Meet Our Staff
chris hastings , president
The Sport and Social Club President has been with the Club since '97 when he was an intern working Beach Volleyball at North Avenue Beach. One summer of playing in the sand and getting paid for it was enough to hook Chris on the idea of working in the social sports industry. Chris also serves as President of the Sport and Social Industry Association (SSIA - www.ssia.us), the national association for the Social Sports Industry which includes over 60 member organizations.
brian irving , Vice President Operations
Resident "Bracketologist" and man behind the scenes. If you have signed up for or played in one of our leagues you have come across his artistry hand work in registration and scheduling. A member of the social club family since '96 he has seen and heard it all, so make sure and sign up on time. If you want to talk Blue Demon hoops or get a lunch recommendation he is your man.
Curtis Griffin , League Operations Manager
Curtis is your league man! He is a league coordinator along with Marko Milanovic and can be seen in pinstripes refereeing hoops during the week. If he's not on the courts he's out on the fields umpiring your leagues or hanging out at the sponsor bars! You can also find Curtis at most of the social events running around with a camera.
Marko Milanovic , Director of Operations
As a member of the social club staff since 2002, Marko has been there and done that. If you haven’t seen him at your basketball, softball, dodgeball, kickball, or football league, then you certainly have seen him at one of our social events. As Director of Operations, Marko ensures that your league is being run properly, from equipment to Officials. If there are any equipment/officiating problems at your league, shoot Marko an e-mail and let him have it!
Trisha Daniels , Program Development Manager
People ask Trisha what she does at Chicago Sport and Social Club and the real answer is - what doesn't she do? You've probably seen her at any one of our sports; playing, officiating, or managing. She certainly isn't going to take it easy on you either, so stay out of the base path! If you need help with the website, finding a sponsor for your team or want an unforgettable corporate outing she'll be your director of fun. She's the resident obscure sport expert with a national championship in broomball & numerous inner-tube water polo champion t-shirts, so throw any new suggestions her way!
Nora Pacha , Graphic Designer
Nora Pacha is our Graphic Designer responsible for all of the awesome ads, flyers and publicity items associated with our leagues and events. Her creative process, along with in depth knowledge of industry software, allows her to deliver professional, high quality material geared towards our clientele and demographics. Whether it's dressing up for Comic Con or cutting a rug on the dance floor, Nora loves creativity. You can thank her for making you look like a professional athlete in our flyers and on our website.
Amanda Welsh , Digital Marketing and Events Manager
Amanda is your go-to-gal for CSSC marketing, events and social media. Whether she’s tweeting event photos or texting, her smartphone is never out of reach. Amanda loves technology and social media, so feel free to start up a conversation on any digital platform and you’ll surely get a bubbly response from her.
Mikky Wright , Sponsorship Development Director
Mikky J. Wright began his career in Public Relations before migrating over to Event Marketing and the Experiential field over 15 years ago. He brings a strong sense of value for the client’s needs, the consumer enhancement during event activation and a return on the investment. Mikky has a strong history of creative marketing strategy, ideation & project management with high-profile brands. He also prides himself on being one of the few left-handed pitchers in this year’s softball leagues.
Nicole Dougherty , Marketing Director
Nicole’s motto is run fast, live Irish. She has been an athlete her whole life and outside of CSSC Leagues she competes in endurance races and enjoys active vacations, whether it’s repelling down waterfalls or hiking free standing mountains. She has a thirst for competition and enjoys a celebratory cheers afterward at the nearest sponsor bar. As a sports marketer, she is passionate about creating memorable experiences for our members and connecting brands to people’s passion points.
Kristina Wert , Marketing & Event Coordinator
Kristina joins the CSSC team with a background in marketing, events and charities. She is excited to amp up the social scene with the hottest spots for the coolest nights. Her life dream was fulfilled at 2015 Volleywood when the Backstreet Boys signed her 6th grade portrait she drew, let her know if you share her enthusiasm!
Tom Velev , League Operations Coordinator
After a summer interning at the beach for CSSC, Tom is the newest addition to the team. He is excited to begin his career in the sport social industry and is quickly becoming known for his killer toasts, watch out if there is a microphone nearby! If you haven’t already seen him at our leagues or events you most likely will soon. Make sure to stop and say hi! He’d love to hear what you have to say about Chicago Sport and Social Club.