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
Riley 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Kevin Bartl – VP - Communications & Marketing
Kevin 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 email@example.com
Justin Fahsbender – VP - Ticket Sales
Justin, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Jose Rivera – VP - Member Services
Jose 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 email@example.com
Andrew Crutcher – Director - Retail & Event Operations
Andrew, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.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
Greg 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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: email@example.com
Roger Parsons – Director - Ticket Sales
Parsons 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Caitlin Henninger - Manager, Community Relations and Fundraising
Kaitlin Friedman - Account Manager
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 email@example.com
Chris Herschberger – Account Manager
Chris 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Alex Hinerichsen - Account Manager
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 Teams: PUMAS UNAM (GOYA!!!), MEXICO NATIONAL TEAM, KINGS (GO KINGS GO!!!), USC TROJANS (FIGHT ON!!!), SF GIANTS, NY GIANTS
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 email@example.com
Russell Weldin - Account Manager
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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 email@example.com
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
Taylor Weldin - Assistant, Operations
|Condors Community Foundation||Lauren Kaufman|
|Team Photographer||Mark Nessia|
|Public Address Announcer||Mike Hart|
|Medical Staff||Emmanuel Strategos, M.D. Physician|
Christopher Hamilton, M.D. Orthopedist
Bruce Rimmer D.M.D. Dentist
Jeffrey D. Haynes, D.C. Chiropractor
David B. Hair, M.D. Opthamologist
Central Valley Physical Therapy
Mercy & Memorial Hospitals
|Off-Ice Officials||Jim Bennett (Sup.)|
Bob Neath (Asst. Sup.)
|IT Consultants||Diamond Technologies|