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Dustin Bixby

Vice President of New Media Sales & Communications

Dustin begins his ninth season with the Gladiators. A recipient of the ECHL's American Conference Media Relations Director of the year award for the 2006-07 season, he has been in the broadcast booth for the Gladiators since the organization relocated to Gwinnett from Mobile, AL. For the seventh season in a row, Dustin will be calling the Gladiators action on WDUN, News Talk 550 and online at wdun.com. The Gladiators radio broadcasts on WDUN 550 AM were named best Sports Play-By-Play for a Class B radio station in Georgia by the AP for 2005.

Prior to joining the Gladiators, Dustin was the Director of Broadcasting and Media Relations Director with the Baton Rouge Kingfish (now the Victoria Salmon Kings) during the 2002-03 season. He got his start in hockey during the organization's final season in Mobile as the Mysticks director of Broadcasting and Media relations in 2001-02. A native of Crofton, Maryland, Dustin graduated from the Universtiy of Delaware with a degree in Mass Communication in January of 2001. Dustin and his wife Jessica reside in Lawrenceville with their two cats, Milton and Tessa.

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Joe Gelderman

Vice President of Sales

The 2011-2012 season will mark Joe’s 9th with the Gladiators, and third as Vice-President of Sales. Prior to the 09-10 season Joe served as the Director of Operations for the Gladiators. Joe began his career in sports as the director of ticketing and promotions for the Rio Grande Valley WhiteWings of the independant Central Baseball League. From there Joe moved on to gain valuable experience in Knoxville Tennessee while working for the Tennessee Smokies of the AA Southern League.

He is a graduate of the esteemed University of Georgia with a degree in Sports Studies with an emphasis in business. Joe is responsible for overseeing all Gladiators sales efforts. Joe currently resides in Gainesville with his wife and daughter.

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Dave Foley

Associate Broadcaster/Video Coordinator

The 2011-12 season will mark David’s second with the Gladiators. Last season he was the Media Relations/Broadcasting assistant, handling the road broadcasts and various other media responsibilities. This season he will again be covering all the road games, and will also be the Video Services Coordinator for the Gladiators.

David started his career in professional sports in 2009-10 as a Media Relations/Broadcasting intern with the back-to-back South Atlantic League Champion Lakewood BlueClaws (Single A baseball- Philadelphia Phillies).

A Doylestown, PA native, he graduated from the University of Southern California majoring in Broadcast Journalism with a Communications minor and is a loyal Trojan supporter and Philly sports fan (he did not, however, throw batteries at J.D. Drew or snowballs at Santa Claus.)  Some of his favorite sports memories were witnessing Wayne Gretzky’s record-setting 802nd career goal while with the Los Angeles Kings, being in Florida for USC’s 55-19 thrashing of the Oklahoma Sooners in the 2005 BCS Championship Game, and jumping on the bandwagon to see the Philadelphia Phillies win the World Series in 2008.

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Dave Grassman

Ticket Account Executive

The 2011-12 season will be Dave’s second with the Gladiators as a Ticket Account Executive. In addition to his responsibilities as an Account Executive he will be working closely with the local youth hockey community as well as other youth sports organizations. Prior to joining the Gladiators, Dave spent a season as an Intern for the Green Bay Gamblers of the USHL. He graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2008. Dave was born in Shawano, Wisconsin and is a die-hard Packer, Brewer and Gopher fan.

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Honey Greene

Office Coordinator / Bookkeeper

Honey joined the Gladiators team during the 2010 season. She is a Graduate of the University of Alabama with a degree in Hospitality Management. Roll Tide! She grew up in the Atlanta area and graduated from Tucker High School. She got her first taste of the ice while taking figure skating lessons at the Omni Hotel and attending Atlanta Flames games as a kid.

At the University of Alabama, she was a member of the Million Dollar Band and continues her passion for music while playing with the Metro Jazz Club here in Gwinnett. Honey currently lives in Lilburn with her husband, two children and two dogs.

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Jim Hall

Director of Community Relations

A lifetime fan of hockey who first laced on the skates at the age of 6 or 7, Jim Hall brings a love for the game as well as a passion for our Community. Throughout the season, he can be found reading or tutoring at local schools, making team appearances, and helping to keep our friend Maximus out of trouble. As a Community Volunteer, he has served on the Duluth Fall Festival Committee for 18 years, Co-Chairing the event in 2000 and 2003. He has been an active member of the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce and is a graduate of the "Leadership Gwinnett" Class of 2005. In January, 2010, he “retired” from the Duluth City Council, a seat he held for eight years. With more spare time, Hall now proudly serves on the Duluth High School “Marching Band Boosters Board” and the Chattahoochee Elementary “School Council.” In addition, he can be found at local Roller Hockey Rinks, where both of his sons are active participants in Youth Leagues. A graduate of Georgia State University in Atlanta where he helped organize the first GSU Ice Hockey Team in 1977 and a 23 year resident of Gwinnett County, he resides in Duluth with his wife Julie and their two sons, Charlie and Evan.

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Patrick  Houlihan

Equipment Manager

Patrick “Hoops” Houlihan begins his ninth year with the Gladiators organization, having worked for the Mobile Mysticks during the 2000-01 season. Patrick has also worked for the Greensboro Generals, the Albany River Rats of the AHL, the Beast of New Haven of the AHL, and the Trenton Titans.

Christina  Johnson

Director of Merchandise / Assoc. Director of Game Ops

Christina begins her ninth season with the Gladiators and eighth as Merchandise Director. A graduate of Georgia State University, she majored in Broadcast Journalism and began her career in sports as a Media Relations intern during the team's inaugural year. Christina undertakes a new role for 2011-2012 as the Associate Director of Game Operations in addition to her work in Merchandise, Coporate Sales, Ticket & Group Sales, Organizational Event Coordination and Social Media, where she contributes regularly to the team's Facebook page and manages the Gladiators twitter account.

A rare true native of Atlanta, she possesses a die-hard love of the Texas Longhorns. Inspired by the unorthodox combination of having grown up in the south and a crazy passion for the frozen sport of hockey, Christina got her hockey start going to Atlanta Knights games at the old Omni and Jacksonville Lizard Kings games in Florida. Currently residing in Lawrenceville, she is often spotted zooming around town while rocking out.

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Christopher Leverett

Ticket Account Executive

Christopher Leverett worked for the Gladiators from 2006-2009 and returned in 2010 after a year spent working with the Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs. No stranger to the sports world, Christopher has previously worked as an Assistant Sports Information Director at Norfolk State University (Norfolk, Va.) where he served as the media liaison for the women’s basketball, volleyball, men’s and women’s tennis and track teams.

A graduate of the Game Face Academy, Christopher is originally from Jackson, Michigan. He graduated from Albion College with a degree in English and Mass Communications. While at Albion, he worked in the sports information office and served as the sports editor for the school newspaper. He also interned with Sports Illustrated in New York, New York. Christopher, who resides in Duluth, is an avid fan of both Michigan State and Duke.

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Mike Miller

Director of Corporate Sales

Mike is entering his 9th season in Gwinnett and his 14th year in professional hockey. Prior to Gwinnett, he had stints with Bakersfield (ECHL) and New Mexico (CHL). As Director of Corporate Sales, Mike is responsible for development and retention of corporate partnerships, the creation and management of corporate advertising inventory, and assisting in production of sales/marketing materials.

Mike completed his Bachelor of Science in Finance from Monmouth University (NJ) and went on to receive his Masters in Sports Administration from Georgia State University.

During his free time you will find him on the tennis courts around Atlanta. Originally from Tampa, Florida, Mike now resides in Cumming with his wife Allison and their sons Sebastian and Asher.

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Chris Peace

Director of Marketing

Chris begins his 16th season in professional hockey. In addition to serving as public address announcer, Chris is responsible for coordinating the Gladiators game presentation operations and is responsible for production management of team marketing and advertising. He has over 20 years experience as a sports marketing consultant and PA Announcer in hockey, baseball, football, basketball, boxing, and motorsports. Chris is also a freelance film/video producer and narrator, and the voice of numerous television and radio commercials. During the development of the Space Shuttle program in the 1980's, Chris worked as a writer/producer for NASA with Rockwell International. He is also a former television news anchor, sportscaster, and disc jockey.

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Tara  Sipma

Ticket Account Executive

Tara is in her sixth season with the Gladiators. Before coming to Atlanta she worked with teams in New York, Philadelphia, and Minnesota. She is originally from Okoboji, Iowa where all her family still lives.

Having graduated from the University of Northern Iowa, Tara majored in Liberal Arts with an emphasis in communication and athletic training. She is a huge fan of the Minnesota Vikings and never misses a football game.

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Kim  Yood

Ticket Account Executive

Kim joins the Gladiators for her first season as a Ticket Account Executive. She is responsible for all ticketing and Ticketmaster relations in addition to selling season ticket and group ticket package.

Kim is a native of Georgia who graduated from West Georgia University and scares easily.

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