Chris Lewis is in his fifth season as president, 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 two 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 Friends of the Greenville Zoo. Lewis is also a member of the VisitGreenvilleSC Board of Directors as well as an Ambassador for the Children’s Museum of the Upstate. Additionally, 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.
Craig Purcell joined the Swamp Rabbits front office in April as Chief Revenue Officer (CRO). Purcell oversees all of the team’s revenue streams with a particular focus on tickets and corporate sponsorships. In addition, he places emphasis on developing new revenue streams and creating new and enhanced platforms to sell via the team’s ticket and sponsorship sales staffs.
Purcell’s resume includes more than 20 years of experience in the sports industry, with an extensive background in sales and marketing. He spent the last seven years as President of CSP Consulting, where he provided sponsorship sales consultation and revenue generation services for many professional sports organizations and media outlets including the Edmonton Oilers, Ottawa Senators, Buffalo Bills and Rogers Communications.
In addition, Purcell’s experience features nearly four years with the Oakland Raiders (Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing), two years with the Minnesota Timberwolves (Corporate Management Consultant) and more than eight years with the Ottawa Senators (Manager of Strategic Corporate and Technology Accounts).
A 1983 graduate of Centennial College in Toronto, Purcell majored in marketing and management. He is a fitness enthusiast who enjoys spending time outdoors, especially extreme trail running, and restoring antique automobiles.
Megan Dotson is in her sixth 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 fifth 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 grown daughters and two sons-in-law.
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.
Stacey enjoys spending time with her two teenagers and husband. She lovers 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 the 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.
Justin Gutkowski rejoined the Swamp Rabbits as the Director of Digital Marketing & Creative Services in May of 2016. Previously, Justin was the Digital and Creative Services Coordinator for the team during the 2014-15 season. In his current role, he is responsible for the team’s digital marketing, website, graphics, and video production.
After graduating from Arizona State University in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science degree in business management, Justin continued working for a marketing agency in Phoenix, Arizona. Within the marketing agency he served various different roles from web developer to project manager. In his spare time, he enjoys attending concerts, cooking, traveling, and rooting for his Phoenix sports teams.
James Kalinowski is in his third 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.
Dan LaLonde joined the team as an Account Executive in January of 2016.
Originally from Lake Pleasant, New York, Dan graduated from SUNY Plattsburgh with a degree in Communications before earning his Master’s of Sports Leadership from Northeastern University.
Prior to joining the Swamp Rabbits, Dan was a Ticket Sales Representative and Accountant for the Tri-City ValleyCats minor league baseball team in Troy, New York.
Dan spends most of his free time watching and playing sports, but also enjoys relaxing on the beach or taking in a good movie at the theater.
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.
Danny Bancroft joined the Swamp Rabbits as an Account Executive in July of 2016.
A native of Lockport, NY, he graduated from Niagara University with a Bachelors of Science in Sports Management in December of 2015.
Prior to joining the Swamp Rabbits, Danny interned with the University at Buffalo Bulls Football video coordinator. His passions are sports, the outdoors, and video games. In his free time he enjoys meeting new people, watching the Bills and Sabres play, and drinking good craft beer on a Saturday afternoon.
Mandy Ashen is originally from St. Louis, MO. She joined the Swamp Rabbits as the Entertainment and Promotions Coordinator in August 2016.
Before moving to South Carolina, Mandy attended Missouri State University in Springfield, Mo where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Organizational Communication with a minor in Marketing. During her time in St. Louis, Mandy worked with the St. Louis Blues in the Marketing department for two seasons.
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 joined the Swamp Rabbits staff as the first ever Fan Development Coordinator in August of 2016. His responsibilities revolve around increasing youth hockey participation and overall awareness of the sport in the Greenville and surrounding areas.
An Atlanta, Georgia Native, he graduated from Georgia Southern University with a BS in Sport 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 doing anything outdoors, playing golf and cheering on his hometown Atlanta Braves.