INDY FUEL FRONT OFFICE STAFF

 


 

Jim Hallett – Owner & Chairman

Jim Hallett is the Chief Executive Officer and a director of KAR Auction Services, Inc. (NYSE: KAR), the parent company of ADESA, a Carmel-based global automotive auction company. He is a native of Canada and came up playing hockey on frozen ponds, through college and touring leagues. Formerly, Jim was one of the original Indianapolis Ice owners. During his tenure with the team, the Ice set a CHL single-game attendance record of 14,289, set a league mark of 13 consecutive wins and won the Miron Cup in 1999. Jim left the team after the merger of the CHL and Western Professional Hockey League.

Larry McQueary – President & Chief Operating Officer

Born and raised in Central Indiana, Larry has vast experience in leadership roles serving as Vice President with Indiana Sports Corporation, USA Diving and Family Events. This sports marketing expertise has been essential leading up to his current role as Chief Operating Officer of the Indy Fuel.  He is passionate about giving back to his community and excited about the success and long-term growth of the Indy Fuel.  He is a graduate of Indiana University, and the Kellogg School of Business at Northwestern University.

Email: [email protected]
Phone: (317) 522-5462 [Direct Line]

Bill Stackhouse – Chief Financial Officer

Bill is a lifelong resident of Indianapolis. As the team’s Chief Financial Officer, Bill will be more concerned with the bottom line than the blue line. In his spare time, Bill enjoys volunteering for local charitable activities and projects.

Email: [email protected]
Phone: (317) 533-5445 [Direct Line]

Robin Rushton – Vice President of Sponsorships

Robin joined the Fuel prior to the 2017-18 season as the VP of Sponsorships. The Wisconsin native spent the last ten years as the Corporate Sponsorship Manager at the Indianapolis Zoo. Prior to her time with the Zoo, Robin spent 15 years with the United Way of Central Indiana. A passionate sports fan and supporter of Special Olympics, Robin loves to give back to the community. 

Email: [email protected]
Phone: (317) 522-5488 [Direct Line]

Steve Kuepper – Vice President of Ticketing

Steve was named the Fuel’s VP of Ticketing prior to the 2016-17 season, after serving two years in the club’s ticket department. A veteran in the Indianapolis hockey scene, Steve worked with the USHL’s Indiana Ice from 2010 to 2014. The native of Peru, Ind. is a 2010 graduate of Ball State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sport Administration and a minor in Business Administration.

Email: [email protected]
Phone: (317) 800-6540 [Direct Line]

Jeff Neidlinger - Vice President of Operations

Jeff returns to the Fuel for his third season after a yearlong stint with the Los Angeles Kings organization. The Indianapolis native spent last season as the Manager of Game and Event Presentation for the Ontario Reign and as a member of the LA Kings Game Presentation Department. Jeff was also the recipient of the 2017-2018 ECHL Game Operations of the Year Award. Graduating in 2016 and 2013 from the University of Southern Indiana (Evansville, Indiana) with a master’s degree in Education and a bachelor’s degree in Sport Management. While attaining his degrees, Jeff was the team captain of the Men’s soccer team and the Graduate Assistant to the Universities Athletic Department. Jeff is excited to be in Indianapolis and a part of the Blackhawks family.

Email: [email protected]

Phone: (317) 522-5492 [Direct Line]

Loren Gading – Director of Merchandising

Loren is entering her third season as Fuel's Director of Merchandise after working as a Merchandise Intern in 2015-16. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Tourism/Convention & Event Management with a major in Sports Management at Indiana University, Indianapolis. A native of Indianapolis, Ind., Loren has worked with merchandise for a number of years, with her last job being a Sales Associate at Macy’s department store. Although new to hockey, Loren is a huge sports fan and looks forward to being a part of the game.

Email: [email protected]

Jordan Gawarecki – Director of Partnership Fulfillment

Jordan enters her third season with the Fuel as the Director of Partnership Fulfilment after completing a year in the club’s internship program. In 2017 she received a Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology with a major in Sport Marketing and Management with minors in Business and Marketing from Indiana University.

Email: [email protected]
Phone: (317) 522-5490 [Direct Line]

Rachel O'Donnell – Director of Digital Content

Rachel joined the team prior to the 2018-19 season after graduating from The University of Texas at Austin with a degree in Journalism and a focus in sports media. While studying in Austin, Rachel served as the Media Relations Assistant for American Hockey League's Texas Stars. While she currently resides in Indianapolis, the native of Chicago has been a lifelong fan of the Blackhawks organization.

Email: [email protected]

Phone: (317) 608-2689 [Direct Line]

Mark Grainda - Director of Media Relations

Mark joined the team prior to the 2019-2020 season after working for two years in sports television. While working in TV, Mark was part of ESPN linear and streaming productions for sports such as college football, hockey, basketball and baseball. Prior to starting his career, Mark attended Ball State University where he studied telecommunications with a focus in emerging media. Indianapolis hockey runs in Mark’s blood as he played travel hockey for the Indianapolis Racers, then continued his hockey career by playing at the club level at Ball State University. 

Email: [email protected] 

Halston Mavrick – Director of Community Relations

Halston was born and raised in Central Indiana and attended IUPUI. She is excited to bring her experience in hospitality and management to her role at the Fuel.  Halston enjoys volunteering in the community and spending time outdoors with her family. 

Email: [email protected]
Phone: (317) 522-5496 [Direct Line]

Ben Pulley – Senior Ticket Account Executive

Ben loves hockey, and his involvement with the sport proves it. From playing on the Purdue University team to managing the Biggie Foot Youth Hockey Tournament to volunteering as a coach, there isn’t much in the hockey world that Ben hasn’t done. Most recently, Ben worked in hockey operations and ticketing with Indiana Ice, and his experience and passion for the game will be put to good use here with the Indy Fuel.

Email: [email protected]
Phone: (317) 800-6537 [Direct Line]

Jake Friedman – Senior Ticket Account Executive

Jake joined the Fuel prior to the 2016-17 season after spending time as in intern in both the Ticket Sales and Game-Day Operations department. An avid sports fan, Jake graduated from IUPUI with a degree in Sports Management. While studying at IUPUI, Jake was a Business Development Intern with the 2014 Indianapolis Monumental Marathon and also worked as a bartender at the Indianapolis Colts Grille. A native of Avon, Ind., Jake currently resides in Indianapolis.

Email: [email protected]
Phone: (317) 608-2693 [Direct Line]

Ryan Beery – Ticket Sales Account Executive

Ryan was born and raised around sports in Carmel, Indiana. The former manager and player for the Ball State University Club Hockey team graduated in May of 2018 with a degree in Telecommunications: Sales and Promotions and a minor in Marketing. Ryan was a member of Ball State Sports Properties Academy, working all of the home football, men’s and women’s games for all four years at Ball State. Previously, Ryan has worked for the Indianapolis Colts as a game day intern and the Indianapolis Indians for two seasons as a Premium Services intern and a Ticket Assistant intern. 

Email: [email protected]
Phone: (317) 800-6531 [Direct Line]

Austin Finicle – Ticket Sales Account Executive

 

Austin joined the Fuel in March 2019, after graduating from Ball State University in 2018 with a Sports Administration degree. While at Ball State, he worked with the school's Intramural and Club Sports programs as well as being a student-manager for the Ball State Baseball team. Austin recently completed an internship with the Fort Wayne TinCaps in July of 2018 before joining the ticket office in the Ball State Athletic Department. Austin is originally from Peru, IN, relocating to Indianapolis this summer from Muncie. 

Email: [email protected]
Phone: (317) 800-6532 [Direct Line]

Erin Peckinpaugh - Corporate Partnership Account Executive

Erin worked in television as an account executive for 14 years after graduating from Indiana University with degrees in Journalism and Secondary Education. She’s an avid sports fan and an active member of the community serving with the Patachou Foundatioin and Monumental Marathon. She loves hiking, running, yoga, music and time with family. 

Email: [email protected]