michigan University in 2014. Master's Degree in Sport Management from the University of Michigan in 2016.

Sports idol(s) as a youth: Steve Yzerman.

As a child, you dreamed of becoming: An NHL player.

First job/your age: On-ice referee for youth hockey games (age 17).

Other sports teams you’ve worked for: Central Michigan University Athletics, The University of Michigan Athletic Department.

Proudest professional accomplishment:  Getting this job with the Iowa Wild.

Favorite charities/charitable causes: Wounded Warrior Project

Most exciting/unique thing you’ve done or place you’ve visited: Getting the chance to live in many different places around the country when I was growing up.

Sports played growing up: Hockey, Baseball, Track.

An interesting fact about you: I have never broken any bones....that's unusual for a former hockey player.

Favorite foods: Spaghetti, Pizza, Burger and fries, Bratwurst

Favorite music artists: Rise Against, Linkin Park

Favorite sports movie: Miracle

Favorite book or author: J.K. Rowling

Favorite subject in elementary school: P.E.

Favorite spectator sports: Hockey, College Football, College Basketball

Favorite pro/college sports teams (excluding Iowa Wild): Detroit Red Wings, Minnesota Wild, Michigan Wolverines, St. Louis Cardinals, Green Bay Packers.

Favorite recreational activities/hobbies: Playing sports, running, working out, going for walks, anything active really.

Alexi Spector - Director, Digital Media and Communication

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What you love most about working for the Wild: It’s an incredible atmosphere and the people I work with are just as excited to be here as I am!

Best thing about your job: The opportunity to add my own spin and creativity to my position.

Hometown: Baltimore, Maryland

States (or countries) you’ve lived in: Hawaii, Washington, California, Maryland, Texas, Israel

College degree/year/school: Communications/Public Relations, University of Maryland 2016

Sports idol(s) as a youth: Wayne Gretzky, Mia Hamm

As a child, you dreamed of becoming: FBI Agent

First job/your age: Camp Counselor, 17

Other sports teams you’ve worked for: NASL San Antonio Scorpions, University of Maryland Athletics

Proudest professional accomplishment:: Having my work published across Maryland Athletics social media and utilized in marketing tactics throughout all seasons.

Favorite charities/charitable causes: Make-a-Wish Foundation, Humane Society

Most exciting/unique thing you’ve done or place you’ve visited: Santorini, Greece

Sports played growing up: Field hockey, basketball, soccer, tennis

An interesting fact about you: I was born in Oahu, Hawaii.

Favorite foods: Sushi, spaghetti 

Favorite music artists: The Chainsmokers, Drake

Favorite sports movie: Miracle

Favorite book or author: James Patterson

Favorite subject in elementary school: Social Studies/History

Favorite spectator sports: Hockey and college basketball

Favorite pro/college sports teams (excluding Iowa Wild): Maryland Terrapins and Washington Nationals

Favorite recreational activities/hobbies: Painting, reading, going to the beach, traveling

Hannah Weiker - Manager, Marketing and Fan Services

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What you love most about working for the Wild: I love getting to see both my marketing and game operations work come together on game day!

Best thing about your job: Interacting with so many great people!

Hometown: Perrysburg, Ohio

States (and provinces or countries) you’ve lived in: Ohio, New York

College degree/year/school: Bachelors of Business Administration, Marketing from the University of Dayton (’16)

Sports idol(s) as a youth: Omar Vizquel

Personal/professional hero(es): Mom, Dad, Andi Roman, Nathan Steinmetz, Joel Hammond

As a child, you dreamed of becoming: Teacher

First job/your age: American Eagle Outfitters– age 16

Other sports teams you’ve worked for: Cleveland Indians, Toledo Mud Hens and Toledo Walleye

Proudest professional accomplishment: Having one of my email marketing projects recognized by Major League Baseball.

Favorite charities/charitable causes: Miracle League, Susan G. Komen, Feeding America

Sports played growing up: Softball

An interesting fact about you: I have had the same shoe size since 4th grade.

Favorite foods: Lasagna, Pasta

Favorite music artists: Drake, The Chainsmokers

Favorite sports movie: Miracle

Favorite book or author: Delivering Happiness by Tony Hsieh

Favorite subject in elementary school: History

Favorite spectator sports: Hockey, Football, Baseball

Favorite pro/college sports teams (excluding Iowa Wild): Dayton Flyers, Cleveland Indians, Cleveland Cavs and Cleveland Browns

Favorite recreational activities/hobbies: Traveling, reading and trying new restaurants

Rachel Hanna - Marketing Coordinator

Jessica Jager - Manager, Merchandise and Business Operations

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What you love most about working for the Wild: Being part of an organization that feels like a family.

Best thing about your job: Being able to work with fun people in every department

Hometown: Lawton, IA

States (and provinces or countries) you’ve lived in: Iowa

College degree/year/school: Business: Sports Management & Entrepreneurship, Buena Vista University 2017

Sports idol(s) as a youth: Skylar Diggins

Personal/professional hero (es): My parents. Jordy Nelson

As a child, you dreamed of becoming: A firefighter

First job/your age: Cleaning dishes at a nursing home, age 14

Current dream job: Working for a professional team near the Midwest

Other sports teams you’ve worked for: Sioux City Explorers, Buena Vista University Athletics

Proudest professional accomplishment: Becoming a member of the Iowa Wild support team

Favorite charities/charitable causes: Humane Society

Most exciting/unique thing you’ve done or place you’ve visited: Visiting Australia and swimming in the Great Barrier Reef

Sports played growing up: Basketball, Track

An interesting fact about you: I have double-jointed elbows

Favorite foods: Ham and Potatoes, cheese curds

Favorite music artists: Brett Young, Sam Hunt, Drake, Miley Cyrus

Favorite sports movie: Hoosiers

Favorite book or author:  Jodi Picoult

Favorite subject in elementary school: P.E.

Favorite spectator sports: Basketball, football, hockey.

Favorite pro/college sports teams (excluding Iowa Wild): Nebraska Huskers, Green Bay Packers, Cleveland Cavaliers

Favorite recreational activities/hobbies: Walking my dog, playing basketball, fishing

Kellie Howard - Community Relations Coordinator

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What you love most about working for the Wild: Being able to do a job I love and have the opportunity to explore a new city and learn more about hockey!  

Best thing about your job: Visiting schools, delivering donations from drives and actually seeing first-hand the positive impact we have on the community.

Hometown:  Battle Ground, Washington

States (and provinces or countries) you’ve lived in: Washington, Montana, Idaho, and now Iowa

College degree/year/school:  Environmental Studies concentration Biology, 2013, Carroll College -MT

Sports idol(s) as a youth:  Picabo Street, Ken Griffey Jr., Derek Jeter

Personal/professional hero(es): Parents/Family, Brian Hunter, Dan Wilson

As a child, you dreamed of becoming: Vet or Co-Manager of the Yankees with Derek Jeter

First job/your age: Babysitting (12) Bartender (19)

Current dream job: Living it!

Other sports teams you’ve worked for: Idaho Falls Chuckars (KC Royals Affiliate), Everett AquaSox (Seattle Mariners Affiliate)

Proudest professional accomplishment: Coordinating Miracle/Challenger League baseball games

Favorite charities/charitable causes: Special Olympics, World Wildlife Foundation & Humane Society

Sports played growing up: Soccer, Cross Country and Track

An interesting fact about you: I have a Nike Swoosh shaped scar

Favorite foods: Salmon, Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Favorite music artists:  Bob Dylan, Lumineers, 90’s Grunge & 90’s Rap

Favorite sports movie: Sandlot, Bull Durham, Tin Cup, Angles in the Outfield

Favorite book or author: Nancy Drew & Little House on the Prairie

Favorite subject in elementary school: Science

Favorite spectator sports: Baseball and College Basketball

Favorite pro/college sports teams (excluding Iowa Wild): Seattle Mariners, New York Yankees, Gonzaga Bulldogs

Favorite recreational activities/hobbies: Downhill Skiing, Running, Backpacking and Hiking- anything outdoors- Reading

John Hamper - Graphic Designer

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What you love most about working for the Wild: Working towards one goal with great, like-minded people

Best thing about your job: Getting to see my work on game day positively affect the fan’s experience

Hometown: Aurora, IL

States (and provinces or countries) you’ve lived in: Illinois

College degree/year/school: Bachelors in Visual Communications from Northern Illinois University, 2014

Sports idol(s) as a youth:  Shawn Kemp, Gary Payton, Brian Urlacher

Personal/professional hero(es): My Parents, Aaron Draplin

As a child, you dreamed of becoming: Police Officer

First job/your age: 16, Water Park Cashier

Current dream job: Working for a Chicago based sports franchise

Other sports teams you’ve worked for: Chicago Wolves

Proudest professional accomplishment: Designing my first major project of my professional career for the Caruso’s Italian Soda line

Favorite charities/charitable causes: Make a Wish Foundation

Sports played growing up: Baseball, Tennis, Football, and Basketball

Favorite foods: Macaroni and Cheese, Lasagna

Favorite music artists: Reel Big Fish, Ben Folds, Chance the Rapper, Blink 182

Favorite sports movie: Mighty Ducks, Field of Dreams, Remember the Titans

Favorite book or author: Malcolm Gladwell, Holes

Favorite subject in elementary school: History

Favorite spectator sports: Baseball, Hockey, Football

Favorite pro/college sports teams (excluding Iowa Wild): Chicago Bears, Chicago Bulls, Chicago Cubs, and University of Illinois sports

Communications and Broadcasting

Joe O'Donnell - Senior Director, Broadcasting and Team Services

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What you love most about working for the Wild: Working in a team environment

Best thing about your job: Experiencing the thrill of victory, traveling with the team, meeting fans,

Hometown: Havertown, PA

States (and provinces or countries) you’ve lived in: Pennsylvania, Idaho, Texas, Iowa

College degree/year/school: Communications / 2002 / University Of Delaware

Sports idol(s) as a youth: Pete Rose, Patrick Roy

Personal/professional hero(es): Bruce "Scoop" Cooper - hockey historian

As a child, you dreamed of: Playing in the NHL

First job/your age: Snack bar at the local community pool

Current dream job: NHL broadcaster

Other sports teams you’ve worked for: Reading Royals, Idaho Steelheads, Houston Aeros

Proudest professional accomplishment: Working my way to the AHL

Favorite charities/charitable causes: Anything that benefits kids!

Most exciting/unique thing you’ve done or place you’ve visited: I've been to several countries - my trips to Hawaii and Jamaica were amazing

Sports played growing up: Soccer, baseball, hockey

An interesting fact about you: I have an internal pacemaker

Favorite foods: Chicken Parm

Favorite music artists: 311..

Favorite sports movie: Youngblood

Favorite book or author: Curious George Makes Pancakes (read this about 1,000 times to my 3-year-old son)

Favorite subject in elementary school: Recess

Favorite spectator sports: Hockey, baseball, football

Favorite pro/college sports teams (excluding Iowa Wild): All Philly teams

Favorite recreational activities/hobbies: Men's league hockey, music (turntables), watching sports, playing with my kids

Jacob Born - Manager, Media Relations

Jacob.Born-Headshot.pngWhat you love most about working for the Wild: Just being in hockey and working in the sport I love.

Best thing about your job: Helping bring in new Wild fans by working with the media.

Hometown: St. Louis, Missouri

States (and provinces or countries) you've lived in: Missouri, Wisconsin, Washington D.C., Pennsylvania, Iowa

College degree/year/school: Journalism, Marquette University 2015

Sports idol(s) as a youth: Brett Hull

As a child, you dreamed of becoming: An NHL player

First job/your age: Umpiring baseball at 14

Other sports teams you've worked for: St. Louis Rams, Washington Nationals, Philadelphia Union

Proudest professional accomplishment: Helping launch the Union's Chief Tattoo Officer and first-ever Pride Night

Favorite charities/charitable causes: Children's Miracle Network, Huntsman Cancer Institute, Autism Speaks

Most exciting/unique thing you've done or place you've visited: Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, CO (hotel for the basis of The Shining by Stephen King)

Sports played growing up: Hockey, baseball, basketball, soccer, ultimate frisbee

An interesting fact about you: Due to finishing last in a fantasy football league, I am a legally ordained minister

Favorite foods: Anything smoked or BBQ'd

Favorite music artists: A Day to Remember, State Champs, Grayscale, Neck Deep, Fall Out Boy

Favorite sports movie: Miracle

Favorite book or author: The Boys of Winter by Wayne R. Coffey

Favorite subject in elementary school: Social studies

Favorite spectator sports: Hockey, college basketball, soccer

Favorite pro/college sports teams (excluding Iowa Wild): Marquette Golden Eagles, St. Louis Cardinals, Tottenham Hotspur

Favorite recreational activities/hobbies: Listening to music, watching movies or TV, rock climbing, hiking

Tom Witosky - Feature Writer

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Ticketing

Brent Arnold - Senior Director, Sales

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What you love most about working for the Wild: Working for an organization that has similar goals and focus.

Best thing about your job: The passion & pride of the organization and its employees to provide a great fan experience. 

Hometown: Johnston, RI

States (and provinces or countries) you’ve lived in: Rhode Island, New Hampshire

College degree/year/school: B.S. in Sport Management, Southern New Hampshire University, 2010

Sports idol(s) as a youth: Trot Nixon

Personal/professional hero(es): My Mother

As a child, you dreamed of becoming: Fire Fighter

First job/your age: 16, Dishwasher

Other sports teams you’ve worked for: Providence Bruins and Manchester Monarchs

Proudest professional accomplishment: Relationships developed and maintained with clients & co-workers over my 7 years working in sports. 

Sports played growing up: Baseball and Volleyball 

Favorite foods: Steak, Buffalo Chicken

Favorite music artists: Jason Aldean , Cole Swindell, Chris Stapleton 

Favorite sports movie: Mighty Ducks

Favorite subject in elementary school: Math

Favorite spectator sports: Baseball, Basketball

Favorite pro/college sports teams (excluding Iowa Wild): Boston Red Sox, Boston Celtics, Boston Bruins, New England Patriots, Providence College Friars

Lisa Rothlein - Senior Director, Ticket Operations

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What you love most about working for the Wild: Working with other hard-working, like-minded people who love hockey

Best thing about your job: The chance to create a team from the ground up

Hometown: Long Island, NY

States (and provinces or countries) you’ve lived in: New York, Massachusetts, Tennessee, Florida, Texas, Iowa

College degree/year/school: BS Sports Management, University of Massachusetts/Amherst, 1993

Sports idol(s) as a youth: Wayne Gretzky

As a child, you dreamed of becoming: Someone who worked for a hockey team. (And I did it!)

First job/your age: Babysitting, age 12.

Current dream job: Ticket Operations for a major league team, preferably NHL

Other sports teams you’ve worked for: New York Islanders, USTA, Nashville Knights, Pensacola Ice Pilots, Pensacola Barracudas, Houston Aeros

Proudest professional accomplishment: 2003 - Handling the transition to a new arena and new ticketing system in only eight weeks

Favorite charities/charitable causes: Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, American Lung Association, donating school supplies

Most exciting/unique thing you’ve done or place you’ve visited: Swimming with dolphins in Marathon Key, FL

Favorite foods: Seafood, NY Bagels, Sushi, Mexican

Favorite music artists: Billy Joel, Elton John, Bruce Springsteen, Dave Matthews Band, Coldplay, Foo Fighters

Favorite sports movie: Slapshot, Miracle, A League of Their Own, Remember the Titans, Moneyball

Favorite book or author: The Outsiders, The Stand, Water for Elephants,

Favorite subject in elementary school: Creative Writing

Favorite spectator sports: Hockey, Tennis, all Olympic sports

Favorite pro/college sports teams (excluding Iowa Wild): New York Rangers, New York Giants, Minnesota Wild

Favorite recreational activities/hobbies: Traveling, reading, movies, going to concerts

 

 

Madie Moreno - Coordinator, Ticket Operations

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What you love most about working for the Wild: Working with people who love hockey and love their jobs

Best thing about your jobWorking in sports while being back near family

Hometown: Rock Island, IL/Waukee, IA

States (and provinces or countries) you’ve lived in: Iowa, Illinois, Florida, North Carolina, Pennsylvania

College degree/year/school: B.A. in Sports Studies from the University of Iowa, 2013

Sports idol(s) as a youth: Ryne Sandberg

As a child, you dreamed of becomingAn artist or a doctor

First job/your age: Babysitting, age 12

Current dream job: Executive for a hockey or baseball team

Other sports organizations you’ve worked for: Cedar Rapids RoughRiders, Quad Cities River Bandits, Boston Red Sox, Winston-Salem Dash, Harrisburg Senators

Proudest professional accomplishmentBeing chosen over hundreds of other applicants for an internship position at the Boston Red Sox spring training complex

Favorite charities/charitable causesARL

Most exciting/unique thing you’ve done or place you’ve visited: Tybee Island, GA and Sanibel Island, FL

Favorite foodsGrandma's tamales, sushi

Favorite music artistsLissie and most country music

Favorite sports movie: Field of Dreams

Favorite book or authorThe History of Love by Nicole Krauss and Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

Favorite subject in elementary school: Science and recess

Favorite spectator sportsBaseball, hockey, and soccer

Favorite pro/college sports teams (excluding Iowa Wild): Iowa Hawkeyes and Chicago Cubs

Favorite recreational activities/hobbiesGolfing badly and yoga

Nate Berglund - Senior Manager, Sales and Wild 365 Services

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What you love most about working for the Wild: Being able to do something that I love at a professional level in a great organization.

Best thing about your job: Interacting with fans and spreading the word about the Iowa Wild hockey team

Hometown: East Moline, IL

States (and provinces or countries) you’ve lived in: Illinois, Iowa, Oklahoma

College degree/year/school: Bachelor Degree in Sport Management, 2012 at Loras College

Sports idol(s) as a youth: Patrick Roy, Sidney Crosby

Personal/professional hero(es): Mom and Dad, my brother Matt

As a child, you dreamed of becoming: A professional hockey goaltender

First job/your age: Burger King/16

Current dream job: Living it right now!

Other sports teams you’ve worked for: Dubuque Fighting Saints, Tulsa Oilers

Proudest professional accomplishment: Moving up the ranks to the position I am at today with the Iowa Wild hockey team

Favorite charities/charitable causes: Dance Marathon, Relay For Life

Sports played growing up: Hockey, Golf, Baseball, Basketball, Soccer

Favorite foods: Burgers, Pizza, Chicken Wings

Favorite music artists: Linkin Park

Favorite sports movie: Miracle, The Longest Yard

Favorite book or author: The Hunger Games Trilogy, Lone Survivor

Favorite subject in elementary school: History

Favorite spectator sports: Hockey, Baseball, Golf, Football

Favorite pro/college sports teams (excluding Iowa Wild): Chicago Bulls, Chicago White Sox, Chicago Bears, Pittsburgh Penguins

Favorite recreational activities/hobbies: Spending time with my wife Emily and new pup Bear, Golf, Watching NHL Hockey on TV, Video Games, Hanging out with Friends

Shane Nester - Manager, Group Sales

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What you love most about working for the Wild: Creating memorable experiences with clients. Making the Iowa Wild being the best place to do business in town and the best place to work.

Best thing about your job: Making people happy

Hometown: Indianapolis, Indiana

States (and provinces or countries) you’ve lived in: Indiana, Florida, Tennessee, Utah, Iowa.

College degree/year/school: Sport Management : Minors in Business/Coaching.

Sports idol(s) as a youth: Peyton Manning, Reggie Miller, Sammy Sosa.

Personal/professional hero(es): My mom & Dad, My brother Aaron

As a child, you dreamed of becoming: Professional baseball player

Favorite charities/charitable causes: Knights of Columbus, Special Olympics, Stand up to Cancer

First job/your age: Cook at Sonic-15

Other sports teams you’ve worked for: Tampa Bay Rays, Jackson Generals, Utah Jazz

Proudest professional accomplishment: Being the Group Sales Manager for the Iowa Wild

Sports played growing up: Baseball, Basketball, Tennis, and Football

Favorite foods: Pasta, Chicken, Bacon, Pork

Favorite music artists: Eric Church, Michael Jackson, George Straight

Favorite sports movie: Hoosiers,42, The Rookie

Favorite subject in elementary school: Math

Favorite spectator sports: Baseball, Basketball, Football, Hockey

Favorite pro/college sports teams (excluding Iowa Wild): Notre Dame, Chicago Cubs, Indiana Pacers, and Indianapolis Colts.

Kyle Weeden - Assistant Manager, Sales

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Email: [email protected]

What you love most about working for the Wild: Providing entertainment for clients

Best thing about your job: Making clients happy!

Hometown: Des Moines, IA

States (and provinces or countries) you’ve lived in: Iowa - Arizona

College degree/year/school: Sports Management – 2015 – Buena Vista University

Sports idol(s) as a youth: Ron Artest

As a child, you dreamed of: Owning my own business

First job/your age: Grocery Bagger – Dahl’s Foods – Age 14

Current dream job: COO of a Sports Team

Proudest professional accomplishment: Moving back home and accepting a job with the Wild

Favorite charities/charitable causes: ALS Association

Sports played growing up: Basketball - Tennis

Favorite foods: Pizza

Favorite music artists: Kid Cudi

Favorite sports movie: Remember the Titans

Favorite book or author: Any book about sports

Favorite subject in elementary school: History

Favorite spectator sports: Basketball, Football, Hockey

Favorite pro/college sports teams (excluding Iowa Wild): Iowa Hawkeyes

Favorite recreational activities/hobbies: Hanging with family & friends, playing with my dog, movies

Patrick Burns - Account Executive, Sales

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What you love most about working for the Wild: Interacting with my coworkers and our fans on a daily basis.

Best thing about your job: Getting the chance to be involved with the organization in multiple areas.

Hometown: Evergreen Park, IL

States (and provinces or countries) you’ve lived in: Illinois, Iowa, South Carolina, Arizona

College degree/year/school: Sport Management, 2014, Loras College

Sports idol(s) as a youth: Walter Payton, Paul Konerko

As a child, you dreamed of becoming: Pro baseball player

First job/your age: Caddy - age 12

Current dream job: Working for the Chicago Bears

Proudest professional accomplishment: Landing my first full-time role here with the Iowa Wild

Favorite charities/charitable causes: Ronald McDonald House

Sports played growing up: Baseball, Golf, Basketball, Football

Favorite foods: Pizza & breakfast food

Favorite music artists: Bruce Springsteen, U2, The Rolling Stones

Favorite sports movie: Caddyshack, Miracle, Remember the Titans

Favorite book or author: Friday Night Lights

Favorite subject in elementary school: History

Favorite spectator sports: Baseball & Hockey

Favorite pro/college sports teams (excluding Iowa Wild): Chicago Bears & Chicago White Sox

Favorite recreational activities/hobbies: Golfing, exercising, getting together with friends & family

Jacin Yaukovitz - Account Executive, Sales

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What you love most about working for the Wild: Working with good people who expect the best from you

Best thing about your jobThe opportunity to connect the Midwest to a booming Des Moines hockey culture

Hometown: West Des Moines, IA

States (and provinces or countries) you’ve lived in: Iowa

College degree/year/school: BS Degree in Management with a Minor in Sports & Recreation, Iowa State University, 2017

Sports idol(s) as a youth: Roberto Clemente and Mario Lemieux 

As a child, you dreamed of becomingAdministrative Executive for an NHL team

First job/your age: Reffing soccer, age 12

Current dream job: Administrative Executive for an NHL team

Other sports organizations you’ve worked for: Iowa State Intraumurals, Iowa Sports Foundation

Proudest professional accomplishment2015 - Co-coordinating the Des Moines Corporate Games inaugural year with 33 companies and 24 separate events

Favorite charities/charitable causesSt. Jude, Good Sports

Most exciting/unique thing you’ve done or place you’ve visited: Deep sea fishing in Sarasota, FL

Favorite foodsLasagna, Sushi, Chicago-style Deep Dish pizza

Favorite music artistsAny country song to play and hang out with friends, Chance the Rapper, Russ, J. Cole

Favorite sports movie: Sandlot, Miracle, Rudy, Hoosiers

Favorite book or authorAmerican Sniper

Favorite subject in elementary school: Math and Recess 

Favorite spectator sportsHockey, Football, Golf

Favorite pro/college sports teams (excluding Iowa Wild): Pittsburgh Penguins, Steelers, and Pirates

Favorite recreational activities/hobbiesBoating, Golfing, Softball, Hockey, Skiing

John Palm - Account Executive, Sales

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What you love most about working for the Wild: Working with other people that enjoy working in sports as much as I do!

Best thing about your job: Being that first conversation for someone to plan on attending a sporting event and purchasing tickets.

Hometown: Brooklyn Center, Minnesota

States (and provinces or countries) you’ve lived in: Minnesota & Iowa

College degree/year/school: Bachelor’s Degree in Recreation and Sports Management from St Cloud State University class of 2017

Sports idol(s) as a youth: Derek Jeter, Torii Hunter, Nomar Garciaparra

Personal/professional hero (es): Mother and Father

As a child, you dreamed of becoming: 2nd Baseman for the Boston Red Sox

First job/your age: Dick’s Sporting Goods – Cashier / 19

Current dream job: General Manager of a professional sports organization.

Other sports teams you’ve worked for: St Cloud State, St Paul Saints.

Proudest professional accomplishment: Earning a job working for a team I have liked all my life.

Favorite charities/charitable causes: Anything for kids.

Most exciting/unique thing you’ve done or place you’ve visited: Attending Fenway Park when I was young.

Sports played growing up: Baseball

An interesting fact about you: I’ve never seen the movie Titanic. I already know how it ends. The boat sinks.

Favorite foods: Steak, mashed potatoes, asparagus

Favorite music artists: Travis Scott

Favorite sports movie: Field of Dreams

Favorite book or author: Game of Thrones

Favorite subject in elementary school: Lunch

Favorite spectator sports: Hockey

Favorite pro/college sports teams (excluding Iowa Wild): Boston Red Sox, Minnesota Twins/Vikings/Wild/Timberwolves, St. Paul Saints.

Favorite recreational activities/hobbies: Playing Baseball.

Allen Harris - Account Executive, Ticket Sales

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What you love most about working for the Wild:  Being part of a team that takes real pride in the entertainment value that they provide to all fans  

Best thing about your job: Building relationships with our season ticket holders

Hometown: Maple Grove, MN

States (and provinces or countries) you’ve lived in: Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa

College degree/year/school: Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in Marketing from the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee 2017

Sports idol(s) as a youth: Kirby Puckett

As a child, you dreamed of becoming: A doctor

First job/your age: Cub Foods, 16

Current dream job: Executive for a sports team

Other sports organizations you’ve worked for: Milwaukee Admirals and the Lakeshore Chinooks

Proudest professional accomplishment: My very first internship with the Lakeshore Chinooks

Favorite charities/charitable causes: Fisher House Foundation

Most exciting/unique thing you’ve done or place you’ve visited: Fishing in Ontario

Favorite foods: Sushi

Favorite music artists: Luke Combs

Favorite sports movie: The Replacements

Favorite book or author: Daymond John

Favorite subject in elementary school: History

Favorite spectator sports: Hockey

Favorite pro/college sports teams (excluding Iowa Wild): Minnesota Wild, Minnesota Vikings, Gopher Hockey, Minnesota Twins, Wisconsin Badger Football

Favorite recreational activities/hobbies: Camping and Fishing

Adam Postiglione - Account Executive, Sales

Daniel Beitelspacher - Account Executive, Sales

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What you love most about working for the Wild: I enjoy interacting with all of our fan base and working in a team environment.

Best thing about your job: Working with corporations in the Des Moines area

Hometown: Akron, IA

States (and provinces or countries) you’ve lived in: Iowa

College degree/year/school: Sports Administration/Management – 2017 – Simpson College

Sports idol(s) as a youth: Ben Roethlisberger

Personal/professional hero(es): My Brothers

As a child, you dreamed of becoming: GM of a professional sports team

First job/your age: Pizza Ranch, 16

Current dream job: Director of Parks and Recreation

Other sports teams you’ve worked for: Iowa Cubs, Iowa Sports Foundation

Proudest professional accomplishment: Working with Adaptive Sports Iowa and raising over $30,000 for the entire organization.

Favorite charities/charitable causes: Big Brother Big Sister

Sports played growing up: Football, Wrestling, Track, Baseball

An interesting fact about you: Was on the Today Show in March 2017

Favorite foods: Pizza, Steak, Jambalaya, Ice Cream, Nachos

Favorite music artists: Thomas Rhett

Favorite sports movie: Invincible

Favorite book or author: Above the Line by Urban Meyer

Favorite subject in elementary school: Math

Favorite spectator sports: Baseball

Favorite pro/college sports teams (excluding Iowa Wild): Steelers, Cubs, Hawkeyes

Favorite recreational activities/hobbies: Hunting, Fishing, Boating, Slow Pitch Softball
 

Ryan Tapp - Account Executive, Sales

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What you love most about working for the Wild: The opportunity to interact with fans and help provide a great hockey experience.

Best thing about your job: I get to work in an industry who's product is my favorite sport!

Hometown: Parker, Colorado

States (and provinces or countries) you’ve lived in: Colorado, Iowa

College degree/year/school: Bachelors of Science in Finance/2018/Drake University

Sports idol(s) as a youth: Joe Sakic, Ray Bourque. John Elway, Todd Helton

Personal/professional hero(es): My dad, my mom Elon Musk

As a child, you dreamed of becoming: A pro hockey player

First job/your age: I worked as an field assistant for a sprinkler repair company.

Current dream job: President of an NHL team.

Other sports teams you’ve worked for: Denver Broncos & Stadium Management Co.

Proudest professional accomplishment: Being hired for a full-time position with the Wild out of college.

Favorite charities/charitable causes: Rotary International, Puppy Jake Foundation, ARL of Iowa, Children's Miracle Network Hospitals

Most exciting/unique thing you’ve done or place you’ve visited: I walked to the Mt. St. Michel in Normandy, France with my family.

Sports played growing up: Hockey, Basketball, Baseball

An interesting fact about you: When I was 5 years it was my dream to be a garbage man, so I had my birthday party at the local dump.

Favorite foods: Steak, chicken & pasta, burgers

Favorite music artists: Jason Aldean, Brad Paisley, Jake Owen, G-Eazy, Post Malone, AC/DC

Favorite sports movie: Miracle

Favorite book or author:  Mary Higgins Clark

Favorite subject in elementary school: Math

Favorite spectator sports: Hockey, Football

Favorite pro/college sports teams (excluding Iowa Wild): Colorado Avalanche, Denver Broncos, Colorado Rockies, Denver Pioneers hockey, Alabama Crimson Tide football

Favorite recreational activities/hobbies: Playing hockey, cooking, following the NHL, NFL, College Hockey
 

Kaylee Goodell - Coordinator, Ticket Sales