Front Office Staff

Todd Halloran- Owner & Governor

Todd headshot web.jpgTodd became the majority owner of the Stingrays in April 2018 through his investment entity Deke Hockey Holdings LLC. Todd is a partner at Freeman Spogli & Co., a Los Angeles and New York-based private equity firm with approximately $2 billion under management. Freeman Spogli is dedicated to partnering with management in U.S.-based consumer-related growth businesses providing capital, strategic and financial counsel, and focused industry experience. Over his 23 years at Freeman Spogli, Todd has worked with and served on the board of directors for a number of public and private companies. He currently serves on the boards of four private companies.

In addition, Todd has been a board member and/or involved with a number of philanthropic and not-for-profit organizations, including organizations focused on underprivileged groups, education and youth sports. Todd is currently a board member of The Community Fund, a Trustee Emeritus at Colby College and the former president of the Darien (CT) Youth Hockey Association, one of the largest youth hockey organizations in the country.

Born and raised in the Boston area, Halloran attended Colby College and graduated with a B.A. in Economics. He also studied for a year at The London School of Economics and earned his MBA at Harvard University. After graduating from Harvard, Todd worked at Goldman Sachs for five years in the Mergers & Acquisitions Group and the Principal Investment Area (GS Capital Partners).

Todd currently splits his time between Charleston and CT/NY. He and his family are passionate hockey fans. Todd grew up playing hockey in a skating family and has four children who all grew up playing the sport including one currently playing collegiate hockey.

Rob Concannon- President & Alternate Governor

Rob.jpgRob Concannon enters his ninth season as the President of the South Carolina Stingrays. Born and raised in Dorchester, MA just outside of Boston, Concannon played for the Stingrays from 1995 to 2000, was a member of the 1997 Kelly Cup Championship team and was inducted into the Stingrays Hall of Fame in 2004. He retired from hockey with the sixth most games played in Stingrays history (330) and was sixth in all-time Stingrays points with 231 (111g, 120a). Prior to turning pro, Concannon was a Division III All-American in 1995 with Salem State College. In addition to the Stingrays, Concannon skated for the Saint John Flames and St. John Maple Leafs of the American Hockey League (AHL) and the Idaho Steelheads and Greenville Grrrowl of the ECHL during his eight-year professional hockey career.

In 2011, Concannon was named as honorary chairman for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. Rob is very active in the Charleston community and likes to exercise in his free time.

Concannon has called Charleston home for the last 20 years and lives downtown with his wife Keri and their twins, John Robert and Ella Loraine.

Email: [email protected]

Julie Thoennes- Office Manager

Julie.jpgJulie Thoennes enters her 26th season with the Stingrays as Office Manager. She is the only member of the Stingrays organization that has been with the club since its inception in 1993.

In addition to handling accounts receivable, accounts payable, payroll and the day-to-day responsibilities of the front office, she assists the team’s coaching staff with player operations which include worker’s compensation and immigration issues. She was inducted into the Stingrays Hockey Hall of Fame in 2011.

Thoennes resides in Summerville with her husband Larry. They have three sons, Chasen, Charles and Greg.

Email: [email protected]

Derek Goldfarb- Senior Vice President of Sales & Sponsorships

Derek Goldfarb - edited headshot.jpgDerek Goldfarb began with the Stingrays as the team's Senior Vice President of Sales and Sponsorships in March 2018. Before moving to Charleston, Derek was the Director of Sales for the Tucker Civic Center on Florida State University’s campus from 2014 to 2018.

From 2008-2014, he was the Assistant General Manager and Director of Sales for the Memphis Redbirds, the Triple-A Affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals. Derek started his career in the Sales Department at Global Spectrum’s Wells Fargo Center, in Philadelphia, PA. While there he sold ticket plans, luxury seating, advertising and sponsorship opportunities for the Philadelphia Flyers, Philadelphia 76ers and Wells Fargo Center.

Derek lives in Mount Pleasant with his wife Sara, son Connor and dog Lemmie. In his free time, he enjoys playing golf and spending time with his family in the community.

Email: [email protected]

Preston Hayden- Director of Corporate Partnerships & Marketing

Preston.jpgPreston Hayden began with the Stingrays as the Director of Corporate Partnerships and Marketing in March of 2017. Originally from Troy, AL, Hayden received a Bachelor’s Degree in Sport Management with a concentration in Business Administration from Troy University.

Hayden comes to the Stingrays after having worked as a Corporate Partnership Executive with the Triple-A affiliate of the Miami Marlins in New Orleans. Prior to his time working in minor league baseball, Hayden spent three years working as an account executive for the NBA’s New Orleans Pelicans and the NFL’s New Orleans Saints. He was responsible for over $1 million in new business and was recognized for his exceptional customer service.

This is Hayden’s second stint working in South Carolina as he began his career with the then-named Greenville Road Warriors for two seasons.

In his free time, Hayden is a sports enthusiast, competes in various fantasy leagues, and is even known to sing a little karaoke every now and then. His favorite teams are the Atlanta Braves, New Orleans Pelicans, and New Orleans Saints, and he has a die-hard passion for his alma mater. Hayden and his wife Amber reside in Charleston with their son, Landon.

Email: [email protected]

Patrick Smith- Corporate Partnerships Executive

Patrick Smith headshot.jpgPatrick began working full time with the Stingrays in March of 2018 as a Corporate Partnerships Executive. He engages in partnerships and is continuing to grow relationships with businesses throughout the Lowcountry.

After growing up in from Marietta, GA, Patrick played tennis at Georgia Perimeter College before transferring and graduating from Kennesaw State with a degree in Sport Management. He has lived in Charleston for the last year.

During his final semester in school, Patrick interned for the Stingrays as a Corporate Partnerships and Marketing Intern before starting with the team full-time.

In his spare time, he enjoys hunting, fishing, farming, along with playing tennis and golf.

Email: [email protected]

Kyle Huckabee- Ticket Operations Manager

Kyle.jpgKyle Huckabee is now in his seventh season with the Stingrays and will transition to a new role as Ticket Operations Manager, overseeing box office operations at the North Charleston Coliseum on game nights. Huckabee previously served as the team's Ticket Sales Manager for three seasons and was a finalist for the 2014-15 ECHL Ticket Executive of the Year.
A native of Charleston, South Carolina, Huckabee received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from the College of Charleston. He grew up in Summerville, South Carolina and has attended Stingrays hockey games for the last 20 years prior to working with the team. 
Huckabee enjoys golfing around town in his free time and currently resides in Summerville with his wife Marcy and their son Aaron. His favorite sports teams are the USC Gamecocks, the Atlanta Braves and of course, the Stingrays.

Email: [email protected]

Zach Myers- Ticket Sales Manager

Zach.jpgZach Myers enters his third season as a full-time staff member with the Stingrays after previously serving as an Account Executive for 2 seasons.

Prior to joining the Stingrays, Zach spent time working for the RBC Heritage in Hilton Head, SC in their sponsorship department.  In his hometown of York, PA, he earned a Bachelors in Sports Management at York College of Pennsylvania.

Myers enjoys spending time at the pool, golfing, and exploring Charleston. He resides in Mount Pleasant with his Fiancé, Allie, and their rescue dog, Navy.

Email: [email protected]

Nicole Crowley- Account Executive

Nicole Crowley headshot.jpgNicole is in her first season with the Stingrays as an Account Executive and already has plenty of experience working in sports before joining the team. She worked as the Community Relations Coordinator with the Springfield Cardinals, the AA-affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals, from 2011 until 2015.

She also worked with the Frisco RoughRiders, the AA-affiliate of the Texas Rangers, for two seasons where she began as an intern and was promoted to a full-time position as the Group Sales Coordinator.

While attending school at the University of Indianapolis, Nicole completed several internships with the Indiana Pacers and Sequence Sports Event Management Company before receiving her Bachelors Degree in Sports Marketing in 2010.

A die-hard Cardinals fan after growing up in St. Louis, Nicole moved to the Lowcountry with her husband Rodney who currently serves in the United States Coast Guard. In her spare time, she enjoys going to the beach and spending time with friends and family.

Email: [email protected]

Erica Brochu- Account Executive

Erica Brochu Headshot.jpgErica is starting her first full season with the Stingrays as an Account Executive and bringing fun to the Stingrays experience. Prior to joining the Rays, Erica graduated from Coastal Carolina University in May of 2018 with a BS in Recreation and Sport Management. She began her Sport Management career in North Carolina interning with the Fayetteville SwampDogs in the Coastal Plain League as the team's social media and events coordinator.

Born and raised in Lewiston, Maine, Erica grew up as a fan of all New England sports, including hockey and the Boston Bruins. While starting her college career at Southern Maine Community College, Erica had the opportunity to play softball while interning with the Portland Pirates and working closely with their Youth Hockey Manager.

Erica resides in Summerville with her fiancé Michael, a Citadel graduate, and their
Beagle Griffey. In her free time, Erica enjoys being by the water, spending time with family and friends, and getting involved in all things sports!

Email: [email protected]

Andrew DePuy- Account Executive

Andrew DePuy headshot.jpgAndrew is entering his first season with the Stingrays as an Account Executive. He already had plenty of experience in the sports industry before joining the Rays, having worked as a ticket sales representative for both the Buffalo Sabres and Buffalo Bison baseball team, the AAA-affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays.

While attending school at Niagara University, Andrew served as president for the school's club hockey team and also founded the club golf program before also holding the president role in its inaugural year. He completed a degree in Sports Management in the spring of 2018 with a specialization in Revenue Management as well as a Minor in Marketing.

After growing up a die-hard fan of the Washington Capitals in his hometown of Hershey, PA, Andrew is excited to work for one of its' affiliates and learn about the team's future prospects. In his spare time, he enjoys golfing, hiking, and spending time with friends and family.

Email: [email protected]

Jared Shafran- Director of Communications & Broadcasting

Jared.jpgJared Shafran was named as the Stingrays' Director of Communications and Broadcasting in October of 2016. He is beginning his third season as the "Voice of the Stingrays", providing play-by-play of all games.

Shafran previously served as an Athletics Communications Associate at Ferris State University where he called games for the school's Division I hockey team. During the 2015-16 season, Shafran was behind the microphone for Ferris State's WCHA conference championship win, as well as the team's run to the 2016 NCAA Tournament. At Ferris State, Shafran played a key role in producing video and multimedia content and helped oversee social media accounts for all 17 of Ferris State's athletic programs. He also assisted with the school's media relations and marketing efforts while leading video board production.

A native of Highland Mills, NY, Shafran also spent three seasons with the Tri-City Storm of the United States Hockey League (USHL) from 2012-2015 where he handled play-by-play for the Storm and spearheaded the team's media relations and digital media initiatives. During his time in Tri-City, Shafran's strong body of work earned him numerous opportunities to work league events including serving as the lead interviewer at the NHL Draft for two years as well as hosting the USHL Draft Show twice and serving as a rinkside reporter at the 2015 USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game.

Shafran also had a stint as the play-by-play voice of the Palm Springs Power baseball team in 2012, as well as experience with The Boston Globe and The Boston Herald. A graduate of Northeastern Univerity, he currently resides in North Charleston and enjoys rooting for the New York Mets in the offseason.

Email: [email protected]

Ryan Hayden- Director of Creative Services & Game Operations

Poke.jpgRyan Hayden began with the Stingrays as the Director of Creative Services and Game Operations in September of 2017. Originally from Troy, AL, Hayden received a Bachelor’s Degree in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in Leadership Studies from Troy University in 2010. He then received a Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership from Nichols College in 2015.

Hayden joins the Stingrays after having served dual roles at Nichols College as the Director of Athletics Marketing and Sponsorships and the Assistant Sports Information Director for the last four years. In his time with Nichols, he helped establish the Bison as a premiere social presence nationally among Division III schools and in the Top three in all of New England according to Hayden also established a phone application called ‘Nichols Nation’ in collaboration with SuperFanU which allowed Bison students and fans to check-in at home sporting events and earn points which could be redeemed for prizes throughout the year.

Hayden also served as the ‘Voice of the Bison’ at Nichols College where he announced many of the school’s men’s and women’s ice hockey games, men’s and women’s basketball games, baseball, and football games. He received the opportunity to work stats in the past for such events as Frozen Fenway, the Hockey East Championship, and the NCAA Men’s Hockey Regionals at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence, RI

Hayden is a huge sports fan and enjoys cheering on all of his teams – including the Atlanta Braves, Miami Heat, and New England Patriots. He resides in Ladson with his wife, Amanda, and his dog, Wade.

Email: [email protected]

Sami Wasek- Community Relations Manager

Sami.jpgSami Wasek began with the Stingrays in September of 2017 as an account executive. After completing her first season with the team in 2017-18, she was promoted to Community Relations Manager.

She is very excited to begin her new role and responsibilities, taking the lead in coordinating more events and increasing our outreach in the local community. In her spare time, she enjoys hunting, farming and fishing.

Email: [email protected]