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. 

Over the course of the first four 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 13,121 patrons to Wells Fargo Arena on Nov. 10, 2016. 

Under his leadership, the team has garnered numerous awards in its short existence. Over the summer of 2017, Iowa was honored for the second straight season as the AHL’s Corporate Sales Team of the Year, with over 100% growth backed by new and creative sponsorships. In addition, The Iowa Wild was also awarded the best Digital Media Experience for fans in 2016-17.

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, over 150,000 young students throughout central Iowa participated in the team’s floor hockey and reading programs in the first four seasons.

In addition to these programs, the Iowa Wild continues to expand its local growth through community programs. Over 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, adding two more rinks for the winter of 2017 with Waukee and Ankeny partnering to build new outdoor facilities open to the public.

In the summer of 2017, the 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 better 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 (8) and William (5). 

 

Brian Mather - Senior Vice President, Sales and Business Operations

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Email: [email protected]

What you love most about working for the Wild: The opportunity to be with a first year franchise and be an Iowan.

Best thing about your job: Having such a great staff.

Hometown: Lindenhurst, NY

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

College degree/year/school: Sport Management / Business Administration from Towson University, 2007.

Sports idol(s) as a youth: Cal Ripken Jr,

Personal/professional hero (es): My father

As a child, you dreamed of becoming: Jerry McGuire

First job/your age: McDonalds, age 15.

Current dream job: Working for the Iowa Wild

Other sports teams you’ve worked for: Aberdeen IronBirds, Baltimore Orioles, Albany River Rats, Providence Bruins

Proudest professional accomplishment: Leading an AHL team to 102% in ST renewals.

Favorite charities/charitable causes: Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation / ALS

Most exciting/unique thing you’ve done or place you’ve visited: Bungee Jumping in New Zealand

Sports played growing up: Lacrosse, Soccer

An interesting fact about you: I was once a bouncer for a Vanilla Ice concert.

Favorite foods: Chicken Cutlets in Gravy and newly discovered bacon-wrapped corn

Favorite music artists: Taking Back Sunday, Less Than Jake, Shinedown, The Fray

Favorite sports movie: Mighty Ducks...all of them.

Favorite book or author:  48 Laws of Power

Favorite subject in elementary school: Math

Favorite spectator sports: Hockey, Baseball, Football

Favorite pro/college sports teams (excluding Iowa Wild): Baltimore Orioles, New York Islanders, Penn State Football, New York Knicks, Minnesota Wild, New York Giants

Favorite recreational activities/hobbies: Spending time with my beautiful wife Gina and my son Calvin, playing FIFA on PS4, and going out with friends.

Jessica Jager - Office Coordinator

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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

Corporate Sales

Eric Grundfast - Vice President, Sales

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Email: [email protected]
 

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

 

Nick Woods - Manager, Client Services

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What you love most about working for the Wild: Bringing hockey back to my home state of Iowa.

Best thing about your job: The people I work with.

Hometown: Des Moines, IA

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

College degree/year/school: Sports Management from Grand View University, 2010.

Sports idol(s) as a youth: Dan Gable, Ken Griffey Jr., Brian Dawkins

Personal/professional hero(es): Dan Gable, Nile Kinnick

As a child, you dreamed of becoming: Firefighter

First job/your age: B-Bops, age 15.

Current dream job: Working at the University of Iowa

Other sports teams you’ve worked for: Iowa Barnstormers, Des Moines Buccaneers

Proudest professional accomplishment: Bringing AHL hockey back to Iowa.

Favorite charities/charitable causes: JDRF, CCA

Sports played growing up: Baseball, Football, Wrestling

An interesting fact about you: I’ve had two knee surgeries.

Favorite foods: Chicken Wings and Pizza

Favorite music artists: Eminem, Dr. Dre, Jay-Z

Favorite sports movie: Slapshot, Moneyball, Remember The Titans

Favorite book or author: Four Days To Glory

Favorite subject in elementary school: Math

Favorite spectator sports: College Football, Wrestling, College Basketball

Favorite pro/college sports teams (excluding Iowa Wild): Philadelphia Eagles, Iowa Hawkeyes, New York Rangers, Arizona Diamondbacks

Favorite recreational activities/hobbies: Movies, watching sports, tailgating at Iowa Hawkeyes games

 

Andrea Kontor - Senior Coordinator, Client Services

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Hometown: Milford, NE

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

College degree/year/school: Bachelor of Arts (Sport Management, Human Resource Management, Business Administration) Briar Cliff University 2016.

Sports idol(s) as a youth: Brett Farve

Personal/professional hero(es): JJ Watt

As a child, you dreamed of becoming: A rock star

First job/your age: Dairy Queen/15

Current dream job: Working for a Pro Team

Other sports teams you’ve worked for: Sioux City Explorers

Proudest professional accomplishment: Planning the playoff games successfully for the baseball team

Favorite charities/charitable causes: Boys and Girls Homes

Sports played growing up: Basketball, volleyball, softball, track, cross country, soccer

Favorite foods: Sandwiches

Favorite music artists: Demi Lovato, Garth Brooks, Mercy Me

Favorite sports movie: Facing the Giants

Favorite book or author: Cassandra Clare

Favorite spectator sports: Basketball and Football

Favorite pro/college sports teams (excluding Iowa Wild): Nebraska Huskers, Houston Texans, San Antonio Spurs

Favorite recreational activities/hobbies: Running, reading, Netflix

 

Marketing and Fan Development

Allie Brown - Director, Fan Development 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.

Best thing about your job:  The people I get to work with and seeing the passion and pride each person has for what they do.

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: Tim Dwight, Misti May, Kerri Walsh, Apollo Anton Ohno

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: Building, presenting, and carrying out a B2E (business-to-employee) marketing plan for 500+ employees to generate excitement, enhance company morale, and instill a new sense of pride surrounding a company name change and a new building move.

Favorite charities/charitable causes: Make-a-Wish Foundation

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

An interesting fact about you: I have never lost a challenge at the arcade punching bag machine.

Favorite foods: Sushi, pizza, mushrooms, avocado

Favorite music artists: Dave Matthews Band, Drake

Favorite sports movie: Happy Gilmore, Hoosiers

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

Favorite subject in elementary school: English

Favorite spectator sports: College Football

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

Favorite recreational activities/hobbies:  Beach volleyball, softball, fishing, reading, listening to music

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 - Manager, Social Media and Digital Marketing

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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, chicken salad

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

Emily Hintz - Coordinator, Community Relations

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Email: [email protected]

What you love most about working for the Wild: Getting to interact with fans on not only game days but out in the community at local events.

Best thing about your job: Being able to help out those in the community at events and with donations.

Hometown: Crete, Nebraska.

States (and provinces or countries) you’ve lived in: Nebraska, Missouri, Montana, California, and Iowa.

College degree/year/school: Bachelor's of Science in Marketing, May 2015, Northwest Missouri State University.

Sports idol(s) as a youth: Ken Griffey Jr. and Carly Patterson.

As a child, you dreamed of becoming: Sports Physical Therapist.

First job/your age: Waitress/Host, 16.

Current dream job: Community Relations for the NFL.

Proudest professional accomplishment: Increasing ballpark revenue by 48.6% with the Bakersfield Blaze for the final season in 2016.

Favorite charities/charitable causes: Susan G. Komen and St. Judes Hospital.

Sports played growing up: Gymnastics, Dance, Softball, Basketball, Track.

Favorite foods: Steak, potatoes, corn, and ice cream!

Favorite music artists: Depends on my mood.

Favorite sports movie: Remember the Titans, Sandlot, and Space Jam.

Favorite book or author: JoJo Moyes and J.K. Rowling.

Favorite subject in elementary school: Science.

Favorite spectator sports: College Football, Professional Baseball, March Madness, and Olympics.

Favorite pro/college sports teams (excluding Iowa Wild): Nebraska Cornhuskers, New York Yankees, Kansas City Royals, Milwaukee Bucks.

Favorite recreational activities/hobbies: Hiking in the Mountains, boating/jet skiing/wakeboarding/tubing/kayaking/floating, anything to get me outside in the warm weather.

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

Josh Fisher - Senior Director, Digital Content and Communications

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What you love most about working for the Wild: Forming great relationships and connecting with the community.

Best thing about your job: Working with great people within a great sport.

Hometown: Cincinnati, OH

States (and provinces or countries) you’ve lived in: Kentucky, Ohio, Nevada, Georgia, Texas, Iowa

College degree/year/school: Broadcast Journalism from the University of Kentucky, 1999.

Sports idol(s) as a youth: Eric Davis, Boomer Esiason, Michael Jordan, Jeremy Roenick, Wayne Gretzky

Personal/professional hero(es): My parents / Doc Emrick, Foster Hewitt

As a child, you dreamed of becoming: A doctor

First job/your age: Little Caesars pizza, age 15.

Current dream job: Work for an NHL team

Other sports teams you’ve worked for: Kentucky Thoroughblades, Columbus Cottonmouths, Lexington Men O’ War, Las Vegas Wranglers, Texas Stars, Houston Aeros

Proudest professional accomplishment: Winning the ECHL's PR Award in 2006.

Favorite charities/charitable causes: Heart Association, ALS, Movember

Most exciting/unique thing you’ve done or place you’ve visited: Skydiving in Las Vegas

Sports played growing up: Basketball, Baseball, Soccer

An interesting fact about you: I have called over 1,000 hockey games in my career.

Favorite foods: BBQ Chicken, Sushi, Seafood

Favorite music artists: Pearl Jam, Phish, Bob Marley

Favorite sports movie: Slapshot, Sea Biscuit, Bull Durham, Miracle

Favorite book or author: Mitch Albom

Favorite subject in elementary school: Social Studies

Favorite spectator sports: NFL and college football, hockey, college basketball

Favorite pro/college sports teams (excluding Iowa Wild): Cincinnati Bengals, Cincinnati Reds, Kentucky Wildcats (especially basketball), Minnesota Wild, Kentucky Derby

Favorite recreational activities/hobbies: Movies, seeing live music, running, pick-up hockey

Tom Witosky - Feature Writer - IowaWild.com

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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

 

 

Kean Ludvicek - Manager, Ticket Sales

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

Best thing about your job: Meeting fans

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

College degree/school: Management and Marketing / Iowa State University 

Sports idol(s) as a youth: Michael Jordan, Tiger Woods, Peter Forsberg

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

First job/your age: Hockey camps at the local ice arena

Current dream job: Working in the NHL

Proudest professional accomplishment: Best Fan Experience Award in the AHL

Favorite charities/charitable causes: Anything that benefits kids!

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

An interesting fact about you: I played College Hockey

Favorite foods: All Chinese Food

Favorite music artists: Anything Country or Rap

Favorite sports movie: Miracle

Favorite subject in elementary school: Recess

Favorite spectator sports: Hockey, Football, NCAA Basketball

Favorite pro/college sports teams (excluding Iowa Wild): Michigan State, Iowa State, Dallas Cowboys

Favorite recreational activities/hobbies: Men's league hockey/softball, golfing and boating

Nate Berglund - 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

Personal/professional hero(es): Mom and Dad, Patrick Roy, Sidney Crosby

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

First job/your age: Burger King/16

Current dream job: Working for a NHL hockey team

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, Remember The Titans, Happy Gilmore

Favorite book or author: The Hunger Games Trilogy

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: Golf, Watching NHL Hockey on TV, Video Games, Hanging out with Friends

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

Allison Rocha - Coordinator, Sales & Merchandise

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What you love most about working for the Wild: Game Day

Best thing about your job: Hanging out with fun people

Hometown: New Lenox, IL

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

College degree/year/school: Bachelor of Arts (Business Administration, English) Washington & Jefferson College, 2015

Sports idol(s) as a youth: Michael Phelps  

As a child, you dreamed of becoming: A Dolphin Trainer

First job/your age: Lifeguard/15

Current dream job: Working in the MLB/NHL

Proudest professional accomplishment: Producing marketing and educational tools published by USA Swimming

Favorite charities/charitable causes: World Wildlife Fund

Sports played growing up: Swimming, Water Polo, Bowling

Favorite foods: Anything Italian or Ice Cream

Favorite music artists: The Goo Goo Dolls, The Lumineers, Ed Sheeran

Favorite sports movie: Field of Dreams

Favorite book or author: Mark Twain/ John Steinbeck

Favorite subject in elementary school: English

Favorite spectator sports: MLB and NHL

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

Favorite recreational activities/hobbies: Swimming, rollerblading, boxing, bowling, traveling

Kyle Weeden - Account Executive, 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

Jacin Yaukovitz - Representative, 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 - Representative, Ticket Sales

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Email: [email protected]

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 - Representative, 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: Working for a great organization 

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 within the sports

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

Maddie Moreno - Coordinator, Ticket Operations

Email: [email protected]

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

Kody Sindelar - Representative, Sales

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What you love most about working for the Wild: Being able to provide a great experience for fans.

Best thing about your job: Having the best coworkers to work with

Hometown: Cresco, IA

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

College degree/year/school: Liberal Studies, Iowa State University 2017

Sports idol(s) as a youth: David Ortiz

Personal/professional heroes: My Grandparents 

As a child, you dreamed of becoming: A pro football player or MLB player

First job/your age: Fareway Inc., age 14

Current dream job: GM of Minor league baseball team

Proudest professional accomplishment: Being moved to full time staff with Iowa Wild

Favorite charities/charitable causes: Boys and Girls Clubs of America

Most exciting/unique thing you’ve done or place you’ve visited: Hiked some of the Appalachian Mountains in northern Georgia 

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

An interesting fact about you: played college football and college club baseball 

Favorite foods: Lasagna, Tacos

Favorite music artists: Eric Church, Tom Petty 

Favorite sports movie: Friday Night Lights

Favorite book or author:  Matt Christopher

Favorite subject in elementary school: P.E.

Favorite spectator sports: Football, Baseball and Hockey

Favorite pro/college sports teams (excluding Iowa Wild): Boise State, Minnesota Vikings, Boston Red Sox

Favorite recreational activities/hobbies: Playing baseball or football, hiking, fishing