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Front Office

Rob Hale

Boston Cannons Majority Owner

Rob Hale
Rob Hale is majority owner of the Boston Cannons. Hale acquired a controlling interest in the Cannons in 2013 and has been part of the Cannons ownership group since 2008. Hale leads the Cannons Board of Directors and is the team's voting member on the Major League Lacrosse Board of Managers.  Rob played lacrosse collegiately at Connecticut College and has actively supported the sport as a youth coach, and benefactor, in the town of Hingham, MA. 

Rob is the founder and CEO of Granite Telecommunications, based in Quincy, MA.  Hale established Granite in 2002 and has grown the business into one of the largest privately held telecommunications service providers in the U.S. with annual revenues exceeding $900 million.  Hale is the co-founder of FoxRock Properties and Copley Equity Partners and is a co-owner of the Boston Celtics.

Rob lives in the Boston area with his wife and three children.  He serves on the Board of Trustees for Boston's Children's Hospital, Bringham & Women's Hospital, the South Shore YMCA, and the Massachusetts Soldiers Legacy Fund.


Ian Frenette

President

Ian Frenette
Ian has a proven and impressive track record with business success in professional sports. He joined the Cannons after 6 seasons with the Boston Celtics where he served as the Vice President of Corporate Partnerships, overseeing new business sales for the Celtics Corporate Partnership division. Prior to joining the Celtics, Ian spent 6 years at IMG as a Sales Director in the IMG Golf Division, sold IMG's Global Golf assets (players/events/media), and helped to build the Deutsche Bank Championship.

Ian graduated from Dalhousie University (Halifax, Nova Scotia) in 2000 and he earned a Master’s Degree in Sport Management from Springfield College in 2003.

Ian is active in the community as an executive member of Bottom Line’s Executive Leadership Committee. Bottom Line is a nationally recognized, steadily growing non-profit organization helping students get in to college and successfully graduate. Ian lives in South Weymouth, MA with his wife Chantal and their two boys, Hudson and Max.



Sara Berry

Vice President, Corporate Partnerships and Marketing
sarab@bostoncannons.com

Sara Berry is in her fifth season with the Boston Cannons. She oversees the team’s marketing, PR, and communications and is responsible for driving club revenue through Sponsorship sales and maintaining excellent relationships with current partners of the team and the league. Prior to joining the Cannons, Sara was with the Kraft Sports Group where she sold and managed sponsorships for the New England Patriots and New England Revolution, stadium luxury suites and club seating for Gillette Stadium as well as various other premium events and hospitality products.

Sara has held positions in advertising and media sales throughout the past 16 years. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business from the University of Vermont and lives in Newton with her husband Matt and son Desmond.


Mark Drago

Vice President, Operations and Strategy
MDrago@bostoncannons.com

Mark enters his first year with the Boston Cannons after many years in the sports and entertainment industry. A well-respected leader in the sports and entertainment industry in the greater Boston area and native of Melrose, MA, Drago joins the Cannons to help enhance the game experience and grow the team’s brand in the community. As the former Executive Director of Film and Entertainment for the State of Massachusetts, Drago spearheaded the passing of the first-ever film tax incentive in Massachusetts. In that role, he paved the way for a multitude of films to be filmed in Massachusetts, including The Departed, Gone Baby Gone and Fever Pitch. On Beacon Hill, Mark has also served as a trusted assistant to three Massachusetts Governors and cultivated relationships with top local, state and federal officials.

For more than 20 years working through the Governor’s office, Drago has had an active role in supporting monumental sports and entertainment events, such as World Cup Soccer, Sail Boston, The Ryder Cup, Deutsche Bank Championship, Major League Baseball All-Star Game, NHL All Star Game, and the 1998 Presidential Inauguration. In 2004, he was appointed as President of the Massachusetts Sports Partnership (Commission), where he used his political acumen to collaborate with diverse group of constituents and grow the commission’s state budget. Prior to joining the Massachusetts Sports and Entertainment Commission, Drago has held leadership roles in Massachusetts including handling International Marketing for the Massachusetts Port Authority. In his new role, he looks forward to working with Boston area businesses, charities and fans to continue the Cannons growth in the lacrosse community and beyond.


Courtney Larrivey

Corporate Partnerships and Marketing Manager

Courtney Larrivey
clarrivey@bostoncannons.com 

Courtney Larrivey joined the Boston Cannons in January of 2016 as the Partnerships and Marketing Manager. She is responsible for supporting the Director of Corporate Partnerships and Marketing, to drive revenue through corporate sponsors, as well as managing, promoting, and executing sponsored events. Prior to joining the Cannons, Courtney worked in television advertising and grassroots marketing at Comcast Spotlight. She has volunteered and interned with various sports teams and is excited to be working with the Boston Cannons.

Courtney attended Endicott College where she earned her Bachelor's Degree in Sport Management and her Master's Degree in Business Administration. 



Katherine Donnelly 

Senior Marketing & Communications Manager


kdonnelly@bostoncannons.com

Katherine Donnelly is back for her fifth season with the Boston Cannons. She manages the team's marketing, PR, and communications and is responsible for game-day production and media needs. Prior to joining the Cannons, Katherine was with the Minnesota Twins' minor league affiliate New Britain Rock Cats baseball club where she managed their marketing, community relations, and on-field hosting. Katherine was also a marketing consultant for the startup sports app DRIVN.

Katherine graduated with honors from Boston University after playing varsity soccer for the Terriers. After graduation, she signed to play professionally with the Boston Breakers women’s soccer team, later becoming their Color Analyst. She holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Communications with a concentration in Advertising.


Joe Cunningham 

Corporate Partnerships and Marketing Coordinator


jcunningham@bostoncannons.com 

Joe Cunningham joined the Cannons at the start of the 2016 summer season as a game day and front office intern before joining the front office full-time in August of 2016. He is responsible for working in conjunction with the Vice President, Corporate Partnerships and Marketing as well as the Corporate Partnerships and Marketing Manager to execute all aspects of marketing and promoting the Cannons.

Prior to the Cannons, Joe interned with the Plymouth Pilgrims of the New England Collegiate Baseball League and with Blue Sky Sports & Entertainment, a full-service sports marketing and events management firm. A native of Marshfield, MA, Joe graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a degree in Sports Management.


Joe Shannon

Director of Ticketing

Joe Shannon
jshannon@bostoncannons.com

Joe Shannon is entering his thirteenth season with the Cannons, and his seventh as Director of Ticketing. He is responsible for all aspects of the ticketing department including sales and operations. Prior to his current position, Joe started with the Cannons as a Ticket Sales Intern in 2006, while also working as a Lacrosse Operations Intern in the MLL front office.    

During his time with the Cannons, Joe has seen more than 600,000 fans come through the gates at over 79 home games. He has helped lead the organization to finish in the top two in MLL home attendance in nine of his twelve seasons. In 2012, the Cannons finished the season ranked #1 in attendance by averaging 9,647 fans per game.  On June 9, 2012 the Cannons set an organizational single game attendance record of 11,894.    

Joe earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in 2006 from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he pursued an Individual Concentration in Sports Law. He grew up Burlington, MA and currently resides in Hudson, MA with his wife Laura.    



Griffin Kirkwood

Sr. Manager, Ticket Sales & Operations

Griffin Kirkwood
gkirkwood@bostoncannons.com

Griffin joined the Cannons front office staff in January of 2013, handling group and season ticket sales. This followed a job in the front office of the Manchester Monarchs of the AHL, where he was responsible for season ticket sales. 

Griffin graduated from Merrimack College with a degree in Sports Management.  During his college career, Griffin interned with the Boston Cannons as a ticket sales intern, the Worcester Tornadoes running their merchandising operations, and with the Merrimack College Athletics department handling marketing and promotions. 


Matthew Northrup

Sales Manager, Corporate Partnerships and Premium Tickets

Matthew Northrup
mnorthrup@bostoncannons.com

Matt is in his fifth season with the Cannons as a member of the ticket sales staff, working in both group and season tickets sales.  Matt will also be working with corporate sponsors. Prior to joining the Cannons, Matt worked in aquatics at Swymfit, a fitness club located in Boxborough, MA.  He also coaches several different swim teams at the recreational and masters level. 

Matt graduated from Boston College with a Bachelor of Arts degree.  While at Boston College, Matt was a four-year varsity swim team member and a captain his senior year. Matt recently earned his Masters in Sports Leadership from Northeastern.


Aaron Stanton

Account Executive

Aaron Stanton
astanton@bostoncannons.com 

Aaron joined the Cannons front office in November of 2014 after being a game day volunteer during the 2014 season. Aaron brings years of lacrosse related experience to the Cannon’s organization through playing and coaching.

Aaron attended Dean College for a year where he was an academic All-American while a member of the men’s lacrosse program. After a year at Dean, Aaron transferred to Towson University where he was a member of the men’s club and varsity lacrosse programs. Aaron received his Bachelor’s degree in Sport Management with a minor in Business Administration.

As an account executive, Aaron will push efforts of the organization specifically in sales while managing various accounts as it relates to ticket holders and other sales related matters. Aaron has held similar roles with the Ohio Machine and various fitness facilities handling sales efforts and providing quality customer service.


Sam Lorenzo

Account Executive


slorenzo@bostoncannons.com

Sam joined the Cannons in January of 2017, as a Ticket Operations intern. As the Ticket Operations intern he assisted with the processing and handling of all ticket sales. When the internship had ended in May of 2017 Sam was offered an Account Executive position and officially began in June of 2017.

Sam graduated from Saint Anselm College with a Bachelor of Arts degree. Prior to the Cannons, Sam interned with Saint Anselm College’s Athletic Department, Swimming New Zealand, and the Manchester Monarchs. Over the summers Sam, along with his brother and sister, owned and operated a small Italian Ice business, Lorenzo’s Italian Ice.

Sam is excited to start his career with the Cannons, and looks forward to seeing the sport of Lacrosse grow in popularity around the country. 


Boomer The Mascot

Official Team Mascot

boomerCommunity@bostoncannons.com

Boomer proudly traces his roots all the way back to the Revolution, where his forefathers still stand tall guarding Massachusetts. Boomer did his duty serving a tour aboard the USS Constitution where his shipmates continue to host thousands of visitors a year and celebrate his July 4 th birthday with a 21 cannon salute. No loose cannon, Boomer is a hard-working ironman who has come a long way, and now proudly calls Harvard Stadium his home. 

He sometimes has a short fuse when the team gets down, but soon gets fired up again to rally the fans. Although he is a mascot of few words, actually no words, really (since he can't talk), he is always the first one there to cheer on his favorite team!