Railers HC Front Office Staff

Railers HC Ownership

Cliff and Susan Rucker

Owners

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 at almost every home game at the DCU Center!

Railers HC Management

Stephanie Ramey

President

Stephanie Ramey was named president of the Worcester Railers HC on May 11, 2020, bringing with her more than fifteen years of sales, marketing and business experience.

Ramey is a tremendous supporter of the City of Worcester and has been a key-player in the economic development of the region. Prior to her work with the Railers, she served as the Executive Director of Discover Central Massachusetts. Under her leadership, the tourism bureau launched a variety of comprehensive marketing campaigns promoting the Central Mass. region as a premiere event and leisure destination. Ramey has been an active contributor to the Worcester Economic Development Coordinating Council and has been involved in the creation and execution of the city’s cultural plan.

As president of the Railers, Ramey oversees all sales, financial reporting and marketing with a focus on developing the Railers brand and business in central Massachusetts.

Stephanie graduated from Worcester State University in 2008 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication and Media Studies.

Michael G. Myers

Chief Operating Officer

Mike Myers was named COO of the Worcester Railers HC on May 11, 2020 after serving as team president since May 2016. Under his leadership, the Railers were recognized as one of the premier teams in the ECHL which included winning the 2018-19 ECHL Community Service Award, finishing top three in corporate sales revenues in each of the last three seasons, and finishing in the top five in overall group sales. Myers was also named a finalist for the ECHL Executive of the Year in 2018 and 2019. Under his role as COO, he is responsible for all aspects of hockey operations, ticket sales, game day operations, and overseeing the Railers HC Foundation.

Before working with the Railers he spent 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, Damon and John.

Railers HC Staff

David Gwozdz

Director of Merchandise Operations

David Gwozdz joined the Railers HC after spending the previous two years as the Assistant Retail Manager at TD Garden with Delaware North working Bruins games, Celtics games and concerts. The Ludlow, MA native also worked as the Merchandise Manager for the Worcester Tornadoes (CAN-AM) before joining the Worcester Sharks (AHL) in 2006, where he spent nine seasons. David is a graduate of Western New England University where he studied business.

Favorite Spot in Worcester: Hanover Insurance Park at Fitton Field
Favorite Sports Team: 88-89 Bad Boys
Dream Dinner Guest: Jess Whedon
Secret Talent: Movie quotes from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles & Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze

Connor Haynes

Director of Ticket Sales

Connor Haynes joined the Railers in April 2017 after spending the previous season with the Providence Bruins. The Sutton, Massachusetts native graduated from St. Peter-Marian as well as Nichols College where he studied sports management and received the Zeta Alpha Phi Award for outstanding achievement in sports management. While at Nichols, the football kicker interned with the Copa America international soccer tournament and Worcester State University’s Sports Information department. Connor enjoys helping his groups and members have the best Railers experience possible!

Favorite Spot in Worcester: Bay State Brewing Company
Favorite Sports Team : Boston Bruins
Dream Dinner Guest: Tom Brady
Hobbies: Soccer, Snowboarding, Running, PlayStation 4 and hanging out with his dog, Eabha

Joshua Harper

Manager of Corporate Partnerships

Josh Harper joined the Railers in January 2022 after serving as a salesman for the 24 Auto Group for five years. The Barrington, Rhode Island native has a degree in Sports Management.

Favorite Spot in Worcester: Fuel America
Favorite Sports Team: Dallas Cowboys
Dream Dinner Guest: Mark Wahlberg
Fun Fact: Won 3 NHL tournaments on Xbox

Julia Burkhardt

Manager of Corporate Fulfillment and Gameday Operations

Julia Burkhardt joined the Railers in August 2022 after spending time with the Worcester Red Sox and Massachusetts Pirates.  The North Brookfield, Massachusetts native graduated from Harvard University in 2020 with a degree in psychology and has a passion for mental health in the sports industry.  In her free time, she loves going to concerts, playing basketball or soccer, and travelling.

Favorite Spot in Worcester: Greater Good
Favorite Sports Team: Boston Celtics
Dream Dinner Guest: Harry Styles
Fun Fact: Has six cats and two dogs

Delaney Galbraith

Community Relations Coordinator

Delaney Galbraith joins the Railers after working with the Boston Bruins Foundation throughout the summer of ’22.  This D.C. native attended University of Alabama where she majored in advertising.  During her time at Alabama, she spent time as head of staff and marketing for their hockey team.

Favorite Spot in Worcester: Dunkins
Favorite Sports Team: Pittsburgh Penguins
Dream Dinner Guest: Troy Polamalu
Fun Fact: Voted most likely to survive the Hunger Games

Stephen Kando

Ticket Operations Coordinator

Stephen Kando joined the Railers in June 2021 after spending the previous four seasons with the Providence Bruins of the AHL. Prior to his time in Providence, he spent the 2016 season with the New Britain Bees of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball. The Smithfield, Rhode Island native graduated magna cum laude from the University of New Haven in 2016 with a Bachelors Degree in Sport Management. In his free time, Steve enjoys playing soccer and was on his college’s Ultimate Frisbee team.

Favorite Spot in Worcester: Wormtown Brewery
Favorite Sports Team: New England Patriots
Dream Dinner Guest: Tom Brady or Adam Sandler

Paul O’Leary

Ticket Account Executive

Paul O’Leary joined the Railers in May 2021 after serving as an Inside Sales Representative for JCSI. The Millbury, Massachusetts native graduated magna cum laude from Franklin Pierce University in 2020 where he majored in Sports Management and minored in Marketing.  His uncle, John Wiedeman, is the radio play-by-play announcer of the NHL’s Chicago Blackhawks; Wiedeman inspired him to start a career in working in professional hockey.

Favorite Spot in Worcester: Polar Park
Favorite Sports Team: Boston Bruins
Dream Dinner Guest: Conor McGregor

Bret Piotti

Ticket Account Executive

Bret Piotti joined the Railers in July 2022 after interning with the Louisville Bats AAA baseball club. The Wrentham, MA native graduated from the University of Louisville in 2019 with a bachelor’s degree in Sport Administration and will be completing his Master of Sport Administration in December of 2022. While at Louisville, Bret was a four-year member of the hockey team and captain his senior season.

Favorite Spot in Worcester: Worcester Common
Favorite Sports Team: Boston Bruins
Dream Dinner Guest: Brad Marchand
Fun Fact: I am a great chef!

Joshua DeMaio

Ticket Account Executive

Joshua joins the Railers in 2022 after spending time with the Kraft Sports and Entertainment Group.  The Cumberland Rhode Island native attended Nichols College in Dudley, MA where he majored in Sports Management.

Favorite Spot in Worcester: The Beer Garden
Favorite Sports Team: Boston Red Sox
Dream Dinner Guest: Robert Kraft
Fun Fact: Played rugby in college

Vinny Gentile

Ticket Account Executive

Vinny joins the Railers in 2022 after graduating from Saint Anselem where he majored in Business.  The Worcester, MA native previously attended St John’s High in Shrewsbury.

Favorite Spot in Worcester: The Mercantile
Favorite Sports Team: Boston Bruins

Dream Dinner Guest: Brad Pitt
Fun Fact: Has titanium and kevlar in his shoulder

Tim Foley

Broadcasting and Media Relations Coordinator

Tim joins the Railers in 2022 after being an intern with the team throughout the 2021-22 season where he worked alongside reigning ECHL Broadcaster of the Year Cam McGuire. .  The recent graduate of Fitchburg State University, called games for the FSU Athletics Department for four years. While at Fitchburg, he spent time working at 105.3FM and AM1280 WPKZ, acting as a play-by-play broadcaster, producer, show host, and voice-over talent. He spent the past two summers as a broadcaster for the Harwich Mariners of the Cape Cod Baseball League. He most recently served as the Director of Broadcasting & Media Relations for the Mariners during the summer of 2022.

Favorite Spot in Worcester: Bay State Brewery
Favorite Sports Team: Boston Bruins
Dream Dinner Guest: Roberto Luongo
Fun Fact: Can play the bongos