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

Mike Myers was named president of the Worcester Railers HC on May 20, 2016 after spending nine seasons with the AHL’s 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 where he built a reputation as one of the country’s top mask designers for 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 Dwayne Roloson. Myers painted a mask for Josh Harding of the Minnesota Wild that was voted “Mask of the Decade” by Sports Illustrated in 2010.

Mike 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 1989-93 he graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree with a double major in Psychology/Spanish and a minor in Art.

Myers attended ECHL training camps with the Hampton Roads Admirals in 1993 and the South Carolina Stingrays in 1994. The Assumption graduate returned to his alma mater, serving as the Greyhounds’ hockey assistant coach from 1999-2005. As a USA Hockey Level 3 Coach, Mike has spent the last 11 years coaching over 17 youth hockey teams in the Junior Sharks and Junior Railers 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 (15), Damon (12) and John (7).

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

David Gwozdz

Director of Retail and Merchandise Operations

David Gwozdz joins the Worcester Railers HC as the Director of Retail and Merchandise Operations after spending the last two years working for Delaware North at the TD Garden as the Assistant Retail Manager. While at the Garden, Gwozdz was responsible for purchasing and receiving Boston Bruins and Boston Celtics apparel, hiring, training, and managing all store supervisors and associates.

The Ludlow, MA native previously worked as the Merchandise Manager for the Worcester Tornadoes (CAN-AM) for two years before joining the Worcester Sharks (AHL) in 2006 as the Merchandise Manager. He worked for the Sharks for nine seasons as the Merchandise Manager, in addition to Finance Manager in his ninth season with the team.

David is a graduate of Western New England University, where he received his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration in 2004.

Leah Motsis

Manager of Corporate Partnerships

Leah Motsis joined the Worcester Railers HC as the Manager of Corporate Partnerships 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

Paul Harris

Community Relations Coordinator

Paul Harris joins the Worcester Railers HC after spending the previous four years as an intern with the AHL club in Springfield, MA where he worked closely with the game operations staff and front office.

The 21-year-old native of Shrewsbury, MA graduated from Western New England University with a bachelor’s degree in Sport Management and Marketing where he served as vice president of the Sport Management Association. Harris recruited fellow students to engage in the Springfield community while working for the Center for Civic Engagement and volunteered his time at several community events which included Project Favela in Rio de Janeiro.

Harris is a graduate of St. John’s High School in Shrewsbury where he served as the Co-President of the Leaders of Tomorrow volunteer and leadership group.

Please contact Paul Harris at PaulH@RailersHC.com with any questions regarding the Railers HC community efforts.

Katie Arsenault

Marketing and Game Operations Coordinator

Katie Arsenault joins the Worcester Railers HC as the marketing and game operations coordinator after spending the last five years working with the game night control room staff with the Boston Bruins and the Boston Celtics.  Arsenault brings a vast amount of experience including working as a graphics operator with the New England Revolution and New England Patriots.

A native of Wilmington, MA, Arsenault previously worked with Comcast SportsNet New England as a graphics operator and has acted as a freelance graphics operator for various productions throughout New England.  Katie received her bachelor’s degree in Communication & Journalism from Suffolk University.

KatieA@RailersHC.com

Tom Matthews

Public Relations and Social Media Coordinator

Tom Matthews joins the Worcester Railers HC as the public relations and social media coordinator after spending the previous nine months with Worcester Magazine as a reporter and social media coordinator.  While at Worcester Magazine, Matthews received two first place awards in reporting and photography by the New England Newspaper & Press Association and oversaw their social media channels.

A native of Worcester, MA, Matthews was previously a contributing editor/writer with the Worcester Journal and received his bachelor’s degree in English from Clark University where he received the James Bogdanoff ’82 Fellowship Award for journalism excellence.  The 22-year-old graduated from St. John’s High School in Shrewsbury, MA where he played varsity football.

TomM@RailersHC.com

Tymmothy Dore

Senior Account Executive, Tickets & Memberships

Tymmothy Dore was promoted to Senior Account Executive, Tickets and Memberships in April 2017 after joining the Worcester Railers HC as a Membership Executive in May of 2016. Before joining the Railers, Tym spent 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

Connor Haynes

Account Executive, Tickets & Memberships

Connor Haynes joined the Worcester Railers HC as a Account Executive, Tickets and Memberships in April of 2017 after spending the previous nine months with the Providence Bruins as a sales associate of groups and partnerships.  Haynes also has previous experience as an intern for the Copa America international soccer tournament and spent 12 months as an intern for the Sports Information Department at Worcester State University.

The 23-year-old native of Sutton, MA graduated from Nichols College with a bachelor’s degree in Sports Management where he received the Zeta Alpha Phi Award for outstanding achievement in sports management. Connor was also a kicker for the Nichol’s varsity football team and earned NCAA honor roll honors his junior and senior years.

Haynes is a graduate of St. Peter-Marian where he served as the captain for the boys’ soccer varsity team and made the All-Central Mass team his senior year. Connor is a huge Boston sports fan and currently lives in Sutton.

ConnorH@RailersHC.com

Cody D. Wasilewski

Account Executive, Tickets & Memberships

Cody joins the Worcester Railers HC as a Account Executive, Tickets and Memberships after spending the previous five months with the Boston College Eagles as a marketing intern.

The 21-year-old native of Tolland, CT graduated from Nichols College with a bachelor’s degree in Sports Management in May of 2017. While at Nichols, Cody worked in the admissions department and was a member of the Men’s Soccer team.

Wasilewski is a graduate of Tolland High School where he played varsity soccer.

CodyW@RailersHC.com

Victoria Martinelli

Team Accountant

Victoria Martinelli joins the Worcester Railers HC as the Team Accountant after spending the last three years working for Brace Integrated Services, Inc., where she supported the accounting and administrative efforts.

The Grafton, MA native worked as the Bookkeeper and Office Manager for Diamond Thermal Systems, Inc., before it was acquired by Brace Integrated Services. After the acquisition, Victoria was promoted to Accounting and Administration support, where she worked closely with the corporate office CEO, maintained accounts receivable and accounts payable, and oversaw all financial matters.

Victoria is a graduate of Johnson & Wales, where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Accounting in 2013.

VictoriaM@RailersHC.com

Jacqueline Avola

Corporate Fulfillment

Jacqueline Avola joins the Worcester Railers HC as an official staff member after interning for the Railers during the spring 2017 semester and working part-time over the course of the summer of 2017. Jackie will assist Corporate Partnerships in her Corporate Fulfillment position.

The 21-year-old native of Westborough, MA is currently a senior at Assumption College, where she will graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Communication in the spring of 2018.  She is minoring in both Sports Management and French, and will graduate with an Honors Program certificate after completing her capstone thesis on social media’s effect on the business of sports. Jacqueline was inducted into the National French Honors Society Pi Delta Phi during the spring of her sophomore year, and presently serves as the Publicity/Social Media Chair of Assumption Against Cancer. She also serves as the Head Event Assistant and Sales & Community Outreach Manager at Sky Zone in Westborough, MA.

Jacqueline’s love of hockey is derived from her passion and dedication to the Boston Bruins.

JackieA@RailersHC.com

Amanda Daniels

Ticket and Service Coordinator

Amanda Daniels joins the Worcester Railers HC as the Ticket and Service Coordinator after spending the last year as a marketing intern with the University of New Hampshire Athletics Department, where she focused on game day marketing operations. Amanda will work closely with the ticketing staff and be an integral part of executing ticketing services.

The 22-year-old Lincoln, Rhode Island native graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in Marketing. While at the University of New Hampshire, Amanda was a representative on the Student Athlete Advisory Council, where she worked with student athletes on community involvement through community service events on and off campus.

Amanda is also currently part of the Ticket Office Game Day Staff at Gillette Stadium, where she assists in the distribution of game day tickets.

AmandaD@RailersHC.com