Mike Gordon President of Business Operations
Mike Gordon is in his seventh season as the Wolves president of business operations after joining the organization as vice president of partnerships in February 2009.
The 2015-16 season marked the fifth time in six years the Wolves increased their revenue and the team perennially ranks among the top AHL franchises in sponsorships and ticket sales.
During Gordon’s tenure, the front office won the 2010 President’s Award given annually to one American Hockey League organization to reward excellence in all areas off the ice. The Wolves won Sponsorship Sales Department of the Year awards in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2015 and were recognized for excellence in community service in 2012 and fan experience in 2013.
Gordon received the James C. Hendy Memorial Award, which honors the executive who has made the most outstanding contribution to the AHL, following the 2012-13 season. He currently serves as the head of the league’s sales and marketing committee.
Prior to joining the Wolves, Gordon served as the vice president of sales for the Arena Football League’s Chicago Rush and oversaw all of the team’s corporate sponsorship initiatives. Under Gordon’s direction, the Rush ranked among the AFL’s top three teams in corporate sponsorship revenue for five consecutive years (2004-08). In addition to his sponsorship duties, he oversaw ticket sales during his first three seasons with the Rush. Attendance increased 56 percent during that time and the franchise drew its first sellout crowd. During his tenure, the Rush won the AFL Commissioner’s award for Organization of the Year three times.
The 47-year-old Gordon also spent seven years in the athletic department at DePaul University. He concluded his run at the Lincoln Park school as Assistant Athletic Director for External Relations, where he oversaw the licensing, marketing, ticket sales, and sponsorships for the athletic department. In addition to his departmental duties, he taught undergraduate classes in sports marketing.
A graduate of Knox College in Galesburg, Ill., Gordon received his MBA in Marketing at DePaul. He also performed consulting work for the Chicago Blackhawks, the 1994 World Cup, and several minor league baseball teams.
Gordon and his wife, Susan, have a daughter, Katie, and a son, Alex, and live in Arlington Heights, where he coaches various youth sports. He serves as President of the Arlington Heights Park District Foundation and sits on the DePaul University Marketing Advisory Board.
Courtney Mahoney Senior Vice President of Operations
Courtney Mahoney is in her 21st season with the Wolves and seventh as the senior vice president of operations.
The Western Springs native and Lyons Township High School graduate joined the Wolves’ community relations department in 1996 and moved into the leadership role before the 1997-98 season. She assumed control of game operations prior to the 2000-01 season before being named director of operations in 2004.
The 41-year-old Mahoney, who earned the AHL’s Ken McKenzie Award in 2009 for outstanding promotion of the team, has spearheaded some of the club’s most successful community endeavors, including the Read to Succeed and Adopt-A-Dog programs. Under her supervision, more than $4 million has been raised for Chicago Wolves Charities.
Mahoney and her staff were honored with the AHL Community Service Award for their community relations efforts during the 2011-12 season. The following year, Mahoney and the team earned the AHL’s award for providing the most outstanding fan experience in the Western Conference.
A 1996 graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Mahoney resides in Chicago with her dog, Mick.
Jon Sata Senior Vice President, Partnerships & Business Development
Jon Sata is in his seventh season with the Wolves and his first as Senior Vice President, Partnerships and Business Development. The Purdue graduate came to the Wolves after one season as sponsorship executive for the Professional Bull Riders (PBR).
Before that, the 38-year-old worked as director of corporate partnerships for NASCAR’s Phoenix International Raceway and director of national sales/regional sales manager for Live Nation Motor Sports (currently Feld Entertainment).
Under Sata’s direction, the Wolves have won the American Hockey League’s Sponsorship Sales Department of the Year award three times (2010-11, 2011-12 and 2014-15).
Sata and his wife, Sarah, reside in Elmhurst with their sons, Justin and Jeremy, daughter, Sonya, and dog, Chile.
Kevin Dooley Sr. Executive Director of Ticket Sales
Kevin Dooley, who joined the Wolves in January 2011 as e-Business Specialist, is in his fourth season as the team’s Senior Executive Director of Ticket Sales.
Before joining the Wolves, Kevin served as corporate partnerships manager for the Lake County Fielders, consulted for Chicago’s 2016 Olympic bid, and got his start in the sports industry as an account executive for the Chicago Rush arena football team.
Prior to his transition to sports, Dooley served as business development analyst for NorthShore University HealthSystem. Dooley is a University of Dayton alum and received his Master’s of Sports Administration from Northwestern University in 2012. He resides in the north suburbs with his wife and their daughter.
Lindsey Willhite Director of Public Relations
Lindsey Willhite is in his sixth season as the Wolves’ director of public relations.
Prior to joining the organization, the 48-year-old spent 22 years as a Daily Herald sports writer, where he covered everything from high school sports to the pros. He focused on college football and basketball, but helped with the paper’s coverage of the Bears, the 2005 World Series champion White Sox and the 2010 Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks.
The Champaign native was graduated from Illinois State University, where he earned a B.S. degree in Finance. In his spare time, he serves as the parent volunteer president of the Maverick Swim Club. Willhite, his wife, Christie, and their children — Kellie, Katie, and Michael — live in Naperville.
Dana Wildman Executive Assistant
Dana Wildman joined the Wolves in August 2012 as the executive assistant. Prior to joining the organization, the California native spent two years working as a personal trainer at Midtown Athletic Club in Bannockburn, where her duties included helping twins Liz and Marie Canavan prepare for “The Amazing Race.”
The Eastern Illinois University graduate enjoys working out and lives in Lake Forest with her two sons.
Eric Zavilla Executive Director of Tickets Sales and Retention
Eric Zavilla is in his 18th season with the Wolves and serves as the team’s director of season ticket sales. The 42-year-old Palatine native joined the club as a ticket sales representative in 1999. He rose through the ranks as account executive, senior account executive, season ticket sales manager, director of season ticket sales, executive director of ticket sales and services and executive director of season ticket sales and retention.
A 1999 graduate of the University of Kansas, Zavilla entered the hockey business as an intern with the International Hockey League’s Kansas City Blades while in college. Zavilla and his family live in the northwest suburbs.
Jackie Schroeder Sr Director of Ticket Retention & Services
Jackie Schroeder is in her 13th season with the Wolves and second as the senior director of ticket retention and services.
The 34-year-old Bloomingdale native joined the organization as a ticket sales and services assistant in September 2004. She served as ticket sales and services manager before assuming her current role in June 2015.
Prior to joining the Wolves, the Ball State University graduate worked in the stadium/event operations of the Peoria Sports Complex in Arizona and spent time in the game operations department of the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Schroeder and her husband, Nate, have a daughter, Zoey, and live in the northwest suburbs.
Stefanie Evans Senior Director, Program Development
Stefanie Evans is in her 11th season with the Wolves and first as Senior Director of Program Development.
The Illinois State University graduate joined the organization in December 2006 as an account executive and assumed a role as director of program development prior to the 2011-12 season.
She has earned the American Hockey League’s award for the Western Conference’s Top Group Sales Executive each of the last three seasons — and has finished among the top three each of the last five seasons.
Stefanie and her husband, Bobby, welcomed their son, Weston, into the world in December 2015.
Steve Winner e-Business Specialist
Steve Winner is in his fourth season as the team’s e-business specialist.
Prior to becoming a part of the Wolves front office, he worked for 23 years in Allstate Insurance’s IT department. He also worked for Electronic Golf Organizer for two years as a project manager and Jaci’s Cookies for three years in the company’s marketing, development and quality control departments.
The Elgin native was graduated from the University of Illinois with a B.S. degree in Computer Science. He lives in Hoffman Estates with his wife, Kelly. They have two grown children, Victoria and Joe.
Rob Newburg Youth Hockey Coordinator
Rob Newburg is in his fifth season as the team’s youth hockey coordinator. He serves as the team’s primary liaison to local rinks and clubs.
During his first stint with the Wolves, he worked in the group sales and youth hockey departments from 2002-05.
The Chicago native graduated from DePaul with a degree in human developmental psychology. He spent four years with the Chicago Steel as the youth hockey director and currently serves as a director for a youth hockey club in the western suburbs.
Anthony Krzyzak Sales Development Manager
Anthony Krzyzak is in his first year as Sales Development Manager and seventh season with the Wolves overall. He joined the organization in October 2010 as a ticket sales intern and worked his way up to Senior Account Executive in June 2015 and Sales Development Manager in January 2017. A 2010 graduate of the University of Illinois, Krzyzak entered the sports business as a sales and marketing intern for the Western Golf Association. The 29-year-old lives in Chicago.
Mike Czopek Sales Development Manager
Mike Czopek joined the Wolves in August 2013 as an inside sales representative in the tickets department. Mike was promoted to Account Representative in 2014, to Account Executive in August 2015 and Sales Development Manager in January 2017.
The Arlington Heights native is a 2013 Xavier University graduate with a bachelor’s degree in Sports Management. He captained Xavier’s club volleyball team that finished among the top eight teams in the country (Div. II) in 2013.
The 25-year-old Czopek served as Xavier’s Club Sports Executive Board President from 2011-13. He also worked as a summer intern at the Sears Centre (2011) and the ECHL’s Cincinnati Cyclones and U.S. Bank Arena (2012).
Pawel Sienko Account Executive
Pawel Sienko joined the Wolves in August 2013 as an inside sales representative in the tickets department and now serves as an account executive. The 27-year-old native of Poland was graduated from Ball State University, where he majored in Sport Administration and minored in Marketing.
Prior to joining the organization, he spent two years working for the ABA’s Indiana Diesels. In his spare time, the Lake Zurich resident enjoys playing basketball.
John Brooks Group Account Executive
John Brooks joined the Wolves organization as an inside sales representative in August 2014, was promoted to Account Representative in June 2015 and became a Group Account Executive in the summer of 2016.
The South Holland native sold tickets for the Bloomington Thunder and Peoria Rivermen in the Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL) while completing his bachelor’s degree in Sociology at Illinois State University. He served as the president and captain of ISU’s roller hockey team during his junior and senior years.
Katherine Damisch Marketing Coordinator
Katherine Damisch joined the Wolves in May as the marketing coordinator. The 26-year-old Chicago native received a B.A. in Theatre from Denison University in 2011 and continues to pursue a master’s degree in Sports Administration at Northwestern University.
Along her path to the Wolves, Katherine earned experience at St. Joseph Services, Bredemann Ford and the Collaboraction Theatre Company. Her skills as a pianist and a singer have enabled her to travel the world. She has performed in 40-plus countries spread across four continents.
Adam Goldberg Group Sales & Youth Sports Representative
Adam Goldberg joined the Wolves in June 2015 as an Inside Sales Representative, then earned a promotion to Group Sales & Youth Sports Representative in April.
Prior to his Wolves hire, the 2014 graduate of the University of Massachusetts-Amherst worked for the Springfield Falcons (AHL) in Game Night Operations and in Hockey Operations for the UMass men’s hockey team.
The Chicago native played varsity hockey for Deerfield High School and serves as a Pee Wee coach for the Highland Park Falcons. During a Marketing stint at V8 Supercars in Australia, he took advantage of the opportunity to skydive in Australia, scuba dive at the Great Barrier Reef and bungee-jump in Queenstown, New Zealand.
Joseph Swintek Inside Sales Representative
Joseph Swintek joined the Wolves in June as an Inside Sales Representative. The Orland Park native graduated from Illinois State University in 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in Marketing.
The 26-year-old has served as the head coach of Lincoln-Way Central High School’s girls junior varsity volleyball team and as a financial representative for AIG in Downers Grove.
James Kurpiel Inside Sales Representative
James Kurpiel joined the Wolves in June as an Inside Sales Representative, one month after earning his bachelor’s degree in Marketing at Northern Illinois University.
The 22-year-old Chicago native’s experience includes stints with NIU’s Convocation Center and Allstate Arena’s Event Venue Services. Kurpiel also served as NIU’s Bass Fishing team president during his senior year.
Igor Kozlovskij Inside Sales Representative
Igor Kozlovskij joined the Wolves in June as an Inside Sales Representative. The Klaipeda, Lithuania, native became part of the organization after earning his bachelor’s degree in Sports Management at the University of Missouri. He also completed minors in Business and Sociology.
The 24-year-old Kozlovskij earned NCAA All-American honors as a swimmer at Missouri and also competed for Lithuania’s national team. He has served as a counselor and coach for Missouri’s summer swim camps and worked as an intern for Hoop Mountain Midwest.
Greg Sprott Director, Partnerships
Greg Sprott is in his sixth season with the Wolves and first as Director of Partnerships. The Wolves have been recognized as the AHL Sponsorship Sales Department of the Year three times during his tenure. Prior to joining the Wolves, Greg gained valuable experience with corporate partnerships working at Canlan Ice Sports, the Quad City River Bandits and General Motors. Greg and his wife, Ashley, welcomed their son, Blake, into their family on March 22, 2015.
Doug Ferguson Sales Executive, Partnerships
Doug Ferguson joined the Wolves in June as a Partnerships Sales Executive. The Mount Vernon, Ill., native has been a part of several businesses, including a Fortune 500 company, in a development capacity.
The Chicago resident holds a master’s degree in Sports Administration from Northwestern University as well as a bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Southern Illinois University. In his spare time, he runs and bikes along Chicago’s lakefront. He has run in three Chicago Marathons.
Timothy Weaver Senior Manager, Partnerships and Media Sales
Timothy Weaver joined the Wolves organization in December 2016 as the Senior Manager of Partnerships and Media Sales. He brings considerable experience and expertise to his role as he worked three seasons with the Chicago Fire Soccer Club and 10 years in Chicago’s radio industry for ESPN, Oldies 104.3, Nine-FM and WCPT-AM.
The DePaul graduate (bachelor’s degree in Political Science with a certificate in Integrated Marketing Communications) began his career in professional sports with the Fort Wayne Wizards, where he did everything from selling programs to washing uniforms to executing on-field promotions for the Class A Midwest League team.
The Fort Wayne, Indiana, native lives in Chicago’s Independence Park neighborhood with his wife and their 2-year-old son. He roots for the Cubs, Dallas Cowboys and Indiana Pacers when he’s not busy skiing, fishing, hunting or camping. And if you think you saw him on “The Jerry Springer Show” that one day, you’re right.
Amy Bernstein Client Services Manager, Partnerships
Amy Bernstein joined the Wolves in February 2015 as Client Service Coordinator in the Partnerships department. Prior to becoming a part of the team, she spent four years at Northwestern University as an Account Executive, Sales and Services.
The Downers Grove native also worked as a Ticket Representative for the Chicago Bulls. The Illinois State University graduate enjoys traveling and includes Italy, Hawaii and Las Vegas among her favorite destinations.
Kayle Kozar Client Services Manager, Partnerships & Marketing
Kayle Kozar joined the Wolves in September 2014 as the partnerships client services coordinator. She returned to the Chicago area after serving as the sponsorship and sales coordinator for Learfield Sports at the KFC YUM! Center in Louisville, Ky. Kayle graduated from Illinois State in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in Marketing and Professional Sales. She earned a master’s degree in Sports Management in 2013 while also working as a development and sales associate for the Illinois State athletic department. Newly wed, Kayle and her husband, Mike, spend their spare time rooting ardently for Chicago’s sports teams and visiting sunny Florida.
Jasmine Grotto Media Relations Coordinator
Jasmine Grotto joined the Wolves organization as the Media Relations Coordinator in August after spending two years with USA Hockey.
She worked as the main media contact for several U.S. national teams, including the Junior Select Team. She spent the 2015-16 season with the National Team Development Program in Plymouth, Michigan.
The Alpena, Michigan native also worked for the NFL’s Detroit Lions in Corporate Communications and Community Relations, as well as for MLBAM as a Real-Time Correspondent at Detroit Tigers’ home games.
She graduated from Wayne State University in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations with honors.
Dan Harris Operations Manager
Dan Harris is in his eighth season with the Wolves after joining the club in September 2008 as a game operations intern. Prior to working for the Wolves, the 29-year-old graduate of Washington and Lee University served as the marketing intern for the Chicago Sky. The Florida native lives in Chicago with his wife, Ashley.
Camille Colletti Community Relations Sr. Coordinator
Camille Colletti joined the Wolves in October 2014 and soon earned a promotion to Community Relations Senior Coordinator. The Lake Forest native graduated from Bowling Green State University in 2014 with a Sport Management major and Marketing minor.
Prior to joining the organization, Colletti served as a corporate marketing intern with the Milwaukee Brewers and a development intern for the University of Toledo’s athletic department. She also was a core committee member for BGSU’s 2013-14 Bike for Tikes. She was in charge of fundraising and all proceeds were donated to Mercy Children’s Hospital in Toledo.
Holly Simms Game Operations Coordinator
Holly Simms joined the Wolves in June 2014 as a Group Events Specialist and became the Game Operations Coordinator this season. The 24-year-old came to Chicago after serving as a group sales assistant for one year at The Ohio State University. Simms earned a Bachelor of Arts in sports management in 2013 at Marietta College. She was also a four-year starting midfielder for the school’s soccer team and received all-conference recognition as a junior and senior. The Pickerington, Ohio, native lives in Chicago.
Imran Javed Digital Content Manager
Imran Javed is in his 11th season with the Wolves after joining the team in May 2005. Prior to joining the organization, the 38-year-old served as a package and print designer for Adam’s Apple and Republic Tobacco. The Chicago native graduated from Pratt Institute in 1998 with a bachelor’s degree in Communication Design. Javed and his wife, Jessie, live in Chicago.
Troy Mueller Graphic Designer
Troy Mueller is in his fourth season with the Wolves as a graphic designer. He possesses a bachelor’s degree in graphic design from Robert Morris University. Prior to joining the Wolves, the 27-year-old Rolling Meadows native served internships with IT Supplies and Upstaging Lighting and Trucking.
Ron Storto Executive Television Producer
Ron Storto enters his 12th season with the Wolves and 11th as the organization’s executive television producer. The River Forest native oversees the team’s television packages. The Wolves broadcast the majority of their regular-season games – including all 38 contests at Allstate Arena – as well as every playoff game.
Prior to joining the Wolves, Storto spent 12 years on Chicago White Sox and Chicago Blackhawks broadcasts as he worked his way up from graphics to executive producer. A graduate of Oak Park-River Forest High School and Columbia College in Chicago, Storto joined the industry with SportsVision in 1986 and stayed with the station during its transition to SportsChannel, Fox Sports Channel, Fox SportsNet, and Comcast.
The 54-year-old Storto resides in Chicago.
Sarah M. Draheim TV Production Manager
Sarah Draheim joined the Wolves in January 2008 as the Community Relations Assistant before earning her promotion to TV production manager in May 2009. Prior to joining the Wolves, the University of Colorado graduate worked as a sports clerk at the Denver Rocky Mountain News, a sports intern at CBS4 Denver, and a news clerk/online news assistant at the Iowa City Press-Citizen. She resides in Chicago.
Ross Dettman Team Photographer
Ross Dettman is in his 22nd season as the Wolves team photographer. The University of Illinois-Chicago graduate began his career as a student covering the UIC Flames hockey team. The 51-year-old has covered eight Super Bowls and six Stanley Cup Finals and provided the pictures for more than 40 spreads in ESPN The Magazine. Dettman won a Sports Emmy in 2009 while working for ESPN.com on a visual piece entitled “No Love Lost.” He lives in the western suburbs.