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Tim Gortsema

Senior Vice President of Business Operations, CTA


Phone: (616) 774-4585 ext. 3014


A member of the Griffins’ original 1995 staff, Tim Gortsema began his career with DP Fox Sports & Entertainment as director of finance and administration before being named vice president in 1997. In February 2007, he was promoted to senior vice president of business operations, becoming just the second person to direct the Griffins’ front office.

Now in his 19th season with the club, Gortsema oversees all business-related activities for the Griffins, including finance and administration, sales and marketing, public relations, community relations, arena advertising and Griff's IceHouse. Under his watch, the Griffins have achieved attendance increases in six of the last seven seasons, finishing fourth out of 30 AHL teams during their 2012-13 Calder Cup championship season.

Gortsema received his bachelor’s degree from Hope College in Holland and later earned his MBA from Western Michigan University. Prior to joining DP Fox Sports, he was a manager in the audit department at Deloitte & Touche, LLP.

He and his wife, Suzanne, have two daughters, Danielle and Madelyn, and one son, Justin.

Number of seasons with the Griffins (through 2013-14): 19

What you love most about working for the Griffins: Aside from working with a great staff, the opportunity to begin afresh each season.

Favorite Griffins memory: Watching the closing seconds tick away in Game 6 of the Calder Cup Finals in Syracuse and having the opportunity to join in the on-ice celebration with our players and staff.

Favorite all-time Griffins players: Matt Ruchty, Ryan Oulahen, Gustav Nyquist, Jeff Hoggan

Hometown: Jenison, MI

Pets (name, type of animal): Two Shih Tzu dogs (Dakoda and Charley)

Sports idol(s) as a youth: Walter Payton (Bears), Ronnie Lott (49ers)

Personal/professional hero(es): Tony Dungy, and any man or woman serving in our military.

As a child, you dreamed of becoming: Big. Now that I'm big, I long for the carefree days of being little.

First job/your age: Washing/cleaning cars at Tuff-Kote Dinol when I was 16.

Current dream job: PGA Golfer (aside from talent, temperament & time, I have all the necessary skills).

Proudest professional accomplishment: Assembling and retaining a highly talented staff.

Most memorable on-the-job mistake/embarrassing moment: Notorious for making coffee and forgetting to put the pot under the filter.

Professional memberships/civic leadership positions: Member AICPA & MACPA, Board Member of Visser Family YMCA, various leadership positions at Fellowship Reformed Church.

Sports played growing up: Football, baseball, golf, former Splash Contest Champion in the Adult Division at Hot Springs Village, Arkansas

Hidden (or not so hidden) talents: Finally had my first golfing hole-in-one in 2011 (but my kids quickly remind me that I "still trail Grandma by one").

An interesting fact about you: Still own and drive my very first car (1972 VW Bug named Hermann the German)

Favorite foods: Elephant ears from the Hudsonville Fair.

Favorite music artists: Randy Travis, Third Day, James Taylor, Darius Rucker

Favorite sports movie: Remember the Titans

Favorite website: Google

Favorite book or author: John Grisham

Favorite subject in elementary school: Gym (followed by recess and then math)

Favorite spectator sports: Any sport involving one of my 3 kids.

Favorite pro/college sports teams (excluding Griffins): Michigan Wolverines; Detroit Lions (a lifelong fan which until recently has equated to a lifetime of frustration).

Favorite recreational activities/hobbies: Golf, neighborhood kickball (I'm all-time pitcher)


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