Club

Management & Front Office

Meet the people that have helped make Indy Eleven a grass roots success in the Hoosier State!

 

 

 

Executive Administration
Ersal Ozdemir Owner
Jeff Belskus President
Tom Dunmore Senior VP of Marketing & Operations
Soccer Operations
Tim Hankinson Head Coach
Tim Regan Assistant Coach
Mark Webber Indy Eleven NPSL General Manager
John Simmonds Indy Eleven NPSL Head Coach
Andy Piggush Team Operations Manager
John Roeder Equipment Manager
Training & Medical Staff
Brian Gerlach Head Athletic Trainer
Dr. Daniel Kraft Team Physician
Community Health Network Official Health Care Provider
Ticketing Staff
Mike Henn Director of Ticket Sales
Ivy Toone Ticket Operations Manager
Kevin Kirkhoff Ticket Sales Account Executive
Rodrigo Castro Ticket Sales Account Executive (bilingual)
Isaac Shell Intern - Ticket Sales
Corporate Partnerships
Larry Linde Director of Corporate Partnerships
Drew Donovan Corporate Partnership Manager
Melissa Iannuzzi Corporate Partnership Coordinator
Charles Dillahunt Intern - Corporate Partnerships
Marketing & Communications
John Koluder Director of Public Relations
Molly Kruger Director of Licensing and Merchandise
Katie Donnar Marketing Manager
Tian Liang Graphic Design & Multimedia Coordinator
Scott Stewart Web Content & Social Media Coordinator
Brandon Smith Merchandise Coordinator
Bianca Velez Community Relations Coordinator
Dan Priscu Intern - Marketing & Community Relations
Operations
Justin Autajay Operations Manager
Leo Cunningham Intern - Operations
Accounting
Erin Weesner Accounting Manager

 

 

Executive Administration

Ersal Ozdemir - Owner

Mr. Ozdemir graduated from Purdue University with a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering. He is also a graduate of the Stanley K. Lacy Executive Leadership Class XXVIII.

Mr. Ozdemir speaks to various groups and has been interviewed for different international issues over the years. Some of his hobbies are traveling, spending time with family and friends, playing soccer and table tennis. Mr. Ozdemir enjoys the arts and attends, as well as  supports the local art community.

Ozdemir's extensive list of personal and professional activities includes:

  • Board of Directors, Indiana Chamber of Commerce
  • Board of Directors, Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce
  • Board of Trustees, University of Indianapolis
  • Board of Governors, Indianapolis Museum of Art
  • Board of Trustees, Indiana Historical Society
  • Board of Directors, Chairman, Current Publishing
  • Board of Directors, Palladium, Center for Performing Arts Foundation
  • Board of Directors, Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee (GIPC)
  • Board of Directors, Children’s Bureau Foundation
  • Board of Advisors, Purdue University School of Civil Engineering
  • 2012 Super Bowl VIP Services Host Committee, Co-Chair
  • Advisory Board, Mayor’s Office of International and Cultural Affairs
  • Member, Rotary Club
  • Member, American Society of Civil Engineers (Past Treasurer)
  • Member, Building Owners and Managers Association
  • Member, National Association of Industrial and Office Properties
  • Member, International Council of Shopping Centers, Inc.
  • Carmel Economic Development Commission, President (past)

 

Jeff Belskus - President

Contact Jeff at Jeff@IndyEleven.com

Jeff Belskus was named the second president in Indy Eleven history on January 11, 2016. An experienced businessman and sports and entertainment executive, Belskus comes to Indy Eleven with a variety of industry experience including banking, insurance, real estate, broadcasting and food, but most of his focus has been in motorsports and professional auto racing in the United States.

He joined the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 1987 as the corporate controller. Rising through the ranks, he was named President and CEO of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Corporation in 2009. On October 1, 2013, Belskus was appointed to serve as president and chief financial officer of Hulman & Company, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Corporation’s parent organization.

During his long career with the Hulman organization Belskus served in a variety of executive roles, including CEO of the IndyCar Series, CEO of Hulman & Company and CFO of all of the Hulman affiliated organizations. After a successful career in the auto sports industry, Belskus retired from the Hulman organization in early 2015.

During his various CEO stints with the Hulman organizations Belskus helped to oversee all events at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, including the world renowned Indianapolis 500 Mile Race, the oldest, best attended and best known automobile race in the world, and the NASCAR Sprint Cup’s Brickyard 400 race. In all, events held at IMS generate an annual economic impact for the state of Indiana’s economy of more than $500 million and bring thousands of visitors to the State each year.

Belskus also serves on numerous boards and supports many charitable causes. His current board memberships include the Board of Trustees of Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, where he is the Chairman of the Investment Management Committee as well as the Indiana State University Foundation board. He also serves on the board of directors of the Morris Plan Company of Terre Haute and the board of The Indiana Farmers Mutual Insurance Company.

He has previously served on the Board of the Indiana Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce (Indy Chamber), the 500 Festival, the Indianapolis Convention and Visitors Association (Visit Indy) and Hulman & Company. His professional affiliations include the American Institute of CPAs, the Indiana CPA Society and the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD).

Belskus is a lifelong resident of the state of Indiana. He was born and raised in Terre Haute, Indiana and attended Indiana State University where he received his bachelor’s degree in 1981. He earned his CPA designation in the state of Indiana in 1985. Jeff and his wife, Debbie, live in Zionsville, Ind., and have two grown children, John and Kristen.

 

Tom Dunmore -  Senior Vice-President of Marketing & Operations

Contact Tom at Tom@IndyEleven.com

In March 2013, Indy Eleven brought on board respected soccer executive and writer Tom Dunmore to serve as the team’s Vice-President of Marketing and Operations.

’Tom is one of American soccer’s most knowledgeable executives in terms of fan development. He understands supporter culture and general fan culture better than any executive I’ve worked with,“ Indy Eleven President/General Manager Peter Wilt said. ’I have worked with  Tom before and know that his strengths complement me and he will make Indy Pro Soccer a stronger organization,“ Wilt said.

Dunmore served in a similar capacity with the Major Indoor Soccer League’s Chicago Riot, which quickly gained remarkable grass roots support thanks in large part to his fan-outreach and crowd-building efforts.

’I have been amazed by the passion for professional soccer shown in Indiana over the past few months,“ Dunmore said. ’It’s an honor to have the opportunity to help launch Indy’s new team and work to embed it into the fabric of the community.“

Dunmore is also a leading soccer writer, editor and publisher. He is the author of two books, Soccer For Dummies and a Historical Dictionary of Soccer . He founded the award winning soccer website Pitch Invasion and the print periodical XI Quarterly, two leading outlets for  long form soccer writing. Dunmore was formerly the Chairman of Section 8 Chicago, the Chicago Fire’s Independent Supporters’ Association, and has served on the Chicago Fire Foundation board and the Chicago Red Stars advisory board.

Originally a native of Brighton, England, Dunmore called Chicago home for 13 years before relocating to Indianapolis with his wife Monika and infant son Jack.

 

Soccer Operations

Andy Piggush - Team Operations Manager

Contact Andy at Andy@IndyEleven.com

Indy Eleven welcomed former Team Equipment Manager Andy Piggush back on board to serve as the team's Team Operations Manager in time for the 2016 season. The man of many hats has a background in American soccer circles dating back nearly a decade after serving as a Communications Intern for Major League Soccer's Real Salt Lake in 2008 and in the front office of the Real Maryland Monarchs of the USL's Premier Development League in 2010. Piggush joined the Indy Eleven staff in 2014 as the team's equipment manager, a role he served until early in 2016 before switching desks in the team side set-up. Piggush lives in Fishers with his wife Ashley, and the pair aim to get as much sleep as possible while tending to their newborn daughter.

 

John Roeder - Equipment Manager

Contact John at JohnR@IndyEleven.com

After serving as an intern for "Indiana's Team" during the 2014 season and serving as a gameday operations volunteer during the 2015 season, Indy Eleven was thrilled to bring John Roeder aboard full time as the squad's Equipment Manager in February 2016. Stay tuned for more to come on Indy Eleven's newest team staff addition ...

 

Ticketing Staff

Mike Henn -  Director of Ticket Sales

Contact Mike at Mike@IndyEleven.com

Mike Henn brings three decades of ticket sales experience in the Indianapolis market with him to Indy Eleven, where his role will include structuring of benefits for the team’s fast-selling Season Ticket packages and development of the club’s ticket-selling strategy and staff in advance of the club’s inaugural 2014 season and beyond.

After graduating from DePauw University in Greencastle with a Communications degree, Henn spent a year in local radio before joining the Indiana Pacers as an Account Executive in 1981. The Richmond native spent the next 27 years climbing through the ranks of the Pacers organization and its parent company, Pacers Sports & Entertainment, which also included roles starting up the WNBA’s Indiana Fever and Arena Football League’s Indiana Firebirds. He would eventually hold the role of Director of Tickets Sales with PS&E from 1996-2004 before ending his tenure with the organization as Director of Sales Development from 2004-2008. During his time as Director of Ticket Sales, Henn helped lead the team’s venue switch from Market Square Arena to then-Conseco Field House, where the Pacers would sell out a franchise-record 41 consecutive games during its opening season in 1999.

Outside of his experience with PS&E, Henn served as adjunct professor for a year at Marian University, a radio play-by-play announcer and host at numerous points through his career and as the Director of Sales with the United States Hockey League’s Indiana Ice. Henn currently resides in Fishers with his wife, Ann, and is the proud parent of three children - Matt, Zan, and Jayne.

 

Ivy Toone -  Ticket Operations Manager

Bio coming soon! Contact Ivy at Ivy@IndyEleven.com

 

Kevin Kirkhoff - Ticket Sales Account Executive

Contact Kevin at Kevin@IndyEleven.com

evin Kirkhoff joined the Indy Eleven in March of 2016 as Group Sales Manager. Kirkhoff began his career with the Indianapolis Ice in 1991. After six seasons with the Ice, he joined the Indianapolis Colts in 1998. During his time with the Colts, Kirkhoff helped the team build a streak of consecutive sellouts that lasted well over a decade. He also helped the transition into Lucas Oil Stadium in 2008. After leaving the Colts in 2015, Kirkhoff spent one season with the Indy Fuel as Director of Group Sales.

A native of Indianapolis, Kirkhoff graduated from Indiana University in 1990. He resides on the Southside with his wife, Julie, and daughters Sydney and Aubrey.
 

Rodrigo Castro - Ticket Sales Account Executive

Bio coming soon! Contact Rodrigo at Rodrigo@IndyEleven.com

 

Corporate Sponsorships

Larry Linde - Director of Corporate Sponsorships

Contact Larry at Larry@IndyEleven.com

Indy Eleven added a familiar face to the Indianapolis area as its Director of Corporate Partnerships in April 2013 in the person of Larry Linde, a 25-year sports-and-entertainment management professional. In his role with the burgeoning organization, Linde will be in charge of the team’s outreach to the corporate community; creation of the club’s comprehensive sponsorship packages; and its television, radio and online broadcasting initiatives.

A native of south suburban Chicago and graduate of Butler University, Linde secured his start in the sports world with the Indianapolis Ice back in 1989, a team he would later rejoin from 1998-2003 as its Executive Director and, later, General Manager. During his time as GM of the Ice, Linde made nationwide headlines when he signed 7’7" NBA Center Manute Bol as ’The World’s Tallest Hockey Player“ and former figure skating champion Tonya Harding as part of ’Guaranteed Fight Night.“

Outside of his stints in Indianapolis, Linde made stops in Tulsa, OK; Memphis, TN; Reno, NV and Corpus Christi, TX; serving in the latter market as Vice President/GM of the arenafootball2’s expansion Corpus Christi Sharks (2006-09) and in a similar capacity for the Central Hockey League’s Corpus Christi Ice Rays (2003-06). Linde returned to Indianapolis in 2011 when he joined locally-based sports marketing and management consulting firm Compton Strategies and currently resides in the city with his wife, Nicole, and their daughter, Emersen.

 

Drew Donovan - Corporate Partnership Manager

Bio coming soon! Contact Drew at DrewD@IndyEleven.com

 

Melissa Iannuzzi - Corporate Partnership Coordinator

Contact Melissa at  Melissa@IndyEleven.com

Melissa Iannuzzi joined Indy Eleven full time in January 2016 after graduating with high honors in strategic communication from Butler University, the best school in Indiana and possibly the world. She is currently responsible for the team’s sponsorship activation and fulfillment.

Her illustrious soccer career ended when she was ten years old, after four years of playing goalkeeper to avoid running. She attributes most of her pre-Indy Eleven soccer knowledge to FIFA 2008. Previously interning at Kings Island and the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Iannuzzi joined Indy Eleven as the Community Relations Intern in May of 2015. Her main project during her internship was to coordinate the Inaugural Mayor’s International Futsal Cup. She currently lives in downtown Indianapolis with her two roommates.
 

Marketing and Communications

John Koluder - Director of Public Relations

Contact John at John@IndyEleven.com

John Koluder brings with a decade’s worth of PR experience within American soccer circles to the Indy Eleven front office, including a previous stint alongside founding Indy Eleven president Peter Wilt with the Chicago Fire and, most recently, a five-year run at Real Salt Lake as the Utah side’s Assistant Director of Media Relations. In his new role, Koluder’s duties will include overseeing all aspects of media relations and editing and producing content for the team’s social media channels and official website to help spread the word of Indy Eleven across the Hoosier State, the United States and the soccer world at large.

During his ten seasons in Major League Soccer with D.C. United, Chicago Fire and Real Salt Lake, Koluder managed media relations and press box operations for more than 250 regular season contests and over 20 MLS Cup Playoff affairs. His decade in North American soccer’s top-flight also included assisting with operations at several high-profile events including multiple MLS Cup Finals, MLS All-Star Games, international club friendlies and CONCACAF Champions League matches, in addition to a U.S. Men’s National Team World Cup Qualifier in September 2009. As part of the Chicago and Salt Lake staffs, Koluder was also able to assist with the opening of two soccer-specific stadiums, Toyota Park (2006) and Rio Tinto Stadium (2008).

Koluder’s appreciation for soccer matured while an undergraduate at Indiana University (1996-2001), where he saw the Hoosiers’ dominance of college soccer continue to grow from both the stands as a member of the IU Crabb Band and in the press box on behalf of then WIUS-AM and the Indiana Daily Student. Koluder is proud to return to the State of Indiana, where he was born (Marion), raised (Fort Wayne) and schooled (Bloomington).

 

Molly Kruger - Marketing & Merchandising Manager

Contact Molly at Molly@IndyEleven.com

Molly Kruger has the distinction of being the first employee officially hired by President Peter Wilt in February 2013 for the group then known as Indy Pro Soccer. The former local soccer standout will perform dual roles in the Indy Eleven front office, serving as a key outreach to the Indiana soccer community in regards to the team’s full-season and group ticket sales efforts while also performing various duties as a part of the team’s marketing staff.

Kruger starred locally with Carmel United and  Carmel High School, picking up numerous accolades during her youth career including three nods to the NSCAA/adidas All-American Team, two Indiana Gatorade Player of the Year honors and an IHSAA Player of the Year award while also helping the Greyhounds to four consecutive IHSAA State Championships. Kruger would begin her collegiate career in 2005 at Indiana University before transferring to UCLA for her sophomore season, when she helped the Bruins reach the Women’s College Cup Semifinals. Kruger would return to Indianapolis to play her final two seasons at Butler University before heading back out to Southern California to play professionally with the Pali Blues of the Women’s Professional Soccer League from 2011-12.

 

Katie Donnar - Marketing Manager

Bio coming soon! Contact Katie at katie@indyeleven.com

 

Tian Liang - Graphic Design & Multimedia Coordinator

Contact Tian at Tian@IndyEleven.com

Tian Liang joined the Indy Eleven team in May 2014 as the Graphic Design and Multimedia Coordinator. In his role, Liang handles the entire graphic design tasks as well as video productions.

His passion for soccer comes more stark  after his time doing the play-by-play of the 2010 FIFA World Cup via a national radio station. Liang received his bachelor degree in Broadcast Journalism in 2012 from Zhejiang University Media and Communications where he decided to study abroad ending up landed School of Jornalism, IUPUI. Liang graduated from IUPUI in 2014 after receiving his MA degree of Sports Journalism. Liang currently resides in Brownsburg with his wife.

 

Scott Stewart - Web Content & Social Media Coordinator

Contact Scott at Scott@IndyEleven.com

Scott Stewart was added to the communications & PR team in January 2016 as an intern and in March 2016 as a full-time employee. In his role, Scott serves as the director of web content for IndyEleven.com and as a social media coordinator working with John Koluder. 

A long-time soccer fan, Scott arrives home in the Circle City after receiving his bachelor's degree from Indiana University in Bloomington. For the Hoosiers, he served as a broadcaster for IU Athletics, the Big Ten Network, and the IU Radio Network for more than two years. His love for the sport extends across the pond as a die-hard Liverpool FC supporter for more than seven years. Scott currently lives downtown Indianapolis with his two roommates and their rabbit, Tux. 

 

Brandon Smith - Merchandise Coordinator

Bio coming soon! Contact Brandon at BrandonS@indyeleven.com

 
Bianca Velez - Community Relations Coordinator

Bio coming soon! Contact Bianca at BiancaV@indyeleven.com

 

Operations

Justin Autajay - Operations Manager

Contact Justin at Justin@IndyEleven.com

Justin Autajay joined the Indy Eleven family in November of 2014 as the Community Relations Coordinator and Ticket Sales Account Executive. In his role, Autajay will be responsible for selling group tickets and game day experiences to youth soccer clubs, assisting in organizing and coordinating camps, promotional appearances in the community and donation requests. Prior to moving into his new role, Autajay served as an intern in the Marketing and Operations department during the inaugural season.

A local product of Indianapolis and club side Dynamo FC, Autajay attended and played soccer at Cathedral High School before going on to Indiana University – Bloomington and graduating in 2011 with a degree in Sport Communication. Before interning with Indy Eleven, Autajay worked tournament operations with the U.S. Soccer Development Academy for three years.  

 

Accounting

Erin Weesner - Accounting Manager
Bio coming soon! Contact Erin at Erin@IndyEleven.com

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