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, and he was named president of the franchise in June 2015.
Now in his 22nd season with the club, Gortsema oversees all business-related activities for the Griffins, including finance and administration, sales and marketing, public and community relations, arena advertising, the Griff's IceHouse facilities in both Grand Rapids and Holland, and the team’s affiliation agreement with the Detroit Red Wings. Under his watch, the Griffins have achieved attendance increases in nine of the last 11 seasons, most recently finishing fifth out of 30 AHL teams during the 2016-17 campaign.
Gortsema, who in 2011 received the Griffins’ inaugural Founders “Overtime” Award for his career contributions to the organization, earned his bachelor’s degree from Hope College in Holland and 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.
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