Meet the Team2018-09-27T14:38:22+00:00

Executive Team

Galen Beers

Executive Director

Galen, from Baltimore, MD, is an MBA graduate from the Johnson School at Cornell University. He also received a bachelors degree from Cornell University in 2002 (Economics). Between these two adventures in academia, he was a professional lacrosse player in Boston, a primary school teacher in Manchester (UK) and a software/strategy consultant in the Northeast US region. He was introduced to the world of Social Sports in 2010 as a Finance and Analytics Manager at VAVi Sport & Social. Since then, he has built relationships with hundreds of Social Sports businesses worldwide and works for the Executive Committee to execute on their vision each year.

Krissy Greenleaf

Associate Director

Krissy joined the SSIA in 2014 as the owner of Kaboom Sports & Social Club in Pensacola, Florida. That same year, she was elected to the SSIA’s Executive Committee to represent the smaller clubs in the organization. In 2015, she was named Marketing Chair and formed the Marketing Sub-Committee in order to create an outward-facing brand for the social sports industry, the Social Sports Network. In 2016, she sold her business to a fellow Industry Member, Club Sport, and accepted the new role of Associate Director. Krissy graduated from the University of Florida in 2004 with a B.S. in Advertising and minor in Business. Her previous work experience includes teaching, media buying and planning, and account management in industries including healthcare, education, retail, banking, food service and government. In her spare time, she enjoys riding horses, traveling and spending time with her family and friends.

Executive Committee

Chris Giebner
Chris GiebnerPresident
Christian Crute
Christian CruteVice President
John Pantzer
John PantzerTreasurer
Sa Dao
Sa DaoEvents Chair
Ian Elston
Ian ElstonSponsorship Chair
Omid Rafiei
Omid RafieiMarketing/PR Chair
Chris Wessely
Chris WesselyPartner Program Chair
Bob Downing
Bob DowningMarketing/PR
Robert Kinsler
Robert KinslerMember Communication
Marvin Guelce
Marvin GuelceMember At Large
Brian Irving
Brian IrvingMember At Large
Kristi Herold
Kristi HeroldMember At Large
Felix Goodson
Felix GoodsonMember At Large

Sponsorship Sub Committee

Ian Elston
Ian ElstonMarketing Director
Nikki Hartel
Nikki Hartel Sponsorship & Partnership Director
Kent Heggie
Kent HeggieDirector of Partnership & Corporate Events
Brooke Jreisat
Brooke JreisatOwner
Bob Downing
Bob Downing Acting President
Keith Cunningham
Keith Cunningham VP of Events and Sponsorship Sales
Ike Murov
Ike MurovDirector of Sponsorship & Events
Ashleigh Yelovich
Ashleigh Yelovich Marketing & Events Coordinator
Deirdre Buchta
Deirdre BuchtaDirector of Marketing
Steve Farawell
Steve FarawellCo-Owner, NJ Play Sports

Marketing Sub Committee

Omid Rafiei
Omid RafieiPresident
Taylor Tegarden
Taylor Tegarden Social Media Manager
Brandt Tillotson
Brandt Tillotson President
Steve Farawell
Steve FarawellCo-Owner
Samantha Ferriera
Samantha FerrieraMarketing Specialist
Mike McGough
Mike McGough Co-owner / Director of Operations
Marvin Guelce
Marvin GuelceDirector of Sports Leagues

Events Sub Committee

Sa Dao
Sa DaoCo-Founder
Omid Rafiei
Omid RafieiPresident
Ian Elston
Ian ElstonMarketing Director