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Phantoms Bolster Front Office Staff





September 14, 2011





The Adirondack Phantoms are proud to announce the additions of several talented staff members to their front office. The newest employees of the team come from all over the country and a wide range of sports related backgrounds.

"We have a great team in place with enthusiastic and passionate staff members ready to work hard," said Phantoms Executive Vice President Chris Porreca. "Our fans will enjoy getting to know this talented and fun group of professionals who are dedicated to making the family entertainment experience the best it can possibly be at every Phantoms game."

Erik Hansen joined the staff in June, 2011 in the new position of Vice President of Tickets. His responsibilities include providing direction and supervision for the ticket sales team, creating and implementing new and innovative ticket campaigns and overseeing the customer service functions. Prior to joining the team, Erik was the Assistant General Manager and Director of Ticket Sales for the Philadelphia Independence, a women's professional soccer team. He also spent over five years working for Comcast Spectacor in Philadelphia within the sales departments for the Philadelphia Phantoms and the Philadelphia 76ers and Flyers. Erik has also worked for the New York Jets. He has a B.A. in Speech Communication from Kutztown University.

Stacey Cerritelli joins the Phantoms as an Account Executive after working last year with the Hershey Bears in a variety of duties including game operations. The Johnson & Wales University alumna grew up in Denver, Colorado. Prior to her work with the Bears, Stacey was with the Pepsi Center in Denver for four years gaining valuable experience with the Colorado Avalanche (NHL), Denver Nuggets (NBA) and their indoor football and lacrosse teams.

Mike Weinberg is a new Account Executive with the Phantoms with a background that includes Community Relations and other duties with the New York Rangers, New York Islanders and New York Mets. Mike went to St. John's University in Queens, NY and is originally from Brooklyn, NY.

David Seitz will work in Inside Sales with the Phantoms. The Slingerlands, NY native (near Albany) attended Franklin & Marshall University in Lancaster, Pennsylvania where he worked with the athletics department. David also interned with the Lancaster Barnstormers minor league baseball team. He will be pulling double-duty this season as he is also going for his M.B.A. at the University of Albany via their weekend program.

Matt Valinski will provide work that will perhaps be the most noticeable for all Phantoms fans throughout the season. Matt will serve as the teams Marketing Manager and Director of Game Operations. His creativity and technical abilities will be showcased through the new sound system and video boards at the Glens Falls Civic Center for the enjoyment and benefit of all Phantoms fans! Matt did similar work last season for the Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs in Louisiana of the Central Hockey League. Matt graduated from Central Michigan University and originally hails from Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Jen Fox has been with the team since March, 2011 as Director of Corporate Partnerships in which she secures the relationships with a variety of businesses in our region. She has previously worked as an advertising executive at the Post-Star and Marketing Representative with Adirondack Broadcasting. The Queensbury, NY native went to the College of Saint Rose. Jen lives in Queensbury with her husband and their four year old "little handful."

Seth DeWitt is a familiar face to many Phantoms fans. The Queensbury, NY native had a Media and Public Relations internship with the Phantoms last year and was so impressive in his dedication and work ethic that he earned his way into a full-time position with the team. He also worked with the Glens Falls Golden Eagles baseball team in media relations. This season with the Phantoms, Seth will work the dual role of Corporate Partnership Fulfillment and Merchandise Director. Seth studied Sport Management at Western New England College in Springfield, Mass.

Mark your calendars! Adirondack Phantoms Opening Night is coming on Saturday, October 8. The Phantoms take on the Connecticut Whale to begin the third season of exciting Phantoms hockey in Glens Falls. Get great savings and have fun with your friends, family or co-workers by bringing your group of 15 or more fans to enjoy fast-paced, hard-hitting Phantoms hockey. Call the Phantoms to find out more at 518-480-3355 and check the team's website at phantomshockey.com

Don't forget the preseason games on Wednesday, September 28 in Saratoga Springs, NY and Saturday, October 1 at the Glens Falls Civic Center. Follow the Phantoms on twitter @phantomshockey and on facebook.com/adkhockey






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