Thunderbolts name Pete Xander general manager

08/24/2017 8:10 AM -

Evansville Thunderbolts are pleased to announce that Pete Xander, former manager of Ticket and Fan Development at Butler University, has been named the general manager for the city’s hockey franchise.

In his new position, Xander will oversee the day-to-day operations of the Thunderbolts, including season, group and single game ticket sales, as well as corporate sponsorships and fulfillment.

 “Pete has a strong background in ticket sales and program development, which will help us to reach more fans and more community partners” said Scott Schoenike, President of the Evansville Thunderbolts.  “Pete will be a good fit for us, as well as the fans.  He has the skills and experience to build upon the strong foundation that we have built.”

Xander, an Ohio native, began working at Butler in 2014.  Prior to that he served as a development assistant for the Bulldog Foundation at Fresno State.  Xander graduated from Butler in 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Journalism-Public Relations.  After graduation, Xander accepted a position as assistant director of ticket sales and operations at Drake University.  From Drake, Xander spent time working at Ball State University, where he earned his master's in sports administration, before heading to Fresno State and then Butler.

Xander said the opportunity to manage a staff and pursue other skills is what got him into professional hockey.  He added that he’s excited to help the Evansville Thunderbolts succeed on and off the ice and to help the growing fan base in the region.

Xander resides in Evansville with his wife, Sara.

“My wife Sara and I are extremely excited to move to Evansville and join the Thunderbolt family,” said Xander.  “We will work every day with the fans to build an organization that the City of Evansville will be proud of.  I want to thank Scott Schoenike for trusting me with this opportunity.  We believe this is great time to join the organization because of the staff that is already in place, the relationship with the City of Evansville and the team Coach Pyle is assembling.”

Season tickets are as low as $11 per game.  To order your tickets for next season, call 812-422-BOLT.

About Evansville Thunderbolts: The Evansville Thunderbolts is the area’s only professional hockey team.  The Thunderbolts are a proud member of the Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL).  The team is owned and operated by VW Sports, L.L.C, a subsidiary of VenuWorks, Inc.

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