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Matt Batchelder

Vice President of Ticket Sales

E-mail: mbatchelder@griffinshockey.com

Phone: (616) 774-4585 ext. 3036

Biography:

A 15-year veteran of the organization, Matt Batchelder begins his first season as the vice president of ticket sales for the Griffins after receiving a promotion earlier this year. In his new role, Batchelder oversees all of the organization’s ticket operations, including group and season ticket sales.

Beginning his tenure with DP Fox Sports & Entertainment in 2005, Batchelder spent three seasons as a group sales manager before becoming the director of ticket sales in 2008. After becoming senior director of ticket sales in 2012, Batchelder helped lead the Griffins to attendance increases for the third and fourth consecutive seasons. During the 2013-14 campaign, the Griffins achieved eight regular season sellouts, ranked second in the AHL in regular season attendance with the team’s highest average since 1999-2000, and paced the league in average attendance during each of the first two rounds of the Calder Cup Playoffs.

In addition to last season’s attendance increases, Batchelder led his ticket sales team to being named the 2013-14 AHL’s Ticket Sales Department of the Year and he also received honors as the Griffins’ Employee of the Year.
Batchelder resides in Grand Rapids with his wife, Wendy, and his three children, Ana, Sam and Issac.



Number of seasons with the Griffins (including 2014-15): 15

What you love most about working for the Griffins: I love working for an organization that makes such a positive impact on our community.

Favorite Griffins memory: Our Calder Cup championship win of course, but also seeing the incredible excitement of our fans during the three home games of the finals.

Favorite all-time Griffins players: Neal, Nyquist and Tatar

Best thing about your job: Being a part of creating so many great memories for our fans and the West Michigan community through a variety of different ways that all stem from the sale of a ticket.

Hometown: Grand Rapids

States (and provinces or countries) you’ve lived in: Michigan

Spouse's name/year you were married: Wendy, 2003

Children: Ana, Sam and Isaac

Pets (name, type of animal): Misczu and Sofia, both dogs

Sports idol(s) as a youth: Alan Trammel

Personal/professional hero(es): Jeffry Gitometer, Jeff Blount

As a child, you dreamed of becoming: A Shortstop for the Detroit Tigers

First job/your age: Ponderosa Steakhouse dishwasher at 15

Current dream job: I have it.

Other sports teams you've worked for: GVSU Hockey

If you could trade places for a day with another occupation/person, what/who would it be? Pope Francis

Proudest professional accomplishment: Employee of the Year and AHL Department of the Year, both thanks to our talented sales and operations team!

Favorite charities/charitable causes: Catholic Relief Services

Sports played growing up: Baseball, basketball, track

Hidden (or not so hidden) talents: Love to draw

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