Staff changes at MIS
Several staff changes have taken effect at Michigan International Speedway, all designed to help the track host successful NASCAR and non-racing events.
Craig Hatch has been named senior director of the Facilities Department.
Hatch rejoins the MIS staff after originally serving as the operations manager for the track from 1995 to 1999. He also served as the director of operations at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif., beginning in 1999. Hatch brings a wealth of knowledge to the track after working for the Gameday Management Group in his most recent position. In that job he was instrumental in developing an operational plan with a variety of venues to host events throughout the country.
“I am excited to come back to Michigan International Speedway,” Hatch said. “I learned a lot my first time here and I look forward to continuing to enhance the reputation of MIS. I consider this my home track and it is fun to come home again.”
In his position with MIS, Hatch and his team are responsible for maintaining the 1,400-acre property as well as the numerous buildings and vehicles. The department is instrumental in every race fan enjoying the facility and the look of the track, as well as getting the place ready for non-racing events. He will also oversee all new construction at MIS.
Hatch is a Central Michigan University graduate and resides in Jackson, Mich.
“We are happy to welcome Craig back to the MIS family,” MIS President Roger Curtis said. “Besides knowing the facility, he brings invaluable knowledge to our department. We are also excited to announce some promotions and welcome new employees to the track. Every person here is instrumental in making MIS what it is, but also helping to grow our business in and beyond NASCAR.”
In the Corporate Partnerships Department, Chad Whipkey has been promoted to director of Corporate Partnerships, where he will lead the sales team and manage the day-to-day operations of the team.
In addition, Sean Nowaczyk has been promoted to hospitality and premium seating executive.
New to MIS, Reid Mobley joins the team as marketing partnerships executive in the Corporate Partnerships Department. He spent the last two years with the New York Yankees as a season ticket sales and service account executive. The University of Dayton graduate will focus on sponsorship revenue and account management.
TJ Wagner has been named hospitality and premium seating manager, also in the Corporate Partnerships Department. He spent the previous two years with Daytona International Speedway after holding internships with NASCAR and the Detroit Pistons. He will focus on promoting hospitality and premium seating revenue and account management.
Stephanie Knouase was named an assistant in Business Development, where she will assist Jennifer Hutchinson, the track’s newly named director of Business Development. Knouase brings a wealth of knowledge to MIS after working at United Bancorp Inc. in a variety of roles since 2006.
Hutchinson, who previously worked in Corporate Partnerships, is responsible for developing new business and facility rental opportunities for the track beyond the NASCAR events.