The upcoming 2017 season will be Zac's fourth season with the Kenosha Kingfiish. He was an intern during the Kingfish inaugural season and the Operations Manager for the 2015 season and most recently the Corporate Account Manager. Zac is a 2015 graduate of Carthage College with a degree in Public Relations. Zac enjoys college sporting events and life back home on the farm. He is originally from Bourbonnais, Illinois.
Assistant General Manager, Tickets
The upcoming 2017 season will be Rustin's third season in the Kenosha Kingfish front office and tenth overall in baseball. As the assistant GM of Ticket Sales, Buysse works with the corporate community consulting CEO’s and decision-makers on group outings and employee entertainment solutions. Before joining the Kingfish staff in December 2014, he had successful stints in the front office of the Sioux Falls Canaries as Director of Group Sales where the ball club had the second highest attendance average in team history and with the Omaha Royals/Storm Chasers as Senior Ticket Sales Executive. There, he helped permanently close historic Rosenblatt Stadium in 2010 and opened Werner Park for its inaugural season in 2011 as the club rebranded and moved cities. When Kingfish won the Northwoods League Championship in 2015, Rustin won his third championship. He also has a championship ring from the American Association and Pacific Coast League. Rustin holds a degree in Speech Communication/Marketing from Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall, MN. Rustin@KingfishBaseball.com
Director of Inside Sales
Drees will enter his fourth season with the Kenosha Kingfish. He will focus on season ticket package and group sales. Before coming to the Kingfish, Drees interned for the West Virginia Power and the Iowa Cubs. He also served as an Inside Sales Associate for the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Minnesota Lynx. He graduated from West Virginia University in spring 2013 with a bachelors degree in Sports Management. He is originally from Menomonee Falls, WI.
Corporate Account Manager
Will is entering his fourth season with Big Top Baseball and his first with the Kenosha Kingfish as a Corporate Account Manager. Prior to joining the Kingfish staff, Will spent three years with the Madison Mallards as an Inside Sales Manager, finding solutions for fundraising and entertainment needs for small businesses and non-profit organizations. He was also responsible for writing press releases and overseeing content on the Mallards webpage. He is a 2013 graduate of Marian University of Wisconsin, with a bachelors degree in Marketing and Sports Management. Will also played shortstop for the Sabres baseball team for four years. He is originally from Villa Park, IL.
Director of Ticket Operations
Megan is entering her second year with the Kenosha Kingfish as an Inside Sales Reresentative. Megan is a 2015 graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Parkside where she earned a bachelor's degree in Sport Management. She was a marketing intern for the Kingfish during the 2014 season, and was a ticket sales intern with the Lakeshore Chinooks of the Northwoods League during the 2015 season. She is originally from Kenosha, WI.
Director of Marketing
Courtney Petersen is entering her second season with the Kingfish. Courtney is a 2016 graduate of Carroll University where she earned degrees in Exercise Science and Sports Management. She completed a marketing and sales internship for the Madison Mallards in 2015 and was a Marketing Assistant for the Kingfish in 2016, running the on-field show. Courtney is originally from Madison, WI. Courtney@KingfishBaseball.com
Inside Sales Representative
Connor, "CK," is entering his third year with the Kenosha Kingfish and his first as an Inside Sales Representative. Connor is a 2016 graduate of the University of Dubuque where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Sports Management and Marketing. Connor was an Operations Intern for the Kingfish during the 2015 season and an Operations Manager for the 2016 season. He is originally from Kenosha, WI. Connor's interests include playing lacrosse and spending time with King Elvis I.
Schmitt's passion for the game and extraordinary attention to customer service are two big reasons why Mallards baseball has become a summertime mainstay in Madison. Since 2001 the Mallards have made the playoffs seven times, including Northwoods League Championships in 2004 and 2013, and appearances in the Championship Series in 2005 & 2008. Schmitt's teams have accumulated 482 regular season wins since the franchise's inception and have finished at-least in the top-half of the division standings for every year but two. Also the owner of the Shoe Box and Rookies Sports Bar in Black Earth, WI, Steve is actively involved in the community and is a huge St. Louis Cardinals fan. He is also the owner of the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters, Kenosha Kingfish, and Green Bay Bullfrogs, all of the Northwoods League.
Stenman, the 2003 and 2005 Northwoods League Executive of the Year, is entering his eighteenth season in the NWL. His innovative promotional ideas and steady vision have contributed to the Mallards consistently ranking in the top 25 in attendance in all of Minor League Baseball. He has helped draw over 200,000 fans per year from 2006 through 2014. Prior to Madison he was an intern and later Assistant GM for the St. Cloud River Bats from 1997 to 2000 before taking a position with the NHL’s Minnesota Wild for a year. As the President of Big Top Baseball his role also includes management and part ownership of the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters, Kenosha Kingfish and Green Bay Bullfrogs of the Northwoods League. Stenman and wife Kallie have two children, daughter Chloe Mae (7), and son Bode (3) and live in Madison. He is originally from St. Cloud, MN. Vern@KingfishBaseball.com
Owner, Chief Operating Officer
As the COO of Big Top Baseball and along with President Vern Stenman, Caloia oversees the Madison Mallards, Wisconsin Rapids Rafters, Kenosha Kingfish and Green Bay Bullfrogs of the Northwoods League, Breese Stevens Field and Festival Foods Shake the Lake. Caloia is entering his 12th season with the organization after starting as a public relations intern for the Mallards in 2003.
After serving as the Mallards Assistant General Manager for two seasons, Caloia relocated to Denver to work as the Director of Marketing of the Western Athletic Conference. Following his stint with the WAC, Caloia served as the Director of Operations for the Wilmington Sharks of the Coastal Plains League. Under his leadership the Sharks hosted the 2009 CPL All-Star Game and were named the 2009 CPL Organization of the Year.
He returned to Madison in December of 2009 as General Manager of the Mallards and was named the Northwoods League Executive of the Year in 2011. Caloia was involved in the founding of the Kenosha Kingfish (2013), acquisition of the Green Bay Bullfrogs (2013), the creation of Festival Food Shake the Lake (2015) and the re-birth of Breese Stevens Field (2016).
In addition to his responsibilities with Big Top Baseball, Caloia is on the Board of Directors of the Boys and Girls Club of Dane County.
He received his undergraduate degree from of the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a B.A. in Journalism and a focus on Strategic Communication and his M.B.A. from the UW-Madison. He lives on the near west side of Madison with his wife Rachel, daughter Ella, and son Keegan. He is originally from St. Charles, Ill.
Liz Kern started working for the Madison Mallards in 2004 as a game day employee. She was invited back each season after that and continued to expand her roles until she took on a full time position in 2007. In 2007 she became the Customer Service and Box Office Manager. In 2010 Liz was promoted to General Manager of the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters, making her the first female GM in Northwoods League history. After four successful and fun season in Wisconsin Rapids, Liz moved to Green Bay to be the GM for the fourth team to be added to the newly named Big Top Baseball. In 2016, after 11 years with the organization, Liz moved back to Madison and is now the Vice President of Big Top Baseball. In this new role, she works primarily with HR, payroll and special events. Liz has been part of some spectacular events in BTB history including: June 4, 2004 when the Mallards drew over 10,000 fans to the game that evening; June 6, 2010 – the inaugural game for the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters; May 31, 2014 – the inaugural game for the Kenosha Kingfish; and August 6, 2015 – the highest attended game in Green Bay Bullfrogs franchise history featuring Mike McCarthy as a guest, as well as many more events along the way. Liz enjoys seeing fans enjoying the ballpark from the minute they get to the ballpark until they leave. Liz@bigtopbaseball.com
Digital Marketing & Design Manager
Kludt enters her third season with Big Top Baseball as the Digital Marketing and Design Manager. In this role, she designs and produces creative content for all Big Top Baseball teams. Previous to her Big Top Baseball role, she worked for two years with the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters. She completed a Video and Webcast Production internship in 2013 and spent the summer of 2014 in a seasonal role as the Media Coordinator. She graduated in December of 2014 from Crown College in St. Bonifacius, Minnesota with a degree in Communications. The Watertown, SD native enjoys playing tennis and spending time outside in her free time. She currently resides in Madison and works out of the office at the Duck Pond. Macy@bigtopbaseball.com