- (Chief Executive Officer/Founder/Director)
Michael A Focareto III is a Disabled Veteran (shoulder injury) of the US Navy(1988-1993) serving in the 1st Gulf War. Michael was a Naval Nuclear Engineer aboard the USS Virginia (CGN-38). He was born into a military family. Both of Michael's Grandfathers saw action during World War II. Michael (Tee) A Focareto saw action in Africa while his brother Anthony saw it at the Battle of the Bulge. His other Grandfather George (The Bull) Kali (Life Time Member of the VFW) was in the Merchant Marines during World War II and ships he was on were sunk 4 times. Also during WWII, his Grandmother helped make tanks at Cleveland Tank. She was a welder, test driver and made sure the turrets worked. Michael's father Michael (Mickey) Focareto Jr. is a Disabled Veteran who served in the US Air Force during the Viet Nam era. Michael has several uncles and cousins who have also served or are still serving in the US Military.
Michael received from Arizona State University his Bachelor of Science in Computers and Information Systems(1993-1998) and his Master of Science in Information Management(2008-2009). Besides being committed to this foundation he's also a Senior Engineer at Infor Global Solutions (1998-present). Needless to say he's very busy but is having the time of his life ;-) Head down move forward!- (Chief Operating Officer/Founder/Chairman of the Board)
"Edward (Eddie) Rausch is the proud son of a U.S. Marine Corp veteran. His father, Chuck, did his basic training at Camp Pendleton and served 8 years in the Corps. He was stationed at Futima Air Base in Okinawa with Marine Aircraft Group (MAG) 16 during the Vietnam War and finished his service at Marine Corp Air Station (MCAS) 31 in Beaufort, SC where he had the opportunity to work with the Blue Angels. Eddie's grandfather, Frank Miller, was drafted to serve in the US Army during WWII but was the foreman at a lumber mill contracted by the military to build PT boats. It was decided that Frank could best serve the United States of America by supervising the construction of the PT Boats used in the Pacific theater...President John F. Kennedy served as Commander of PT-109 during WW II.
Upon graduating from High School Eddie tested for admittance into the US Air Force but decided to pursue college and a baseball scholarship. Eddie finished his college career at Arizona State University studying kinesiology. Eddie's work history includes key positions within management of companies like GUESS, Hilton Hotels and the Arizona Diamondbacks. He currently owns his own meeting planning company and splits time between that and working with Veteran Tickets Foundation. Eddie's goal to to make "Vet Tix" a household name and to someday fill every empty seat with a veteran, active duty soldier and their families!
Eddie considers it an honor and a privilege to be part of Veteran Tickets Foundation...he didn't take the opportunity to serve his country when he was younger but now is happily doing his part to give something to those who gave...the brave men & women who are now and have served our country!"- (Chief Strategy Officer/Founder/Director)
Butch Hogan is a disabled 10 year veteran of the US Army (1985-1995) serving during the first Gulf War, his duty stations while in the Army were at Ft. Dix New Jersey, Grand Island Nebraska, Red Stone Arsenal Alabama, Friedberg Germany, Ft. Hood Texas with the 1st Cavalry, Ft. Sam Houston, and Ft. Lewis Washington with the 7th Infantry Division, 9th Infantry regiment.
Butch grew up in a very patriotic family, where service to country and community was not just important, but a way of life. Several of Butch's cousins have served in the Army, Marine Corps, Air Force and Navy, as well as other relatives in law enforcement and fire services.
Butch's grandfather, Floyd James Hogan served in the Army Air Corps during WWII. Butch's brother Shane served in the Army with him and shared duty stations in Grand Island Nebraska, Germany and Ft. Hood Texas as well as being part of both the first and second Gulf Wars.
Butch's Cousin, Steve who served in the United States Marine Corps recently lost his only son, Hunter H.D. Hogan, who was also a Marine. Hunter was Killed In Action in Afghanistan on June 23rd 2012. In H.D's honor we have started a 100% FREE shipping to all PNOK of KIA members in our system.
Butch's only son, James, is currently serving in the U.S. Air Force, currently on deployment in Afghanistan, from Sep 2013 to sometime around March or April of 2014. James joined the Vet Tix team during the spring of 2009, and you can read more about him below.
Butch is current a business owner (1995-present), with his company providing custom built online applications for clients, as well as web hosting and design services. He has personally written every line of code that operates and maintains this website.- (Chief Financial Officer/Vice President of the Board)
Cindy Creed graduated from Arizona State University in 1985 with a degree in Accounting. She is currently a partner in the CPA firm of Creed, Dietrich & Robinson.
She married her husband in 1986 and they moved to Michigan and Kansas where Craig served as a Captain in the Air Force. Craig served for ten years and did a tour in the Gulf Conflict. Cindy’s father retired from the Army and her son is serving in the Arizona National Guard as an MP and he did an 18 month tour to Afghanistan.
Cindy, Craig and Rusty have also served with the Patriot Guard Organization. Cindy also served as the CVO of the Boys and Girls Club of the East Valley for the last two years.
Cindy became involved with Vet Tix when Craig was tragically killed in a motorcycling accident in 2009 coming home from a Patriot Guard mission.- (President Community Relations)
Brandi Shannon's role in a military family started the day she was born. Her father Gary Kendrick was at basic training at Ft. Ord California, he served 23 years with the Arizona National Guard before retiring. Brandi?s grandfather Weston Brook served in the United States Army during World War II and was stationed in the South Pacific. Her Great-Grandfather served in World War I. More recently she is proud to be a spouse of an OIF Veteran. Her husband Patrick deployed to Iraq with the 2220th TC in 2003 to 2004 with the Arizona National Guard.
Brandi treats the Arizona National Guard along with other Military Branches of Service as her extended family and friends. She served 6 years as a Family Support Chair. During her husbands deployment she worked for the Guard Family Program's office and spent countless hours supporting the National Guard Families as they tried to keep their family life as normal as possible while their spouses and love ones were deployed.
General Schultz Director of Guard Bureau presented her with his coin for her work with military families in 2003 when visiting Camp Navajo. She has received the American Legion Achievement Award from Post #3, Flagstaff Arizona. She has received the "Award of Recognition" from the 2220th, Guard Family Programs Office, 158th Battalion for her volunteer work for military families. In 2007 she was asked to attend the NGB National Family Program Workshop in Chicago.
Brandi has spent many hours helping to ease the burden for Military & Veteran families and make their lives a little easier. She knows first hand how important it is for us, our communities and our country to support these soldiers and their families.- (Director Ticket Operations)
Alan Dropkin was born in Summit New Jersey on June 25th, 1970 and has been in Arizona since 1977. After high school he became an entrepreneur and had a successful Sports Collectibles business for 10 years in the Phoenix area. Alan currently works at a private golf & country club in North Scottsdale.
Alan’s great grandfather Samuel Dropkin proudly served his country and received a purple heart in WWI and his grandfather Clifford Dropkin was a 1st Lt and was stationed in Belgium during WWII.
Alan is both honored and feels privileged to be able to help those that have served and sacrificed for our country.- (Director Hero's Wish and Director of Marketing)
Dr. Jason Conviser was born in Long Island New York. He moved to Arizona in 1973 and has lived in Arizona for almost 38 years. His mothers uncle, Albert Karman, was a pilot who died in WWII. Dr. Jason attended Scottsdale Community College, Oklahoma Christian College (where he played college baseball) and Arizona State University before graduating from Northern Arizona University in 1993 with a General Studies degree and a minor in Physical Sciences. He then went on to the Los Angeles College of Chiropractic and graduated with a doctorate degree in Chiropractic medicine. He has been in practice in Arizona for almost 14 years. Currently, Dr. Jason is the owner of Total Body Dynamics Chiropractic Wellness Center in Old Town Scottsdale.
Dr. Jason was recently offered the opportunity to assist with the Hero's Wish program for Veteran Tickets Foundation and is dedicated to helping dreams come true. Dr. Jason is both honored and feels privileged to be able to help those that have served and sacrificed for our country.- (Chief Communication Officer)
Heather Raymond is a proud Veteran of the US Air Force (1995- 2003), serving in duty stations at Andrews AFB, Aviano Italy, and the 161st Air Refueling Wing located in Phoenix, AZ. After the tragedy of Sept. 11, she was selected to serve a one year tour at the Air National Guard Headquarters in Washington D.C. Her father served in the US Marine Corps, 3rd Marine Division, Combine Action Program, Vietnam.
Heather graduated from Arizona State University in 2000 with a Bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism, and has also earned her Master’s in Management from the University of Phoenix. Heather has worked in Public Relations for nearly 10 years, and currently owns a full service marketing and public relations company called GrayStock Marketing.
As the Chief Communication Officer, Heather is dedicated to improving awareness of the Foundation’s cause, and feels privileged to serve those who have served.- (Deputy Director of Strategic Relations)
Michael L Emerson - Desert Storm/Gulf War Veteran, United States Marine. Life member of: Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), The American Legion, Disable American Veterans (DAV), Marine Corps League, American Veterans (AMVETS), and Patriot Guard Riders (PGR)
Linked Bio - www.michael-emerson.com/biography.htm
Linked Website - www.michael-emerson.com- (VP of Marketing & Fundraising)
Sheryl Black grew up in North East, PA and graduated from Penn State University with a Business Economics and Management degree (1994). Shortly thereafter, she moved to St. Louis, MO to accept an Account Management position with AT&T Global Markets where she remained for seven years. During her twelve years in St. Louis, Sheryl worked in the finance industry as a loan officer and later was the VP of Sales & Marketing for a material handling industrial company. In 2006, Sheryl moved to Arizona to open her own successful medical company. She also began her philanthropic path volunteering with various local charities leading to co-ownership of a charity event planning and promotions company. As a result of her charitable efforts in the community, Sheryl was recruited by Vet Tix in February 2009 to assist with marketing promotions.
Sheryl considers it an honor to work with the Vet Tix team in support of our U.S military and veterans. Her grandfather served in WWII in the Army as a bazooka carrier in the North African and Italian Campaigns . As VP of Marketing & Fundraising for Vet Tix, Sheryl’s focus is to raise awareness of the Vet Tix cause by planning fundraising events, utilizing networking and social media avenues and seeking sponsorship opportunities. Great things are in the future for Veteran Tickets Foundation (Vet Tix)!- (Technical Support Volunteer)
James Hogan was born at Darnall Army medical Center at Ft. Hood Texas. His Dad, Butch, was stationed at Ft. Hood serving in the 1st Cav. at the time. James Grew up hearing stories of his Dad, his Mother, his Uncle and his Step Father who all served in the Army. James was also moved by stories from other Veterans while he was volunteering his time for the Veteran Tickets foundation before graduating from high school.
James knew that he wanted to serve his country and that so many others had given so much before him. He felt it was his honor to be able to serve his country as well. Before James had graduated high school, he enrolled in the United States Air Force.
SrA Hogan is currently deployed in Afghanistan, made the cut for Staff Sargent (E-5) with only 3yrs in service and will be pinned in 2014. James will resume his volunteer work with Veteran Tickets Foundation when he returns.
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On Nov 10th Ronald Posted:Awesome game! Awesome Experience! Thank you for letting us attend. We eagerly look forward to our next chance to be cheering for the Coyotes.
On Nov 25th aaron Posted:Thank you so much for the tickets, I took along 2 friends that have never had the pleasure of the "Carrier Dome" experience. Thanks again
On Nov 18th James Posted:You guys rock! Can't begin to thank you enough for all that you do for Active Duty Military and Veterans like myself. We enjoyed the game, thank you!
On Nov 26th Carl Posted:Thank you VETTIX. The game was awesome, my wife and I had a blast and really enjoyed our time away from reality.
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