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Steve Chapman

President/General Manager

Steve Chapman is President and General Manager of the Gwinnett Gladiators Professional Hockey Club as well as a partner in Gwinnett County Hockey, LLC. Chapman is responsible for overseeing all business and hockey operations for the ECHL membership and also serves as governor for the team within the ECHL.

His professional hockey management career began in the East Coast Hockey League with the Birmingham Bulls in 1992 where he served as Assitant General Manager. In 1995, Chapman stepped into the roll of General Manager with the Mobile Mysticks where he served for six years before leaving with the intentions of securing a lease at the Gwinnett Arena for a minor league professional team. In 2003, he spearheaded the effort to launch the Gwinnett Gladiators.

Since that time, the Glads have become widely known as one of the flagship memberships in the ECHL. The team annually ranks amongst the leaders in minor league professional hockey attendance while providing a quality on-ice product (six straight seasons of playoff hockey, two conference championship appearances and one Kelly Cup Finals appearance) as well as one of the best shows in minor league sports. The Gladiators are also a fixture in suburban Atlanta, making contributions to community, school and charitable organizations.

Chapman has also served as Chairman of the Board of the ECHL since June of 2006 and was selected as the ECHL Executive of the Year in 2005 and 2006 - the only two-time winner in the 22-year history of the league.

Joe Gelderman

Vice President of Sales

The 2013-2014 season will mark Joe’s eleventh with the Gladiators, and fifth as Vice-President of Sales. Prior to the 2009-2010 season Joe served as the Director of Operations for the Gladiators. Joe began his career in sports as the director of ticketing and promotions for the Rio Grande Valley WhiteWings of the independant Central Baseball League. From there Joe moved on to gain valuable experience in Knoxville Tennessee while working for the Tennessee Smokies of the AA Southern League.

He is a graduate of the esteemed University of Georgia with a degree in Sports Studies with an emphasis in business. Joe is responsible for overseeing all Gladiators sales efforts. Joe currently resides in Flowery Branch with his wife and daughter.

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Nick Bove

Media Relations and Production Assistant

Nick joins the Gladiators in 2013-14, providing color commentary for all 36 home games and assisting with the in-arena productions, digital media, and broadcasts. He is a recent transplant to Georgia, having spent the last five years in Boston and having grown up in Schenectady, NY.

Nick attended Boston University, where he rediscovered his love of hockey, thanks in large part to witnessing BU’s magical 2009 NCAA Championship run his freshman year. As a Broadcast Journalism major, he called games for BU hockey, lacrosse, and softball on the radio, while also leading BUTV’s sports department.

While in Boston, he had his first glimpse of how the sausage was made when he interned for the Red Sox Radio Network on WEEI. Aside from spending time in Fenway’s broadcast booth, one of his distinct memories was running around the recording studios, logging and editing highlights of the final day of the 2011 MLB season, when the Braves, Cardinals, Rays, and Red Sox were all fighting for their playoff lives. It was because of the highlight clip that he edited that the Red Sox Nation first learned their season was over thanks to Evan Longoria’s walk-off home run.

On a brighter note, Nick most recently aided in the home broadcasts of the Providence Bruins in 2012, serving as the backup broadcaster, spotting on ice action, and creating stat sheets for the home and away broadcasts.

Doug Bushnell

Ticket Account Executive

The 2013-2014 season marks Doug’s first season with the Gladiators. As a Ticket Account Executive, Doug is responsible for sales and service of season ticket packages and group outings.

A native of Dryden, New York, Doug graduated from SUNY Cortland in May 2012, with a degree in Sport Management. Before he joined the Gladiators, he worked for the Bakersfield Condors in Bakersfield, California as an Account Manager. Prior to the Condors he was an intern for the Syracuse Crunch (AHL) in Syracuse, New York and Watkins Glen International with NASCAR.

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Dave Foley

Director of Broadcasting and Media Relations

David Foley enters his fourth season with the Gladiators, and in his new position will broadcast each of the team’s 72 games this upcoming season in addition to handling media relations duties, in-game production elements, and sales responsibilities.

David started his career in professional sports in 2009-2010 as a Media Relations/Broadcasting intern with the back-to-back South Atlantic League Champion Lakewood BlueClaws (Single A baseball- Philadelphia Phillies).

A Doylestown, PA native, he graduated from the University of Southern California majoring in Broadcast Journalism with a Communications minor and is a loyal Trojan supporter and Philly sports fan (he did not, however, throw batteries at J.D. Drew or snowballs at Santa Claus.)  Some of his favorite sports memories were witnessing Wayne Gretzky’s record-setting 802nd career goal while with the Los Angeles Kings, being in Florida for USC’s 55-19 thrashing of the Oklahoma Sooners in the 2005 BCS Championship Game, and jumping on the bandwagon to see the Philadelphia Phillies win the World Series in 2008.

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Honey Greene

Bookkeeper

Returning from an extended lunch, Honey joins the Gladiators for her 4th season. She is a Graduate of the University of Alabama with a degree in Hospitality Management. ROLL TIDE! She grew up in the Atlanta area and graduated from Tucker High School. She got her first taste of the ice while taking figure skating lessons at the Omni Hotel and attending Atlanta Flames games as a kid.

At the University of Alabama, she was a member of the Million Dollar Band and continues her passion for music while playing with the Metro Jazz Club here in Gwinnett. Honey currently lives in Lilburn with her husband, two children and two dogs.

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Jim Hall

Director of Community Relations

A lifetime fan of hockey who first laced on the skates at the age of 6 or 7, Jim Hall brings a love for the game as well as a passion for our Community. Throughout the season, he can be found visiting local schools, making team appearances, and helping to keep Maximus out of trouble. As a Community Volunteer, he has served on the Duluth Fall Festival Committee for 20 years, Co-Chairing the event in 2000 and 2003. He has been an active member of the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce and is a graduate of the "Leadership Gwinnett" Class of 2005. In January, 2010, he “retired” from the Duluth City Council, a seat he held for eight years. A longtime "Duluth High School Dad" who recently became a "Georgia Southern Dad," he likes to spend time cheering for the Wildcats and Eagles. A 1981 graduate of Georgia State University in Atlanta, he helped organize the first GSU "Men's League" Ice Hockey Team in 1977. Hall is a 26 year resident of Gwinnett County and he resides in Duluth with his wife Julie and their sons, Evan and Charlie.

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Christina  Johnson

Director of Media, Game Operations,
and Merchandising

Christina begins her eleventh season with the Gladiators as the new Director of Media, Game Operations, & Merchandising. She will continue to be responsible for handling the team’s merchandise operations in addition to new responsibilities overseeing the Gladiators efforts with the Metro Atlanta media. Having won the 2008 ECHL Website of the Year award (alongside Dustin Bixby) Christina will return to the helm of gwinnettgladiators.com and take over most of the team’s graphic and print design initiatives. She’ll also continue to spearhead the team’s Game Operations Department as well as sustain her work with corporate and individual sales, organizational event planning, and the official team Twitter account.

Having graduated from Georgia State University, where she majored in Broadcast Journalism, Christina began her career in sports as a Media Relations intern during the Gladiators inaugural year. A rare true native of Atlanta, she possesses a die-hard love of the Texas Longhorns. Inspired by the unorthodox combination of having grown up in the south and a crazy passion for the frozen sport, Christina got her hockey start going to Atlanta Knights games at the old Omni and Jacksonville Lizard Kings games in Florida. Currently residing in Lawrenceville, Christina is actively involved as a Board Member of Fabulous Friends in Philanthropy Inc., a non-profit organization created to promote charitable giving while empowering homeless girls.

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Dakota King

Equipment Manager

Dakota King enters his first year as the head Equipment Manager for the Gladiators after spending the past eight seasons as a volunteer assistant. Dakota served as the Assistant Clubhouse Manager for the Gwinnett Braves this past season and was also the Head Equipment Manager for the Georgia Force Arena Football Team in 2012. He plans to work in the NHL someday as an equipment manager. When not at the rink, he enjoys spending time at the lake and with family.

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Christopher Leverett

Ticket Account Executive

Christopher Leverett begins his seventh season with the team after a year spent working with the Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs in 2009. No stranger to the sports world, Christopher has previously worked as an Assistant Sports Information Director at Norfolk State University (Norfolk, Va.) where he served as the media liaison for the women’s basketball, volleyball, men’s and women’s tennis and track teams.

A graduate of the Game Face Academy, Christopher is originally from Jackson, Michigan. He graduated from Albion College with a degree in English and Mass Communications. While at Albion, he worked in the sports information office and served as the sports editor for the school newspaper. He also interned with Sports Illustrated in New York, New York. Christopher, who resides in Suwanee, is an avid fan of both Michigan State and Duke.

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Sean Maguire

Account Executive

The 2013-2014 will be Sean’s first season with the Gladiators. Prior to Sean’s working with the Gladiators as an Account Executive, Sean worked at Enterprise Rent-A-Car as a Management Trainee. Before that, he was working as a Resident Director for Piedmont College, while earning his Master’s in Business Administration. Sean also received his undergraduate degree from Piedmont, in Business where he focused on Sports Marketing.

Sean was born in Massachusetts and moved to Florida a few years later. Growing up, Sean was surrounded by sports, which turned him into an avid sports fan. He was constantly playing sports, often more than one at a time. He played hockey, baseball, soccer, and football. He played baseball up until his junior year of college. Sean is excited to begin his career in the sports industry and help fill the stands for Gladiators games.

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Mike Miller

Director of Corporate Sales

Mike is entering his eleventh season in Gwinnett and his sixteenth year in professional hockey. Prior to Gwinnett, he had stints with Bakersfield (ECHL) and New Mexico (CHL). As Director of Corporate Sales, Mike is responsible for development and retention of corporate partnerships, the creation and management of corporate advertising inventory, and assisting in production of sales/marketing materials.

Mike completed his Bachelor of Science in Finance from Monmouth University (NJ) and went on to receive his Masters in Sports Administration from Georgia State University.

During his free time you will find him on the tennis courts around Atlanta. Originally from Tampa, Florida, Mike now resides in Cumming with his wife Allison and their sons Sebastian and Asher.

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Chris Peace

Director of Marketing

Chris begins his 18th season in professional hockey. In addition to serving as public address announcer, Chris is responsible for coordinating the Gladiators game presentation operations and is responsible for production management of team marketing and advertising. He has over 20 years experience as a sports marketing consultant and PA Announcer in hockey, baseball, football, basketball, boxing, and motorsports. Chris is also a freelance film/video producer and narrator, and the voice of numerous television and radio commercials. During the development of the Space Shuttle program in the 1980's, Chris worked as a writer/producer for NASA with Rockwell International. He is also a former television news anchor, sportscaster, and disc jockey.

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Joel Thomas

Account Executive

The 2013-2014 season marks Joel’s first season with the Gladiators. Before coming to the Gladiators Joel worked for IMG Learfield Ticket Solutions with Georgia State Athletics. Joel recently graduated from Georgia Southern University with a degree in Sports Management with an emphasis in Business. As an Account Executive, Joel is responsible for sales, game day operations, and providing service for all season ticket holders and group events.

Joel was born in Memphis, Tennessee and moved to Georgia at a very young age. Joel played just about every sport while growing up and he has always been an avid sports fan. It has been his dream to work in the sports industry so he is very excited to begin his career with the Gwinnett Gladiators.

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