Front Office

Administration

Todd Frederickson - President / Alternate Governor

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Email: [email protected]

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

Over the course of the first three 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 set the all-time attendance mark for a professional hockey game in the state of Iowa when the team welcomed 12,445 patrons to Wells Fargo Arena on Jan. 16, 2016. 

Under his leadership, the team has garnered numerous awards in its short existence. During the summer of 2016, Iowa was honored as the AHL’s Corporate Sales Team of the Year with over 100% growth backed by new and creative sponsorships. 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 70,000 young students throughout central Iowa participated in the team’s floor hockey and reading programs in the first three seasons.

Aside from his team responsibilities, Frederickson takes pride in helping his local community. Since 2014, he has served on the board for the American Heart Association – Midwest Affiliate. Additionally, he serves 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, Iowa affiliate since March of 2016. In addition, he is 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 (7) and William (4). 

Brian Mather - Vice President, Sales

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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

Corporate Sales

Eric Grundfast - Senior Director, 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

 

David Adams - Director, Corporate Sales and Service

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What you love most about working for the Wild: Nothing compares to the game day atmosphere and the energy of our fans.

Best thing about your job: Hanging out with Crash

Hometown: Palm Springs, CA

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

College degree/year/school: Bachelor of Science (Integrated Marketing Communications and Political Science) Simpson College, 2013

Sports idol(s) as a youth: Joe Montana

As a child, you dreamed of becoming: An NBA Star

First job/your age: Red Robin/16

Current dream job: Working in the NHL/NFL

Proudest professional accomplishment: Accepting a job with the Iowa Wild!

Favorite charities/charitable causes: I hold the YMCA and all of their youth initiatives close to my heart.

Sports played growing up: Basketball, Football, Track

Favorite foods: Fresh sushi

Favorite music artists: 2pac and Taylor Swift

Favorite sports movie: Varsity Blues

Favorite book or author: The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Favorite subject in elementary school: Math

Favorite spectator sports: NHL and NFL

Favorite pro/college sports teams (excluding Iowa Wild): San Francisco 49ers

Favorite recreational activities/hobbies: Snowboarding, football, biking... really anything that keeps me active and on my toes.

 

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

 

Anthony Aspenson - Coordinator, Client Services and Graphic Design

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What you love most about working for the Wild: The atmosphere during a game

Best thing about your job: The people

Hometown: Richland Center, WI

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

College degree/year/school: Bachelors of Art/ 2014 / University of Wisconsin-Whitewater

Sports idol(s) as a youth: Brett Favre, Geoff Jenkins

As a child, you dreamed of becoming: Pro Football Player

First job/your age: 15 - Dishwasher

Current dream job: NHL or MLB team

Proudest professional accomplishment: Working for the Wild

Favorite charities/charitable causes: Food Drives

Sports played growing up: Baseball, Basketball, & Football

Favorite foods: Pizza, Sushi, & a good burger

Favorite music artists: Linkin Park

Favorite sports movie: Major League

Favorite book or author: Dan Brown

Favorite subject in elementary school: Recess

Favorite spectator sports: Yes

Favorite pro/college sports teams (excluding Iowa Wild): Milwaukee Brewers, Milwaukee Bucks, Green Bay Packers, & Minnesota Wild

Favorite recreational activities/hobbies: Sports & Video Games

Marketing and Fan Development

Allie Brown - Director, Marketing and Fan Development

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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

Sean Teran - Coordinator, Mascot and Game Operations

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What you love most about working for the Wild: The people I work with and meeting our great fans.

Best thing about your job: Networking with people in the community and hearing how much fun our fans have at our games.

Hometown: La Quinta, California

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

College degree/year/school: Business Marketing from Iowa State University, 2013

Sports idol(s) as a youth: Paul Kariya, Oscar De La Hoya, Tiger Woods

As a child, you dreamed of becoming:  A professional athlete

First job/your age: Salesman for Cutco Cutlery, 2005

Other sports teams you’ve worked for: Iowa State University Men's Ice Hockey Team

Proudest professional accomplishment: Being one of the staff members to represent the Iowa Wild organization at the 2015 AHL All Star Classic in Utica, NY.

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

Most exciting/unique thing you’ve done or place you’ve visited: Ziplining & Parasailing in Mexico

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

An interesting fact about you: I won a community award for a piece of art I made in 4th grade.

Favorite foods: Sushi, steak, avocados, anything from In-N-Out

Favorite music artists: Red Hot Chili Peppers, Eminem, Tupac, Fall Out Boy

Favorite sports movie: The Mighty Ducks trilogy, Miracle, Space Jam, Happy Gilmore

Favorite book or author: Charles Bukowski, John Grisham

Favorite subject in elementary school: Science

Favorite spectator sports: Hockey, college football, baseball

Favorite pro/college sports teams (excluding Iowa Wild): Anaheim Ducks, USC Trojans, Los Angeles Angels

Favorite recreational activities/hobbies: Playing hockey, golf, fishing, hiking, camping, swimming

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

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

Joe O'Donnell - 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

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 - 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

 

 

Brian Shapiro - Director, Sales

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What you love most about working for the Wild: The opportunity to learn and grow both professionally and personally within a strong organization.

Best thing about your job: The excitement of game nights, working with my co-workers and the fans  

Hometown: Chicago, IL

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

College degree/year/school: Bachelor of Liberal Arts (Sports Studies) University of Iowa 2007

Sports idol(s) as a youth:  Walter Payton

Personal/professional hero(es): My Dad

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

First job/your age: Host /16

Current dream job: Working for an NHL Team

Other sports teams you’ve worked for: Chicago Sky (WNBA)

Proudest professional accomplishment: Accepting a job with the Iowa Wild

Favorite charities/charitable causes: Make a Wish Foundation and Special Olympics  

Sports played growing up: Baseball, Soccer and Basketball

Favorite foods: Steak, Hotdogs and Beans, Pickles

Favorite music artists: Zedd, Hardwell, Tiesto, DeadMau5

Favorite sports movie: Mystery Alaska, Unnecessary Roughness, Slap Shot

Favorite book or author: Dr. Seuss

Favorite subject in elementary school: History

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

Favorite pro/college sports teams (excluding Iowa Wild): Chicago Blackhawks, Chicago Bears, and Iowa Hawkeyes

Kean Ludvicek - Senior Account Executive, 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 - Senior Account Executive, Ticket Sales - 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

Stephanie Schultz - Coordinator, Ticket Operations

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What you love most about working for the Wild: I love all of the great people that I get to work with and being able to keep working and growing in the Minnesota Wild organization after working for their ECHL team as well.

Best thing about your job: Being able to provide great experiences to the people of Iowa and seeing their excitement when they come to a game!

Hometown: Reynolds, IL

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

College degree/year/school: Bachelors degree in Recreation, Sport, and Tourism with a concentration of Sport Management from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign 2016.

Sports idol(s) as a youth: Brett Favre, Adam Pardy, Shaquille O'Neal

Personal/professional hero(es): My parents, my siblings, and my mentor Chicago Wolves President, Mike Gordon.

As a child, you dreamed of becoming: An egyptologist or an astronomer.

First job/your age: Intern with the Quad City Mallards/ age 18

Current dream job: President of an AHL team.

Other sports teams you’ve worked for: Quad City Mallards, University of Illinois Club Hockey team, University of Nebraska Omaha basketball and hockey.

Proudest professional accomplishment: Working for four hockey teams before even graduating from college.

Favorite charities/charitable causes: Children's Miracle Network and the Brain Injury Association of Illinois.

Sports played growing up: Basketball, Softball

Favorite foods: Sushi and Pasta.

Favorite music artists: Billy Joel, Lupe Fiasco, Kristin Chenoweth, Garth Brooks, Jeremy Jordan.

Favorite sports movie: Goon, Sandlot.

Favorite book or author: All of the Shel Silverstein and Harry Potter books.

Favorite subject in elementary school: Math

Favorite spectator sports: Hockey and baseball

Favorite pro/college sports teams (excluding Iowa Wild): Minnesota Wild, Calgary Flames, Quad City Mallards, University of Illinois basketball, University of Nebraska Omaha Mavericks Hockey.

Favorite recreational activities/hobbies: Singing, theatre, swimming, playing basketball, fishing.

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