Assistant General Manager
The upcoming 2018 season will be Rustin’s fourth 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.
Assistant General Manager
Will is entering his fifth season with Big Top Baseball and his second as Assistant General Manager with the Kingfish. 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.
Director of Marketing and Business Development
Marrero will be entering her third full-time season with Big Top Baseball and first with the Kenosha Kingfish as the Director of Marketing and Business Development where she will handle all external marketing and work to drive corporate sponsorship revenue for the team.
Marrero spent the previous two seasons with the Madison Mallards as the Marketing and Partnership Activation Manager where she assisted in the marketing and media efforts for the team and handled corporate partner relationships.
Prior to working for Big Top Baseball, Marrero worked for a non-profit junior golf organization, the American Junior Golf Association, as a Tournament Coordinator which was based out of Atlanta, GA.
Marrero is a graduate from the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Sport Management in 2014. Marrero is originally from Menasha, Wisconsin and enjoys reading, sports and spending time with her family and friends.
Director of Operations/Group Sales
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.
Director of Fan Experience
Champeau is entering his first season with the Kenosha Kingfish as an Inside Ticket Sales Representative. Last season he was an Inside Ticket Sales Representative with the Mallards and befor that he was a marketing intern within the Big Top family for the Green Bay Bullfrogs. Originally from Green Bay, WI, Champeau is a huge Packer fan and a fan of sports in general as well. He was a three sport athlete at Bay Port High School playing football, swimming, and lacrosse. He graduated from Northeast Wisconsin Technical College in December 2016 with an associates degree in marketing. After playing lacrosse in high school, Champeau had the opportunity to be an assistant lacrosse coach at Bay Port High School for two years. In 2015 he became the head lacrosse coach at Notre Dame Academy in Geen Bay where he coached for two seasons. Champeau’s hobbies are going to Packer games with family and friends and traveling as much as he can.
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