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Executive Management

Ben Weiss - General Manager

Ben.jpgWith more than 20 years of industry experience, Ben Weiss serves as the General Manager of the 16,000-seat multipurpose XL Center, the 38,000-seat Pratt & Whitney Stadium and oversees business operations for the Hartford Wolf Pack of the AHL.  In his current role, areas of oversight include marketing, booking, operations, engineering, advertising sales, ticket sales, public relations, community relations, HR, Guest Services, security, finance, and event production. Ben started with the company in 2001 and has held positions ranging from sales to event management.  In 2012 Ben was voted by his peers as the Triple-A Baseball Pacific Coast League Executive of the Year and in 2007 was selected by Billboard Magazine as one of the industry’s “Top 30 under 30”.

Erik Hansen - Vice President of Business Operations

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Ticket Sales

Brendan O'Halloran - Ticket Revenue and Community Manager

Brendan.jpgEmail: brendan.ohalloran@oakviewgroup.com

When did you start: July of 2018

Favorite event that you have worked: 2017 AHL All-Star Classic

Favorite event that you have attended: NE Patriots vs. BAL Ravens - 2014 AFC Divisional Game

Favorite Team (not including the Wolf Pack): Boston Bruins

Hometown: Springfield, MA

College: Springfield College

Favorite food: Chicken Wings

Fun fact: I started skating at the age of 3

Katie Force - Group Sales Manager

KatieForce.jpgEmail: katie.force@oakviewgroup.com

When did you start: June 21st, 2021

Favorite event that you have worked: 2019 AHL All-Star Classic

Favorite event that you have attended: Derek Jeter's Retirement Ceremony

Favorite Team (not including the Wolf Pack): Pittsburgh Steelers

Hometown: Patchogue, Long Island, New York

College: Dowling College

Favorite food: Sushi or Pasta

Tell us a fun fact about yourself: I love music & going to concerts! My favorite genre is country. I've seen Garth Brooks, Tim McGraw, Brooks & Dunn, Rascal Flatts, Keith Urban, Luke Bryan, Thomas Rhett, Toby Keith, Jason Aldean.. to just name a few.

Matt Caputo - New Business Specialist

Matt.jpgEmail: matthew.caputo@oakviewgroup.com

When did you start: June 7th, 2021

Favorite event that you have worked: Wrestling Under The Stars (Connecticut Tigers 2018) Dodd Stadium

Favorite event that you have attended: Yankees Vs Red Sox Game 1 2018 ALDS

Favorite Team (not including the Wolf Pack): New York Yankees

Hometown: Hebron, CT

College: Johnson & Wales University

Favorite food: Pasta

Fun fact: I have the same birthday as Chili's (restaurant chain)

Austin Hurwitz - New Business/Retention Specialist

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Email: austin.hurwitz@spectraxp.com

When did you start: March 14th, 2022

Hometown: Newington, CT

College: James Madison University

Tell us a fun fact about yourself: I have been going to Wolf Pack games since I was 3 years old.

Madeline Funk - New Business/Retention Specialist

Maddie.pngEmail: Madeline.Funk@spectraxp.com

When did you start: April 19th, 2022

Favorite event that you worked: The TCS NYC Marathon

Favorite event that you have attended: Any New York Rangers game

Favorite Team (not including the Wolf Pack): New York Rangers

Hometown: Litchfield, CT

College: St. Lawrence University

Favorite Food: Pizza

Tell us a fun fact about yourself: I graduated from St. Lawrence University in 2017 and was a part of the Cross-Country team there. 3 years later in 2020 I enlisted in the CT. Army National Guard and was deployed to Africa where I spent 3 months overseas. There I got to run a 15K in the middle of the desert called the Grand Bara and swam in the Gulf of Aden and that's connected to the Red Sea.

Gavin Ewing - New Business Specialist

Email: gavin.ewing@oakviewgroup.com

When did you start: August 2022

Favorite event that you have attended: 2022 NCAA Men's College Lacrosse Finals at Rentschler Field

Favorite Team (not including the Wolf Pack): Las Vegas Golden Knights and Las Vegas Raiders

Hometown: Bolton, CT

College: Union College

Favorite food: Tacos

Fun fact: I grew up in Sacramento, California

Marketing

Megan Boyle - Director of Marketing

Megan.jpgWhen did you start: April 2021

Favorite event that you have worked: UFC Fight Night

Favorite event that you have attended: Imagine Dragons 

Favorite Team (not including the Wolf Pack): Colorado Avalanche / USWNT

Hometown: Fort Collins, CO

College: Colorado State University

Favorite food: Cream Cheese Pizza from Krazy Karl's 

Fun fact: I have lived in each region of the United States

 

Emily Vance - Marketing Manager

Emily.jpgEmail: emily.vance@oakviewgroup.com

When did you start: May 17th, 2021

Favorite event that you have worked: 2016 AHL All-Star Classic (my 1st All-Star Game!)

Favorite event that you have attended: 2019 ALCS Game 5 (HOU @ NYY)

Favorite Team (not including the Wolf Pack): New York Giants

Hometown: Greenwood Lake, NY

College: Springfield College

Favorite food: Mozzarella Sticks

Fun fact: My dad and I are on the cover of an Army magazine; celebrating when he came home from deployment!

Calvin Spohn - Game Presentation and Graphic Design Manager

Calvin.jpgEmail: calvin.spohn@oakviewgroup.com

When did you start: August 2021

Favorite event that you have worked: Philadelphia Flyers Alumni Game in Reading, PA.

Favorite event that you have attended: Flyers vs Penguins Stadium Series Game at Lincoln Financial Field

Favorite Team (not including the Wolf Pack): Philadelphia Flyers

Hometown: Fleetwood, PA

College: Kutztown University

Alex Thomas - Broadcasting and Public Relations Manager

Alex.jpgEmail: alex.thomas@oakviewgroup.com

When did you start: August 2021

Favorite event that you have worked: The 2019 NCAA Women's Hockey Quarterfinal between Northeastern and Cornell at Matthews Arena

Favorite event that you have attended: The 2014 AFC Divisional Playoff game at Gillette Stadium between the New England Patriots and Baltimore Ravens

Favorite Team (not including the Wolf Pack): It's a tie between the Edmonton Oilers and the New England Patriots

Hometown: Woburn, MA

College: Springfield College

Corporate Sales 

Bryan Dooley - Vice President of Corporate Sales

Bryan.jpgEmail: bdooley@oakviewgroup.com

When did you start: July 1st, 2013

Favorite event that you have worked: The Eagles

Favorite event that you have attended: Red Sox vs Yankees - 2004 ALCS Game 5

Favorite Team (not including the Wolf Pack): Red Sox

Hometown: Andover, CT

College: Eastern Connecticut State University

Favorite food: Pizza

Fun fact: I am an avid fisherman

Rose Leblanc - Manager of Corporate Sales

Rose.jpgEmail: rleblanc@oakviewgroup.com

When did you start: 2013

Favorite event that you have worked: Rihanna

Favorite event that you have attended: Pearl Jam

Favorite Team (not including the Wolf Pack): Red Sox

Hometown: Boston, MA

College: Northeastern University

Favorite food: Toss up between Nachos and Ravioli

Fun fact: I paddle with an award-winning Dragonboat Team