My background in running a company and serving on two non-profit boards allow me to assist with budgeting, planning and fundraising for the Fremont organization. My specialty is working with other businesses for sponsorship opportunities; I would love to use my experience to help aid the finances of Fremont hockey as the organization continues to grow.
We are a cheerleading and hockey family. My three daughters currently cheer at Airborne Academy and we are a billet-family for Omaha AAA Hockey.
Hockey is a huge part of our lives and we are very happy to be a part of the Fremont organization.
I grew up in Saskatoon SK, Canada playing hockey which led me to Omaha in order to chase a childhood dream at a professional level. Elkhorn NE is now home, my sons have been part of
the Fremont Flyers program for the past four years. I believe my background of playing thirteen years professionally provides the necessary experience in order to contribute to the direction of the Fremont Flyers Hockey program.
Fremont Flyers Hockey board members must not only know how to plan and understand the budget, manage the association’s finances, deal with disputes, discuss and carry out ideas. They must also provide a safe and fun environment with the necessary tools in order to develop all players at all levels while focusing primarily on helping instill the characteristics that are a result from playing the best sport in the world.
I have worked in a variety of fields, while holding many leadership roles in Nebraska.
Currently I own and operate Cooper’s Chase Distillery, created in 2009. It’s the first federally licensed alcohol distillery plant in Nebraska since prohibition. Cooper’s Chase products can be found in over 400 retail stores in the Midwest. In relations with Kroeger, Walmart, and multiple chain stores across the region. My education includes an electrical degree commercial and residential from Northeast Community College in Norfolk, Nebraska and business degree from Southeast Community College in Lincoln, Nebraska.
I also take interest in Nebraska real-estate, as a licensed agent in the heartland, I take part in several transactions a year. I am also a nationally licensed and bonded cattle buyer.
I am most proud of my family and marriage to Karla for 21 years. We have raised three children, Riley, Reese, and Hayden and live on an acreage near West Point, NE. Some hobbies we enjoy are hockey, fishing, camping and cookouts with friends.
My youngest son Hayden has been in the Flyers program since squirts, I look forward to the opportunity to serve on the Fremont Flyers board and the families involved in the program.
Although I am somewhat new to being a hockey mom, my son started playing a few years ago, and his year in mites and 10U at Fremont have shown me how much hockey can bring him both the benefits of exercise and health, but also friendships, that boost his confidence and form him for the future. With my daughter starting 6U last year, we will be in the organization for a long time and have seen the beginning years and know first-hand what has worked and helped our family create connections, and what hasn’t. I would love to provide that insight to the board as we shape the future of the Flyers Family.
My work as a teacher, facilitator and marketer as well as business owner, give me a unique perspective on the board as a professional communicator and collaborator. I currently adjunct at Midland University and run my business which has clients in Omaha, Hooper, Plattsmouth and Louisville. I also grew up in northeast Nebraska so understand what it means to grow up in rural Nebraska and use a place like Fremont as hub and community driver.
I currently serve on the Fremont Flyers Board of Directors and work as the Director of Operations for the Sidner Ice Arena. I have two kids that play in the program and have served as a coach for the program for over ten years. I love having the opportunity to work with kids and have enjoyed watching the program grow from barely having enough kids to play as a team to an organization with over 200 participants and teams that participate at the top of their divisions throughout the Midwest. I have been with the organization and the arena since day one and take pride in seeing the growth and development of our organization and look forward to the continued success of our program in the future.
It is an honor and privilege for me to serve as a board member for Fremont Flyers Youth Hockey Board. I would like to bring and share ideas that help further the development of the program and individual teams and players playing for Fremont Flyers while teaching respect, teamwork, work ethic, and leadership which is all aspects of the sport of ice hockey. My goal as a board member and as one of the coaches is to create a fun environment for the development of youths and give an opportunity to every child in Fremont Flyers Hockey Association to grow as an athlete and as a human being. I have Junior, College and Professional playing experience in North America and Europe. After my active playing career in 2013
I have been involved with the youth hockey association in El Paso, TX where I also served as the assistant coach for Junior A team in the WSHL. I was the first president and founder of UTEP Men´s Hockey Club (ACHA DII) and I am a founder of Surge Sports Advising agency helping international students to succeed in education and sport in North America which is based out of my home country Czech Republic. Currently, I am an assistant coach for Midland Men´s Hockey Team. I have USA Hockey Level 4 coaching endorsement.
I have been involved in coaching all levels and ages of Fremont Flyers since 12/2016 – now. My goal is to develop the players on and off the ice but mainly focus on a healthy environment which helps to grow responsible young adults. The sport of hockey is very unique in connecting families and creating a friendly environment which in my opinion children feed off of and get better every day. My goal has always been to keep this environment and teach kids the work ethic and cooperation with one and another along with the skills necessarily needed to succeed in hockey.