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Curt Styres - Owner/GM

John Catalano - President & CEO

Tracy Johnson - Vice President Team Operations

Kyle Jackson - Director of Lacrosse Development & Promotions

Email: Kyle.Jackson@HalifaxThunderbirds.com

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

Reilly Simmonds - Director, Ticket Operations

Email - Reilly.Simmonds@HalifaxThunderbirds.com

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

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?  

Tyson Geick - Communications Manager

Email - Tyson.Geick@HalifaxThunderbirds.com

University/degree: Bachelor of Arts in Sociology - Queens University. Master of Science in Broadcast Journalism - Quinnipiac University

Sports idol(s) as a youth: Mike Peca, Steve Yzerman

What you love most about working for the Thunderbirds: The city of Halifax and their passion for their home teams.

As a child, you dreamed of becoming: A sports broadcaster/professional general manager.

First job/your age: Stars Hockey Camp Counselor, 16.

Favourite Quote: "Man cannot remake himself without suffering, for he is both the marble and the sculptor." - Alexis Carrel.

Proudest professional accomplishment: Winning the Tom Borrelli Award as the NLL's Media Person of the Year in 2019.

Sports played growing up: Hockey & Lacrosse.

Favourite music artists: Queen, The Rolling Stones & Kendrick Lamar.

Favourite show(s): The Walking Dead, Friday Night Lights, Dateline NBC.

Favourite book or author: Mark Manson.

Favourite sports teams: Vancouver Canucks, Toronto Raptors.

What or who are you a closet fan of: The Bachelor (TV Show).

If you could have any superpower what would you choose? It wouldn't make sense to say anything but move at the speed of light (The Flash).

Favourite vacation spot: Japan. Anywhere in Japan.

Who was your role model/who motivated you: My Mom, Christina.

Celebrity look alike? Tom Hardy.

Dana Jackson - Community & Public Relations

Email - Dana@halifaxthunderbirds.com

Hometown: West Hartford, Conneccticut

University/degree: Ursinus College

First job/your age: America East Digital Communications Manager - 21 

Proudest professional accomplishment: Starting three sports franchises from the bottom up

Favourite charities/charitable causes: Special Olympics

Sports played growing up: Gymnastics, Golf, and Diving

Favourite music artists: Sam Hunt 

Favourite movie: Taken

Favourite book or author: Dr. Suess 

Favourite recreational activities/hobbies: Playing with Taytum Maize

If you could have any superpower what would you choose? Time Travel  

Favourite vacation spot: Caribbean

Who was your role model/who motivated you:  Grandparents

Isabelle Falconer- Account Executive

 

Email - isabelle.falconer@halifaxthunderbirds.com

Hometown: Halifax, Nova Scotia

University/degree: Saint Marys University, Bachelor of Commerce major in Marketing & Human Resources Management certifcate 

What you love most about working for the Thunderbirds: Working in the sports industry.

First job/your age: Swimming Instructor at 15 

Proudest professional accomplishment: Graduating from Saint Marys 

Favourite charities/charitable causes: Ronald McDonald  House

Sports played growing up: Ringette and Volleyball

Favourite music artists: JP Saxe and Brett Eldredge 

Favourite movie: The Last Song

Favourite recreational activities/hobbies: Going for walks and reading 

What or who are you a closet fan of: Reality TV

If you could have any super power what would you choose? Mind reading 

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

 

Marco Scattolon - Account Executive

 

Email: marco.scattolon@halifaxthunderbirds.com

Hometown: Perth, Ontario

University/degree: Brock University: Bachelor of Sport Management

Sports idol(s) as a youth: Mike Fisher, Alex Ovechkin

What you love most about working for the Thunderbirds: Bringing a professional sporting atmosphere to city of Halifax

As a child, you dreamed of becoming: A lawyer 

First job/your age: Working for the radio station in my hometown. 15 years old.

Favourite Quote: ”In the middle of every difficulty lies opportunity”

Proudest professional accomplishment: Graduating from Brock University with First-Class Standing and having 2+ years of sport experience

Favourite charities/charitable causes: CHEO hospital in Ottawa, Bell Let’s Talk, Movember

Sports played growing up: Hockey, Running

Favourite music artists: Kygo, John Mayer, Jon Pardi

Favourite movie: The Wolf of Wall Street 

Favourite book or author: Undrafted, Nick Kypreos

Favourite sports teams: Ottawa Senators

Favourite recreational activities/hobbies: Going to the gym, Running, Hiking

What or who are you a closet fan of: Ross from Friends

If you could have any superpower what would you choose? To fly

Favourite vacation spot: Malignant Cove, NS

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

Celebrity look alike? My twin who likes to think he’s a celebrity 

Piper Atwood - Account Executive

Email: Piper.Atwood@halifaxthunderbirds.com

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 

Torrye Keen - Account Executive

Email - Torrye.Keen@halifaxthunderbirds.com

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.

Zach Howe - Account Executive

Email - Zach.Howe@halifaxthunderbirds.com

HometownNorth Vancouver, BC

University/degree: University of Dubuque/Master of Business Administration

Sports idol(s) as a youth: Mike Modano

What you love most about working for the Thunderbirds: Helping grow the sport of lacrosse.

As a child, you dreamed of becoming: Professional Athlete

First job/your age: Hockey Ref/12

Favourite Quote: ”If you aint first, you’re last”

Proudest professional accomplishment: Helping sell out BC Place

Favourite charities/charitable causes: Special Olympics

Sports played growing up: Lacrosse, Hockey, Football, Swimming

Favourite music artists: Milky Chance

Favourite movie: Cool Runnings

Favourite sports teams: Vancouver Canucks, Vancouver Whitecaps

Favourite recreational activities/hobbies: Biking and Hiking

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

Favourite vacation spot: Germany

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

Celebrity look alike? Michael Cera