Meet The Mavericks Front Office Staff
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Mike Cukyne enters his third season as Mavericks President in 2022-23. In his role, Cukyne oversees the day-to-day business operations of the team and Mavericks front office staff. Cukyne came to the Mavericks from the Kansas City Chiefs where he served as a Vice President from 2018-21 and was a member of the organization as the club won multiple AFC Championships and appeared in two Super Bowls, winning Super Bowl LIV. Cukyne led all content efforts for the Chiefs including the team’s media, marketing, production, digital and social platforms and game operations. Entering the professional sports world from the media business, Cukyne spent 22 years with the Meredith Corporation in a variety of progressive roles, culminating as the Vice President and General Manager of KCTV5, Kansas City’s CBS affiliate, as well as Vice President of Digital Media for Meredith's 18 television stations across the country. A graduate of the University of Missouri, Cukyne currently resides in Overland Park, Kan., with his wife and two children.
Nick Perkins enters his fourth season with the Mavericks after his recent promotion to Director of Data Analytics and Ticket Operations. He originally joined the Mavericks in the 2020-21 season as the team’s Game Operations Intern before transitioning to a role in ticket sales in 2021-22. Perkins graduated from the University of Kansas in Fall 2020 with a degree in Sport Management and a business minor. He completed a graduate degree in Sport Management from KU in Spring 2022. A Minnesota native, he currently resides in Lee's Summit, Mo.
Rowe begins his first season as the Mavericks Director of Ticket sales in 2023-24. He joined the Mavericks in the 2020-21 season as an Operations Intern and transitioned to the ticket staff prior to the 2021-22 season. A University of Kansas graduate, Rowe is a lifelong Kansas City sports fan and currently resides in Leawood, Kan.
Michael Bledsoe is entering his first season as an Account Executive for the Kansas City Mavericks. He is a 2022 University of Central Missouri graduate – majoring in sport management with a double minor in business administration and digital media production. A Blue Springs, Mo., native, Bledsoe was a stadium operations intern for the Kansas City Monarchs in 2022.
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Zach Welch begins his second season with the Mavericks as the team's Director of Brand and Public Relations. He spent five years interning across the NFL and NBA PR worlds with the Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Rams, Green Bay Packers, Chicago Bulls and Washington Wizards. Welch is a 2015 UMKC graduate and lives in the Plaza area of Kansas City with his fiancé, Veronica.
Gabrielle Sikora is in her second season with the Mavericks in 2023-24. She was born and raised in Michigan and graduated from Central Michigan University in 2021, earning her degree in Broadcast and Cinematic Arts with a focus in journalism, multimedia design and cinema studies. While in school, Sikora broadcast Central Michigan Athletics for ESPN and worked for Bally Sports Detroit.
Kenzie Venneman enters her first season as the Manager of Digital and Social Media for the Mavericks. Venneman is a Pittsburg, Kan., native and a 2023 University of Kansas graduate. She was a 2022-23 Mavericks intern and was the KU women’s club volleyball president. In her free time, Venneman is a personal trainer.
Josh LeMaster begins his second season as the Mavericks Director of Finance and Administration. LeMaster came from the Kansas City Royals, where he spent five years as the team’s Senior Accountant and Account Manager. A Huxley, Iowa, native, LeMaster is an Iowa State graduate and a member of the Iowa Air National Guard, where he has been a Master Sergeant for 15 years. LeMaster resides in Kearney, Mo., with his wife, Katie, and two children.
The 2023-24 season marks Ludovici's third season with the Mavericks as the team's Director of Game Operations. She grew up outside of Tampa, Fla., and graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in Telecommunications with a specialization in Production. She began her career with the Augusta (S.C.) GreenJackets, the Low-A affiliate of the Atlanta Braves, as their Multimedia Video and Creative Services Specialist. She worked two full seasons in baseball with many concerts and events in between.
With over 20 years of experience in retail management, wholesale apparel sales and visual merchandising, Lisa Hamilton is in her second season as the Mavericks team store manager. Originally from Iowa, Hamilton has returned to the Midwest after spending the previous 20 years living in Arizona. Educated at the University of Iowa and the Art Institute of Chicago, Hamilton currently resides in Grain Valley, Mo.
Mick Deaver, a University of Missouri graduate, begins his first seasons as the Mavericks Manager of Community Relations. Deaver came to the Mavericks after spending time as the St. Louis Blues Fan Development and Community Relations Intern. A lifelong hockey player, Deaver was involved in a fluke hockey accident at the age of 17, which left him as a C5 quadriplegic. However, with hard work and blessings, Deaver has regained mobility with the use of a walker and crutches and has created his own non-profit 501(c)3 called the BeStrong29 Foundation to help those who have been affected by spinal cord injuries.
A 2023 University of Kansas graduate, Lauren Kelley begins her first season with the Mavericks as the team’s sales and marketing coordinator. At KU, Kelley majored in marketing with a minor in entrepreneurship while also being the Assistant Director of Recruitment in the Xi Chapter of Sigma Kappa. Kelley currently resides in Shawnee, Kan.
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