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, the organization he has guided for all 21 years of the team’s existence. 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 fourth AHL season, Riley was the driving force behind the organization’s grandiose plans for the Three-Way Chevrolet Condorstown Winterfest presented by Mission Bank held Dec. 21, 2016 – Jan. 7, 2017 outdoors at Bakersfield College’s Memorial Stadium.
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
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. 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 email@example.com
Jose Rivera – VP - Member Services
Jose joined the Condors in September of 1999. 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 wife, Rachel and his sons, Joseph and Jack.
Favorite NBA Team: Chicago Bulls
Favorite College Football Team: Notre Dame
Favorite College Basketball Team: Duke
Favorite TV Shows: Brooklyn Nine-Nine, The Big Bang Theory, Key & Peele, Wheel of Fortune,
Favorite Movies: The Bourne Identity Trilogy, Crash, The Green Mile, The Greatest Game Ever Played, Rudy, Tommy Boy & COCO
Favorite Food: Italian
Hobbies: Soccer referee, playing basketball, golf, softball, disc golf, etc…I’m game for anything, I enjoy staying active.
Jose Rivera can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
Chad Carpenter - Director - Business Development
Chad joined the Condors during the 2018-2019 season as Director of Business Development and will grow the team’s corporate and business initiatives.
Born and raised in Bakersfield, Chad grew up watching the Fog and then the Condors. He started playing hockey early on and continues to play today with a great group of players. He is very active in Bakersfield youth hockey and helps coach the Jr. Condors and Kern County Knights High School teams. He is a proud member of the Bakersfield West Rotary and enjoys working within the community.
He resides in Northwest Bakersfield with his wife Michelle and two children, Noah and Micah.
Hobbies: playing hockey, watching hockey, lacrosse, soccer, golf, hunting, BBQ’ing, travelling, and working on the old Jeep CJ7
Favorite Food: BBQ, Sushi, Thai
Favorite Movies: Miracle, Stand By Me
E-mail Chad! ChadC@bakersfieldcondors.com
Ryan Holt – Director - Media Relations & Broadcasting
Holt joined the Condors in 2011 as a Manager of Media Relations and Broadcasting and was promoted to Director in 2013. He is the play-by-play voice for all Condors games, handles all matters of the media relations department, and digital/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 he was 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, Sons of Anarchy, 30-for-30, Boardwalk Empire
Favorite place to eat in Bakersfield: Urrichio’s
Twitter handle: @CondorsHolty
Contact Ryan at email@example.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 Director, 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 the Padres and San Diego State. 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.
He and his wife, Brandi, reside in Bakersfield.
Favorite Food: Mexican
Favorite Teams: San Diego 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
Valerie Aparicio - Manager - Retail Operations
Valerie joined the Condors in September 2017 and manages 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 daughter Emma Rose
Favorite Color: Green
Favorite Food: Thai
Favorite Movie: The Sandlot
E-mail Valerie at VAparicio@BakersfieldCondors.com
Samantha Bell - Manager - Community Relations & Fundraising
Bell joined the Condors in July 2019 as the Manager of Community Relations and Fundraising. She is responsible for the visibility of the organization in the community, working with nonprofit partners to give back, and managing the Condors Community Foundation 501(c)(3).
Originally from Mackinaw City, Michigan, Bell joined the Condors from the Grand Rapids Griffins (AHL) where she worked as a Community & Public Relations Intern in 2018-19. She also worked as a Youth Outreach Intern for the Cincinnati Reds.
She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Sport Management from Aquinas College (Mich.) in 2018.
Favorite Sports Teams: Detroit Tigers, New England Patriots, and the University of Michigan Wolverines
Favorite TV Shows: The Office, Criminal Minds
E-mail Samantha! SBell@bakersfieldcondors.com
Karthik Arun – Account Manager
Karthik joined the Condors in September 2018 and is responsible for the sales and service of Condors365 Memberships, ticket packages, and group experiences.
He was born in New York, but grew up in New Jerseys at the age of 9, he moved to Bakersfield. He attended Independence High School in Bakersfield and was part of the first graduating class in 2011. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Sport Management from UC Riverside.
Favorite Sport: Basketball
Favorite Team: Los Angeles Dodgers
Favorite Movie: Silver Linings Playbook
Favorite Condor: Toss up between Josh Currie and Brad Malone
E-mail Karthik! KArun@Bakersfieldcondors.com
Alexis Goyeneche - Account Manager
Alexis joined the Condors in September 2019 as an Account Manager of Group Sales. Under this position, she has a focus on churches, youth organizations, ethnic groups, etc.
She grew up in Bakersfield, graduated from Garces Memorial High School, and attended Bakersfield College for two years before transferring to the University of Arizona. In 2019, she graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications and a minor in Sociology.
Favorite Movie: Sweet Home Alabama
Favorite Food: Mexican food
Hobbies: Traveling, working out, and hanging out with family and friends
Email Alexis at AlexisG@bakersfieldcondors.com
Samantha Luna - Account Manager
Samantha joined the Condors in March 2019. As an account manager, she is responsible for group sales with a focus on youth sports teams. She is originally from Salinas, Calif., but moved to Bakersfield in May of 2018.
She’s played college softball at North Idaho College, Monterey Peninsula College, and then transferred to California State University Monterey Bay (CSUMB). In 2017, she graduated with a degree in Communications. While at CSUMB, she won the Central Coast Conference Athletic Association Championship and was a Female Scholar Athlete of the Year in 2017.
Favorite Number: 23
Favorite Movie: Big Fish
Favorite Food: Sushi, Mexican Food
Favorite Band: Fleetwood Mac
E-mail Samantha! email@example.com
Ana Padilla - Account Manager
Ana joined the Condors in August 2019. As an Account Manager of Group Sales, she is responsible for school, dance, cheer, and gymnastic group experiences.
Born and raised in Bakersfield, she graduated from Golden Valley High School in 2013 and CSU-Bakersfield in 2017 with a major in Business Management. She had the opportunity to study abroad in Italy while attending CSUB and was named the outstanding student of her graduating college concentration.
Favorite Team: LA Dodgers
Hobbies: Spending time with family and pets, traveling, cycling, and hiking
Email Ana at APadilla@bakersfieldcondors.com
Russell Weldin - Account Manager
Russell 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
E-mail Russell! RWeldin@BakersfieldCondors.com
Brooke Copeland - Coordinator - Member Services
Brooke joined the Condors in September 2018 and is a member of the Condors service team for all Condors365 Members. She will also help coordinate and plan member events along with assisting members on game nights.
Born and raised in Bakersfield, she is a 2012 graduate of Frontier High School where she played varsity soccer for four years. She currently attends National University towards a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management and a concentration in mobile marketing and social media marketing.
She joined the Condors from National University where she served as a financial adviser.
Hobbies: photography, powerlifting, reading, and golf
Favorite TV shows: Big Brother, The Bachelor/Bachelorette, The Office, Parks and Recreation, and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia
Favorite sports team: San Francisco Giants
Contact Brooke at BCopeland@BakersfieldCondors.com
Naomi Dobbs - Coordinator - Accounting
Naomi joined the team in 2016 and handles general administrative duties in addition to assisting in the team’s finance department.
Born and raised in Bakersfield, where she graduated from 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
Isai Ibarra - Coordinator - Video & Mascot Operations
Born and raised in Bakersfield, Isai started with the Condors in 2013 as a Mascot Handler. After graduating from East Bakersfield High School in 2015, he worked his way up by assisting in video services and creating promotional videos for the team. In 2017, he took on mascot and video operations.
Favorite Film: Anything made by Christopher Nolan
Favorite Shows: The Office, Regular Show & Chuck
Favorite Quote: “I am ready to face any challenges foolish enough to face me” – Dwight Schrute
Name Pronounced: (EE-sai-EE)
Email Isai! firstname.lastname@example.org
Nathan Kuzbari - Coordinator - Ticket Operations
Nathan joined the Condors in November 2018 and handles all matters of tickets and the service of Condors365 Members.
A native of the Bay Area, Nathan was a kicker at De La Salle High School and won a State Championship in football. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of the Redlands where he also played football.
Favorite Food: Sushi
Favorite Teams: Green Bay Packers, San Francisco Giants, Los Angeles Lakers and Ohio State Buckeyes
Favorite Movie: 21 Jump Street
Hobbies: Playing basketball, watching movies, working out, traveling, and being outdoors
E-mail Nathan! NathanK@Bakersfieldcondors.com
Edward Medellin - Coordinator - Creative Services & Game Presentation
Edward joined the Condors in 2016 and handles graphic design and video elements for the team. On game nights, he assists in game production and operations.
Favorite Football Team: Dallas Cowboys
Favorite Baseball Team: Seattle Mariners
Favorite College Football Team: Notre Dame
Favorite Athlete: Ken Griffey Jr.
Favorite Hockey Term: Top Corns
Email Edward at EJMedellin@BakersfieldCondors.com
Skylar Valencia - Coordinator - Operations
Skylar joined the Condors in September 2018 and assists in the operations department with game day duties including: setup, promotions, in-arena games, and more.
Born and raised in Tehachapi, he graduated from Tehachapi High School in 2014. He received a Bachelor’s Degree from Tabor College in Kansas where he played four seasons of college football.
Hobbies: Fishing, camping, surfing, and snowboarding
Favorite Music: Alternative rock
Favorite Foods: sushi, pizza, and wings
E-mail Skylar! SkylarV@Bakersfieldcondors.com
|Condors Community Foundation||Samantha Bell|
|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
David B. Peterson, D.D.S Dentist
Misty J. Hendricks, D.D.S. 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||Grapevine MSP Technology Services|