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Nathan Costa - President

Name: Nathan Costa

Position: PresidentIMG_9839.jpg

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 

Todd McDonald - VP, Sales & Strategy

Name: Todd McDonaldIMG_9733.jpg

Position: VP, Sales & Strategy

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

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Steve Kunsey - Director, Business Development

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Position: Director, 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.

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Jessica Hansen - Director of Finance & Human Resources

Name:  Jessica HansenIMG_9737.jpg

Position: Director of Finance & Human Resources

Hometown: Feeding Hills, MA

College: Western New England College

Favorite Sports Team (Besides the Thunderbirds): Red Sox

Favorite Sport to Watch (besides hockey): Gymnastics

Favorite Musical Artist: Cole Swindell

Favorite Movie: Miracle

Favorite Food: Bread (any kind)

Favorite Vacation Spot: Fort Myers

Proudest Career Accomplishment: Chaired and hosted a National Tournament of over 500 participants in multiple sports and cultural events for the American Turners. Have since served on the National Committee for this event at two other sites in the U.S.

If you could travel back in time to one day or event, what would it be? The last time Springfield won a Calder Cup.

Luke Pawlak - Director, Game Presentation & Creative Services

Name: Luke Pawlak

Position: Director, 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

Ryan Smith - Manager, Media/Community Relations & Broadcasting

Name: Ryan SmithRSmith.jpg

Position: Manager, Media/Community Relations & Broadcasting

Hometown: Doylestown, PA

College: Penn State University

Favorite Sports Team (Besides the Thunderbirds): Penn State Nittany Lion Hockey (or my Phillies/Eagles)

Favorite Sport to Watch (besides hockey): Any of football/baseball/lacrosse

Favorite Musical Artist: Avicii, or almost anything in the EDM realm

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

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Matthew McRobbie - Manager, Ticket Sales & Service

Name: Matthew McRobbieIMG_9685.jpg

Position: Manager, Ticket Sales & Service

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

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Frank Grimaldi - Ticket Operations & Retention Executive

Name: Frank GrimaldiIMG_9692.jpg

Position: Ticket Operations & Retention 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

Drew Supernor - Manager, Brand Development & Merchandise

Name: Drew SupernorIMG_9872.jpg

Position: Manager, 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

Lucas Armstrong - Producer, Digital Media

Hometown: East Amherst, NY

 

College: Columbus College of Art and Design

 

Favorite Sports Team (Besides the Thunderbirds): Predators

 

Favorite Sport to Watch (besides hockey): bubble hockey

 

Favorite Musical Artist: Umphreys McGee

 

Favorite Movie: Kung fu Panda

 

Favorite Food: I have a Sweet tooth

 

Favorite Vacation Spot: staycations are the way to go

 

Proudest Career Accomplishment: Part of the team that rebranded the Atlanta Hawks

 

If you could travel back in time to one day or event, what would it be? I would repeat my experience with the Dave Matthews Band at The Crown in Cincinnati OH in 1999.

Shae Koharski - Coordinator, Social Media & Digital Marketing

Hometown: Russell, MADSC02752-min.jpg

College: Baylor University 

Favorite Sports Team (Besides the Thunderbirds): Chicago Blackhawks

Favorite Sport to Watch (besides hockey): Baylor Basketball and Football

Favorite Musical Artist: Nicki Minaj

Favorite Movie: Princess Diaries 

Favorite Food: Pasta

Favorite Vacation Spot: Aruba

Proudest Career Accomplishment: Capturing the winning shot when working the 2019 NCAA Women's Basketball Championship game in Tampa, FL

If you could travel back in time to one day or event, what would it be?: Super Bowl LI

Caitlin Kirrane - Partnership Activation & Events Coordinator

DSC02793-min.jpgHometown: West Roxbury, MA

 

College: Bridgewater State University

 

Favorite Sports Team:  Boston Red Sox, Bruins, Celtics

 

Favorite Sports to watch: Baseball, College Gymnastics

 

Favorite Music Artist: Celine Dion

 

Favorite Food: Tacos

 

Favorite Vacation Spot: Cape Cod

 

Proudest Career Accomplishment:  Designed graphics and seeing them displayed throughout the arena or ballpark.

John Jones, Jr. - Account Executive

Name: John Jones Jr

Position: Account Executive

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Hometown: Jupiter, FL

College: Florida State University

Favorite Sports Team (Besides the Thunderbirds): Florida State Seminoles Football

Favorite Sport to Watch (besides hockey): Football

Favorite Musical Artist: J Cole

Favorite Movie: Step Brothers

Favorite Food: Sushi

Favorite Vacation Spot: Portland, OR

Proudest Career Accomplishment: Getting back into Athletics with the Springfield Thunderbirds

If you could travel back in time to one day or event, what would it be? January 14, 1973 so I can actually witness the Dolphins winning a Super Bowl and their perfect season

Lauren Blanchard - Account Executive

Hometown: Agawam, MAUpdated-min.JPG

College: Colby-Sawyer College

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

Favorite Sport to Watch (besides hockey): Tennis

Favorite Musical Artist: Jonas Brothers

Favorite Movie: n/a

Favorite Food: Mac and Cheese

Favorite Vacation Spot: Florida or Cape Cod

Proudest Career Accomplishment: Establishing core digital marketing and community relations efforts for a high-end landscape architecture firm where I worked as an intern before being hired full-time.

If you could travel back in time to one day or event, what would it be? Playing a tennis tournament on grass courts at the Newport Tennis Hall of Fame – it was such a cool experience!

Steve Brousseau - Account Executive

Name:  Steve Brousseau

 

Position: Account Executive

 

Hometown: Freeport, Maine

 

College: Springfield College

 

Favorite Sports Team (Besides the Thunderbirds): Boston Bruins and Manchester United

 

Favorite Sport to Watch (besides hockey): Soccer

 

Favorite Musical Artist: Ariana Grande

 

Favorite Movie: Captain America: Civil War

 

Favorite Food: Chicken Alfredo and Reese's Peanut Butter Cups

 

Favorite Vacation Spot: England

 

Proudest Career Accomplishment: Working the 2020 Spaulding HoopHall Classic as an event supervisor during the ESPN Telecasts 

 

If you could travel back in time to one day or event, what would it be? May 26th, 1999 to attend the Champions League Final in Barcelona

Andrew Buchanan - Account Executive

Hometown: Stafford Springs, CTHeadshot-min.JPG

College: Nichols College

Favorite Sports Team (Besides the Thunderbirds): Boston Celtics

Favorite Sport to Watch (besides hockey): Basketball

Favorite Musical Artist: J. Cole

Favorite Movie: Avengers End Game

Favorite Food: Chips & Queso

Favorite Vacation Spot St. Marten

Proudest Career Accomplishment: Organizing 2 successful Sports Career Fairs to help others get their start in the sport industry

If you could travel back in time to one day or event, what would it be? June 17, 2008 to see the Celtics beat the Lakers & win the NBA Finals in person

Zach Hamilton - Account Executive

Hometown: East Bridgewater, MADSC02741-min.jpg

College: Western New England University 2016 BS Sport Management & Marketing   2017 MBA

Favorite Sports Team (Besides the Thunderbirds): Boston Bruins

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

Favorite Musical Artist: Elton John

Favorite Movie: The Departed

Favorite Food: Steak

Favorite Vacation Spot Outer Banks, NC

Proudest Career Accomplishment: While working for the Boston Pride of the National Women’s Hockey League, running home game operations for them, I met with many people who became hockey fans due to the game presentation and product being shown to them. I felt extremely proud that I was behind the event to get them to feel the way that they did.

If you could travel back in time to one day or event, what would it be? I would love to have been at Busch Stadium in 2004 to watch the Red Sox win the World Series for the first time in 86 years.