President & Managing Partner
Hometown: Kansas City, MO
College & Degree: Baylor University, B.B.A
Year moved to Charlotte: 2003
Neighborhood currently living in: Myers Park
Family: Wife Kelly, two kids Keira and Connor, two yellow labs Dutch and Daisy
Favorite local coffee shop: Prefer hot tea
One thing on your bucket list: To win a North American championship
Best book you’ve read this year: “Money: Master The Game” by Tony Robbins
Since organizing and leading the investment group that helped bring the Hounds to Charlotte in 2011, Jim has served as the team’s Managing Partner and President. In his role, Jim oversees all aspects of the Hounds’ business operations. Additionally, Jim started the Charlotte Hounds Foundation as a way to give back to the community and help grow the sport of lacrosse in the Carolinas.
Jim has over 20 years of sports and entertainment marketing experience. Prior to founding the Hounds, Jim spent three years with the Charlotte Bobcats, where he served as Senior Vice President of Brand Marketing and was responsible for the team’s marketing and ticket sales. He also has worked with Dale Earnhardt Inc, the Tampa Bay Rays, Pittsburgh Pirates, Minnesota Vikings and Houston Rockets. In addition, Jim was a partner in BRANDTHINK, one of the leading sports consulting agencies in the country, and served as a senior marketing executive with numerous major agencies, including DraftWorldwide and Digitas.
Outside of the office, Jim is an avid tennis player and enjoys cold beer.
Hometown: Columbia, SC
College & Degree: University of South Carolina, B.S. in Retailing
Year moved to Charlotte: 2005
Neighborhood currently living in: Mountain Island
Family: Wife Tracie and four kids
One thing on your bucket list: Attend a Liverpool match
Best book you’ve read this year: "Sounders FC: Authentic Masterpiece" by Mike Gastineau
Leaphart officially joined the Hounds as Director of Sales & Marketing on March 1, 2011. He was instrumental in the team's formation, establishing business operations, managing outreach programs, player personnel, merchandise, fan engagement, social media, branding, marketing and sales with a focus on securing new team sponsors and season tickets. He was promoted to Vice President / General Manager on June 14, 2012. In December of 2015 Leaphart relinquished his GM duties to focus on business development and fan engagement.
Before delving into Major League Lacrosse, Wade held various sales and marketing positions, including two seasons with the ECHL’s Fresno Falcons, a four-year run with the Charlotte Bobcats and a stint with Revolution Racing, where he was responsible for helping revamp the NASCAR Drive for Diversity program.
Outside of the office, Wade spends his time attending tea parties, playing XBox and watching mindless reality TV.
Operations & Community Relations Manager
Hometown: Skaneateles, NY
College & Degree: University of Richmond, B.S. in Biology & Business Administration
Year moved to Charlotte: 2006
Neighborhood currently living in: Chantilly
Family: Husband Jason, son Liam, golden retrievers Kennedy and Addy
Favorite local coffee shop: Starbucks on 7th Street because its walkable, they know my name and order, and I always run into someone I know
One thing on your bucket list: Become a “46er” – hike all 46 high peaks in the Adirondack Mountains (NY)
Best book you’ve read this year: "The Talent Code" by Daniel Coyle
Kristy has been with the Hounds as Community Relations Manager since their inception in January 2012, and added the role of Operations Manager to her title in December 2015. She is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the team and stadium, while assisting the general manager with player personnel issues. As Community Relations Manager, Kristy remains focused on the growth of lacrosse in the Carolinas, implementing grassroots outreach programs and building relationships with area youth programs.
Prior to joining the Hounds, Kristy spent five years as an operational healthcare consultant for Premier Inc.
In addition to her duties with the Hounds, Kristy serves as co-Director of the Queen City Stars girls lacrosse club and Head Coach of Charlotte Country Day’s varsity girls lacrosse team. When she is not on the lacrosse field, Kristy enjoys hiking and running.
Hometown: Batavia, NY
College & Degree: SUNY Oswego, B.A. in Broadcasting-Mass Communication; Boston University, M.S. in Broadcast Journalism-Sports Reporting
Year moved to Charlotte: Fall 2011
Neighborhood currently living in: Uptown
Family: Fiancé Matt, two cats named Will and Velvet
Favorite local coffee shop: Nova*s Bakery
One thing on your bucket list: Pet a Koala bear in Australia
Best book you’ve read this year: “The Price of Silence” by William D. Cohan
Jillian joined the Hounds on a part-time basis in April 2012, but was brought on full-time in September 2014. She handles a variety of responsibilities including publications, press releases, media relations, website content, social media, press credentials and other requests as needed.
Prior to accepting her position with the Hounds, Jillian spent three years at SportsBusiness Daily, including two as a Staff Writer. Before moving to Charlotte, Jillian was an intern in the Major League Lacrosse office during the 2010 and 2011 seasons, serving as a reporter/correspondent for game recaps, feature assignments and special events. She also interned at Boston's WEEI.com, creating content for the site's various team blogs. Jillian got her start in sports as a YMCA gymnastics coach, and later was promoted to Gymnastics Program Director.
Outside of the office, Jillian enjoys playing intramural sports (flag football, kickball and softball), exploring Charlotte’s craft beer offerings and cheering on the Buffalo Bills & Buffalo Sabres.
Senior Account Executive, Ticket Sales
Hometown: New Orleans, LA
College & Degree: University of South Carolina, B.A. in Management & Marketing
Year moved to Charlotte: 2015
Neighborhood currently living in: Myers Park
Favorite local coffee shop: Hot green tea is the way to go. I like to throw some pomegranate in there.
One thing on your bucket list: I’d like to attend a World Cub Final at some point. That’s one of the greatest, if not THE greatest, championship in the world. So few people get the opportunity to experience something like that in their life.
Best book you’ve read this year: I’m currently in the middle of both Questlove’s autobiography, “Mo’ Meta Blues: The World According to Questlove,” and Roman Abromovich’s biography, “Abramovich: The Billionaire from Nowhere.” I’ll have to let you know my choice when I’m finished, as they have completely different tones.
Patrick joined the team in February 2015, and is responsible for ensuring that all of the fans have the best experience possible. He wants to make sure everyone is not just satisfied but ecstatic about our games. Patrick is here to help bring fans out and keep them coming back with new friends, family members, and co-workers. He always wants to ensure that our fans are getting an experience tailor made to them and will not attempt to push someone to packages that don’t fit their wants or needs.
Born in Greensboro, NC, Patrick has since lived in New Orleans, LA, Chattanooga, TN, Columbia, SC, and Blaine, MN. While he has moved around quite a bit, Patrick has always had a connection to the Carolinas. His mom grew up in Charlotte and his grandparents lived in Rock Hill. The opportunity to move to Charlotte and help build two great teams was an exciting opportunity that Patrick jumped to get on board with. Prior to joining the the Hounds, Patrick worked with Major League Soccer’s National Sales Center, which helped prepare him for a role in a growing sport. That experience allowed him to see the unique ways that each team handles their organization and their fans. Patrick is excited to bring that knowledge to Charlotte as we continue to grow lacrosse in the Queen City.
When not in the office, Patrick enjoys playing Ultimate Frisbee, watching any soccer that happens to be on TV, playing soccer, exploring Charlotte (he’s still new here) and sitting in his giant foof chair (which is basically a couch sized bean bag chair with foam instead of beans).
Account Executive, Ticket Sales
Hometown: Durango, Colorado
College Degree: Metropolitan State University of Denver, B.S. in Sport Industry Operations with a minor in Marketing
Year moved to Charlotte: 2016
Neighborhood currently living in: South End
Favorite Local Coffee Shop: Anywhere that has cream and sugar is OK with me.
One thing on my bucket list: Go diving with sharks -- great whites would make it that much better. (Of course I would want to be in a cage.)
Best book you read this year: “The Road” by Cormac McCarthy. It’s one of the creepiest books I’ve read but well worth the time.
Michael joined the team in December of 2015 and is responsible for making sure the fans get the most of their Hounds experience. He wants to discover what is most appealing and appropriate to each individual fan’s needs.
A 2015 college graduate, Michael most recently was interning with soccer.com and lacrosse.com as part of their Sport Promotions Group. He had the opportunity to work first-hand with brands like adidas, Nike, Warrior and more, as well as organizations like ECNL (Elite Club National League), NPL (National Premier League) and US Club Soccer. Michael also previously worked with the Colorado Avalanche, Colorado Rapids and Denver Nuggets as a volunteer college sales rep. He later interned with the University of Denver lacrosse program for internal and game day operations, while also working with their hockey, basketball, swimming teams and various other events hosted at their facilities.
As a Colorado native, Michael naturally enjoys all things outdoors, including soccer, hiking, climbing, mountain biking and snowboarding. But he also likes to consider himself a beer connoisseur and loves to try new craft beers.
Blue made his debut at the first ever Hounds game on April 28, 2012. The fun loving canine was named by the fans via a name the team campaign on the Hounds facebook page and website. Blue has all the qualities of a Plott Hound...athletic, muscular, agile, indifferent to other dogs and loves the attention of humans. You can see Blue at all home games and out in the community. In his free time, he enjoys fetching lacrosse balls, marking his territory and hunting boar. Blue resides at Hounds HQ in Uptown Charlotte.
Did you know that the Plott Hound is the State Dog of NC?