Darren Abbott, President
Darren Abbott began his career with the LA Kings in 2010 when he was named President of the Manchester Monarchs. In 2015 Abbott moved with the Kings top affiliation to Ontario when the American Hockey League’s Pacific Division was created. In his new post as President of LA Kings Affiliates, Abbott oversees business operations for both the Ontario Reign and the Eisbaren Berlin of the DEL. As Senior Vice President of Revenue for AEG Sports, he has oversight of the LA Kings Ticket Sales and Hockey Development Departments as well as the new AEG Sports Inside Sales Academy in Downtown LA.
Before joining the Kings organization, Darren was the President of the South Carolina Stingrays of the ECHL from 2006-2010. Abbott was the recipient of the ECHL Executive of the Year award in 2008 after being a finalist for the honor in 2007.
Prior to being named President of the Stingrays, Abbott was the Director of Public Relations and Broadcasting for seven seasons with the team. He earned the league’s Broadcaster of the Year award in 2003, and the ECHL’s Public Relations Award in 2000 and 2001.
The native of Canton, NY played Varsity Hockey and graduated from Mount Allison University in New Brunswick in 1991. He currently serves on the Board of the Inland Empire Ronald McDonald House and the Hope Reigns Foundation.
Abbott resides in Claremont, CA with his wife Claire and three sons, Charlie, Harry and Max.
Jennifer Padilla, Jr. Accountant
Jennifer Padilla joined the Ontario Reign as Jr. Accountant in 2021 after working as an Accounting Coordinator in the transportation industry. A Colton, CA native, she attended her local University of Cal State San Bernardino where she earned her degree in Business Administration, with a focus in accounting. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and traveling.
Season Tickets, Service & Retention
Heather Furey, Service Executive, Season Tickets & Retention
Heather Furey joined the Reign service department in 2021 after working with NASCAR at Auto Club Speedway and Toyota Arena in California. Originally from Tampa Florida, Heather also worked with the Jacksonville Armada Football Club, Orlando Magic and University of Florida Gators after studying communication and sport management at the University of North Florida.
Heather is proud to call the Ontario Reign and Los Angeles Kings her West Coast hockey teams, but she is also a die-hard Tampa Bay Lightning fan. She loves watching games with her daughter Quinn.
Monique Karraa, Service Executive, Season Tickets & Retention
Monique joined the Reign service department in 2021 after working with the Arizona Coyotes and Los Angeles Dodgers. Originally from Rancho Cucamonga, CA, Monique studied Sports Management at Grand Canyon University and completed her MBA at the University of Redlands. She spends her free time reading Manga and watching Anime.
Monique is happy to be back in the Inland Empire with her family and hopes to watch the Reign win the Calder Cup!
Nate Downer, Director - Ticket Sales and Service
Nate joined the Ontario Reign as Manager of Group Sales & Strategy for the 2017-18 season after spending the previous four years with the Manchester Monarchs, previous AHL and ECHL affiliate of the LA Kings. Nate began his career with Monarchs as an Inside Sales Representative, eventually rising to the position of Director, Season Tickets and Service in 2016.
Nate is a native of Bedford, NH, and obtained a degree in Kinesiology and Sport Studies from the University of New Hampshire.
Nate enjoys playing golf, going to the beach, and hanging with his dog, Brady.
Ariel Padilla, Manager, Inside Sales
Ariel joined the Reign prior to the 2017-18 season and is responsible for recruiting, hiring and managing the team's Inside Sales Team, working to achieve revenue goals each season. Originally from Fullerton, CA, Padilla attended Cal State Fullerton where she played Division I Softball and worked in the University's Athletics Marketing Department.
In her free time, she enjoys going to Disneyland with her wife and niece, shooting portrait photography, and going to the gym.
Andreas Torres, Account Executive, Business Development
Torres joined the Reign in June of 2018. A native of West Covina, CA, he previously attended school at California State Fullerton.
In his business development position with the Reign, he is focused on helping fans and businesses share incredible sports experiences with the people important to them.
Previously, Torres also spent time as an Associate at In-N-Out Burger. In his free time, he likes to play basketball with his buddies and watch sports with his wife and 2-year-old son.
Chris Davis, Account Executive, Premium Seating
Chris joined the team prior to the 2021-22 season and is responsible for providing the best seating experiences in Toyota Arena for viewing Reign Hockey! Originally from Gary, IN, Davis received his degree from the University of Iowa.
Prior to joining the Reign, Chris split time in both sales and marketing roles across multiple industries for companies like Leo Burnett, Eli Lilly, and Merrill Lynch. In his free time, he enjoys seeing his family, cooking and listening to jazz.
Dezerie Thompson, Inside Sales Representative
Dezerie joined the Reign as an Inside Sales Representative prior to the 2021-22 season. A hometown Ontario native, she previously interned in marketing and sales for the Ontario Fury where she built a list of sponsors and assist in the operations of youth soccer camps.
A graduate of California Baptist University, Thompson will help provide a great experience for fans at Reign games.
During her free time, Dezerie likes to take adventures that consist of good food and a great view.
Matthew Andrews, Inside Sales Representative
Matthew joined the Reign as an Inside Sales Representative prior to the 2021-22 season. Originally from Elmira, NY, Andrews has previous experience working in hockey as an Assistant Facilities Manager where he worked in maintenance and drove a Zamboni.
Andrews received his Bachelor's Degree in history from the University of South Florida before attending California State Long Beach and earning his Master's Degree in Sport Management.
He enjoys playing sports and video games in his free time.
Adam Cribbs, Inside Sales Representative
Adam joined the Reign as an Inside Sales Representative prior to the 2021-22 season. A native of Encino, CA, he previously worked for the NBA's Golden State Warriors as a Public Relations and Communications Assistant and attended the University of California-Berkeley.
With the Reign, Cribbs is focused on assisting current and future ALL-IN members.
He enjoys cooking and playing baseball and softball during his free time.
Ben Speare, Inside Sales Representative
Ben joined the Ontario Reign organization in July 2021 as an Inside Sales Representative. He was born and raised in Dana Point, CA, but currently resides in Culver City.
Speare has previously worked with many sports franchises in the LA area, including the Clippers, Dodgers, Kings, Sparks, LAFC, UCLA Athletics and ESPNLA.
He attended the University of Oregon, receiving his Bachelor's Degree in Business & Sport Management, and continued his education at California State University Long Beach, earning his Master's Degree in Sport Management.
Ben wants to help create awesome sports memories for the families attending Ontario Reign hockey games. When he's not selling tickets, you can find him watching his Dodgers, Oregon Ducks, and LA Kings. Speare also loves spending time with his parents, his girlfriend Alyssa, and his two crazy dogs, Harry and Luna.
Clayton Radl, Inside Sales Representative
Clayton joined the Ontario Reign organization in July 2021 as an Inside Sales Representative. He hails from America’s Dairyland, the great state of Wisconsin. He was raised in Sauk City, a small town near Madison, and is a recent graduate of the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.
While at school, he completed an internship with the local summer collegiate baseball team, the La Crosse Loggers Baseball Club.
In his free time, Clayton is a tourist in his new home, adventuring the state of California and all the sites, experiences, and beaches (the best part) that it has to offer.
Trace Tempesta, Inside Sales Representative
Trace is a USC graduate from San Diego, who joined the Reign as an Inside Sales Representative prior to the 2021-22 season.
After beginning his career with the San Diego Padres and LA Sparks, Trace knew the sports business was the profession for him.
When not working, Trace is either watching, podcasting, or participating in his favorite sports, such as basketball, beach volleyball, and sailing. He is also a taco connoisseur and hip-hop head, while dabbling in cryptocurrency and NFTs, but needs to learn more before declaring himself “in the know”.
Natali McCaslin, Inside Sales Representative
Natali joined the Reign as an Inside Sales Representative prior to the 2021-22 season. Originally from Carlsbad, CA, she attended school at California State University, Long Beach where she earned a Bachelor's Degree in Kinesiology in the option of Sport Psychology and a Master's in Sport Management.
She previously worked as a Sales Associate at Orangetheory Fitness and also served as a Student Athlete Success Mentor at Cypress College.
In her spare time, Natali enjoys all kinds of food, hiking new trails and playing lacrosse.
Daniel Tabibian, Inside Sales Representative
Daniel joined the Reign in July of 2021 as an Inside Sales Representative. He was born and raised in San Jose, CA before attending the University of Oregon and graduating with a degree in Sports Business in June of 2021.
During his four years at school, Daniel took part in a sales internship as well as an internship with Fox Sports.
In his free time, Daniel enjoys playing and watching sports and spending time with his friends, family and coworkers.
Noah Griffith, Inside Sales Representative
Noah joined the Reign as an Inside Sales Representative in August of 2021. Originally from Escondido, CA, he previously worked as a sales intern for PepsiCo in Long Beach, as well as Fastenal as a Sales Support.
Griffith received his degree from California State University of Fullerton. In his current role, he is reaching out to fans to discuss season tickets and other ticket packages that will save them money.
In his free time, Noah enjoys utilizing his creativity with dance and teaching himself how to dance different genres, as well as playing basketball.
Jerry Dangler, Inside Sales Representative
Jerry joined the Reign as an Inside Sales Representative prior to the 2021-22 season. Originally from Nyack, NY, he attended school at The College at Brockport.
His previous experience includes time as a Ticket Sales Representative with the Bismarck Larks, a summer collegiate baseball team in the Northwoods League.
In his free time, Dangler enjoys watching sports and hanging out with his co-workers.
Diego Zuniga, Inside Sales Representative
Diego joined the Reign as an Inside Sales Representative prior to the 2021-22 season. Originally from Bogota, Colombia, he attended school at the University of Charleston in West Virginia.
While there, he worked with the University of Charleston Sports Information office, as well as Lending USA.
With the Reign, Diego is helping fans create incredible experiences and memories with their families and friends, as well as helping businesses with client acquisition and retention.
In his free time, Zuniga loves working out, going to the beach and learning how to surf, watching live sporting events and going out to try different restaurants.
Group Ticket Sales
Jesse Torres, Manager, Group Sales
Jesse is currently in his third year with AEG Sports as the Manager of Group Sales for the Reign where he oversees the unique experiences that are offered by the team. These experiences range from fundraisers, ice time, performances and many others.
Torres is passionate about coaching and mentoring young professionals who are just beginning their career in sports. He began his career with the Reign in 2017 before joining the NFL's Los Angeles Chargers as a Premium Sales Consultant at SoFi Stadium.
When he's not working, Jesse enjoys spending time with family, coaching high school wrestling, and attending sporting events.
Jimmy Peplinski, Group Sales Account Executive
Jimmy joined the Reign in July of 2019 as a Group Sales Account Executive. Prior to his time in California, he worked at Oak Pointe Country Club in Michigan and was a Volunteer Assistant Coach for Eastern Michigan University's club hockey team.
Peplinski attended Eastern Michigan and received his Bachelor's Degree in Sport Management along with a Minor in Business.
In his free time, Jimmy can be found at one of the local SoCal Hockey rinks. He is the Head Coach of the 12u A and 10u B teams at Empire Hockey Club in Ontario, while also helping to coach the 18u, 16u and 8u teams.
Josh Schaefer, Broadcaster & Group Sales Representative
Schaefer, a native of West Hills, CA, returned to Ontario in a full-time capacity as the team’s primary play-by-play voice prior to the 2021-22 season, after calling select games on AHLTV during the 2020-21 season. In his first year calling Reign games, Schaefer partnered with veteran LA Kings analyst Daryl Evans on a series of broadcasts during the shortened AHL season. He currently serves as the team's main play-by-play voice for home games in Ontario.
A 2020 graduate of Arizona State University, Schaefer broadcasted Sun Devil baseball, softball, and ice hockey on the Pac-12 Network, while also serving as the Director of Broadcasting at KASC Blaze Radio ASU. He also has broadcasting and digital media experience with the Chatham Anglers of the Cape Cod Baseball League. Schaefer is a two-time IBS Radio award winner for hockey play-by-play and was listed as an STAA All-American Top-20 honoree in 2018 and 2019. He is also serving as a groups representative with the Reign.
Corporate and Business Development
Brendan Doyle, Senior Manager - Business Development
Doyle joined the Reign after spending the previous four seasons with the Manchester Monarchs of the ECHL and AHL. He began his career in Manchester as an Inside Sales Representative in July of 2012. In January 2013, Doyle transitioned into a full-time role as a Group Sales Account Executive and by the summer of 2014, was working in the Monarchs corporate department, transitioning to the Director of Corporate Partnerships role for the 2015-16 season.
A native of Norfolk, Virginia, Doyle studied at the University of South Carolina where he majored in Sport & Entertainment Management. During his studies, Doyle was active within his fraternity as social chair, played soccer and interned with SevenVenues, located in Norfolk.
Jasmyn Wilson, Senior Director of Ticket Operations
Jasmyn, a 2008 graduate of the University of California-Riverside, received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Economic Administration with an emphasis in Marketing.
Jasmyn started with the Reign as Ticket Operations Manager was soon promoted to Director of Ticket Operations, and most recently earned the designation of Senior Director of Ticket Operations. Her previous employment was at the University Theatre for three years as a Senior Box Office Representative.
Marketing and Communications
Matt McElroy, Senior Manager, Marketing & Creative
Matt McElroy rejoined the Reign as the team's Sr. Manager of Marketing and Creative prior to the 2021-22 season. Previously, McElroy spent three years in the desert with the NHL's Vegas Golden Knights as part of their award-winning creative team. Before his time in Vegas, McElroy was the Reign's first on-staff graphic designer and created many of the team's most popular specialty jerseys. In addition, McElroy's Springfield Thunderbirds & Vegas Golden Knights Dia de Muertos Jerseys are now featured in the Hockey Hall of Fame.
A native of Hermosa Beach, CA, McElroy enjoys visiting the Disney Parks around the world, playing hockey, and hanging out with his dogs.
Jared Shafran, Manager, Communications & Content
Jared Shafran joined the Reign as the team’s Manager, Communications & Content prior to the 2021-22 season. Shafran serves as the team's primary media relations contact and contributes to the Reign’s AHLTV broadcast, providing both play-by-play and color commentary. His role also includes the creation of written, video and audio content on the Reign's social media channels, as well as ontarioreign.com and lakingsinsider.com.
Prior to joining Ontario, Shafran spent five seasons with the ECHL’s South Carolina Stingrays as the team’s Director of Communications & Broadcasting from 2016-2021. He was named as a finalist for the league's PR/Broadcaster of the Year Award three times and was chosen for the honor in 2020. The Highland Mills, NY native also worked at Ferris State University and the USHL’s Tri-City Storm after graduating from Northeastern University.
Tyler Bujer, Video & Content Coordinator
Tyler enters his third season with the Ontario Reign as the Video and Content Coordinator. He started out as a Stage Manager and transitioned into his role creating video content for social media, and producing and directing live games for the Reign on AHLTV.
Bujer graduated from California State University, Fullerton with his Bachelor of Arts degree in Radio/Television/and Film. After graduation, he completed internships for Silverfish Media London, UK and Circle of Confusion in Los Angeles. In his free time, he enjoys playing soccer, going to the beach, and creating more videos.
Bailey Long, Coordinator, Marketing & Events
Bailey joined the Reign as the team's Marketing and Events Coordinator prior to the 2021-22 season. Her role includes executing all Reign marketing initiatives as well as coordinating between departments for all of the organization's events. Previously, she spent three years working in Marketing and Event Operations for an AAU basketball club assisting with elite tournaments and camps across the west coast.
Long graduated from California State University, Fullerton in 2019 with her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications with an emphasis in Public Relations. Currently, she is pursuing a master's degree in Sport Management at the University of San Francisco and is set to graduate in 2022. In her free time, she enjoys playing and coaching soccer, traveling and attending sporting events.
Ben Westlake, Associate Graphic Designer
Ben Westlake joined the Reign prior to the 2021-22 season as the team’s Associate Graphic Designer. Westlake is a 2021 graduate of Libertyville High School in Libertyville, IL, where he worked with a myriad of college football programs in his spare time. He was most recently the Director of Graphic Design for Harvard Football, and also has experience with the Lake Forest (D3), Portland State and Army West Point football teams.
In his free time, Westlake enjoys going to the beach, spending time with his roommates, and designing personal projects.
Alyssa Savala, Community Relations & Hope Reigns Foundation
Alyssa is in her first season with the Reign conducting day-to-day operations for the Community Relations Department and the Hope Reigns Foundation. Prior to joining the Reign, she worked in the Ticket Sales department at Goodyear Ballpark, spring training home of the Cleveland Indians and Cincinnati Reds, and for the Los Angeles Clippers in their Community Relations Department. Alyssa graduated from Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, AZ with her Bachelor’s Degree in Sports Management.
In her free time, Alyssa enjoys catching up with friends and family, playing and watching sports and spending time at the beach.
Game Presentation & Entertainment
Annie Merovich, Senior Manager, Game Presentation & Events
After assisting the Reign in 2018, Annie Merovich joined the club full-time in 2019. In her current role, she produces Ontario Reign games & events and manages the communication process between the Ontario Reign organization and Toyota Arena Event Operations. She was integral in the development and coordination of activities related to the 2020 AHL All-Star Classic.
Her previous experience includes over 10 years as Manager, Scoreboard Operations for the Cleveland Indians, which included coordination with Major League Baseball for 4 World Series games. She also spent 2 years with the LA Kings, where she served as the Manager, Game, Event Production & Operations overseeing pregame ceremonies and working with high-profile talent.
Annie is also President of the Information Display and Entertainment Association (IDEA), where she previously served as Secretary of the Executive Board and MLB Advisory Board Rep.
In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her fiancée, traveling, attending the Hollywood Bowl and theater productions, and visiting family and friends in her hometown of Pittsburgh, PA.