President of Business Operations
Mike Gordon enters his third season as the Wolves president of business operations after joining the organization as vice president of partnerships in February 2009. During his tenure, the front office won the 2010 President's Award given annually to one American Hockey League organization to reward excellence in all areas off the ice. The Wolves won back-to-back Sponsorship Sales Department of the Year awards in 2010 and 2011 as well. Over the past three seasons, ticket sales have grown by 12 percent and sponsorships by 27 percent. Last season marked the third straight year of increased revenue and the Wolves regularly rank among the top AHL franchises in sponsorships and ticket sales.
Prior to joining the Wolves, Gordon served as the vice president of sales for the Arena Football League's Chicago Rush and oversaw all of the team's corporate sponsorship initiatives. Under Gordon's direction, the Rush ranked among the AFL's top three teams in corporate sponsorship revenue for five consecutive years (2004-08). In addition to his sponsorship duties, he oversaw ticket sales during his first three seasons with the Rush. Attendance increased 56 percent during that time and the franchise drew its first sellout crowd. During his tenure, the Rush won the AFL Commissioner's award for Organization of the Year three times.
The 43-year-old Gordon also spent seven years in the athletic department at DePaul University. He concluded his run at the Lincoln Park school as Assistant Athletic Director for External Relations, where he oversaw the licensing, marketing, ticket sales, and sponsorships for the athletic department. In addition to his departmental duties, he taught undergraduate classes in sports marketing.
A graduate of Knox College in Galesburg, Ill., Gordon received his MBA in Marketing at DePaul. He also performed consulting work for the Chicago Blackhawks, the 1994 World Cup, and several minor league baseball teams.
Gordon and his wife, Susan, have a daughter, Katie, and a son, Alex, and live in Arlington Heights, where he coaches various youth sports and serves as President of the Arlington Heights Park District Foundation.