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Jon Gustafson, President, SVP/Governor
Jon Gustafson enters his second season under the new title, Senior Vice President of SAP Center and Sharks Ice. For the previous eight years, Gustafson held the position of Vice President, Sharks Ice LLC, Sharks Minor Holding (San Jose Barracuda) & SSE Merchandise.
In his role, Gustafson oversees all venues under the SSE umbrellas including all areas of operation for the Sharks Ice family of ice rinks, including Solar4America Ice at San Jose, Solar4America Ice at Fremont and Oakland Ice Center, operated by Sharks Ice and the SAP Center.
Gustafson also acts as the Governor for the San Jose Barracuda and Executive Committee member for the AHL, serving as the liaison between the Barracuda and the league.
Since 2000, Gustafson, 52, has served as Vice President and General Manager of the family of Sharks Ice rinks. Under his leadership, the operation has grown from one facility with two ice sheets to three facilities with seven ice sheets and increased revenues ten-fold. Gustafson has also been instrumental in the 200,000 square-foot expansion of Solar4America Ice at San Jose which will include a 4,200-seat arena for the Barracuda and is expected to be complete by the summer of 2022. In June of 2013, the Jr. Sharks youth ice hockey program, which was founded by Gustafson and operates out of Sharks Ice, was named as a USA Hockey Model Program, one of only a handful of programs in the U.S. to receive the honor.
Gustafson, who serves on the board of directors for USA Hockey, works closely with organizations such as USA Hockey, USHL, NAHL, ISI and USF to bring national and world hockey events to San Jose. In April of 2016, Sharks Ice hosted the 2016 USA Hockey Boys Tier 1 U-16 and U-18 National Championships, the latest in a long line of national events to select the facility as the home for their events. In 2009, Gustafson was named the International Ice Skating Institute’s “Facility Operator of the Year.”
From 1996-99, Gustafson served as general manager and vice president of operations for the San Jose Rhinos of Roller Hockey International (RHI). The team, which played their home games at SAP Center at San Jose, won the Murphy Cup as league champions in 1995 and Gustafson was named RHI “Executive of the Year” in 1999.
A former goaltender, Gustafson spent five seasons playing with various teams in the AHL, ECHL, CHL, WCHL and IHL. On April 15, 1992, he dressed as the back-up goaltender to Grant Fuhr for the Toronto Maple Leafs at Maple Leaf Gardens in a 4-2 win over the New York Rangers. The Fort Frances, Ontario native also played collegiately for four seasons at Colorado College. of the Year” in 1999. A former goaltender, Gustafson spent five seasons playing with various teams in the AHL, ECHL, CHL, WCHL and IHL. On April 15, 1992, he dressed as the back-up goaltender to Grant Fuhr for the Toronto Maple Leafs at Maple Leaf Gardens in a 4-2 win over the New York Rangers. The Fort Frances, Ontario native also played collegiately for four seasons at Colorado College.
Eric Grundfast, Director of Business Operations/Alternate Governor
In this newly created role, Grundfast will oversee all aspects of the Barracuda’s business operations, including ticket sales, corporate partnerships, marketing, communications and fan relations. His immediate focus will be building out an expanded business staff dedicated to the Barracuda with a primary focus on the successful completion and launch of the new 4,200 seat Barracuda Arena, slated to open in August 2022 at Sharks Ice at San Jose.
A graduate of Eastern Connecticut State University, Grundfast, 35, has spent the last eight years with the AHL’s Iowa Wild, serving most recently as the team’s Vice President of Sales for the last four seasons.
During Grundfast’s tenure with Iowa, the Minnesota Wild’s affiliate organization was named as a model franchise with multiple awards for front office performance, including the AHL's Sponsorship Sales Department of the Year (2016) and Western Conference's Best Fan Experience Award (2015).
Prior to working in Iowa, Grundfast spent two and a half seasons with the AHL’s Providence Bruins, within the club’s sales department. The native of Saugerties, New York is a lifelong hockey fan and grew up attending men’s and women’s hockey games at Cornell University. His career in professional hockey began in 2008 with the AHL’s Albany River Rats as an account executive.
The future 4,200 seat Barracuda Arena is set to be complete in the summer of 2022 and is part of a 400,000 square-foot expansion of Sharks Ice at San Jose, which will make the facility the largest of its kind in North America. For more information, click here.
What you love most about working for the Barracuda: Growing our fanbase and the sport of hockey in the Bay Area and beyond.
Best thing about your job: Building relationships with our fanbase and providing affordable family entertainment.
Hometown: Saugerties, NY
States (and provinces or countries) you’ve lived in: Dallas, TX, Ithaca, NY, Saugerties, NY, Willimantic, CT, North Providence, RI, and West Des Moines, IA
College degree/year/school: Bachelors of Science, Sport and Business Management
Sports idol(s) as a youth: Emmitt Smith
First job/your age: Old Navy (16)
Proudest professional accomplishment: AHL Team Of the Year 2018-19 (Iowa Wild)
Sports played growing up: Lacrosse/Basketball
Favorite spectator sports: Hockey, Golf
Favorite pro/college sports teams (excluding San Jose Barracuda): Dallas Cowboys, New York Yankees, Tiger Woods
Samantha Davis, Manager of Sales and Service
In this newly created role, Davis will oversee all aspects of the Barracuda’s ticket operations, including ticket sales strategy and implementation, and individual, group and season plans. Her immediate focus will be on building out an expanded sales staff dedicated to the Barracuda with a primary focus on the successful completion and launch of the new 4,200 seat Barracuda Arena, slated to open in August 2022 at Sharks Ice at San Jose.
A graduate of Lynn University in Boca Raton, Fla., Davis has over 10 years of revenue generation experience in sports, most recently serving as the Sr. Director of Ticket Sales with the ECHL’s South Carolina Stingrays, affiliate of the NHL’s Washington Capitals.
Prior to her time in Charleston, Davis served as the Director of Ticket Sales for the AAA Oklahoma City Dodgers baseball team and before that spent time with BSE Global, the operator of the Barclays Center, home of the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets. In addition, Davis was also the Director of Group Ticket Sales for the AAA Charlotte Knights baseball team for two seasons.
The native of Morristown, N.J. also spent seven years as a group sales representative with the NFL’s New York Jets and NHL’s New Jersey Devils.
Jonathon Hernandez, Ticket Account Executive
2021-22 will mark Jonathan Hernandez’s first with the Barracuda as a Ticket Account Executive.
The native of Orange Cove, Calif. graduated from Fresno State in 2018 with a degree in Kinesiology and in 2021 earned his Master’s in Sports Administration from FSU.
While still in school, Hernandez, 27, interned with the Fresno State Athletics Marketing Program and volunteered as a club member for the Kinesiology Club.
He’s also been a fitness trainer for the last five years.
His long-term goal is to own a sports facility to help all athletes develop their talent and to support their passion for sports.
What you love most about working for the Barracuda: Helping fans!
Best thing about your job: Teamwork
Hometown: Orange Cove, Calif. (Fresno County)
States (and provinces or countries) you’ve lived in: Cali boy
College degree/year/school: M.A. - Kinesiology/ CSU Fresno
Sports idol(s) as a youth: MJ, Kobe
Personal/professional hero(es): My parents
As a child, you dreamed of becoming: A pro athlete
First job/your age: VF outdoors (17)
An interesting fact about you: Spend a lot of time in gym...so I can eat whatever I want!
Other sports teams you’ve worked for: 1st team!
Proudest professional accomplishment: Helping fans come to games
Favorite charities/charitable causes: K9's for warriors
Sports played growing up: Football & Basketball
Favorite foods: Steak
Favorite sports movie: The last dance (Not a movie but still counts!)
Favorite TV show: Anything on ESPN
Favorite subject in elementary school: P.E.
Favorite spectator sports: Barracuda hockey
Favorite pro/college sports teams (excluding San Jose Barracuda): LA rams, Lakers
Daniel Fruzzetti, Ticket Account Executive
2021-22 marks Daniel’s first season with the Barracuda as an Account Executive for team's business development. A native of San Jose, Calif., Daniel attended multiple San Jose Sharks game as a child, and even attended Barracuda games while in college at San Jose State.
Daniel, 26, graduated from SJSU in 2021 with his degree in Kinesiology, concentrating in Sports Management and Culture. While attending San Jose State, he interned in their Athletics Department as an Assistant Events and Facilities Coordinator for two years.
Before Joining the Barracuda, Daniel worked with the San Francisco 49ers in their Ticket Operations Department after graduation. He also currently works at Sharks Ice San Jose, as a Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Junior Sharks Program.
What you love most about working for the Barracuda: The energy of my coworkers and the fans
Best thing about your job: Meeting new people
Hometown: San Jose
States (and provinces or countries) you’ve lived in: San Jose Born and Raised
College degree/year/school: Bachelors in Kinesiology/Sports Management class of 21’ San Jose State University
Sports idol(s) as a youth: Daniel Cormier
Personal/professional hero(es): My grandfather
As a child, you dreamed of becoming: A veterinarian
First job/your age: Trainer at a YMCA (19)
An interesting fact about you: I played quidditch while attending SJSU
Other sports teams you’ve worked for: San Jose State University Athletics, San Francisco 49ers
Proudest professional accomplishment: Getting to manage teams of student workers while interning at SJSU Athletics
Favorite charities/charitable causes: Autism awareness, mental health awareness
Sports played growing up: Mixed martial arts, volleyball, cross country, track and field
Favorite foods: Lasagna, lemon pasta, taco salad
Favorite sports movie: Cool Runnings
Favorite TV show: The Last Ship
Favorite subject in elementary school: Science
Favorite spectator sports: Mixed Martial Arts, Hockey, Football, Basketball, Volleyball
Favorite pro/college sports teams (excluding San Jose Barracuda): San Francisco 49ers, Santa Cruz Warriors
Jared Johnson-Churchill, Ticket Account Executive
2021-22 marks Jared’s first season with the Barracuda as an Account Executive for the team’s Business Development. Born in Orlando, FL., Jared moved to Grandview, Wash., along with his family when he was five and graduated from Washington State University with a bachelor’s degree in Sport Management in 2019.
While in school at WSU, he worked for the University of Idaho Athletics Department, primarily assisting in the ticket office during football and basketball gamedays. In addition, he worked with the WSU Woman’s Basketball team as an equipment manager.
In 2019, Johnson-Churchill moved to Green Bay, WI. for an internship with the Green Bay Booyah Baseball team (formerly known as the Green Bay Bullfrogs and Rockers). In 2020, he also spent a brief stint in Seattle with Sounders (MLS), assisting in the ticket office.
What you love most about working for the Barracuda: Working with such a great team from the office staff, to the players, to the coaches
Best thing about your job: Getting to talk to and meet with some of the best sports fans in the world!
Hometown: Grandview, Wash.
States (and provinces or countries) you’ve lived in: Florida, Washington, Wisconsin, California
College degree/year/school: Sport Management/2019/Washington State University
Sports idol(s) as a youth: Tim Tebow, Michael Phelps
Personal/professional hero(es): My mom, dad, grandpa, and grandma
As a child, you dreamed of becoming: A paleontologist. I watched Jurassic Park too much as a child
First job/your age: Lifeguard (15)
An interesting fact about you: I represented the United States for swimming in Vienna Austria in a junior Olympics when I was 13
Other sports teams you’ve worked for: Green Bay Booyah (Now known as "Rockers"), Seattle Sounders (MLS)
Proudest professional accomplishment: Earning a promotion from an overnight worker to general manager of a gym club in less than a year.
Favorite charities/charitable causes: UNICEF, St. Jude's Children's Hospital, The Salvation Army, Feeding America
Sports played growing up: Baseball, Swimming, Football, Basketball
Favorite foods: Philly Cheesesteak Sandwich
Favorite sports movie: Moneyball
Favorite TV show: That 70's Show
Favorite subject in elementary school: History
Favorite spectator sports: Football, Soccer, Baseball, Hockey, Basketball, Rugby
Favorite pro/college sports teams (excluding San Jose Barracuda): Washington State University (Go Cougs!). I might get some hate from naming some of these buuuuuuuut Seattle Seahawks, Seattle Sounders, Seattle Mariners, Portland Trailblazers, New Zealand All Blacks Rugby, SAN JOSE SHARKS & Seattle Kraken:/
Mary Edman, Corporate Fulfillment Specialist
What you love most about working for the Barracuda: coming into our offices every day to work with and learn from our incredible team
Best thing about your job: Getting to be creative to help brands and companies get exposure in front of our fans
Hometown: Boulder, CO
States (and provinces or countries) you’ve lived in: Colorado, California, Arizona, Oregon, Denmark
College degree/year/school: Colorado College '15 - BA Sociology; University of Oregon '20 - MBA
Sports idol(s) as a youth: Serena & Venus Williams
Personal/professional hero(es): My family
As a child, you dreamed of becoming: A teacher
First job/your age: Lifeguard, 15 years old
An interesting fact about you: I can speak Japanese
Other sports teams you’ve worked for: Nashville Predators, University of Oregon Athletics, Team USA
Proudest professional accomplishment: Hosting the first National Girls & Women in Sports Day event at the University of Oregon. Included all the female student athletes and had over 300 local children and parents attend.
Favorite charities/charitable causes: Humane society, Lwala Community Alliance
Sports played growing up: Tennis, swimming, horseback riding, skiing
Favorite foods: My mom's Chinese fried chicken
Favorite sports movie: Remember the Titans
Favorite TV show: One Tree Hill
Favorite subject in elementary school: History
Favorite spectator sports: Tennis, football
Favorite pro/college sports teams (excluding San Jose Barracuda): Denver Broncos, Colorado Avalanche, Denver Nuggets, Seattle Storm, University of Oregon
Helena Rogers, Corporate Sales Account Executiv
What you love most about working for the Barracuda: My coworkers
Best thing about your job: Networking with companies and bringing people together through sports
Hometown: Falmouth, MA
States (and provinces or countries) you’ve lived in: Massachusetts, North Carolina, France (briefly), and California
College degree/year/school: Psychology and French; Wake Forest University; Class of 2012
Sports idol(s) as a youth: Jason Varitek, Tim Wakefield, Michelle Kwan
Personal/professional hero(es): My best friend who started a non-profit from the ground up in 2018
As a child, you dreamed of becoming: A teacher
First job/your age: Cleaning houses on Cape Cod @ 13
An interesting fact about you: I speak French
Other sports teams you’ve worked for: None. This is my first job in sports and I'm very excited!
Proudest professional accomplishment: As the Manager of a small coffee shop, I not only kept us in business when Starbucks moved in next door, but led us to the shop's highest profits ever the next year
Favorite charities/charitable causes: Inspiration is Everywhere, ASPCA (and anything else related to rescuing animals), Veteran causes, and Education in low-income communities
Sports played growing up: Ice Skating, Swimming, Field Hockey
Favorite foods: Depends whos cooking
Favorite sports movie: Miracle, Remember the Titans
Favorite TV show: Game of Thrones
Favorite spectator sports: Baseball, Hockey, Football
Favorite pro/college sports teams (excluding San Jose Barracuda): Boston Red Sox, New England Patriots, Boston Celtics, Wake Forest Demon Deacons
Kendra Hodgdon, Manager of Marketing and Digital Media
In her frist season, Hodgdon oversees all aspects of the Barracuda’s marketing and digital media efforts, including brand management, staffing, and recruiting, promotions, design, theme nights, specialty jerseys, and social media strategy. Hodgdon will work Director of Barracuda Business Operations Eric Grundfast and Sales and Service Manager Samantha Davis in the successful completion and launch of the team’s new 4,200 seat Barracuda Arena, slated to open in Aug. 2022 at Sharks Ice at San Jose.
Before joining the Barracuda, Hodgdon, 29, spent the last year working for Restoration Management Company based out of Hayward, Calif. Her responsibilities included marketing support, analytics tracking, advertisement strategy, giveaways, photography, videography, editing, and more.
Before working for the Restoration Management Company, the native of Salisbury, Maryland served as a Catering and Marketing Manager for Sodexo Quality of Life Services at Kansas State University Athletics in Manhattan, Kansas from Mar. of 2019 to Feb. of 2020. While she was in that position, she was quickly promoted to Field Marketing Specialist of 30 Northern California accounts for four months before the Covid-19 global pandemic began.
Hodgdon’s professional marketing experience started before she finished earning her degree at the College of Charleston in 2018 as she was part of the Charleston Wine + Food Festival Creative Team from 2017 through 2018.
Rebecca Koscielniak, Producer
2021-22 will mark Rebecca’s first with the Barracuda. The native of Indianapolis, Indiana is a graduate of Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. While at IUPUI, she double majored in Journalism and Communications Studies, with a primary focus in broadcast and sports media.
Her career in sports began while still in school as she interned for both the ECHL’s Indy Fuel within the team’s digital media department and with the AHL’s Utica Comets as a video editor.
Following graduation, she served as a video producer with Joliet Slammers of the Frontier League as a video producer and then with the Charlotte Knights, AAA of the Chicago White Sox, as a video assistant.
Before being hired by the Barracuda, the 25-year-old, worked for Marquee Sports Network, TV home of the Chicago Cubs, as a Production Assistant.
Emily Garner, Game Presentation Assistant
Garner returns to the Barracuda for her seventh season with the team in 2021-22 and her third as the club’s assistant game presentation manager. Garner originally started with the Barracuda as a part of the game promotional team, which sparked her passion for working in professional sports.
The San Jose native’s main responsibilities include managing and executing in-game promotions and driving the fan experience. During a shortened 2020-21 season, Garner ran the team’s game presentation operations when Daniel Bell was called up to the Sharks.
Garner is currently pursuing her degree from San Jose State University.
Ethan Crick, Digital Marketing Coordinator
Ethan started his first season with the team in December of 2021. He acts as the team's digital marketing coordinator and runs the team's social media accounts. Ethan found a love for sports marketing after helping grow the club hockey team just 30 minutes north at UC Berkeley. He's also had experience working with other sports companies such as CAA Sports and the new AHL team in Palm Springs. Before working with The Barracuda, Ethan spent the last year in San Diego working in Real Estate as a marketing coordinator for some of the top agents in the city.
Originally from Calgary, Ethan moved to San Diego in 2008. He's played hockey for a majority of his life and his goal is to continue to work in sports professionally.
What you love most about working for the Barracuda: Helping grow the game of hockey in the Bay Area
Best thing about your job: Doing what I love everyday
Hometown: San Diego, Calif.
States (and provinces or countries) you’ve lived in: US and Canada
College degree/year/school: Pre-Law/ 2021/ UC Berkeley
Sports idol(s) as a youth: Marc Andre Fleury
Personal/professional hero(es): My Dad
As a child, you dreamed of becoming: A pro hockey player
First job/your age: Pizza Delivery Driver (23)
An interesting fact about you: I have a dog named Kiwi
Other sports teams you’ve worked for: Cal Hockey, Coachella Valley Firebirds
Proudest professional accomplishment: Getting this job
Favorite charities/charitable causes: Habitat for humanity
Sports played growing up: Hockey and Lacrosse
Favorite foods: Chick-Fil-A
Favorite sports movie: Moneyball
Favorite TV show: Futurama
Favorite spectator sports: Hockey and Football
Favorite pro/college sports teams (excluding San Jose Barracuda): The Sharks of course ;)
D'ntrell Randolph, Graphic Designer
D'ntrell is from Fairfield California, graduated from San Jose State University and lived in San Jose ever since. He's new to the hockey scene but loving the intensity and competitive nature of the sport. D'ntrells favorite sports teams are the Cowboys, Lakers, and Sharks! When he isn't designing or watching sports you can find D'ntell catching up on the latest Netflix shows, or playing Chess!
What you love most about working for the Barracuda: The work environment, everyone is extremely friendly and wants to work together
Best thing about your job: Being able to create new designs everyday
Hometown: Fairfield, Calif.
States (and provinces or countries) you’ve lived in: California
College degree/year/school: Bachelors Degree Graphic Design San Jose State University
Sports idol(s) as a youth: Kobe Bryant & Derek Jeter. Two different styles of leadership but still both winners at the highest level
Personal/professional hero(es): My parents, I learned so many different life lessons from the both of them
As a child, you dreamed of becoming: Believe it or not ... A graphic designer!
First job/your age: Six Flags Magic Kingdom (18)
An interesting fact about you: Hand me rubik's cube and I can complete it
Other sports teams you’ve worked for: The Barracuda is my first
Proudest professional accomplishment: This job! First professional sports design job.
Favorite charities/charitable causes: Anything that helps children. The youth is our future and anything and everything helps shape a better future I can stand behind
Sports played growing up: Basketball and Track & Field
Favorite foods: Pineapple Pizza
Favorite sports movie: Space Jam & The Mighty Ducks
Favorite TV show: The 100 & Game of Thrones
Favorite subject in elementary school: Math!
Favorite spectator sports: World Cup & Olympic Soccer (Football)
Favorite pro/college sports teams (excluding San Jose Barracuda): Sharks, Lakers, Warriors, Cowboys, Yankees, and USC
Nick Nollenberger, Sr. Broadcast & Public Relations Manager
Nick Nollenberger returns for his sixth season as the Media Relations and Broadcasting Manager for the Sharks top affiliate, the San Jose Barracuda.
A San Jose Jr. Sharks alum, Nollenberger was the Director of Broadcast and Media Relations for the Odessa Jackalopes of the North American Hockey League (NAHL) prior to joining the Barracuda.
Before Odessa, the 30-year-old served as the Assistant Director of Broadcast and Media Relations for one season with the Kannapolis Intimidators, Class ‘A’ affiliate of the Chicago White Sox. The Santa Cruz, Ca native graduated from the University of Arizona in 2014, earning a degree in Broadcast Journalism.
Nick can be heard throughout the Barracuda season on AHLTV, at sjbarracuda.com/listen and on the Sharks + SAP Center App.