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W. Rockwell "Rocky" Wirtz

Chairman

W. Rockwell (Rocky) Wirtz was named President of Wirtz Corporation and Chairman of the Chicago Blackhawks in October 2007, following his late father, William W. Wirtz.

Today, Wirtz Corporation is one of the largest privately-held and family-owned companies in the United States. As President of Wirtz Corporation, Rocky's role extends to a vast array of businesses from Sports and Beverage Distribution to Entertainment, Real Estate, Agriculture, Insurance and Banking.

As Chairman of the Chicago Blackhawks, Rocky is responsible for all aspects of the club's operations. He was just two years old when his grandfather, Arthur Wirtz, purchased the Chicago Blackhawks in 1954. Rocky grew up within the walls of the storied Chicago Stadium, and he oversaw the team's historic Stanley Cup championship victories in 2010, 2013 and 2015. Rocky is also the Co-Chairman of the Executive Committee of Chicago's United Center and is a member of the National Hockey League's Executive and Audit Committees.

Rocky has led the family's beverage business-Wirtz Beverage Group-since 1980, where his strategic vision, commitment to investment and time-honored focus on running a value-driven business helped the company expand its footprint. In 2016, Rocky drove efforts to form a partnership with The Charmer Sunbelt Group, creating Breakthru Beverage Group (BBG). Today, BBG employs more than 7,000 associates and has operations in 14 states across the U.S. and Canada. Recognizing his many contributions to the beverage industry, the Wine and Spirits Wholesalers of America honored Rocky with a Lifetime Leadership Award in 2014.

Wirtz Realty has developed properties in Illinois for decades, and the company owns and manages over 20 commercial and residential properties along Chicago's lakefront and throughout the suburbs. Rocky also oversees Wirtz Insurance, as well as banking interests at First Security Trust and Savings, based in Elmwood Park, Illinois and First National Bank of South Miami in Florida.

Through it all, Rocky continues to lead his family's commitment to numerous civic and charitable organizations. His dedication to Chicago Blackhawks Charities is unwavering. Founded by his father, Chicago Blackhawks Charities has donated millions of dollars to dozens of organizations focusing on youth programs, health and wellness, education and housing. When seeking a new practice rink for the Blackhawks, Rocky went beyond creating a single-use home for the team, and in 2015, announced the construction of a $65 million community ice rink and practice facility near the United Center. Set to open in December of 2017, the facility will offer a number of benefits to Chicago's youth who may not have the opportunity or resources to learn the sport of hockey.

Rocky is a member of the Civic Committee of the Commercial Club of Chicago and serves as a Trustee at The Field Museum of Natural History and Northwestern University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Communications in 1975.

At Northwestern, he established the Virginia Wadsworth Wirtz Endowment for Visiting Artists. That program, named in honor of his grandmother, allows Northwestern's School of Communication to invite nationally acclaimed performers to work directly with students and staff at the Theatre and Interpretation Center. In April 2014, the center was renamed the Virginia Wadsworth Wirtz Center for the Performing Arts in recognition of the family's financial gifts.

Rocky and his wife, Marilyn, reside in the northern suburbs of Chicago. Rocky has three children, Daniel, Hillary and Kendall; Marilyn has one daughter, Elizabeth. Rocky is also the proud grandfather of two granddaughters and a grandson.

John F. McDonough

President & CEO

John F. McDonough joined the Blackhawks in 2007 as President and was named President and Chief Executive Officer on June 1, 2011. Under his guidance, in what Forbes Magazine has called the "The Greatest Sports-Business Turnaround Ever," the Blackhawks have revitalized the team's profile and re-energized its fan base. Since McDonough joined the Blackhawks, the team has won Stanley Cup titles in 2010, 2013 and 2015, becoming the first organization in the NHL's salary cap era to capture three championships.

With McDonough's leadership, the Blackhawks' success has been recognized by SportsBusiness Journal, earning coveted nominations for the publication's Professional Sports Team of the Year in 2009 and 2014. The organization was also voted to have the "Best Business Savvy" by The Hockey News' 2012 "Best of Everything in Hockey" issue, in addition to being named "Best Franchise" in their 2014 "Franchise Ranking" issue.

The Blackhawks have entertained 388 consecutive capacity crowds at the United Center and have grown a season ticketholder base from 3,400 to more than 14,000. Additionally, the Blackhawks have led the NHL in attendance for eight consecutive seasons and consistently achieve monumental viewership numbers on local and national broadcasts. During the team's run to the 2015 Stanley Cup, the Blackhawks registered three of their top five most-watched games, including the highest on record, a 41.0 HH average rating during Game 6 of the Final on June 15, 2015.

McDonough has been instrumental in bringing marquee events to Chicago, including the 2009 NHL Winter Classic between the Blackhawks and Detroit Red Wings at Wrigley Field, the 2014 Stadium Series game between the Blackhawks and Pittsburgh Penguins at Soldier Field, the NCAA Frozen Four in April 2017 and the NHL Draft in June 2017. In addition, he instituted the annual Blackhawks Convention, the first of its kind in the National Hockey League.

Prior to joining the Blackhawks, McDonough served as President of the Chicago Cubs. During his tenure, the Cubs won the 2007 National League Central Division while setting an all-time franchise attendance record. As the Cubs' chief, and in his previous role as Senior Vice President of Marketing and Broadcasting, he played a major role in increasing the Cubs' fan base and attracting sponsorships, helping one of the most successful professional sports franchises in America consistently reach record attendance and revenue figures. In addition, McDonough was the architect of the seventh-inning stretch celebrity "guest conductor" concept at Wrigley Field and created the annual Cubs Convention, which is now viewed as a prototype for team and league fan festivals.

McDonough's many achievements have earned him honors and awards, including Major League Baseball's Marketing Excellence Award, Chicago Baseball Executive of the Year and a place in "America's Top Ten Marketing Executives" by Promo Magazine. In addition, McDonough was named to The Hockey News' "100 People of Power and Influence," was inducted into the Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame in 2008 and received the first-ever honorary Certified Hockey Professional designation by the Business of Hockey Institute in 2016.

He has also been recognized with the Saint Mary's University of Minnesota Presidential Medal for Outstanding Merit, the Bill Veeck Lifetime Achievement Award, a place in the Notre Dame High School Hall of Fame and the 2008 Executive of the Year Award by the Chicago chapter of the Public Relations Society of America. McDonough serves as a frequent guest speaker and panelist across the country, including at the 2010 MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, the 2014 SXSW Conference and Harvard Business School. He has also served as commencement speaker for the Loyola University School of Communication and Grand Marshal for Chicago's St. Patrick's Day Parade in 2014.

McDonough is a frequent lecturer at the University of Notre Dame's Mendoza College of Business and Northwestern University. He serves as a Sustaining Board Member for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Illinois Board, and also sits on the Athletic Advisory Board of Saint Mary's University of Minnesota, the Special Olympics Illinois Foundation Board, Chicago Blackhawks Charities Board of Directors, the NHL Club Business Advisory Board and the NHL Board of Governors.

A Chicago native, McDonough is a graduate of Notre Dame High School in Niles, Ill., and Saint Mary's University of Minnesota. He currently resides in the northwest suburbs with his wife, Karen. They have three children, Colleen, Ryan (Katie) and Michael; and a granddaughter, Riley.

Jay Blunk

Executive Vice President

Executive Vice President Jay Blunk is in his ninth season with the Chicago Blackhawks. Since joining the Blackhawks as Senior Vice President of Business Operations on Jan. 3, 2008, Blunk has engineered broad changes to the business landscape of the club, adopting the general business philosophy of fan accessibility and bold, innovative strategies, in addition to creating new sources of revenue generation.

Blunk collaborated with the marketing department to hire Ogilvy as the team's new advertising agency, a partnership that has resulted in nationally recognized campaigns such as #WhatsYourGoal, which was a finalist for the SportsBusiness Journal's Best in Sports Social Media in 2016. Blunk also enacted sweeping changes across the organization's media channels, including Blackhawks TV, Blackhawks publications and chicagoblackhawks.com. Additionally, he is responsible for the strategy and development of revenue-generating efforts for departments including sponsorship, ticketing, finance, marketing and community relations. In recognition of the team's achievements, the Blackhawks earned nominations for SportsBusiness Journal's Professional Sports Team of the Year in 2009 and 2014.

With fan engagement and accessibility a priority, Blunk oversaw new concepts such as the Blackhawks Training Camp Festival and the development of the Emmy Award-winning Blackhawks TV. Blunk also has developed pioneering cross-promotional partnerships with a wealth of civic organizations, which have built the foundation for a year-round marketing strategy. In 2010 and 2011, the Blackhawks were voted to have the National Hockey League's "Most Innovative Business Practices" by a survey of SportsBusiness Journal's readers. The Blackhawks were also voted to have the "Best Business Savvy" by The Hockey News' 2012 "Best of Everything in Hockey" issue, in addition to being named "Best Franchise" in their 2014 "Franchise Ranking" issue.

Together with President and CEO John F. McDonough and Senior VP/GM Stan Bowman, Blunk has helped engineer an integrated business philosophy with the Blackhawks' hockey operations department, forming a unique bond and synergistic approach to sponsorships, advertising, game presentation and player-community involvement.

The organization has established several attendance records under Blunk's leadership, and the franchise's season ticket base has tripled to more than 14,000 since the start of the 2007-08 season. During the team's run to the 2015 Stanley Cup, the Blackhawks registered three of their top five most-watched games, including the highest on record, a 41.0 HH average rating during Game 6 of the Final on June 15, 2015. Blunk worked with President and CEO John McDonough, Chicago Cubs officials and the NHL to bring the 2009 NHL Winter Classic to Wrigley Field, and the organization is set to appear in their league-record fifth outdoor game on Jan. 2, 2017, at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, in addition to hosting the NCAA Frozen Four in April 2017 and the NHL Draft from June 23-24, 2017.

Prior to joining the Blackhawks, Blunk spent 22 years with the Chicago Cubs front office, holding positions in marketing, sales, branding, promotions and advertising, the last of which was Vice President of Marketing and Broadcasting. He was responsible for the development of a wealth of promotional events during his tenure at Wrigley Field and was also a member of the Cubs organization when they drew over 3 million fans for five consecutive seasons (2003-07) and set the team's all-time record for attendance in 2007.

Blunk graduated from Illinois State University in 1986 and currently serves as an advisory board member for the ISU School of Communication. Blunk also sits on the boards of the Chicago Sports Commission and the Greater North Michigan Avenue Association, as well as the Board of Directors for United Service Organization (USO) of Illinois and Chicago Blackhawks Charities.

Blunk has been invited to lecture as a guest speaker at various civic events and universities, including Northwestern's Kellogg School of Management, University of Illinois, ISU and the University of Notre Dame's Mendoza College of Business. He also accepted the 2014 Gilda's Club Agents of Hope Award on behalf of CBC. Blunk was a 2012 inductee into the Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame.

Blunk and his wife, Marci, have three children: Brandon, Maggie and Cameron.

Stan Bowman

Senior Vice President/General Manager

Stan Bowman is in his 15th season with the Blackhawks and his second as Senior Vice President/General Manager. Bowman was originally named the ninth General Manager in Blackhawks history on July 14, 2009, after eight years in the Blackhawks hockey operations department.

Bowman led the Blackhawks to their sixth Stanley Cup championship on June 15, 2015, becoming the first GM to win three titles in the salary cap era. In 2010, Bowman became the youngest GM in National Hockey League history to guide an organization to the championship, as the team ended a 49-year title drought. During his time at the helm of the hockey operations department, Bowman has secured the team's core talent with long-term contract extensions, rebuilt the club's prospect depth with multiple acclaimed draft classes and re-signed Head Coach Joel Quenneville to a contract extension.

Bowman and his father, Senior Advisor to Hockey Operations Scotty Bowman, are part of an elite group, becoming the 10th father-son GM tandem in the history of the NHL and just the fourth pair to have each of their names inscribed on the Stanley Cup.

Bowman originally joined the Blackhawks in 2000 and spent four seasons as Special Assistant to the General Manager before being promoted to Director of Hockey Operations, a role he served in for two years (2005-07). As Assistant General Manager, Bowman attended to the day-to-day administration of the hockey operations department, including all CBA-related matters, such as contract negotiations, free agency, salary arbitration and player movement and assignment. He also tracked the progress of Blackhawks prospects by working closely with the staff of the club's minor-league affiliate in Rockford while assisting with player evaluation, prospect development and professional and amateur scouting.

Bowman was named to Crain's Chicago Business "40 under 40" Class of 2010 and inducted into the Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame on Sept. 16, 2015. He was selected as a manager for Team North America at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey alongside Peter Chiarelli. In that role, he helped select the playing roster, coaching and support staff, and oversaw tournament preparations and management for the 23-and-under team.

Bowman graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1995 with degrees in finance and computer applications. When he arrived at the Blackhawks in 2000, Bowman worked extensively on financial budgets and developed programs to track player movement and player evaluation.

Bowman and his wife, Suzanne, have three children: Will, Camden and Graycen.

Al MacIsaac

Senior Vice President, Hockey Operations

Al MacIsaac is in his 17th season as a member of the Blackhawks Hockey Operations Department and his second as Senior Vice President of Hockey Operations after being promoted on February 4, 2016. He previously served as Senior Director of Hockey Administration/Assistant to the President.

A native of Antigonish, Nova Scotia, MacIsaac was the Buffalo Sabres' 12th-round draft choice in 1987. He attended St. Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia for four years, where he tallied 112 career points (54G, 58A) in 91 career college games along with 404 penalty minutes. He was named St. Francis Xavier University Student Male Athlete of the Year in 1991.

After college, he joined the ECHL's Hampton Roads Admirals as a defenseman for the 1991-92 season and led the team with a +33 plus/minus rating. He represented the Admirals in the 1993 ECHL All-Star Game. During that same season, MacIsaac made appearances with the American Hockey League's Baltimore Skipjacks and Cape Breton Oilers.

In 1993, MacIsaac joined the Norfolk Admirals front office as Assistant General Manager. He was named General Manager of Hockey Operations for the Admirals in July 1996. In 1997-98, the Admirals, then the Blackhawks' minor-league affiliate, won their third ECHL championship. MacIsaac was inducted into the Norfolk Admirals Hall of Fame in 2008, the ECHL Hall of Fame in 2014 and the St. Francis Xavier University Sports Hall of Fame in 2016.

MacIsaac has won seven titles in his career, including three Stanley Cups with the Blackhawks, an ECHL Championship as a general manager (1998) and three as a player: the Canadian Hockey League Memorial Cup (1986), ECHL Championship (1992) and Calder Cup (1993).

MacIsaac and his wife, Dawn, have three daughters: Madisson, Delaney and Emersyn.

Chris Werner

Vice President, Ticketing and Customer Relations

Chris Werner is in his ninth season with the Blackhawks and his seventh as Vice President of Ticketing and Customer Relations. Werner joined the Blackhawks in the spring of 2008 as Senior Executive Director of Ticketing and Business Development.

In his first season with the organization, Werner worked to expand and develop the ticket sales and service departments. In 2008-09, the Blackhawks drew more than 1 million fans (1,052,261) for the first time in franchise history, set a league record by attracting an average of 21,783 fans to their 40 United Center contests and surpassed the franchise regular-season attendance record of 835,972. As of the start of the 2016-17 campaign, the Blackhawks have entertained 373 consecutive capacity crowds, and the franchise's season ticket base has grown to more than 14,000.

Under Werner's direction, the Ticket Sales, Operations and Customer Relations Departments have been expanded to include staff dedicated to the highest levels of customer service, providing ticketholders with personalized service, developing value-added customer benefits and undertaking all fan analytics activities, including survey and focus group research programs designed to evaluate and enhance the overall fan experience.

In addition to traditional ticket sales, the Blackhawks Ticket Sales and Service Department supports the distribution of Blackhawks Convention passes, Training Camp Festival tickets and Illinois High School State Hockey Championship game tickets.

Prior to joining the team, Werner spent 23 years in the live event industry, most recently as General Manager of Ticketmaster Chicago. In addition to his work in ticketing, Werner has senior-level experience in venue management and event promotion, working for entities such as Ogden Entertainment Services, the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority and the University of Iowa.

Werner lives in Chicago with his wife, Valorie.

T.J. Skattum

Vice President, Finance

T.J. Skattum is in his ninth year with the Chicago Blackhawks and his third as Vice President of Finance.

Skattum heads the Blackhawks' finance and accounting operations, including planning and forecasting, financial reporting, cash management and risk management. Skattum also oversees the finances and accounting for Chicago Blackhawks Charities.

A native of St. Louis, Mo., by way of Edgewood, Iowa, Skattum has 20 years of experience in various finance and accounting roles, including restructuring, bankruptcy, mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance and interim management. Prior to joining the organization, Skattum spent six years in Arthur Andersen's global corporate finance practice and five years at Navigant Capital Advisors, the dedicated corporate finance business unit of Navigant Consulting, Inc. He has passed the Certified Public Accountant Examination in the State of Illinois.

In addition to his duties with the Blackhawks, Skattum sits on the Board of Directors for Chicago Blackhawks Charities. A graduate of the University of Notre Dame, Skattum and his wife, Kate, have twin daughters, Jane and Lucy, and a son, Thomas Henry.

Norm Maciver

Assistant General Manager

Norm Maciver is in his 10th season with the Chicago Blackhawks and his fifth as Assistant General Manager. A veteran with 29 years of pro hockey experience as an NHL player and coach, Maciver previously served as Director of Player Personnel for a season and as Director of Player Development for three seasons.

Prior to joining the organization, the Thunder Bay, Ontario, native served as an Assistant Coach with the Boston Bruins (2003-06) and the American Hockey League's Springfield Falcons (2000-03).

Following a decorated collegiate career at the University of Minnesota-Duluth, where he was a two-time All-American and a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award, Maciver spent 12 seasons as a defenseman in the National Hockey League. He registered 285 points (55G, 230A) in 500 career regular-season games with the New York Rangers, Hartford, Edmonton, Ottawa, Pittsburgh, Winnipeg and Arizona (Phoenix), and posted 14 points (3G, 11A) in 56 Stanley Cup Playoffs tilts. Maciver was given the AHL's Eddie Shore Award as the league's best defenseman in 1991 and won the International Hockey League's Turner Cup with the Houston Aeros in 1999.

Maciver and his wife, Lisa, have five children: a son, Steven, and four daughters, Danielle, Jordan, Jenna and Brooke.

Mark Kelley

Vice President, Amateur Scouting

Mark Kelley is in his 10th season with the Chicago Blackhawks and his second as Vice President of Amateur Scouting after being promoted on February 4, 2016.

Kelley joined the Blackhawks in 2006 as an Amateur Scout. Before joining the team, he worked for the Pittsburgh Penguins for 13 years (1993-2006) and the Quebec Nordiques for five years (1988-93), and his role evolved from being a scout in the New England area to eventually covering all of North America. Kelley also lived in Moscow, Russia, serving as Assistant General Manager of CSKA Red Army while scouting European players for the Penguins.

Kelley attended Colby College from 1976-80 and played varsity hockey all four years. He then played a year of Australian League hockey before returning to his alma mater as an Assistant Coach.

Kelley and his wife, Sabrina, have two sons, Kyle and Tyler.

Pete Hassen

Vice President, Marketing

Pete Hassen is in his 12th season with the Chicago Blackhawks and his first as Vice President of Marketing after being promoted on Sept. 15, 2016. He previously served as Senior Executive Director of Marketing.

Hassen assists in all aspects of the team's marketing, fan and brand development and player relations, and oversees the day-to-day operations of Chicago Blackhawks Charities. He conducts research and manages projects to push the Blackhawks brand into the mainstream and develop the team's overall fan base.

Before joining the Blackhawks, Hassen was the Senior Manager of Media Relations and Corporate Communications for Delaware North Companies, whose clients included the Boston Bruins. Prior to that, he served as Director of Community Development and Public Relations for the Buffalo Sabres. A native of Buffalo, N.Y., Hassen holds degrees from the State University of New York College at Buffalo and Central Michigan University.

Hassen and his wife, Kate, reside in Roscoe Village.

Marie Sutera

Vice President, Human Resources

Marie Sutera is in her 10th season with the Chicago Blackhawks and her first as Vice President of Human Resources. She previously served as Senior Executive Director of Human Resources.

During her time with the Blackhawks, Sutera has developed and executed the club's HR strategy and overseen a change in organizational culture that is lauded throughout the professional sports industry. The sweeping changes during her tenure have resulted in the hiring of over 90 percent of the current front office staff.

Prior to joining the Blackhawks, Sutera worked as a Human Resources Generalist for Wirtz Beverage Illinois (now Breakthru Beverage) and was responsible for staffing, labor negotiations, workers' compensation and company safety initiatives. She also spent seven years in human resources management in the insurance, warranty and furniture rental industries.

The Downers Grove, Ill., native is a member of numerous professional organizations, including the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM), Human Resources Council (NHRD) and Human Resources Management Association of Chicago (HRMAC).

Steve Waight

Vice President, Corporate Sponsorships

Steve Waight is in his 17th season with the Chicago Blackhawks and his first as Vice President of Corporate Sponsorships. He previously served as Senior Executive Director of Corporate Sponsorships.

Waight is responsible for all Blackhawks advertising sales, including print, Internet, in-arena, virtual TV signage, promotions, social media and all sponsorships affiliated with Blackhawks youth hockey programs and Chicago Blackhawks Charities. In addition, Waight spearheads all United Center advertising sales on behalf of the Blackhawks and manages relationships with the WGN Radio, WGN-TV and Comcast SportsNet sales staffs.

Notable sponsorship accomplishments during Waight's tenure include the first-ever presenting sponsorship of a Blackhawks season (CBOE in 2008-09); the opening of the Crown Royal Whisky Bar and Ketel One Bar; exclusive agreements with Constellation Energy and NorthShore University HealthSystems; several on-premise activation programs with Bud Light, incorporating the Bud Light Ice Crew and Bud Light Bar Tour promotions; and the season-long Blackhawks customized Camaro sweepstakes with Chicagoland and NW Indiana Chevy Dealers.

Waight also played a key role in negotiating long-term sponsorship agreements with Lexus, CME Group, AT&T, Red Bull and American Express, as well as the United Airlines naming rights deal.

Prior to joining the organization, Waight served as Corporate Sales Manager for the San Diego Chargers. In that role, he was in charge of selling corporate sponsorships for the Chargers and Qualcomm Stadium.

A native of Naperville, Ill., Waight is a graduate of the University of Iowa with a double major in marketing and finance. He and his wife, Katharine, have two children, David and Bridget, and reside in LaGrange, Ill.