A 17-year veteran of the Griffins, Matt Batchelder begins his third season as vice president of ticket sales. He oversees all of the organization’s ticket operations, including group and season ticket sales.
Beginning his tenure with DP Fox Sports & Entertainment in 1999 as a game operations intern, Batchelder has filled many roles while advancing his career with the Griffins, including stints as a ticket sales account executive (2000-03), senior ticket sales account executive (2003-05), group sales manager (2005-08), director of ticket sales (2008-12) and senior director of ticket sales (2012-14).
Batchelder has helped the Griffins attain attendance increases for six straight seasons, as the team’s average of 8,543 in 2015-16 ranked fifth in the AHL and marked its ninth increase in the last 10 years.
Batchelder’s ticket sales team was named the AHL’s Ticket Sales Department of the Year in 2013-14, and he received honors as the Griffins’ 2013 Employee of the Year, an award he first won in 2005.
Batchelder resides in Grand Rapids with his wife, Wendy, and their three children, Ana, Sam and Isaac.