John Fanta  –  Vice President & General Manager

Fanta, the 2016 Northwoods League Executive of the Year, is in the midst of his 14th season in the Northwoods League. Following the 2018 season he was promoted to Vice President of the Booyah and helped launch the opening of Capital Credit Union Park in 2019. When thrown the ultimate curveball in the spring of 2020 John and his staff successfully navigated a 24 game Covid-shortened Northwoods League season, safely allowing over 17,000 fans in attendance which ranked second in the Northwoods League. In total, his staff managed over 130 events and safely allowed over 50,000 spectators at the facility between June and November, with zero Covid-19 cases contact traced back to the ballpark. Before moving to Green Bay, Fanta spent the previous five seasons as the General Manager of the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters. While with the Rafters, he oversaw the first team in the Northwoods League’s 24 year history to win 52 games in a season in 2017. In 2016, his team tied or broke 21 franchise records on the field, culminating in a Northwoods League Summer Collegiate World Series Championship. During his time in Wisconsin Rapids, Fanta oversaw the largest crowd in team history, two Northwoods League All-Star Games and was named the 2014 Big Top Baseball Executive of the Year. Fanta joined the Rafters as Assistant GM prior to the team’s inaugural season in 2010, after spending two summers as the ticket sales intern for the La Crosse Loggers. He is a 2009 graduate of the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse where he earned his bachelor’s degree in Sport Management and Business Administration. Fanta is a native of Viroqua, Wisconsin and currently resides in Ashwaubenon. His hobbies include running, fishing, spending time with family and friends, and enjoying Brewers, Packers, Bucks and Badgers games.

Email: John@booyahbaseball.com

 

Andrew Johnson  –  Director of Ticket Sales

Johnson is entering his fourth season in the Northwoods League, third as a member of the Booyah full-time staff. As Director of Ticket Sales, Johnson works with companies to plan corporate events to entertain prospective clients, thank customers, and reward employees. He also oversees the 5 Game+ Legacy Membership base and enjoys helping families create fun memories at the ballpark. He joined the Green Bay Booyah front office in December 2018 as the Corporate Accounts Manager and Director of Fan Experience. Prior to joining the Booyah, Johnson spent seven years with Veolia Environmental Services with his most recent role being Regional Account Manager for the Midwest. His first taste of the Northwoods League came as an intern for the La Crosse Loggers in 2009. Away from the ballpark, Andrew spends the majority of his time enjoying sporting events. He has been a season ticket holder with the Milwaukee Brewers since 2007 and has attended Wisconsin Badgers football games with family and friends since he has been five years old. Johnson is a native of Kaukauna and is happy to be home in Northeast Wisconsin working in an industry he is passionate about.

Email: Andrew@booyahbaseball.com

 

Brian Kuklinski  –  Director of Partnerships

Brian enters his third season with the Booyah after serving the previous five seasons before that as the public address announcer for the team. As Director of Partnerships, Kuklinski works with businesses to plan and implement marketing strategies that create lasting memories for the community at Capital Credit Union Park. Prior to joining the team on a full-time basis, Kuklinski spent the previous 20 years in the radio industry, with his last eight specializing in advertising sales. Kuklinski came from Woodward Radio Group where his focus was developing strategic integrated marketing campaigns to help the business growth of clients. In addition to his position with the Booyah, Kuklinski also serves as the radio play-by-play voice of the Green Bay Phoenix Men’s Basketball team. Kuklinski is orignally from Oshkosh and also attended UW-Oshkosh. He currently resides in Green Bay with his wife Jamie and their twin sons Trevor and Jonah.

Email: Brian@booyahbaseball.com

 

Kevin Leisgang  –  Facility Director

Leisgang enters his third season with the Booyah and second as Facility Director of Capital Credit Union Park, after serving as Director of Food & Beverage and Special Events during the inaugural season. As facility director, Kevin is responsible for coordinating booking and overseeing food and beverage operations for over 130 events year-round including baseball, softball, soccer, rugby, youth and high school sports, company parties, concerts, and special events in the VerHalen Club indoor space. He played an integral role in helping piece together a comprehensive Covid-19 Readiness Plan that allowed for the re-opening of Capital Credit Union Park with fans in attendance for events in 2020. Kevin returned home to Northeast Wisconsin prior to the 2019 season after spending the previous 11 seasons in Odessa, Texas with the Odessa Jackalopes hockey team. During his time in West Texas, Kevin won Best Food & Beverage in the Central Hockey League three years in a row. Before moving to Texas, Kevin spent the 2007 summer as an intern for the Green Bay Bullfrogs during their inaugural season. Leisgang is a 2008 graduate of UW-Parkside where he earned his degree in Sports Management. Kevin and his wife Alissa live in the Green Bay area with their three children Hunter, Hadley, and Hayden. He is a native of Seymour, Wisconsin.

Email: Kevin@booyahbaseball.com

Mark Skogen  –  Owner

Mark Skogen is a third generation grocer and current President and CEO of Skogen’s Festival Foods. He joined the family business full-time in 1992 and worked in a variety of positions across the company, including department manager and store director, before transitioning to the President and CEO role in 2006. He assumed ownership of Capital Credit Union Park and the Green Bay Booyah franchise in December 2020.

Mark graduated from Viterbo University in La Crosse, Wisconsin, and played professional basketball in Australia for a period of time after college before returning to Wisconsin to begin his career in the family business. Building off the foundation of servant leadership on which the company was founded, Mark’s dedication to operational excellence and passion for creating opportunities for others has allowed the company to experience incredible growth since he became CEO. Under Mark’s leadership, the company operates 33 retail grocery stores across the state.

The company has been recognized—both locally in the communities it services and on a national level in the industry—as a leader in innovation, culture, growth and ethics. Mark has been honored with numerous awards over the years, including the Wisconsin Grocers Association 2014 Grocer of the Year, the 2020 Robert B. Wegman Award for Entrepreneurial Excellence and the Shelby Report’s 2020 Mover and Shaker of the Year.

In addition to leading Festival Foods and Boomerang Management properties—including Capital Credit Union Park, the Green Bay Booyah and EPIC Event Center—Mark serves on several boards of directors, including the Green Bay Packers and the Food Marketing Institute. Mark strives to give back and enrich the lives of those in the communities served by his companies.

 

 

 

 

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