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Nathan Costa - Executive Vice President

Name: Nathan Costa

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Hometown: Springfield, MA

College: Northeastern University

Favorite Sports Team (Besides the Thunderbirds): Boston Red Sox

Favorite Sport to Watch (besides hockey): Football

Favorite Musical Artist: Dave Matthews Band

Favorite Movie: The Rocky Series

Favorite Food: Rib Eye Steak

Favorite Vacation Spot: Anywhere that has a beach

Proudest Career Accomplishment: Being a part of the American Hockey League my entire career, including having the opportunity to run the Springfield Thunderbirds 

Chris Thompson - SVP, Sales & Strategy

Chris Thompson brings over 15 years of sport and entertainment marketing experience with an emphasis on driving revenue through marketing partnerships. untitled-9928.jpg

Chris began his sport marketing career working as a project supervisor for Boston-based sport management and marketing agency Woolf Associates managed by Boston Bruins legend Bobby Orr. Primarily responsibilities were coordinating and executing grassroots marketing programs throughout New England, New York and New Jersey with Major League Baseball Hall of Famers Carlton Fisk and Dave Winfield.

Chris relocated back to Western MA and spent four years as the marketing coordinator for the American Hockey League, based in Springfield, MA. While working at AHL headquarters Chris built relationships with member clubs, assisted in league-wide sponsorship and marketing efforts as well as branding and event management, including coordinating the annual AHL All-Star Classic and Calder Cup Tour.

Over the next ten years Chris served in several leadership roles with the Springfield Falcons Hockey Club developing a comprehensive corporate partnership program and built relationships as the liaison for the Springfield Falcons in the business and government relations community. 

A Western Mass. native, Chris was honored with the BusinessWest 40 Under Forty award in 2009 and stays active in the local community. He is a former West Springfield Park and Recreation Commissioner, current member of the Young Professional Society of Greater Springfield, Elms College School of Business advisory board and sits on the board of directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hampden County as well as the Chicopee Chamber of Commerce and Western Massachusetts Sports Commission.  

Todd McDonald - Director of Ticket Sales

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Position: Director of Ticket Sales

Hometown: Belchertown

College: Western New England College

Favorite Sports Team (Besides the Thunderbirds): Boston Red Sox

Favorite Sport to Watch (besides hockey): Baseball

Favorite Musical Artist: Garth Brooks

Favorite Movie: Top Gun

Favorite Food: Chicken or Spaghetti and Meatballs

Favorite Vacation Spot: Disney World or Smuggler’s Notch, VT

Steve Kunsey - Manager, Business Development

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Position: Manager, Business Development

Hometown: Middletown, CT

College: Post University

Favorite Sports Team: Boston Celtics

Favorite Sport to Watch (besides hockey): NBA

Favorite Musical Artist: Frank Sinatra

Favorite Movie: The Godfather

Favorite Food: BBQ

Favorite Vacation Spot: Hawaii

Proudest Career Accomplishment: Helping to get new Class-A Baseball team off the ground in 2010 within just a (2) month period.

If you could travel back in time to one day or event, what would it be? The signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776.

Peter Colón - Manager, Ticket Operations

Name: Peter Colón

Position: Manager, Ticket Operations

Hometown: Long Island, NY

College: Haverford College

Favorite Sports Team (Besides the Thunderbirds): New York Mets, Green Bay Packers

Favorite Sport to Watch (besides hockey): Baseball

Favorite Movie: Star Wars

Favorite Food: Sushi and anything at the Luquillo kioskos

Favorite Vacation Spot: San Juan, Puerto Rico

If you could travel back in time to one day or event, what would it be? October 27, 1986, Mets win Game 7 of the World Series over Red Sox

Nicole Taylor - Coordinator, Marketing Partnerships

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Position: Coordinator, Marketing Partnerships

Hometown: Springfield, MA

College: American International College

Favorite Sports Team (Besides the Thunderbirds): Chicago Bulls & New York Giants

Favorite Sport to Watch (besides hockey): Volleyball, Basketball, or Football

Favorite Musical Artist: I'm all over the place.

Favorite Movie: House Party

Favorite Food: Pasta is life

Favorite Vacation Spot: Philipsburg, St. Maarten

If you could travel back in time to one day or event, what would it be? 92’ Olympic Games in Barcelona to watch the Dream Team.

Ryan Smith - Manager, Media/Community Relations & Broadcasting

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Position: Manager, Media/Community Relations & Broadcasting

Hometown: Doylestown, PA

College: Penn State University

Favorite Sports Team (Besides the Thunderbirds): Penn State Nittany Lion Hockey

Favorite Sport to Watch (besides hockey): Football or lacrosse

Favorite Musical Artist: Too many to name, lately a big Madeon & Avicii fan

Favorite Movie: Miracle (this is not a debatable question).

Favorite Food: Chocolate Chip cookies

Favorite Vacation Spot: Toronto in the winter, Ocean City, NJ in the summer

Proudest Career Accomplishment: Reaching the AHL before my 26th birthday and working for such a dedicated group in a historic hockey town

If you could travel back in time to one day or event, what would it be? February 22, 1980, the Miracle on Ice in Lake Placid

Peter Bottini - Manager, Digital/Social Media & Marketing

Name: Peter Bottini

Position: Manager, Digital/Social Media & Marketing

Hometown: Minneapolis, MN

College: University of North Dakota

Favorite Sports Team (Besides the Thunderbirds): Notre Dame Fighting Irish

Favorite Sport to Watch (besides hockey): Baseball

Favorite Musical Artist: Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros

Favorite Movie: Field of Dreams.

Favorite Food: Anything Chicken Pesto

Favorite Vacation Spot: Mumbai, India

Proudest Career Accomplishment: Photo editor for MLB at the 2014 All Star Game

If you could travel back in time to one day or event, what would it be? October 26, 1985

Danny Baxter - Producer, Digital/Social Media & Marketing

Name: Danny Baxter

Position: Producer, Digital/Social Media & Marketing

Hometown: Lexington, MA

College: Pratt Institute 

Favorite Sports Team (Besides the Thunderbirds): Boston Bruins

Favorite Sport to Watch (besides hockey): Pro Wrestling 

Favorite Musical Artist: The Sword

Favorite Movie: Gangs of New York

Favorite Food: Baseball steak

Favorite Vacation Spot: Austin, TX

Proudest Career Accomplishment: Working with over 40 NHL, NBA, NFL and MLB teams as a regional manager for FanPhotos.

If you could travel back in time to one day or event, what would it be? I'd go have lunch with Buckminster Fuller at the 1967 world's fair.

Luke Pawlak - Manager, Game Presentation & Creative Services

Name: Luke Pawlak

Position: Manager, Creative Services & Game Presentation

Hometown: New Britain, CT.

College: CCSU

Favorite Sports Team (Besides the Thunderbirds): Fulham FC

Favorite Sport to Watch (besides hockey): Soccer

If you could travel back in time to one day or event, what would it be? November 12, 1955

Drew Supernor - Coordinator, Brand Development & Merchandise

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Position: Coordinator, Brand Development & Merchandise

Hometown: Springfield, MA

College: Springfield College

Favorite Sports Team (Besides the Thunderbirds): Boston Red Sox

Favorite Sport to Watch (besides hockey): Baseball or Football

Favorite Musical Artist: Listen to everything, not a fan of anyone in particular.

Favorite Movie: Field of Dreams

Favorite Food: Venison

Favorite Vacation Spot: Annual family trip to Hampton Beach.  Also can't go wrong with Miami.

Proudest Career Accomplishment: Bringing luck wherever I go that I’m always with a winning team!!!

If you could travel back in time to one day or event, what would it be? January 14, 1973 to witness the Miami Dolphins cap off Super Bowl VII with the only undefeated season in NFL history

Frank Grimaldi - Account Executive

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Position: Account Executive

Hometown: Springfield, MA

College: Western New England University

Favorite Sports Team (Besides the Thunderbirds): New York Yankees

Favorite Sport to Watch (besides hockey): Baseball or Football

Favorite Musical Artist: Bruce Springsteen

Favorite Movie: Moneyball

Favorite Food: Anything Italian

Favorite Vacation Spot: Disney World

Proudest Career Accomplishment: Being hired by the Thunderbirds after working 3 years as an intern with the Falcons

Matthew McRobbie - Account Executive

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Position: Account Executive

Hometown: Springfield, MA

College: Springfield College

Favorite Sports Team (Besides the Thunderbirds): Boston Red Sox

Favorite Sport to Watch (besides hockey): Baseball

Favorite Musical Artist: Billy Joel

Favorite Movie: Good Will Hunting

Favorite Food: Chicken and rice

If you could travel back in time to one day or event, what would it be? Boston Bruins 3-goal comeback in the third period against Toronto

Katie Force - Account Executive

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Position: Account Executive

Hometown: Patchogue, Long Island, NY

College: Dowling College

Favorite Sports Team (Besides the Thunderbirds): Chicago Blackhawks

Favorite Sport to Watch (besides hockey): Baseball (Let’s go Yankees!) or Football (Let’s go Steelers)

Favorite Musical Artist: Toby Keith

Favorite Movie: Happy Gilmore

Favorite Food: Sushi and Pasta

Favorite Vacation Spot: Cooperstown, NY

Proudest Career Accomplishment: Finally getting the opportunity to work in my favorite sport after working over a year in Minor League Baseball.

Evan Mascaro - Account Executive

Name: Evan Mascaro

Position: Account Executive

Hometown: Springfield, MA

College: Western New England University

Favorite Sports Team (Besides the Thunderbirds): New York Yankees

Favorite Sport to Watch (besides hockey): Baseball

Favorite Musical Artist: Currently Lupe Fiasco but I love all classic rock

Favorite Movie: Saving Private Ryan

Favorite Food: Chicken Parmesan

Favorite Vacation Spot: Hampton Beach

Proudest Career Accomplishment: Receiving my diploma was definitely a proud moment

Jonathan Stone - Account Executive

Name: Jonathan Stone

Position: Account Executive

Hometown: East Longmeadow, MA

College: Springfield College

Favorite Sports Team (Besides the Thunderbirds): New England Patriots

Favorite Sport to Watch (besides hockey): Football

Favorite Musical Artist: Kenny Chesney

Favorite Movie: Miracle

Favorite Food: Cheeseburger

Favorite Vacation Spot: Curacao

Proudest Career Accomplishment: Graduating College

If you could travel back in time to one day or event, what would it be? 2004 when the Red Sox beat the Yankees in Game 7 of the playoffs.

Charles Venezia - Account Executive

Name: Charles Venezia

Position: Account Executive

Hometown: New City NY

College: Western New England University

Favorite Sports Team (Besides the Thunderbirds): New York Jets

Favorite Sport to Watch (besides hockey): Football

Favorite Musical Artist: Bon Jovi

Favorite Movie: Good Fellas

Favorite Food: Veal Parm

Favorite Vacation Spot: Montauk Long Island

Proudest Career Accomplishment: All-academic Team 3 years in a row in College football

If you could travel back in time to one day or event, what would it be? Senior year reporting day for Preseason camp at Western New England