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.
Jessica Abnet- Hospitality Director
Jessica Abnet is new to the Boomerang Management team this year, bringing many years of experience taking care of guests at Festival Foods. Starting in the Onalaska, WI location in 1996 as a cashier and continuing to grow with the company to Assistant Director of Guest Services officing in Green Bay, WI.
Jessica is joining the Boomerang Management team to continue to provide excellent associate development opportunities, a fun place to work, and an experience that our guests will enjoy and want to come back to. She will work with the teams at the Green Bay Booyah, Capital Credit Union Park, and EPIC Event Center to bring the level of service customers have grown to expect in Festival stores come to life in all Boomerang Management venues.
Jessica lives with her husband Frank and two children in De Pere, WI. They enjoy spending time with family and friends, traveling, golfing, concerts, Packer games, and stay very active in giving back to the community. Jessica serves on the board for Make A Wish and Red Bird Vocal Music at De Pere High School.
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 nine seasons with the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters, the final five as General Manager. 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 the team’s only Northwoods League Summer Collegiate World Series Championship. During his time in Wisconsin Rapids, Fanta oversaw numerous facility upgrades and additions that contributed to the experience at Witter Field today, the largest crowd in team history, and two Northwoods League All-Star Games. He was also recognized as the 2014 Big Top Baseball Executive of the Year by the team’s ownership group at the time. 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, WI and currently resides in Ashwaubenon. His hobbies include running, fishing, spending time with family and friends, and enjoying Brewers, Packers, Bucks and Badgers games.
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 Fleet Farm Flex Pack 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.
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.
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 stadium rentals 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.
Alyssa Halverson – Graphic Design & Corporate Service Manager
Alyssa is entering her first season with the Green Bay Booyah as the Graphics Design and Corporate Service Manager. Alyssa is not new to the Northwoods League as she interned with the Dock Spiders in 2019 as their Graphic Design Intern. Prior to joining the Booyah, she spent the last year and a half as the Graphic Design Intern for the Green Bay Packers. Alyssa is a 2019 graduate from Madison Area Technical College where she earned her Associates Degree in Graphic Design. She is originally from Lomira, Wisconsin and enjoys spending time with her dog, hanging with friends and family, hiking and attending sporting events.
Dana Skinner – Executive Chef
Dana is entering his first season with the Green Bay Booyah as the Executive Chef for Capital Credit Union Park. Not only is Dana expanding the menu of options available, he is also ensuring that everyone has an enjoyable culinary experience. Previously, Dana served as Sous Chef for Butte des Morts Country Club and at UW-Green Bay as Lead Residential Dining Manager. Dana received his culinary training at Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Scottsdale, Arizona and completed his education with a professional Immersion in Paris, France. Dana resides in Green Bay with Sadie, his sweet 12-year-old chocolate lab. He enjoys riding his motorcycle and spending time outdoors with his sweetheart.
Manny Rodriguez – Director of Media Relations & Radio Broadcaster
Mari Beltran – Video Webcast Production/Graphics
Jordan Adams – Ticket Operations
Nick Bauer – Ticket Operations
Hayden Kupsh – Marketing
Becky Berth – Marketing/Official Scorer
Anna Kaftan – Graphic Design/Marketing
Andrew Montana – Graphic Design/Marketing
Griffin Strang – Operations/Event Mangement
Lance Klaubauf – Operations/Event Management
Brenna Zuehlke – Operations/Event Management
Madysen Kontio – Operations/Event Mangement
Tanner Englebert – Operations/Event Mangement
Matt Luebke – Operations/Event Mangement
Preston Kussow – Operations/Event Mangement