Andrew Haines – Chief Executive Officer /General Manager
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At age 19 Andrew created his first business, which was in the commercial construction industry.
From there Andrew & Leah founded a window coverings retail business, which had three locations. In 2001 the couple started their first sports teams while also developing a specialty advertising company called Biz Sellers.
Through Biz Sellers, Andrew & Leah have personally bought and sold dozens of businesses in a variety of sectors.
Since 2001 the Andrew has started over 30 minor league sports teams in indoor football, hockey, and basketball. In addition to sports team ownership, the pair also has owned several minor league sports leagues in indoor football, hockey, and basketball.
In 2015, Andrew was appointed to the Board of Directors of the St. Charles City-County Library Foundation.
The Haines’s currently have ownership in multiple businesses including a Marketing Agency and Manufacturing Company. They volunteer at several charities, and have served as board members on 3 non-profit organizations. The couple has a daughter Natira, and son A.J..
Leah Haines – President
Born and raised in Baltimore, MD, Leah attended Lancaster Bible College, in Lancaster, PA. While in school, she met her husband Andrew.
Leah is the steering wheel of the daily operations with the St. Louis Ambush. In addition to overseeing the daily operations of the Ambush, and its subsidiaries, she keeps Andrew in line!
Leah co-founded a window coverings retail business with 3 locations. Since 2001 she has worked with Andrew in starting over 30 minor league sports teams throughout the country. Over the last 13 years Leah has held ownership interest in a variety of business ventures.
The Haines’s currently have ownership in multiple businesses including a Marketing Agency and Manufacturing Company. They volunteer at several charities, and have served as board members on three non-profit organizations. The couple has a daughter Natira, and son A.J..
Aaron Wagner - Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
St. Charles, MO – In addition to his position as Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Ambush, Aaron Wagner is Vice President and COO of Karidis Group International, LLC, parent company of Panathinaikos Soccer USA, Panathinaikos Volleyball USA, Panathinaikos Basketball USA, and Ilioupoli FC, a professional men’s soccer team in Athens, Greece. In his position with Karidis Group, Wagner oversees all aspects of the day to day operations of all of Kardidis Group’s companies. He is also co-owner of Lamborghini Gold Coast – Athletic Centre, a new indoor/outdoor sports facility in St. Charles.
Wagner is from Washington, Missouri and is a graduate of Washington High School. He obtained a degree in Architectural Design from Lincoln Technical Institute in Indianapolis.
In his spare time, Wagner enjoys playing indoor soccer, coaching youth players, boating and building and designing. Wagner is a longtime fan of indoor soccer and said he is eager to using his business experience to contribute to the success and growth of the Ambush.
Brian Roth - General Manager of Business Operations
Brian was born and raised in Chester, IL (Home of Popeye The Sailorman) and graduated from Southeast Missouri State University in May, 2000 with a B.A. Degree in Recreation Management. He grew up a die-hard fan of the St. Louis Steamers, Storm, and Ambush and has extensive knowledge of indoor soccer.
After working part-time with the Ambush during his college years, Brian spent seven years as the Director of Leagues and Fitness for the City of Perryville, MO at their $10 million Perry Park Center. While living in Perryville, he also served as PA Announcer for the Southeast Missouri State women’s soccer team and football team. He then moved to Kansas City in December, 2007 to take a Sales Executive position in the Youth Soccer Department with the Kansas City Wizards (now Sporting KC) of Major League Soccer.
In August, 2010, Brian left the Wizards to help start the Missouri Comets of the MISL as a Senior Account Executive. After Comets ownership added additional sports teams in 2011, Brian was promoted to Ticket Sales Manager for not only the Comets, but also the KC Command of the Arena Football League and FC Kansas City of the National Women’s Soccer League (began in 2013).
Brian is excited about moving back to St. Louis and looking forward to reviving professional soccer in the St. Louis Metro area. In his spare time, Brian enjoys spending time with family and friends, plays indoor soccer as much as possible, and is an avid fan of the St. Louis Cardinals, FC Kansas City, US Soccer and the Southeast Missouri State Redhawks.
Jim Fossell – Director of Public Relations
Jim Fossell is a lifelong St. Louis area resident and an avid fan of indoor soccer dating back to the original Steamers in the 1980’s.
Jim’s experience includes doing public relations and marketing work for professional wrestling, indoor soccer, small businesses and numerous elected officials throughout the St. Louis area.
When it was announced that the World Indoor Soccer League had awarded a franchise to the Steamers to play at the Family Arena starting in 2000, Jim built his first website. “St. Louis Steamers – An Unofficial Website by Jim Fossell” grew to become a prominent site, earning accolades from players and fans alike.
When new owners took over the franchise prior to the 2004-05 season, one of them visited Jim’s unofficial website and was impressed with what he saw. That eventually led to Fossell joining the Steamers front office as webmaster of the team’s official website in December 2004. Jim’s duties were later expanded to include writing press releases, creating graphics for promotional materials, and authoring the “View from the Stands” column.
When the current Ambush franchise was announced in the summer of 2013, Jim joined the staff. He said, “I am truly honored to be part of the Ambush franchise and looking forward to contribute to the club’s success.” The 2015-16 season is Jim’s third with the Ambush and fifth in professional indoor soccer. When not working, Jim enjoys spending time with family and friends, playing with his Collie named Buddy, bowling, and watching his favorite television program, The Walking Dead.
Scott Neer – Team Photographer
Born and raised in the St Charles, Missouri area, Scott possesses a degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice from the University of Missouri – St Louis. His background includes Law Enforcement, volunteer firefighting and some time with Trans World Airlines when they were based in St Louis.
Scott has seven years of experience in all genres of photography but sports / action photography is where the passion burns the brightest.
Scott’s background includes photographing games for the former St Louis Blues American Hockey League affiliate the Peoria Rivermen where he had two occasions to photograph the world famous Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders. Photographing the inaugural Formula 1 United States Grand Prix in 2012 was a recent highlight. He has also been a Volunteer photographer at the St Louis Zoo for 4 years where his photographs have been published in many zoo periodicals, posters and books.
Scott also currently serves as Team Photographer for the St Louis Attack professional arena football team and covers other local sporting events for Mound City Sports, the highlight of which was the Mizzou vs Texas A&M NCAA Football game in November of 2013.
Scott’s passion for photography is his driving force to bring the best actions shots to the fans of the sports teams he works for.
Scott also enjoys his time teaching photography to his 20 year old son Brandon, who is also a very talented photographer in his own right.
Kevin Fowler - Digital Media Director
Kevin Fowler, who was born in raised in St. Louis, is a 2010 graduate of Hazelwood West High School and 2014 graduate of Webster University. While at Webster, Fowler earned a BA in Media Communications and minored in Audio Production. He recently completed a fall internship with the St. Louis Ambush.
Kevin has also spent 4 years working in radio, the last 2+ years at 101 ESPN as a board operator and producer. In his free time, Kevin is a huge sports fan! He enjoys rooting for the Ambush, Attack, Rams, Blues and Cardinals, along with the Mizzou Tigers, the Oregon Ducks, the Baltimore Orioles and U.S. Soccer.
Dylan Anderson — Director of Ticket Sales
Dylan was born in Germany, but raised in the St. Louis area and graduated from Holt High School in Wentzville in 2013. After 1 year of college Dylan started his internship with the Ambush. After 4 months of interning, Dylan joined the sales team in a full-time basis. Anderson showed a willingness to fill multiple roles for the franchise, helping with community events, social media, and ticket and sponsorship sales. He has even been the mascot when needed.
Dylan is a huge fan of sports and is especially passionate about soccer and uses that passion in his job with the Ambush. In his free time he likes spending time with friends and his Fiance Karlie and his Corgi Gordon.
Jason Pilarski – Equipment Manager
Jason Pilarski was born and raised in the St. Louis area, attended high school in New Haven, MO. He graduated from St. Louis Community College in Criminal Justice and in Electronics Engineering. Jason spent 8 years in the United States Army as a Radar Technician and Sensitive Electronics Communication Repair and was deployed to Iraq in 2003, 2005, and 2006. He also worked as an Engineer at a Colorado gold mine from 2007-2009 and a Corrections Officer for the State of Missouri from 2010-2011. During his time in the army, he spent time working with several professional teams. In 2005, he worked as a military writer while deployed to Iraq for the Savannah Sandgnats (Washington Nationals Single A team). While stationed in Colorado in 2006-2008, Pilarski while in the Special Forces began to work with the Colorado Springs Sky Sox as a military liaison (Colorado Rockies Triple A team). In 2014, he took over the chain crew of the X-League team, St. Louis Attack. The St. Louis Ambush and Attack for the 2014-15 seasons brought him on as the Equipment Manager. Jason took some time off for personal reasons, but he is very excited to be back for the 2015-16 season. Jason lives in St. Charles, and has four children, Joshua, Hannah, Savannah, and Mya.
Ryan Sweet - Sales Executive