Amarillo, TX- The Amarillo Bulls are pleased to announce that long time local resident Rick Matchett has joined the organization effective immediately in the capacity of VP/GM business operations. Chris Laurie has moved to a capacity with CSH in supporting organizations on business initiatives. Chris was the original GM, laying the foundation for the early success of the franchise.
Rick joins the Bulls with extensive leadership and sales experience. He was GM of Cumulus Radio, worked for the CVB in Amarillo and has been a marketing consultant at local television stations. “Rick came highly recommended and we felt it was extremely important to have a local leader for the Bulls, someone who knows the Texas Panhandle and has the experience that Rick does. He brings professionalism, business experience and a commitment to succeed as this is his home town, and that was a key in brining Rick on board,” stated Gary Gelinas, President of the Bulls and owners CSH.
I’m excited to have this opportunity with a great organization and a winning team,” stated Rick. “Chris and his staff have done a great job with the franchise and I look forward to continuing the success! Hockey is a great sport for Amarillo and the panhandle and the future is exciting!” Rick looks forward to meeting all the great Hockey fans in the panhandle.
Chris Laurie will continue to provide his expertise to CSH as the organization continues to support current properties and develops markets. CSH thanks Chris for all his hard work in laying the foundation and launching the Bulls franchise.
“The Bulls franchise is in a good place right now and the addition of Rick will only grow the local ties and boost the already strong Bulls following. I thank the staff and fans for making my time in Amarillo enjoyable and I look forward to my next venture within CSH,” stated Laurie.
The change comes at a time of success for the Bulls organization. The Bulls regular season record dating back to their inaugural season sits at 94-25-16 along with two South Division Championships. Off the ice, the Bulls were 4th in the league in average attendance last season and were awarded NAHL organization of the year. The objective moving forward is to continue building on these achievements and become a flagship franchise in the North American Hockey League.
Fans can come by and meet Rick Matchett on Saturday night in the Bull Pen from 6:30 pm to game time.