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Curt Styres - Owner/GM

John Catalano - President & CEO

Tracy Johnson - Vice President Team Operations

Avery Light - Vice President Marketing and Corporate Partnerships

Email: [email protected]

University/degree: St. John Fisher College. BS, Sports Management and Marketing.

Sports idol(s) as a youth: Pat Summit, Candace Parker

What you love most about working for the Thunderbirds: Working as a team. Everday is different filled with new and exciting challenges that we have to tackle together.

As a child, you dreamed of becoming: Zoologist 

First job/your age: Youth commision basketball referree/ 13

Favorite Quote: "Who you are is defined by what you're willing to struggle for" Mark Manson

Proudest professional accomplishment: Having an integral role in building a franchise from the ground floor.

Sports played growing up: Basketball, soccer, softball and volleyball. 

Favourite music artists: Volbeat, Metallica, The Killers, Maren Morris

Favourite show(s): The Office, Rick and Morty

Favourite author: Mark Manson

Favourite sports teams: Buffalo Bills, Detroit Pistons

What or who are you a closet fan of: Coldplay

If you could have any super power what would you choose? Psychokinesis

Favorite vacation spot: Buena Vista, Colorado 

Who was your role model/who motivated you: My parents and my aunt 

Celebrity look alike? Becca Tilley?

Charlie Ragusa - Director of Business Development and Digital Media

Email: [email protected]

Hometown: Rochester, NY

University/degree: St. John Fisher College, B.S. Sport Management, Communications/Journalism

Sports idol(s) as a youth: Paul Kariya, Martin Biron, David Ortiz

What you love most about working for the Thunderbirds: Working with an incredible staff and players

As a child, you dreamed of becoming: Firefighter

First job/your age: Dishwasher, 14

Favourite Quote: Be on your guard, stand firm in the Faith. Be men of courage. Be Strong.

Proudest professional accomplishment: Being apart of a Three-Peat NLL Championship run (2012-2014)

Favourite charities/charitable causes: Veterans Outreach Center, VETS Canada

Sports played growing up: Baseball, Hockey, Lacrosse

Favourite music artists: Avicii, Kygo, Queen, AC/DC

Favourite movie: Miracle

Favourite book or author: Vince Flynn (Mitch Rapp Novels)

Favourite sports teams: Buffalo Bills, Florida Gators

Favourite recreational activities/hobbies: Photoshopping, Men's League sports

What or who are you a closet fan of: Fifth Harmony (R.I.P)

If you could have any super power what would you choose? Fly

Favourite vacation spot: Cancun, Mexico

Who was your role model/who motivated you: My Grandparents

Celebrity look alike? Love child of Juni Cortez (Spy Kids) + Orlando Bloom (Pirates of the Caribbean)

Dana Jackson - Community Relations Coordinator

Hometown: West Hartford, Connecticut 
University/year/degree: Ursinus College, 2015, Bachelor of Arts
Sports idol(s) as a youth: Mary Lou Retton
What you love most about working for the Thunderbirds: Every day there is something different to work on and it makes everyday coming in to the office exciting.
As a child, you dreamed of becoming: A sideline reporter
Proudest professional accomplishment: Getting my first job out of college
Favourite charities/charitable causes: Special Olympics
Sports played growing up: Gymnastics, golf, skiing and diving
Favourite music artists: Chris Lane, Sam Hunt
Favourite movie: Safe Haven
Favorite pro/college sports teams: Red Sox, UConn, Villanova, Michigan 
Favorite recreational activities/hobbies: Shopping and going to the beach
What or who are you a closet fan of: My grandparents
If you could have any super power what would you choose? Flying
Favorite vacation spot: A cruise to the Caribbean 
Who was your role model/who motivated you: Sam Ponder

 

Tammie MacDonald - Business Operations Manager

Morgan Day - Events & Ticketing Coordinator

Kyle Jackson - Director of Lacrosse Development & Promotions

Email: [email protected]

Hometown: Sarnia, Ontario
University/year/degree: The University of Michigan/2016/Bachelor degree
Sports idol(s) as a youth: Doug Gilmore
What you love most about working for the Thunderbirds: Being able to work in the city that I can now call home
As a child, you dreamed of becoming: A Pro Lacrosse Player
First job/your age: Laying Pavers/13
Favourite Quote: “Failure is a prerequisite for great success. If you want to succeed faster, double your rate of failure.” – Brian Tracy
Proudest professional accomplishment: Being able to go to work with the greatest lacrosse players in the world & learning from them about what it takes to be a great husband, father and friend.
Favourite charities/charitable causes: Special Olympics
Sports played growing up: Badminton, Hockey, Lacrosse, Tennis, Track&Field, Volleyball, Basketball
Favourite music artists: Bryce Vine
Favourite movie: Mighty Ducks
Favourite book or author: Bob Probert
Favorite pro/college sports teams: The University of Michigan/Anaheim Ducks
Favorite recreational activities/hobbies: Tennis, Watching movies
What or who are you a closet fan of: My Parents
If you could have any super power what would you choose? Speed
Favorite vacation spot: St.Lucia
Who was your role model/who motivated you: My Parents

Patrick Coolen - Corporate Sales Executive

Email: [email protected]

Hometown: Fredericton, New-Brunswick, Canada 

University/Degree: Bachelor of Science - Neuroscience 

Sports idol: Bode Miller 

What you love most about working for the Thunderbirds: Everyone's sense of humor! 

As a child, you dreamed of becoming: An adult, now I dream of becoming a child again... 

First job/your age: Arcade/Bowling Alley 

Favorite Quote: "I drink, and I know things" 

Proudest professional accomplishment: Completing my BSc

Sports played growing up: Alpine Skiing, Track, and Volleyball

Favourite movie: Jaws

Favourite sports teams: Boston Bruins 

What or who are you a closet fan of: Kyle Jackson (#47) - professional lacrosse player, he is the coolest guy I know. 

If you could have any super power what would you choose?: Unlimited metabolism 

Favourite vacation spot: My cottage 

Who was your role model/who motivated you: My grandmother, Izzy!. The Iron Lady! Do not mess with her. 

Celebrity look alike: Shrek 

Daniel Maceachern - Senior Account Executive

Josh Mahar - Account Executive

Email: [email protected]

Education: The Mount Saint Vincent University, 2021, Bachelor of Business Administration (Marketing)

Sports idol as a kid: Steve Yzerman

As a child, you dreamed of becoming: Firefighter

First job/your age: Skate Patrol, Age 15

Sports played growing up: Lacrosse, Football

Favourite music artists: Morgan Wallen and Riley Green

Favourite movie: The Fast and the Furious

Favourite book: Offside: My Life Crossing the Line by Michael McKinley and Sean Avery

Favorite pro/college sports teams: Toronto Maple Leafs

What or who are you a closet fan of: Romantic Comedies 

If you could have any super power what would you choose? Time Travel

 

Piper Atwood - Account Executive

Email: [email protected]

Hometown: Cole Harbour, NS

How long you have been dancing: Since I was 2

Favourite types of dance: Hip Hop and Contemporary 

As a child, you dreamed of becoming: Being a backup dancer for Michael Jackson 

First job/your age: teaching dance at age 16

Proudest professional accomplishment: Winning Senior Miss Titled Soloist Nova Scotia and dancing on broadway in NYC 

Favourite charities/charitable causes: Canadian Cancer Society

Favourite music artists: Post Malone  

Favourite movie: The Lion King 

Favorite pro/college sports teams: Montreal Canadians

Favorite vacation spot: Italy 

Reilly Simmonds - Director, Ticket Operations

Email - [email protected]

Hometown: Port Moody, British Columbia

University/degree: Brock University

Sports idol(s) as a youth: Joe Sakic

What you love most about working for the Thunderbirds: Getting the city excited about a new franchise and meeting people in a new city.

As a child, you dreamed of becoming: Professional Baseball Player

First job/your age: Ticket Taker at Vancouver Canadians Baseball – Age 15

Favourite Quote: “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.” Marianne Williamson

Proudest professional accomplishment: Accepting this job and moving to Halifax to help build a franchise

Favourite charities/charitable causes: Environmental Causes, Cleaning up the ocean

Sports played growing up: Baseball, Soccer, Volleyball

Favourite music artists: Thomas Rhett

Favourite movie: Blood Diamond

Favourite book or author: Harry Potter Series or Joyland by Stephen King

Favourite sports teams: Vancouver Canucks, Seattle Mariners

Favourite recreational activities/hobbies: Bouldering/ Climbing, Hiking

What or who are you a closet fan of: Demi Lovato

If you could have any super power what would you choose? Flight

Favourite vacation spot: Banff National Park

Who was your role model/who motivated you: Parents

Celebrity look alike? Michael Cera maybe?  

Samuel White - Sales Manager

Email - [email protected]

Hometown: Oakville, Ontario

University/degree: Davenport University/MBA – Strategic Management

Sports idol(s) as a youth: Mat Sundin/Vince Carter

What you love most about working for the Thunderbirds: Having the opportunity to work in my passion and grow the game of lacrosse!

As a child, you dreamed of becoming: Astronaut

First job/your age: Car Detailer/16

Favourite Quote: Integrity is doing the right thing, even when no one is watching.

Proudest professional accomplishment: Coaching Davenport Men’s University lacrosse team to an NAIA championship in 2016.

Sports played growing up: Lacrosse, Hockey, Football

Favourite music artists: Anderson Paak, Tragically Hip, The Roots

Favourite movie: The Godfather II\

Favourite sports teams: Toronto Raptors, Toronto Maple Leafs,

Favourite recreational activities/hobbies: Love spending my free time getting outdoors and finding a great spot to camp!

What or who are you a closet fan of: The Bachelor

If you could have any super power what would you choose? Teleportation

Favourite vacation spot: Portland, Maine

Who was your role model/who motivated you: My parents/grandparents

Sammy Maddigan - Merchandise Coordinator

Email: [email protected]

Hometown: Hammonds Plains, Nova Scotia

Sports idol(s) as a youth: hayley wickenheiser

What you love most about working for the Thunderbirds: Seeing how much hard work goes into everything we do as a team

As a child, you dreamed of becoming: A teacher

First job/your age: age14, serving ice cream at Chicken Little

Favourite Quote: You Only Live Once

Proudest professional accomplishment: Getting my job with the Thunderbirds

Favourite charities/charitable causes: CIBC Run For The Cure

Sports played growing up: Hockey and Soccer

Favourite music artists: Travis Scott

Favourite movie: Travis Scott: Look Mom I Can Fly

Favourite book or author: The Outsiders 

Favourite sports teams: Montreal Canadians 

Favourite recreational activities/hobbies: Hockey, shopping

What or who are you a closet fan of: My younger brother

If you could have any super power what would you choose? Teleportation 

Favourite vacation spot: Florida

Who was your role model/who motivated you: My Grandmother and my Mom

 

Torrye Keen - Account Executive

Email - [email protected]

Hometown: Halifax

University/degree: Honours degree in Psychology at Saint Mary's University 

What you love most about working for the Thunderbirds:  The connection to the community of Halifax. 

First job/your age: Selling cosmetics at Shoppers Drug Mart. 16 years old.

Favourite Quote: "Fortune favors the bold"

Proudest professional accomplishment: Presenting my Thesis at The Annual Psychology Conference at Saint Mary's University, and contributing to an academic journal publication. 

Favourite charities/charitable causes: Shelter Movers and Circles of Support.

Sports played growing up: Soccer and Volleyball 

Favourite music artists: Red Hot Chillie Peppers and Lana Del Rey

Favourite movie: Columbiana and Pulp Fiction

Favourite book or author: Without Conscience by Dr. Hare

Favourite recreational activities/hobbies: Yoga and Meditation 

If you could have any superpower what would you choose? Teleportation  

Favourite vacation spot: Barbados

Who was your role model/who motivated you:  Karen Horney- An influential neo-Freudian psychologist known for her take on feminine psychology.