Doug Gole, a Carthage College Graduate, returns to Kenosha with over 20 years of sports marketing, ticket sales and management experience as he leads the organization into 2019 and beyond.
Doug spent time with the Milwaukee Brewers, the Arena Football League’s Milwaukee Mustangs and the Milwaukee Wave, before transitioning his career into premium sales as a Director of Sales with VIP Sports Marketing and, most recently, as the Suite & Club Level Sales Manager with the BMO Harris Bradley Center in Milwaukee before the building’s closing in the spring of 2018.
In his role as GM, Doug will oversee all aspects of the Kingfish organization with his primary focuses being on sponsor sales and service, ticket sales and overall game presentation and fan experience.
Gole is originally from New Berlin, WI.  He and his wife, Angela, have three children – Matthew, Joshua & Hannah so most of his free time is spent with the family. But if he can get away, Doug loves playing basketball.

Doug@KingfishBaseball.com 

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.

Rustin@KingfishBaseball.com

Goralski will be entering his first season as a full time Kingfish employee in 2019 as a Corporate account’s manager. He will work with corporations to organize group outings along with employee entertainment options.

Prior to joining the Kingfish, he spent the previous two years running his own insurance agency. During his time as an agent he sold all major lines of insurance and worked with an array of people ranging from owners to. In 2014 he was an operations intern for the Kingfish in the club’s inaugural season.

Goralski graduated from the University of Wisconsin Parkside in 2016 where he earned his degree in Sports Management along with gathering his coaching certificate. During his time at Parkside he also worked for the Milwaukee Brewers as an event manager at Helfair field. Ryne is a diehard Milwaukee Brewers fan along with the Milwaukee Bucks, Packers, and Badgers. In his free time he coaches basketball for St Joseph Catholic Academy in Kenosha.

Ryne@KingfishBaseball.com

White is entering his first season as the Season Ticket Sales Manager. With this role, he will be oversee 7-Game Packages, 9-Game Packages, Half-Season Ticket Packages, and Full-Season Ticket Packages.

Before working with the Kingfish, Ben worked a full season with the La Crosse Loggers as a Ticket Sales Intern. He is very excited to continue working in the Northwoods League. Watching these young college baseball players chase their dreams of making it to the MLB, is one of his favorite parts about this league.

White is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin La Crosse, where he earned a Bachelors Degree in Sport Management, and a minor is Business Administration. His hometown is Benton, WI, which is in the southwest corner of the state. In his free time, he enjoys hanging out with his family and friends, watching sports, and enjoying the outdoors. He is an avid Wisconsin Badgers, Green Bay Packers, Milwaukee Bucks, Chicago White Sox, and Benton Zephyrs fan. 

Jake Zappa, a graduate of St. Joseph High School (Catholic Academy) is honored to return to Kenosha. Jake has spent the last seven years working for Levy Restaurants at the BMO Harris Bradley Center and as a member of the Fiserv Forum Opening Team. He has been key in Food and Beverage experiences across the midwest including the Ravinia Festival, the Kentucky Derby, and the NCAA College World Series in Omaha Nebraska.

Being an avid baseball fan, Jake understands the importance of quality Food and Beverage within the baseball environment. The crack of the bat and the smell of field goes hand in hand with the flavor of the Hot Dog.
Jake and his wife Heather live in Waukesha with their two children Isaiah and Isabella. The Zappa family spends their spare time following all things Notre Dame Fighting Irish and of course White Sox Baseball!

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.

 

VernHeadshotStenman, 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

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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.

Conor@KingfishBaseball.com

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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