Daryl Katz – Owner, Oilers Entertainment Group

Born and raised in Edmonton, Daryl Katz grew up a passionate Oilers fan. He has a deep connection with the team’s rich history and is focused on creating the foundation for a winning tradition and bringing the Stanley Cup back to the City of Champions.

Away from the ice, Daryl has committed significant time, energy and capital to make his vision for a revitalized downtown Edmonton a reality. ICE District is an ambitious multi-billion dollar project that is transforming the heart of our downtown into a vibrant, walkable and sustainable sports and entertainment district, with a host of new commercial, residential and public amenities. With Rogers Place opening its doors this season, and the surrounding ICE District development well underway, we’re seeing an exciting rebirth of Edmonton’s urban core.

Daryl graduated from the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Law in 1985. In 1990, he founded the Katz Group, now one of Canada’s largest privately owned enterprises, which earlier this year announced the pending sale of its pharmacy business, Rexall Health. Katz Group will continue to invest in the growth of its three other lines of business: real estate, sports & entertainment, and private and public investments.

With a wide range of charitable activities, Mr. Katz is recognized as a leading philanthropist in Edmonton and beyond. In 2003, he was appointed to the Premier’s Council of Alberta’s Promise, an organization dedicated to improving the lives of Alberta’s children and youth. He is also a member of the Canadian Council of Chief Executives and was Co-Chair of the University of Alberta’s “Campaign 2008” – the largest fund raising campaign to that time in the university’s history. Daryl and his wife Renee are proud parents of Harrison and Chloe, co-founders of the Hockey Helps Kids charitable initiative.

Daryl has great passion for his hometown and its beloved Oilers, and great determination to contribute to the greater success of both.

Matthew Riley – President

RileyWebRiley is responsible for the growth and development of KG (US) Oilers Corp. and the Bakersfield Condors. Riley was previously the vice chairman for the ECHL Board of Governors Executive Committee, and also served on various other league committees.

He was instrumental in negotiations in the January 2014 purchase of the Condors by the Edmonton Oilers and the team’s elevation to the American Hockey League (AHL) in 2015-16 garnering their highest average attendance in over five seasons.

Now in their second AHL season, Riley was the driving force behind the organization’s grandiose plans for the Three-Way Chevrolet Condorstown Winterfest presented by Mission Bank to be held Dec. 21, 2016 – Jan. 7, 2017 outdoors at Bakersfield College’s Memorial Stadium. The event is expected to generate over $5 million for the local economy with the keynote event being the Condors v. Ontario on Jan. 7, 2017 in the ninth-ever AHL outdoor game all-time.

Another direct initiative during the AHL tenure was the adoption of the Junior Condors name for Bakersfield’s existing youth hockey program. The Condors bought and donated all jerseys in the program’s first year and will establish scholarship funding through the team’s Condors Community Foundation.

Riley was the second 2-time winner of the ECHL Executive of the Year (2006-07, 2013-14) Award and was runner-up on several occasions. He captured the WCHL Executive of the Year during his second season in 1999-2000, and the Condors won ten WCHL awards in five seasons under his leadership.

The Condors won 15 ECHL front office awards in their ten ECHL seasons, including the 2014 ECHL Award of Excellence in Marketing. The Condors have raised over $5 million for charitable organizations in Kern County during the last 18+ years.

Riley joined the organization late in 1997, when they were named the Bakersfield Fog, to execute the transition from the Bakersfield Convention Center to Bakersfield Centennial Garden (now known as Rabobank Arena). He took charge of the Condors in July of 1998, and in his first season at the helm, the Condors were named the West Coast Hockey League Organization of the Year. In 2001, his title was expanded to include President. During the summer of 2002, Riley was named the Acting Commissioner of the West Coast Hockey League, and he played a large role in the transition to the ECHL as well as closing down WCHL operations.

The Keokuk, Iowa, native previously served as the Executive Director of the Mobile (AL) BayBears Baseball Club, the class-AA Southern League affiliate of the San Diego Padres, and was integral in the construction of Hank Aaron Stadium, their home park. During their inaugural season in 1997, the BayBears led the Southern League in attendance. He also served as General Manager with the Mobile BaySharks Baseball Club, Assistant General Manager of the Chattanooga (TN) Lookouts (Southern League) and interned for the St. Louis Cardinals Baseball Club. Riley is a graduate of Nebraska Wesleyan University with a degree in communications. He earned a master’s degree in sport management from the United States Sports Academy in Daphne, Alabama.

Riley is very active Bakersfield’s youth hockey and baseball programs. He and his wife, Teri, reside in Bakersfield with their son, Landon.

Favorite Condors of All-Time:  Paul Rosebush, Sean Venedam

Favorite Condors Moment:  Mikella McAuley Jersey Auction

Most Inspirational Athlete:  Jackie Robinson

Most Inspirational Coaches: John Wooden, Vince Lombardi

Most Admired Leader: Abraham Lincoln

Favorite Movies: Field of Dreams, Caddyshack, Miracle, The Sandlot, The Blind Side

Favorite Bands:  Beatles, AC/DC, KISS

Favorite Book: They Don’t Play Hockey in Heaven by Ken Baker

Favorite Quotes: “You may be disappointed if you don’t reach your goals, but you’re doomed if you never try.”

“Do the right things long enough, consistently, and success will follow.”
“Individual commitment to a group effort; that is what makes a team or company work.”
“You cannot hold a torch to light another’s path without brightening your own.”

Matthew Riley can be contacted at mattr@bakersfieldcondors.com

Kevin Bartl – VP - Communications & Marketing

BartlWebKevin is in his 15th season with the Condors and oversees the communications department. He was awarded the 2012-13 ECHL Award of Excellence in Media Relations

The Rochester, NY, native first served as Director of Broadcasting & Media Relations with the Condors from 2001-2005, and with the Bakersfield Blitz in 2004 and 2005. He then spent two seasons in the American Hockey League with Lowell as Director of Media and Team Services prior to returning to Bakersfield. Kevin worked from 1999-2001 with the Rockford IceHogs, and also served terms with the Rochester Americans (AHL) and the Batavia Muckdogs (NY-Penn League baseball) before realizing his Manifest Destiny and moving to the Republic of California.

He was named Broadcaster of the Year twice – in 2000-01 with Rockford of the United Hockey League, and in 2002-03 with the Condors in the West Coast Hockey League, and also served as the television broadcaster for the 2011 ECHL All-Star Classic. Kevin is the Chairman of the Board with the Downtown Business Association. He resides in Bakersfield with his wife, Amanda, and son, Jack.

Favorite Soccer Team: Bayern Munich (Germany)

Favorite NFL Teams: Niners, Browns

Favorite Movies: Caddyshack, 2001, Slap Shot, The Big Lebowski, Star Wars, Jaws, Ghostbusters, The Outlaw Josey Wales, and Monty Python and the Holy Grail

Favorite Musicians: Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band, Clutch, the Doors

Favorite Food: Pizza

Favorite Defunct WHA Team: Los Angeles Sharks

Favorite Planet: Saturn

Favorite Breakfast Cereal: Golden Grahams, Cap’n Crunch Crunch Berries, Honeycombs

Favorite Cartoon Character: Captain Caveman

Favorite book: Listen, little man by Wilhelm Reich

Kevin can be reached at kbartl@bakersfieldcondors.com

Justin Fahsbender – VP - Ticket Sales

Fahsbender2014Justin, a Bakersfield native began his career with the Condors during the 2002-03 season as a press box assistant. After a couple 1 year sabbaticals, Justin is in his 14th season overall with the organization. During the 2009-10 season, he was promoted to Vice President of Operations, in which he was responsible for overseeing day to day operations of the front office. In 2017, he became the Vice President of Ticket Sales and manages the ticket staff.

Justin graduated with a degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Sports Management from Cal State Bakersfield. He currently resides in Bakersfield with his wife Leina and two kids, Oliver and Atta Kay.

Favorite MLB Team: Chicago Cubs
Favorite NFL Team: Chicago Bears
Favorite Movie: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
Favorite Dish: Smoked salmon on a bed of white rice
Biggest Pet Peeve: People slurping coffee from a spoon

Justin can be reached at fahsbender@bakersfieldcondors.com

Jose Rivera – VP - Member Services

Rivera2013Jose joined the Condors in September of 1999 and is in his 19th season with the organization. In June 2009 he was promoted to Vice President of Ticket Sales, and in 2017 became Vice President, Members Services for the team’s service department. In addition to selling season ticket packages, Jose is also in charge of ticket services for our bilingual fans.

Before joining the Condors, Jose worked for Texaco North American Production Kern River Field, assisting with various production and drilling aspects. Since being appointed Director of Ticket Sales in July of 2004, the Condors were named ECHL Ticket Department of the Year in 2004-2005, and had Co-Ticket Executives of the Year in 2006-07. Rivera was also voted by his peers to be the recipient of the ECHL Ticket Executive of the Year for the 2013-14 season.

The Bakersfield native graduated from Arvin High School and attended Bakersfield College. Jose is active in the Kern County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Jose resides in Bakersfield with his son Joseph.

Favorite NBA Team: Chicago Bulls

Favorite College Football Team: Notre Dame

Favorite College Basketball Team: Duke

Favorite TV Shows: Tosh.O, SportsCenter, Bar Rescue, Mad Men, The Colbert Report

Favorite Movies: The Bourne Identity Trilogy, Crash, The Green Mile, The Greatest Game Ever Played, Rudy, & Tommy Boy

Favorite Food: Italian

Hobbies: Traveling with my son, playing basketball, golf, softball…I’m game for anything, I enjoy staying active.

Jose Rivera can be contacted at rivera@bakersfieldcondors.com

Andrew Crutcher – Director - Retail & Event Operations

Crutcher2014Andrew, 28, is in his 10th season with the Condors. He worked from 2006-2012, mainly running the merchandise department. After a short stint away, he rejoined the front office in November 2013 as the Director of Operations and Development. Andrew oversees the merchandise department and assists in game operations, among other duties.

A 2010 graduate of California State University-Bakersfield, Andrew has lived in Bakersfield for the last 19 years. He has played hockey since the age of six and has been addicted ever since.

Favorite MLB Team: LA Dodgers

Favorite NFL Team: Green Bay Packers

Favorite NHL Player: Jaromir Jagr

Favorite Condor Player: Sean Venedam

Random Fact: Very devout Christian and oversees a youth ministry in Oildale

Hobbies: Playing hockey, church, volunteering, spending time with family, anything outdoors… living life to the fullest!

Andrew Crutcher can be contacted at crutcher@bakersfieldcondors.com

Ryan Holt – Director - Media Relations & Broadcasting

Holt is in his seventh season with the Condors. He is the play-by-play voice for all Condors games, handles all matters of the media relations department, and video content for Condors.TV. He received the 2012-13 ECHL Award of Excellence in Media Relations.

The North Weymouth, Mass. native previously worked in the North American Hockey League (NAHL) with the Corpus Christi IceRays and while in college, was a public relations assistant in the American Hockey League (AHL) with the Worcester Sharks.

Holt received his Bachelor’s of Liberal Arts Degree with a major in Political Science from Holy Cross in 2010.  While in Worcester, MA, he was the president of the student radio station and broadcast hockey, football, and basketball for the Crusaders.

Favorite Throwback NHL Jersey: California Golden Seals (Green)

Favorite NHL player: Cam Neely

Favorite TV Shows: The Wire, Narcos, House of Cards, 30-for-30, Boardwalk Empire

Favorite place to eat in Bakersfield: Urrichio’s

Twitter handle: @CondorsHolty

Contact Ryan at rholt@bakersfieldcondors.com

Chad Howard - Director, Business Development

  • A Bakersfield native, Howard joins the Condors from Charter Communications, then Bright House Networks, where he served as Division Marketing Manager and Regional Senior Operations Manager since 2012
  • From 2001-2012, the CSU-Bakersfield alumnus was a direct sales team leader for New Home Construction
  • His professional affiliations and philanthropic endeavors include the Housing and Opportunity Foundation Board of Directors, Greater Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce, Boys and Girls Club of Kern County and is a Junior High Youth Leader for Olive Knolls Christian Church
  • Looking to have your business partner with the Condors? E-mail him at CHoward@bakersfieldcondors.com

Greg Lowe – Director - Group Sales

Lowe2013Greg joined the Bakersfield Condors  in May 2005 from Iowa State University, where he received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Marketing. The ECHL tabbed him Co-Ticket Executive of the Year in 2006-07, and he was also feted as the Condors Salesperson of the Year for 2005-06 and 2006-07.

In June 2009, Greg was promoted to Director of Corporate Partnerships, handling corporate accounts, ticket packages and group ticket sales.

Favorite MLB Team: Chicago Cubs

Favorite NBA Team: Chicago Bulls

Favorite NFL Team: Chicago Bears

Favorite College Team: Iowa Hawkeyes

Favorite TV Shows: Duck Dynasty, Swamp People, Barter Kings, Rules of Engagement

Favorite Food: Chicken Caesar Salad, sushi

Hobbies: Playing golf, biking, working out, traveling, lounging by the pool

Greg Lowe can be contacted at glowe@bakersfieldcondors.com

Dominic Mascola - Director - Creative Services & Game Operations

Dominic joined the Condors in 2015 and handles all matters related to Condors creative department including print and promotional material. A native of the Central Valley, Dom attended Fresno State where he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy and Fresno Pacific where he received his Master’s in Sports Administration.

He previously worked in minor league baseball for the Bakersfield Blaze, Fresno Grizzlies, and most recently the Reno Aces, AAA Affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Dom, his wife Samantha, and their English Bulldog reside in Bakersfield.

  • Favorite Movie: Anything Tom Hanks
  • Favorite Food: Pizza
  • Favorite Sport: Baseball
  • Favorite Vacation Spot: Anywhere on the Coast
  • Five people I would love to spend 1 hour with Socrates, Leonardo da Vinci, Neil Armstrong, Robin Williams, and Derek Jeter.

Email Dominic: dominicm@bakersfieldcondors.com

Roger Parsons – Director - Ticket Sales

ParsonsWebParsons joined the Bakersfield Condors in July 2013 as an Account Manager, tasked with ticket sales and renewals and has since been promoted to Manager, Ticket Sales. Under his new role, he oversees all aspects of ticket sales and the team’s account managers.

Born and raised in San Diego, Parsons is a huge San Diego Sports fan, showing unrelenting support for his Chargers and Padres. Prior to coming to the Condors, Parsons attended CSUB where he worked as a ticket sales intern before graduating with his degree in Business Management.

Favorite Food: Mexican
Favorite Teams: San Diego Chargers & Padres, Lakers, Notre Dame, San Diego State
Favorite Movies: Casino, Oceans trilogy, National Lampoons, Hangover, James Bonds series
Hobbies: Spending time with family and friends, playing golf, relaxing, skiing, going to any sporting event, floating down the river, and watching TV
Favorite TV Shows: Any reality show

Roger can be reached at rparsons@bakersfieldcondors.com

Caitlin Henninger - Manager, Community Relations and Fundraising

  • Henninger joins the Condors after spending two seasons with Major League Baseball’s Tampa Bay Rays as an account executive
  • A native of Hollywood, Florida she graduated in 2015 from the University of South Florida with a Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Communication and Behavioral Studies
  • She will be all over Condorstown making appearances with mascots and players along with organizing team fundraising events throughout the year
  • Want to have us at your next event? E-mail her at CHenninger@bakersfieldcondors.com
  • Hobbies: Reading, Blogging, Photography, Dancing, Surfing, Hiking, Watching Sports
  • Favorite Sports Teams: USF Bulls, Miami Dolphins, Tampa Bay Rays,
  • Favorite Food: Mexican
  • Favorite Hockey Player: Mario Lemieux
  • Favorite Superhero: Captain America
  • Favorite Movies: The Harry Potter Series, Fever Pitch, Anything Marvel
  • Kaitlin Friedman - Account Manager

    caitlin_2016Kaitlin joined the Condors in September 2016 and is responsible for the sales and service of Condors season tickets and group sales.

    Born and raised in Irvine, Calif., she headed North and graduated from Sonoma State University in 2014 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and a minor in Business Administration.

    Favorite food: Sushi
    Hobbies: Traveling, being outdoors, and spending time with family and friends
    Favorite sport: Volleyball
    Favorite MLB Team: Anaheim Angels
    Favorite College Team: Boise State Broncos
    Favorite Music Genre: Country

    You can reach Kaitlin by emailing kfriedman@bakersfieldcondors.com

    Chris Herschberger – Account Manager

    HerschWebChris joined the Condors in June 2015 from San Diego where he worked for the National Sports Forum. He is responsible for the sales and service of Condors ticket packages. He is a 2014 graduate of the University of Iowa where he received his B.S. in Sport Management.

    – Favorite MLB Team: Minnesota Twins
    – Favorite NBA Team: Minnesota Timberwolves
    – Favorite NFL Team: Minnesota Vikings
    – Favorite College Team: Iowa Hawkeyes
    – Favorite TV Shows: Sports Center, Around the Horn, Arrow, Archer
    – Hobbies: Traveling, watching anything to do with sports, networking, reading up on current events in the sports industry

    Contact Chris at chrish@bakersfieldcondors.com

    Alex Hinerichsen - Account Manager

    Responsible for the sales of group outings and ticket plans, Hinerichsen joins the organization from the University of Iowa with a Bachelor’s degree in Sport and Recreation Management

    His focus is on Youth Sports Groups in Kern County; to get your team involved, e-mail him at AlexH@bakersfieldcondors.com

    Favorite food: Lasagna

    Hobbies: Anything outdoors. Watching and playing sports.

    Favorite Sport: Football

    Favorite MLB team: St Louis Cardinals

    Favorite NFL Team: Minnesota Vikings

    Favorite Music Genre: Rap

    Martin Ramirez - Account Manager

    Martin Ramirez joined the Condors in September 2015 from Los Angeles.  He has previously worked for the Los Angeles Clippers and the Las Vegas Outlaws in ticket sales. Martin graduated from California State University Dominguez Hills with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Business Administration concentration Marketing


    Favorite Movies: Scarface, Full Metal Jacket, Godfather, and Don’t Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood.

    Hobbies: Spending time with family and friends, playing soccer, going to any sporting event, listening to sports radio and music, and watching TV

    Favorite TV Shows: Sopranos, ESPN 30 for 30 documentaries, Married with Children, Seinfeld

    Martin can be reached at martinr@bakersfieldcondors.com

    Russell Weldin - Account Manager

    weldin_2016Russell joined the Condors in 2015 as an intern and in May 2017 was promoted to Account Manager where he is responsible for the sales and service of season ticket packages and group outings.

    He joined the Condors from the US Army and graduated from Frontier High School in 2015.

    Favorite teams – LA Dodgers, LA Rams, UCLA Athletics.

    Favorite Movie – Remember the Titans.

    Eloy Rangel - Accountant

    Eloy joined the Condors in 2015 in the finance department.

    He moved to Bakersfield in 2002 to pursue a career in real estate and has over 15 years in banking, rental property management, bookkeeping, and tax preparation.

    A married father of two, Eloy enjoys family outdoor activities with the kids and grilling.

    Favorite Band: Kings of Leon

    Favorite Movie: Shawshank redemption

    Favorite TV Show: Better call Saul

    Favorite Sports:  Soccer, Baseball, UFC and Boxing

    Favorite Food: Seafood

    Email Eloy at erangel@bakersfieldcondors.com

    Naomi Dobbs - Coordinator - Accounting

    Naomi is likely to be the first person you see when you enter the Condorstown Headquarters. She joined the team in 2015 and handles general administrative duties in addition to assisting in the team’s finance department.

    Born and raised in Bakersfield, she currently attends CSU-Bakersfield with a major in Business Administration and a concentration in accounting.

    Her hobbies include spending time with family, eating good food, and being outdoors.

    Email Naomi at NDobbs@bakersfieldcondors.com

    Nick Finocchiaro – Coordinator - Ticket Operations

    Nick, 22, joined the Condors in September 2012 as an intern. In his fifth season with the Condors, he handles various aspects of ticket operations.

    The Bakersfield native graduated from Garces Memorial High School in 2012 and California State University, Bakersfield in 2016 with a degree in Business Administration concentrating in Management. In his free time, Nick enjoys playing hockey and spending time with friends and family.

    Favorite NBA Team: Los Angeles Lakers

    Favorite NFL Team: Any team playing the Raiders

    Favorite Movies: Stepbrothers, The Big Lebowski

    Favorite Food: Italian

    Favorite Song: Ice Ice Baby

    Nick can be contacted at nfinocchiaro@bakersfieldcondors.com

    Isai Ibarra - Coordinator, Video & Mascot Operations

    Alexandra Ramos - Coordinator, Event Operations

    Alexandra joined the Condors in September 2017 and is a recent graduate of Cal Poly – San Luis Obispo with a Bachelor’s degree in Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Administration and concentration in Event Management. She joined the Condors after working as a flight attendant for Virgin America.

    • In my free time I like to: wakeboard, travel, watch football, and play NHL 18 with the office buddies
    • Favorite NFL team: Dallas Cowboys
    • Favorite Celebrity: James Franco
      Contact her at ARamos@bakersfieldcondors.com

    Valerie Aparicio - Assistant, Retail Operations

    Valerie joined the Condors in September 2017 and assists in the team’s merchandise and retail department. She started her career in the promotional products industry, designing and creating merchandise with CG Enterprises 2004 where she traveled the globe to attend tradeshows and service clients. Also, in 2016, she started her own pet sitting company (Paws N’ Company) and is currently the co-owner. She currently attends the University of Phoenix to obtain her Bachelor’s Degree in Business and Marketing.

    • I absolutely love what I do, creating products and apparel is what I plan to do forever!
    • My best friend is my 6yr old Emma Rose
    • I have dog and a pet rabbit
    • My favorite color is Green
    • Favorite food: Thai
    • Favorite Movie: The Sandlot

      E-mail Valerie at VAparicio@BakersfieldCondors.com

    Edward Medellin - Assistant - Creative Services

    Taylor Weldin - Assistant, Operations


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