Assistant General Manager - Tickets
Katie Pogeman is in her eighth season with the Rivermen and was named Assistant General Manager - Tickets for the team’s inaugural season in the Southern Professional Hockey League.
The 30-year-old native of Lafayette, Indiana had spent parts of the past four seasons as the Director of Client Services after working the previous three years as an Account Executive for the team. She currently oversees the Rivermen merchandise store and works to create and maintain strong relationships with fans, sponsors and the community.
Pogeman is a graduate of Indiana University where she earned her degree in sports marketing and management with a minor in business. She has previous experience working in the baseball industry – interning with the Peoria Chiefs Baseball Club in 2007. She currently resides in Peoria with her husband, Jakob.
Contact: 309-680-3791 - [email protected]
Assistant General Manager - Corporate Partnerships
Mickey Gray joined the Rivermen as Director of Game Operations prior to the 2012-13 season and was named Assistant General Manager – Corporate Partnerships for the team’s inaugural season in the Southern Professional Hockey League.
Previously, the 29-year-old native of Chicago worked with the U.S. Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington, Illinois, where he served as the Director of Game Operations and Sponsorship Sales for the Central Illinois Drive, Bloomington Edge and Bloomington Blaze. He currently oversees all of Peoria’s corporate partnerships.
Gray is a graduate of Lincoln College where he earned his degree in business administration in 2013. He and his wife, Allison, currently reside in Bloomington with their two dogs, Sydney and Duncan.
Contact: 309-680-3810 - [email protected]
Director of Media Relations/Broadcasting
Alan Fuehring was named Director of Media Relations/Broadcasting on September 16, 2013 and handles play-by-play duties for the team's local radio and internet broadcasts.
Fuehring, 24, had been a key intern for the Rivermen in each of their past three seasons in the American Hockey League. During that span, he filled in as the broadcaster on several occasions and got the opportunity to call a handful of games for the then-AHL team.
A native of Morton, Illinois, Fuehring is no stranger to the area. He graduated from Bradley University in May, 2012, with a degree in sports communication. He also gained experience as an intern for the Peoria Chiefs Baseball Club in 2011.
Prior to joining the Rivermen, Fuehring spent the past year in Charlotte, North Carolina, producing video packages for the FOX SPEED Channel. He has also spent time in Los Angeles working for KABC-TV. His career in broadcasting began at Bradley, where he was a lead voice for many of the school's athletic teams including basketball, baseball and soccer.
Contact: 309-680-3763 - [email protected]
Director of Group Sales/Community Relations
Katie Hegler joined the Rivermen as an Account Executive in January, 2013, and was promoted to Director of Group Sales/Community Relations this past May. She currently handles much of the teams group and season ticket sales as well as the “Rocky’s Rascals Kids Club” and “Read to Success” programs.
The 28-year-old native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, has held a number of unique jobs in the sports industry. Prior to joining the Rivermen, Hegler worked as a guest services representative at Northwestern University and was a fan services representative for the Chicago Bears during the 2012 and 2013 seasons. She also served as a promotions intern for ESPN Milwaukee in 2012.
Hegler is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where she earned a Business Administration degree in marketing in May, 2012. She currently resides in Peoria with her fiancé, Matt, and their two cats, Jaxson and Dr. Sheldon Cooper.
Contact: 309-680-3562 - [email protected]
Corporate Account Representative
Evan Thomas, 24, enters his first season as an account representative for the Rivermen after spending the last two years as a sales and marketing intern with the team. He currently manages the team’s corporate accounts in regards to sponsorship and advertising opportunities.
A Peoria native, Thomas graduated from Illinois State University where he earned his degree in marketing in May, 2013. Over the past five years, he has also spent time scouting high school basketball players. Thomas currently resides in Peoria.
Contact: 309-680-3563 - [email protected]
Jim Small began working for the Rivermen as Sales Manager in 1992 and currently holds a part-time tickets/IT position with the team. His duties include setting up and maintaining the Ticketmaster database as well as handling a portion of single game ticket sales.
A native of Washington, Illinois, Small has worked a number of positions with the franchise including database management and co-driver of the team bus. He is also currently the official in-game blimp pilot. An army veteran (1967-1969), Small worked for Grayboy Cycle Center in Chillicothe and Peoria Heights for 18 years before joining the Rivermen staff.
He is a graduate of Western Illinois University and currently resides in Peoria with his wife, Jeanne. He has two step-children and during his free time, Small enjoys motorcycling, golfing, fishing and taking care of his two Great Pyrenees dogs and four cats.
Contact: 309-680-3778 - [email protected]
Video Coordinator & Partnership Sales
Frank Blain joined the Rivermen as a part-time sales associate this past May, although he has worked for the Peoria Civic Center since 1992.
Blain, 55, currently deals with many of the team's corporate partners and also directs the in-game video presentation for all Rivermen home games. In addition, he works with the Civic Center on Bradley University basketball games as well as other events in the arena.
A native of Eureka, Illinois, Blain graduated from Omega School of Communications in Chicago and started his own production company, Pro Video Productions. He resides in Peoria with his wife, Amy, and their daughter, Melissa, who helps with in-game replays at Carver Arena.
Contact: 309-680-3721 - [email protected]