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Knoxville Ice Bears employee advancementsdate: 06/18/2009
June 18, 2009 - The Knoxville Ice Bears have had a winning tradition on the ice, but team president and general manager has built a winning team off the ice as well. Two members of the Ice Bears’ front office staff were recently promoted.
Dave Feather was named the Assistant General Manager. Dave is a graduate of the University of Tennessee, where he also played hockey for four years. While on the team, UT went to the ACHA National Tournament twice. Dave graduated with a degree in Sports Management and an MBA. He worked for the Knoxville Ice Bears for two years as Director of Corporate Partnerships before working with the Charlotte Checkers and the Reading Royals. While at the Checkers, Dave worked as the Director of Sales and helped secure the first ever naming rights to the Charlotte Checkers home ice. He returned to the Ice Bears two years ago to take over his former role with the Ice Bears.
As the Assistant General Manager, Dave will be involved in sports administration, staff development and supervision, public relations, business development, record database management, expense management, and assisting with monitoring and compliance of league playing rules, player contracts, salary cap and player eligibility.
The second employee to advance is Jimmy Woodward, who now serves as the full-time controller. Jimmy is a native of East Tennessee who served in the United States Army. As part of his service, he was involved in operations in Desert Shield/Desert Storm from 1990-1991. After that, Jimmy obtained a degree in Accounting from Cumberland College in Kentucky. His extensive business and accounting background comes from involvement with several businesses in East Tennessee, including part-time duties with the Ice Bears.
As the controller, Jimmy is responsible for coordinating, planning, budgeting and reporting on the financial activities of the Knoxville Ice Bears organization. Jimmy will also be in charge of the accounting, bookkeeping, supervising record keeping and setting up controls to ensure efficiency. During games, he will assist with the management of all gameday operations that entail cash transactions. Jimmy will report directly to Mike Murray and Board Members.
“To survive in minor league sports, you must have a strong, determined team on and off the ice. The front office staff that is in place now is the best that this organization has had. I congratulate Dave and Jimmy on their success,” commented Mike Murray.