Joe Schwei
Ticket Sales Manager

Joe Schwei joined the Lynx staff as Ticket Sales Manager in January.

Schwei comes to the Lynx from the Mankato MoonDogs baseball team of the Northwoods League where he has served as Owner and President since 2002. Schwei has also spent the last six years as an independent marketing consultant, handling all fundraising and e-commerce activities for the Metro Baseball League and developing marketing and business development strategies for the St. Cloud, Mankato, Alexandria, Brainerd and Madison franchises of the Northwoods League. Prior to his time in Mankato, Schwei co-founded and served as Director of Operations and General Manager for the Alexandria Beetles of the Northwoods League for one year. Before that, he had spent the previous five years as General Manager of the St. Cloud River Bats of the Northwoods League.

As Tickets Sales Manager, Schwei is accountable for maximizing revenue from the sale of tickets to consumers, groups, and corporations while managing the Lynx ticket sales staff. Schwei is also responsible for overseeing the day-to-day sales process of Lynx full and partial season ticket packages as well as Lynx Group Ticket initiatives.

Originally from Neenah, WI, Schwei graduated with a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Minnesota and is currently completing his Masters of Business Administration at the Carlson School of Management. Schwei currently resides in Minneapolis.

Katie Reed
Ticket Sales Representative

Katie Reed joined the Lynx staff as Ticket Sales Representative in February of 2009. Her primary focus is to tailor group ticket packages to meet the needs of prospective clientele, developing and maintaining new partnerships, as well as expanding brand awareness of Lynx Basketball.

Prior to joining the Lynx, Reed spent the past four months as a Public Relations Intern for the Minnesota Timberwolves. Prior to that, Reed interned with Sport Management department at Minnesota State University-Mankato where she helped start the MSU Scholarship BBQ event, which generated money for student scholarships. Reed also interned with the Saint Paul Saints in game-day promotions and special events during summer of 2008.

Reed played basketball, softball, and volleyball in high school and loves to bowl. Reed loves Bill Murray and classic Chris Farley movies and spends most her time with her fiancÚ, family, friends.

Reed graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a bachelor's degree in Communications and from Minnesota State University-Mankato with a master's degree in Sports Management. Reed currently resides in Minnetonka, MN.

John Cochol
Ticket Sales Representative

John Cochol was born and raised in Freeport, NY where he was captain of the 2003 Long Island Football Division I Championship and Rutgers Cup Award winning Freeport High School Football team ranking second in the Eastern Region. He was also a member of the Freeport High School Select Chorale, singing at Carnegie Hall in May of 2003 and 2004.

In the Fall of 2004 John moved to Rochester, NY to attend school at St. John Fisher College where he captained the St. John Fisher Club Rugby Team for two years, while being the Treasurer of the Sports Management Club, and interning with the Rochester Americans Hockey Team, Rochester Knighthawks Indoor Lacrosse Team, and Rochester Rattlers Outdoor Lacrosse Team. As an intern, John helped in ticket sales, public relations, marketing, operations, and sponsorship. John graduated from St. John Fisher College after four years with a B.S. in Sport Management in 2008. He was offered a job from these teams right out of college as an Account Executive. John was first in new season ticket and group sales in only his first year with the Rochester Americans. Recently, John has moved to Minnesota to work with the Minnesota Lynx as a Ticket Sales Representative.

Outside of work John loves playing all sports including rugby, football, and lacrosse. He is always up for an adventure and enjoys all challenges put in front of him. He is excited to be in Minnesota for the first time and looks to make this experience as memorable as possible.

Phil Gjertson
Ticket Sales Representative

Phil was born and raised in Minneapolis, attended high school at Fourth Baptist High School where he lettered in soccer, basketball and baseball. From there he went on to North Hennepin Community College where he received his Associate of Arts degree. This past year he graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelors of Science degree in Sport Management. He also interned for the Sport Business Institute where he worked on the corporate partnerships team. Personally, he has two sisters and one brother. He lives in Columbia Heights, and is married to Natasha.

Andrea Olson
Ticket Sales Representative

Andrea Olson joined the Lynx staff in fall of 2008. Her main focus is group sales and events for inspiring women groups and Christian community programs throughout the Twin Cities.

Before joining the Lynx, Andrea worked in sales for both Wells Fargo and Wells Fargo Financial.

Andrea is a native of Chippewa Falls, Wis. She graduated in 2006 from Warner Southern College in Lake Wales, Fla., with a degree in Sports Management and was a member of the Lady Royals basketball team. Olson was introduced to basketball at a young age by her father, who coached at the high school and collegiate levels. She did her senior internship at Gold's Gym in Winter Haven, Fla. and started the Gold's Gym basketball league.

Olson currently resides in Minneapolis.

Zachre Phillips
Group Sales Representative

Zachre Phillips joined the Lynx staff as a Group Sales Representative in March 2008. His primary focus is to tailor group ticket packages to meet the needs of prospective clientele, developing and maintaining new partnerships, as well as expanding brand awareness of Lynx and Timberwolves Basketball.

Prior to joining the Lynx, Phillips was employed by the City of Minneapolis as a Program Coordinator.

A native of East Lansing, Mich., Phillips graduated in 2006 from Olivet College with a bachelor's degree in sports and recreation management and a minor in coaching. At Olivet College, he served as the Assistant Athletic Recruiting Coordinator for three years. Phillips was also a four-year starter on the Comets football team as a defensive back and was named to the MIAA All-Conference team in 2004.

Phillips moved to the Twin Cities in 2006 and now resides in Minnetonka.

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