Front Office

Administration

Todd Frederickson - President / 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 seven 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 14,282 patrons to Wells Fargo Arena on Sept. 19, 2018, when the organization hosted an NHL preseason game between the Minnesota Wild and St. Louis Blues. 

Under his leadership, the team has garnered numerous awards in its short existence. During the summer of 2019, the Wild won four awards, including Team of the Year, Social Media Department of the Year, Outstanding Fan Experience and Best Unique Game Operations Promotion. Frederickson was also honored by the league as the 2019 recipient of the Thomas Ebright Award in recognition of his career contributions to the AHL.

In 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 has since added six more rinks since the program's inception, reaching communities such as Waukee, Ankeny, Indianola, Ames, Johnston and Urbandale, bringing the total number of rinks to seven. 

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. Through the program, a total of 250 kids in the Des Moines Metro has graduated from Junior Crash Course into youth hockey. 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 (10) and William (7). 

Eve Sloan - Office Coordinator

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What you love most about working for the Wild: I love being a part of an organization that adds such value to the community. The Wild is just one more thing that makes Des Moines a great place to live!

Best thing about your job: I love seeing the fans having a good time at the games. The best part of my job is that I get to see the direct effect of my hard work in the smile on someone’s face.

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

College degree/year/school: Graduated from the University of Iowa with a B.A. in Communication Studies in 2017. Go Hawks!

Sports idol(s) as a youth: My brother

Personal/professional hero(es): Beyonce

As a child, you dreamed of becoming: A cowgirl pop-star

First job/your age: Detassling seed corn for Pioneer when I was 13

Other sports teams you’ve worked for: I’m new to sports, the Wild is my first job in the industry.

Proudest professional accomplishment: Doing my part to help the Wild have a successful 2018-2019 season!

Favorite charities/charitable causes: Habitat for Humanity

Sports played growing up: Softball, Dance Team, Cheerleading

An interesting fact about you: I had to have my first rib taken out

Favorite foods: Macaroni and cheese, strawberry shortcake, and anything chocolate

Favorite music artists: Journey, Adele, Weezer, Beyonce, Cage the Elephant, Foreigner, Ingrid Michaelson, I like it all!

Favorite sports movie: Remember the Titans

Favorite book or author: J.K. Rowling

Favorite subject in elementary schoolArt

Favorite spectator sportsFootball, softball, and hockey

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

Favorite recreational activities/hobbies: Biking and running with my dog Goose, and gardening.

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

 

John Savoia - Director of Client Services

Email: [email protected]

What you love most about working for the Wild: The collaboration from all of our employees in all of the departments with a common goal of constantly improving our product for our fans and community partners.

Best thing about your job: Watching the joy of our fans, partners and staff after a successful game night

States (and provinces or countries) you’ve lived in: Massachusetts, Rhode Island & Iowa

Sports idol as a youth: Larry Bird, Boston Celtics

Personal/professional hero: My Dad

As a child, you dreamed of becoming: Sports Broadcaster

First job/your age:  Grocery Store in Boston, Bagging Groceries, 15 years old

Other sports teams you’ve worked for: As an intern in grad school I worked for the American Hockey League, Springfield Falcons, Washington Redskins and the Boston Celtics. After college, I've spent most of my career with the Providence Bruins Hockey Team and also worked for Sports Radio WEEI-FM

Proudest professional accomplishment: The friendships and professional relationships I've been able to develop and the amount I've learned from a lot of great people in my career.

Favorite charities/charitable causes: Jimmy Fund of Boston and NAMI

Sports played growing up: Basketball, Baseball and Soccer

An interesting fact about you: I had two different stints with the Providence Bruins that added up to a total of 19 1/2 years

Favorite foods: Italian and Seafood

Favorite music artists: Pearl Jam, Nirvana, U2, Dave Matthews, John Mayer

Favorite sports movie: League Of Their Own

Favorite book or author: When Pride Still Mattered, David Maraniss

Favorite subject in elementary school: Math

Favorite spectator sports: Football and Basketball

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

Favorite recreational activities/hobbies: Jogging, Biking, going to the beach, going out to a restaurant

 

Zach Fahey - Manager, 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
 

Lauren Holmes - Coordinator, Client Services

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What you love most about working for the Wild: The passion and love for hockey throughout the entire organization.

Best thing about your job: Creating an unforgettable hockey experience for our fans and helping to grow the sport of hockey in the community.

College degree/year/school: Iowa State University; Bachelors in Event Management

Personal/professional hero(es): Personal – Mother

As a child, you dreamed of becoming: Professional dancer

First job/your age: Lifeguard; 15 years old

Other sports teams you’ve worked for: Iowa State Athletics, Iowa Cubs

Proudest professional accomplishment: The opportunity to work in a multitude of different sports, it has helped me learn so much about the sports industry and continue to reach my professional goals.

Favorite charities/charitable causes: Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation

Sports played growing up: Dance & Swimming

An interesting fact about you: I studied abroad in Australia!

Favorite foods: Mac & Cheese, Cheese Curds

Favorite music artists: Drake, Cardi B., Bazzi

Favorite sports movie: Field of Dreams

Favorite spectator sports: Hockey, Baseball, Motocross

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

Favorite recreational activities/hobbies: Swimming

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

John Hamper - Director of Creative Services & Graphic Design

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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

Brad Allen - Senior 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.

Christine Hastings - Manager, Social Media and Digital Marketing

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Hometown: Chanhassen, MN

What you love most about working for the Wild: Connecting with the fans and growing the sport of hockey!

College degree/year/school: Business Communications at University of St. Thomas

Other sports teams you’ve worked for: Minnesota Twins

Favorite charities/charitable causes: Animal Humane Society & Bunny’s Buddies

Sports played growing up: Soccer, Tennis & Golf

An interesting fact about you: I’m from the same hometown as Prince

Favorite foods: Sushi & Coffee

Favorite music artists: Huge country fan! My favorites are Luke Combs, Chase Rice and Jake Owen

Favorite sports movie: The Benchwarmers

Favorite spectator sports: Hockey & baseball

Favorite pro/college sports teams (excluding Iowa Wild): Minnesota sports, Iowa Cubs & St. Thomas Athletics (Roll Toms)

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

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

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Ticketing Administration

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

 

 

Business Development

Kyle Weeden - Director, Business Development

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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

Devan Maki - Manager, Business Development

Kyle Gross - Account Executive, Business Development

Hometown: Kirksville, MO

What you love most about working for the Wild: Building relationships with organizations in the Des Moines area

Best thing about your job: Seeing clients and fans enjoying their experience at our games

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

College degree/year/school: Communication / 2018 / Truman State University

Sports idol(s) as a youth: Kevin Garnett

First job/your age: Courtesy Clerk at HyVee

Other sports teams you’ve worked for: Truman State University ... Missouri Western State University

Favorite charities/charitable causes: Operation Underground Railroad

Sports played growing up: Football, basketball

An interesting fact about you: Can recite the final scene word-for-word of the movie "Hitch" with Will Smith

Favorite foods: Kansas City BBQ

Favorite sports movie: Friday Night Lights

Favorite subject in elementary school: History

Favorite spectator sports: NBA Basketball, College Football

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

Favorite recreational activities/hobbies: Disc golf, hiking, basketball

Mitch Black - Account Executive, Business Development

Hometown: Waterloo, IA

What you love most about working for the Wild: Turning my passion for sports into a career

Best thing about your job: Working for a successful sports team in my home state of Iowa

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

College degree/year/school: BA in Business Administration (Marketing & Sport Management) – Wartburg College, 2018, MS in Health & Wellness Management – UW-Stevens Point, (in process)

Sports idol(s) as a youth: Emma Coburn, Billy Mills, Steve Prefontaine, Dave Wottle, Jim Ryun

As a child, you dreamed of becoming: A bigshot in the sports industry

First job/your age: Dairy Queen at age 14

Other sports teams you’ve worked for: Wartburg Cross Country, UW-Stevens Point Cross Country/Track & Field

Proudest professional accomplishment: Coaching an All-American (5th place) DMR team after coming into the meet seeded last (12th)

Favorite charities/charitable causes: Heartcry Missionary, Grace to You Ministries

Sports played growing up: Cross Country, Track & Field, flag football

An interesting fact about you: Can run a 5k in just over 15 minutes

Favorite foods: Chicken Parmesan, fresh salmon, Casey’s pizza

Favorite music artists: Al Green, Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, BB King, Stevie Wonder

Favorite sports movie: Running Brave

Favorite book or author: Holy Bible, 12 Rules for Life

Favorite subject in elementary school: History

Favorite spectator sports: Hockey, Track & Field, Basketball

Favorite pro/college sports teams (excluding Iowa Wild): Bowerman Track Club, Iowa Hawkeyes, Wartburg Knights

Favorite recreational activities/hobbies: Running, collecting vinyl records

Ryan Tapp - Senior 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

Paul Growt - Account Executive, Business Development

PaulGrowt.jpgWhat you love most about working for the Wild: I love the people I get to work with and the opportunity to work in sports.

Best thing about your job: Being able to work every day with our passionate fans!

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

College degree/year/school: University of Iowa, Sport and Recreation Management & Journalism and Mass Communications, 2018

Sports idol(s) as a youth: Brett Favre, Aaron Rodgers

Personal/professional hero(es): My father

As a child, you dreamed of becoming: Quarterback of the Green Bay Packers

First job/your age: My first ever job was working for Horseshoe Bay Golf Course/18 Years old

Other sports teams you’ve worked for: The Green Bay Booyah of the Northwoods League

Proudest professional accomplishment: Graduating from the University of Iowa and getting a job here with the Wild!

Favorite charities/charitable causes: The University of Iowa Dance Marathon. FTK!

Sports played growing up: Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Golf

Favorite foods: I love seafood, anything that comes from the water.

Favorite music artists: Bruce Springsteen, The Lumineers

Favorite sports movie: Miracle, Hoosiers

Favorite book or author: Nothing specific, really anything non-fiction, I love anything about sports!

Favorite subject in elementary school: Social Studies and History

Favorite spectator sports: Football & Basketball

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

Favorite recreational activities/hobbies: I love exercise, biking, hiking, and playing golf.

James Roehl - Account Executive, Sales

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Kalason Weier - Account Executive, Membership Services

Kalason_Weier.jpgHometown: Des Moines, IA  

College degree/year/school: Public Relations, 2019, Iowa State University  

Sports idol(s) as a youth: Mia Hamm 

Other sports teams you’ve worked for: Des Moines Menace

Sports played growing up: Soccer, Cross country, Track 

Favorite foods: Mexican or Italian

Favorite sports movie: The Final Season  

Favorite spectator sports: Football or Soccer

Favorite pro/college sports teams (excluding Iowa Wild): Alabama, Iowa Hawkeyes, and Detroit Lions

Brett Dawson - Account Executive, Membership Services

Email: [email protected]

Hometown: Prior Lake, MN

What you love most about working for the Wild: Being around the Staff and Hockey.

Best thing about your job: Speaking with people and working in the AHL.

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

College degree/year/school: Sports Management, 2014, Crown College

Sports idol(s) as a youth: Brett Favre

Personal/professional hero(es): My Parents

As a child, you dreamed of becoming: Something in Sports

First job/your age: Edelweiss Bakery Manager

Other sports teams you’ve worked for: Huntsville Havoc, Fayetteville Marksmen

Proudest professional accomplishment: Graduating College

Favorite charities/charitable causes: Make a Wish & Gold Star

Sports played growing up: Hockey, Baseball, Football, Soccer, Basketball, and Rugby

An interesting fact about you: Won State Rugby in 2014

Favorite foods: Mac n Cheese

Favorite music artists: Tom Petty, Days to Remember

Favorite sports movie: Space Jam

Favorite book or author: Tim Tebow Books

Favorite subject in elementary school: PE

Favorite spectator sports: Hockey

Favorite pro/college sports teams (excluding Iowa Wild): Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Wild, Minnesota Twins, North Dakota State, and Wisconsin Badgers 

Favorite recreational activities/hobbies: Golf