Railers HC Ownership

Cliff Rucker

Owner

Cliff Rucker has been the owner and governor of the Worcester RailersHC professional hockey team since its inception in 2015. Cliff founded NFS Leasing in 2005 and is currently the President of NFS, one of the largest independent equipment finance companies in the country. Prior to his tenure at NFS, Mr. Rucker was founder and CEO of NEXL, a national provider of IT services and outsourcing. Mr. Rucker oversaw the successful sale of Nexl to publicly traded NASDAQ Company MTM Technologies, in 2005. Mr. Rucker is also the Principal owner of Porzia Properties, a national real estate investment firm, and Fulcrum FXT, a global asset management company. He has been featured on the cover of Computer Reseller News and served on various technology industry councils including those for Sun Microsystems, EMC and Hewlett Packard. Mr. Rucker is a trustee at The Pingree School, The Brookwood School and on the advisory board for Citizens for Adequate Housing and Kids Kicking Cancer. He is a significant supporter of the Wellspring House, Beverly Bootstraps, EMARC, Haven from Hunger and many other not for profit organizations. Mr. Rucker resides on the North Shore of Massachusetts with his wife and 5 children. Mr. Rucker holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations from Tufts University.

Mr. Rucker and his family are rabid hockey fans and they will be found cheering on the RailersHC once the puck drops in 2017!

Susan Rucker

Owner

Railers HC Management

Mike Myers

President

Prior to coming on board with the Railers HC, Myers spent all 9 seasons with the AHL Worcester Sharks as Senior Director of Business and Community Development. Myers made a significant impact in Central Massachusetts over that time overseeing an award winning community relations department while also becoming a fixture in Worcester County’s business landscape. Prior to his work with the Sharks, Myers owned and operated Myers Mask Design in Worcester. He built a reputation as one of the country’s top mask designers over 11 years, having designed and painted masks for NHL greats such as former Conn Smythe winners Cam Ward and Bill Ranford, and NHL All-Stars Olaf Kolzig, Jonathan Quick and Dwaye Roloson. Myers painted a mask for Josh Harding of the Minnesota Wild that was voted “Mask of the Decade” by Sports Illustrated (SI.com) in 2010.

Myers continues to actively serve on the boards of several non-profits throughout the area including: The Nativity School of Worcester, Devereux of Rutland and Rainbow Child Development Center of Worcester.

A varsity hockey goalie and lacrosse player at Assumption College from 1989-1993, Myers served as lacrosse team captain during his junior and senior years. The four-year letterman received hockey’s Specialty Award in 1990 and Most Improved player honors in 1993. After graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree as a double major in Psychology/Spanish and a minor in Art, Myers attended training camp for the Hampton Roads Admirals (ECHL) in 1993 and South Carolina Stingrays (ECHL) in 1994.

The Assumption graduate returned to his alma mater, serving as the Greyhounds’ hockey assistant coach from 1999 through 2005. As a USA Hockey Level 3 Coach, Myers has spent the last 10 years coaching over 17 youth hockey teams in the Junior Sharks Organization. He is currently the Head coach of the 2005 AAA Elite and Assistant coach of the 2002 AAA Elite and Mite II teams.

Myers resides in Worcester with his wife Ann and three sons: Matthew (14), Damon (11) and John (6).

michaelm@railershc.com

Railers HC Staff

Eric Lindquist

Vice President of Marketing and Communications

Eric Lindquist joins the Worcester Railers HC as the Vice President of Marketing and Communications after spending the last nine seasons with the San Jose Sharks AHL affiliates in San Jose and Worcester.  Lindquist spent eight years with the Worcester Sharks as the club’s director of public relations and  broadcasting which included calling the action for the 2009 AHL All-Star Game in Worcester.

The native of North Andover, MA is a veteran of over 900 games on TV and radio in the AHL and ECHL with San Jose, Worcester, Long Beach, and Lowell. Lindquist has over 15 years of experience in professional sports with a focus in marketing, public relations, hockey operations, broadcasting, and sales.

Eric is a graduate of Northeastern University where he called the action for the Huskies men’s hockey and baseball teams for two seasons. A game show fanatic, Eric has also won $60,000 on Wheel of Fortune and won the Showcase Showdown on the Price is Right (with Bob Barker) and is looking forward on having hockey back at the DCU Center in October 2017!

EricL@railershc.com

Mike Fisher

Director of HC Memberships

Mike joins the Railers for his 10th season in hockey.  Starting franchises in both Prescott Valley, AZ (Sundogs) and Independence, MO (Mavericks) along with a stop in Indiana (IceMen), the Railers are his 4th professional hockey team.
Married to his wife, Tiffany, Mike also has a young son Jax.  A graduate of Colorado State University, Mike is excited to be back on the east coast after being born in New Jersey and growing up in Trumbull, CT.  Married in Stone Harbor, NJ Mike spent most of his summers growing up on the jersey shore.

mikef@railershc.com

Leah Motsis

Sponsor Membership Manager

Leah Motsis joined the Worcester Railers HC as the Sponsor Membership Manager in April of 2016 after spending six years at the DCU Center as the advertising and sponsorship sales manager and group sales coordinator.

The native of Holden, MA will focus on developing corporate sponsorships and building connections throughout central Massachusetts.  Leah is active in the business community as she is on the Board of Directors for the Worcester Executives Association.

Leah is a graduate of Westfield State University with a bachelor’s degree in Art and currently resides in West Boylston with her husband Chris, daughter Calista and cats Krejci and Chara.

LeahM@railershc.com

Andrew Nawn

Manager of Group Sales and HC Memberships

Andrew Nawn joins the Worcester Railers HC as the Manager of Group Sales and HC Memberships after spending the last 18 months with the Florida Panthers as a group ticket sales executive where he spearheaded several new ticket initiatives. Nawn previously spent three and a half years with the Worcester Sharks as a youth hockey ticket specialist and a public relations intern.

The native of Auburn, MA will focus on developing youth hockey throughout central Massachusetts and oversee all group sales for the Railers. Andrew is a graduate of Framingham State University with a bachelor’s degree in Corporate Communications. Nawn was a forward for the Auburn Rockets varsity high school team.

AndrewN@RailersHC.com

Adam Bryant

Office Manager, Business Administration

Adam Bryant joins the Worcester Railers HC as the Office Manager, Business Administration after spending the last 10 years with the United States Department of Defense as a staff administrative assistant. Adam continues to serve with the US Army Reserve as a First Sergeant specializing in Transportation Operation. He previously spent three tours of duty in Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2004-05, 2008-09, and 2010-11.

The native of Hermann, MO has spent the last five years on the East Coast which included an internship with the Connecticut Sun in 2016 and a one year temporary assignment in Staten Island, NY. Adam has a bachelor’s degree from Southern New Hampshire University in Sports Management and looks forward to starting a new career in the sports industry.

AdamB@RailersHC.com

Jillian Witkowski

Community Development Coordinator

Jillian Witkowski joined the Worcester Railers HC as the Community Development Coordinator in June of 2016 right after graduating from Worcester State University with a bachelor’s degree in Communications.

The native of Leicester, MA was a two-star athlete at WSU in softball and soccer. Jill was selected as the Lancer Student Athlete of the Year in 2016 for her leadership, dedication, and involvement in the Lancer community.  Witkowski also volunteered for multiple organizations and interned with the WSU’s sports information department.

“Community Jill” will oversee and implement all Railers community development efforts which includes all events with mascot TRAX.  Jill is looking forward to continue being a part of the Worcester community as she begins her career in the sports industry.

JillianW@railershc.com

Tymmothy Dore

Membership Executive

Tymmothy Dore joined the Worcester Railers HC as a Membership Executive in May of 2016 after spending the previous five years with the United States Marine Corps.  Tym traveled throughout the United States and Eastern Asia as a machine gun specialist while working his way up to the rank of Sergeant before exiting his military service.

The native of Shelbourne Falls, MA will focus on growing the Railers membership base while maximizing member experience throughout the year.

Dore is currently attending Harvard University working towards receiving a bachelor’s degree in economics. He played junior hockey with the Springfield Pics and enjoys fresh water fishing. Tym and his wife Emily have one son named Henry and currently reside in Southbridge, MA.

tymmothyd@railershc.com