Chris Lewis is in his sixth season as president and general manager, overseeing the organization’s business operations and managing the team’s affiliation relationships with the NHL’s New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack. Prior to coming to Greenville, Chris spent 16 years working in business development, sales and marketing roles in major league and minor league professional sports as well as NCAA Division I athletics. Lewis sits on the ECHL’s Board of Governors and has been a member of the League’s Marketing Committee for the past three seasons. Chris is also a member of the League’s Rules Committee after being invited to serve in 2014.
Lewis’ hockey experience includes stints at the NHL, AHL and ECHL levels and encompasses both team and league positions. Chris worked with the Washington Capitals from 1999-2007 and as Director of Marketing, led marketing, promotional, fan development, special event, partnership marketing, media partnership, advertising and grassroots marketing initiatives that resulted in marked increases in ticket and sponsorship sales as well as increased brand presence and media exposure.
Before his time in the NHL, Lewis served as the ECHL’s Assistant Director of Marketing from 1997-1999 and led the League’s team services efforts and on-ice licensing program. Chris also worked on the sponsorship sales effort that resulted in record growth in revenue and corporate partner affiliations.
During his time with the Philadelphia Phantoms (AHL, 1996-97), Chris was the lead ticket sales account executive. He created and implemented various corporate ticket sales programs and helped the team draw numerous crowds of over 17,000 during its inaugural season.
Chris also spent time with the NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles corporate sales and service team and worked on numerous presentations aimed at increasing the club’s sponsorship and premium seat sales revenues.
From 2007-2012, Lewis led the business development efforts for Binghamton University’s NCAA Division I Athletics program, setting new benchmarks for development revenue and donor participation during his tenure with the program.
Chris is active in the Greenville community serving as a board member and Special Projects Chair for the Greenville Zoo Foundation. Lewis is also a member of the board for the Blue Ridge Council of the Boy Scouts of America and has been selected as a member of Leadership Greenville’s Class 44. Chris spent three years as a member of the VisitGreenvilleSC Board of Directors and has also served as an Ambassador for the Children’s Museum of the Upstate. Chris and his wife, Diane, are active members of Covenant United Methodist Church and serve in a variety of capacities. Born and raised on Long Island, Chris holds a Bachelor’s degree from Villanova University, and a Master’s degree from Springfield College. Chris and Diane have two children.
Megan Dotson is in her seventh season with the Swamp Rabbits and currently serves as Chief Marketing Officer (CMO). She joined the team as the Client Services and Marketing Manager for the 2011-12 campaign and was responsible for implementing team partner contracts and coordinating sponsorship elements, while also coordinating all game day operations and staffing.
Following the season, Megan was named Director of Marketing and held that title until this past May when she was promoted to Chief Marketing Officer.
Prior to joining Greenville, Megan spent two seasons as the Manager of Game Entertainment, Community Relations and Marketing with the Arena Football League’s Cleveland Gladiators.
A native of Brunswick, Ohio, Megan graduated from Notre Dame College with a Bachelor of Arts in sport management and a minor in management. She enjoys attending sporting events, playing soccer and spending time with friends and family in her free time.
Fran Jameson is in her sixth season with the Swamp Rabbits as Vice President of Business Administration. She handles all of the finances, accounting and day-to-day operations for the front office staff and team. Previously, Fran worked in banking and advertising, as well as being the office manager for an architect, interior designer and a custom home builder.
A Greenville native, Fran graduated from Columbia College with Bachelor of Arts degrees in business and sociology. In her spare time, she enjoys painting/drawing, specializing in pet portraits, gardening and reading.
Fran is married with two daughters, a son-in-law and two grandchildren.
Stacey joined the Swamp Rabbit team in 2012 as Ticket Operations Coordinator. She served in that role until May of 2014 when she was promoted to Manager of Ticket Operations and Customer Service.
Stacey handles all the day to day ticketing needs and orders. She also coordinates with the CRO on budget and daily numbers. Spreadsheets are her specialty and the Swamp Rabbits give her the opportunity to create one for multiple purposes.
Stacey joined the team with 10 years experience in the box office at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena working with Ticketmaster and Customer Service as a supervisor.
A native of Greenville, Stacey enjoys spending time with her two teenagers and husband. She loves cheering on her kids at swimming and soccer. Any time that is left you can find Stacey cooking, reading or sewing.
Tim Rankin joined the Swamp Rabbits in April of 2015 as the Director of New Business Development, working to develop corporate partnerships with local and regional businesses and services. Tim spent the last nine years working as a VP in sales, marketing and business development in the healthcare industry providing various services to firefighters, police officers and industrial businesses. Previous experience also includes private security and restaurant management.
A Greenville native since 1980, Tim graduated from Lander University with a degree in business and marketing. When they aren’t at Little League baseball games or dance rehearsals and recitals, Tim and his wife, Jessie, enjoy traveling, cooking, attending sporting events and spending time with friends and family. Tim has a son and a daughter, Shives and Avery.
Brian Tosti joined the Swamp Rabbits in September of 2016 as the Director of Broadcasting and Media Relations, becoming the voice of the Greenville Swamp Rabbits. His main role includes cultivating and maintaining local and national media relationships to generate coverage for the organization locally and regionally. Tosti also generates new written and broadcast content for the team’s website.
Prior to his move to Greenville, Tosti spent two years with the Bloomington Thunder in the United States Hockey League (USHL) as the Public Relations Coordinator & Sales Representative. His time in Bloomington also included assisting in the expansion of the new organization in 2014. Brian came to Bloomington from the Chicago Blackhawks’ primary development affiliate, the Rockford IceHogs, where he was a member of the American Hockey League team’s Broadcasting department.
In 2013, Tosti graduated from the State University of New York, at Oswego with a BA in Broadcasting/Mass Communication. During his four years at the school, he served as the Sports Director for Oswego’s campus TV station (WTOP-10) as well as the play-by-play voice for a variety of sports, including hockey.
The Clifton Park, NY native is an avid hockey player who also enjoys tennis, golf, and volleyball. He roots for his home-state teams, most importantly the New York Rangers and New York Giants.
James Kalinowski is in his fourth season with the Swamp Rabbits as Community Engagement Coordinator. He serves as the liaison between the team and all local schools and is also responsible for assisting in the development of community partnerships and facilitating parts of the internship program.
Prior to joining the Swamp Rabbits, James spent three years as a student marketing assistant for Coastal Carolina University Athletics. He graduated from Coastal Carolina in December of 2014 with a Bachelor’s degree in recreation and sports management.
A native of Wingdale, New York, James enjoys watching New York sports teams and playing video games in his free time.
Ian Farrell joined the Swamp Rabbits as the Graphic Design Coordinator in July of 2017.
A native of Daytona Beach, FL, he attended USC Upstate as a student-athlete for two years and The Ramp School of Ministry for two years. Prior to joining the Swamp Rabbits, Ian worked for KSTV as a graphic designer. He worked with many high-profile clients while at KSTV, including FOX Sports 1 and UFC.
His greatest passion is Jesus. Stemming out of that, he loves global missions and traveling. In his free time he enjoys hiking, playing sports, and spending time with friends.
Kaitlyn joined the Swamp Rabbits as the Video Production Coordinator in June of 2016. She started with the team her final semester of college as a part-time video intern and transitioned into a full-time Video Production Intern role for the 2015-16 season. Kaitlyn also works with ESPN during college football and basketball season as a Utility/Grip.
A Greenville native, Kaitlyn graduated from Bob Jones University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and Mass Communications in May of 2015.
In her free time, she enjoys photography, running, and spending time watching Netflix.
Cory Elwood joined the Swamp Rabbits staff in August of 2016. In his current role, Cory is responsible for the designing, purchasing, and managing of the teams merchandise, as well as staffing the team store, the Hop Shop.
Prior to joining the Swamp Rabbits, Cory worked as a sales manager for a headwear company in Colorado. He received his degree in Sport Industry Operations from Metropolitan State University in Denver. In his spare time, Cory enjoys spending time with his wife Jasmine, and their two dogs, Jack and Calypso, as well as playing hockey and rooting for his hometown Colorado teams.
Charlie Hall is in his second season as the Swamp Rabbits Fan Development Coordinator. His main responsibilities include working with local youth hockey organizations and educating The Upstate communities about the sport of hockey. He is in charge of coordinating the Swamp Rabbits special events and player appearances. It is also very common for him to be seen in the community with everyone’s favorite Swamp Rabbit, Stomper.
An Atlanta, Georgia native, Hall graduated from Georgia Southern University with a BS in Sports Management with a minor in Business in May of 2016. He was also a defenseman for the GSU Men’s Lacrosse Team for 4 years.
Before coming to the Swamp Rabbits, Charlie interned with the Atlanta Gladiators, Gwinnett Braves and Savannah Sports Council. In his spare time he enjoys playing golf and cheering on his hometown Atlanta Braves.
Patrick Innes joined the team as an Account Executive in March of 2017.
From the Greenville area, Patrick graduated from Winthrop University with a degree in Finance. He is currently working towards his Masters of Business at Clemson University
Prior to joining the Swamp Rabbits, Patrick was enlisted in the army for 6 years as an infantryman that was a part of a sniper unit in Fort Bragg, NC.
Patrick spends most of his free time with his fiancée Jessica and their son Carson, but also enjoys taking part or watching sports of all kinds in his free time as well as brewing craft beer as a hobby.
Brandon Noble joined the Swamp Rabbits as an Account Executive in April of 2017. This came after completing his internship with the team during his final semester of college.
A Potsdam, NY native, Brandon graduated from the State University of New York at Cortland in May of 2017 with a B.S. degree in Sport Management. He also attended Jefferson Community College in NY for two years and played baseball for the school.
Prior to joining the Swamp Rabbits, Brandon gained experience in collegiate athletics and interned with multiple minor league sports teams including the Auburn Doubledays of the New York-Penn League. He enjoys playing hockey and other sports, as well as hiking and traveling. He also enjoys watching Ottawa Senators hockey, Syracuse basketball, and Yankees baseball.
Nicholas Czerow joined the Swamp Rabbits as an Account Executive in August of 2017 following an internship with the team.
An Oswego, NY native, Nicholas attended the State University of New York at Cortland. There he received his Bachelor of Science in Sport Management in May of 2017. Prior to SUNY Cortland, Nicholas attended Cayuga Community College where he received his Associates of Applied Science in Telecommunications: Radio and Television Broadcast.
Nicholas worked as a Promotional Assistant for Galaxy Communications in Syracuse, NY before joining the Swamp Rabbits. His range of experience comes from multiple internships and other hands-on experience. Nicholas spent time as a Marketing Assistant for the Greenville Swamp Rabbits, Event Operations Assistant for Fulton and Brewerton Speedway, and Production Assistant for live radio and television broadcasts.
Nicholas’ passion for sports and entertainment began at a young age by watching Syracuse basketball games with his parents and attending races at the Oswego Speedway (Steel Palace). Nicholas brings his passion to the Greenville Swamp Rabbits to provide joy to Upstate South Carolina through the influence of professional ice hockey. In his spare time Nicholas enjoys being with family, hanging out with dogs, following Syracuse Orange athletics, playing sports, and attending sprint car, supermodified, and NASCAR races.