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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

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

Bryan Gillis - Account Executive

Email: [email protected]

Hometown: Cole Harbour, NS

University/degree: Saint Mary's University / Bachelor of Commerce - Marketing

Sports idol(s) as a youth: Jarome Iginla

What you love most about working for the Thunderbirds: Meeting new people everyday and discussing a shared excitement for lacrosse. 

As a child, you dreamed of becoming: Car designer

First job/your age: Pro Hockey Life

Favourite Quote: “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take” - Wayne Gretzky

Proudest professional accomplishment: Supporting special needs hockey players by providing equipment and developing on ice skills. (Team effort)

Favourite charities/charitable causes: Jumpstart Charity

Sports played growing up: Lacrosse, hockey and golf

Favourite music artists: Keith Urban, Ed Sheeran, 2Pac, and Great Big Sea

Favourite movie: Elf

Favourite sports teams: Calgary Flames

Favourite recreational activities/hobbies: Throwing a ball around with friends in the summer or skating in the winter!

What or who are you a closet fan of: A local fan favourite Halifax Moosehead Bruce Gillis

Super power: May the force be with you! 

Favorite vacation spot: Cape Breton

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

Celebrity look alike: Nikita Kucherov and chef Andy Hay

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

 

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