Get to know the Front Office behind Indy Eleven Professional Soccer. Each week we'll share members of the Front Office staff who are responsible for ensuring an exciting gameday experience and supporting the on-field action with sponsorship, marketing, ticket sales, accounting, operations, and merchandise.
This week: Meet the Ticket Sales Team! Bet you didn't expect to see only three! Because of this small (but mighty) crew, group and season ticket sales have continued to skyrocket over the past four seasons. With a fan first mentality, they're the ones who take your call when you're ready to sign up for season tickets (or might we suggest a flex-pack?). Or maybe you have a group of 15 or more, call this crew to get a special group rate to an upcoming match.
Job Title: Director of Ticket Sales-- Sell and direct ticket sales initiatives for Indy Eleven games. Thanks to Mike's help, Indy Eleven has led the NASL in attendance all 4 years
From: Born and Raised in Richmond, Ind. Currently lives in Fishers with wife Ann. Mike and Ann have three grown children
How did your career find its way into sports? I planned on having a career in sports and that became reality when shortly after graduation I got a job with the Indiana Pacers and worked with Pacers Sports & Entertainment for 27 years. Then I worked with the Indiana Ice for 3 years prior to Indy Eleven. I have always enjoyed the daily challenges of Ticket Sales of the team and know the importance it is to the club. The creativity and flexibility that you must display on a daily basis. Finding the revenue is an ongoing daily exercise.
First Memories are certainly the excitement of the kickoff and first season of the team being one of the original employees. The excitement in the community during the U.S. World Cup watch party on Mass Ave and the championship game of 2016 vs. NY Cosmos are monumental moments. Indy Eleven is important to me, not only for making a living, but a role that a pro sports team can play in the community. The staff members that I have worked with from the beginning and now make a big personal impression and impact.
Job Title: Group Sales Manager -- I create and implement ideas and opportunities to encourage fans to attend games.
From: I've lived in Indianapolis my entire life
Why is Indy Eleven important to you? As Indianapolis evolves into a world class city, it is imperative that the world's most popular sport is a big part of that. My favorite Indy Eleven memory would be the atmosphere at Carroll Stadium when we won the semifinal match to advance to the championship game in 2016. These are the moments that make everyday different. I also really enjoy that the product we're selling is fun.
Job Title: Ticket Sales and Special Events Account Executive – I sell tickets and plan parties.
From: Mooresville, but I went to IU in Bloomington and now I live in Indy.
What do you enjoy most about your job? The people I work with. I was interested in Indy Eleven because I’ve played soccer all my life so it seemed like the natural fit. I didn’t have any plans to work in sports until I noticed a job posting from Indy Eleven that sparked my interest. I’m happy I made the jump to sports and now there is no looking back! I was at the inaugural game in 2014 in the BYB. The atmosphere was crazy and the bleachers were terrifying. Indy Eleven is important to the Indianapolis community because soccer is the world’s game and is an all-inclusive sport. Indianapolis needs more opportunities to bring everyone from different walks of life together to support a common goal (soccer goals