September 30, 2004 - International Hockey League 2 (IHL 2) - Motor City Mechanics
REDFORD, MICH. With the team roster almost complete, the Motor City Mechanics of the United Hockey League have named John Tull to the position of Team President. A 16-year veteran of professional sports team management with an aggressive and innovative marketing style, Tull will oversee the daily business operation of the Mechanics franchise.
Johns hiring is an important acquisition for the Mechanics organization, said Mitch Rosen, co-owner of the Motor City Mechanics. With his experience and leadership, we not only look to succeed as a business but also as a known sports entity within the Metro Detroit market.
In his new role, Tull will direct the teams marketing and promotion efforts, manage the budgets, supervise ticket sales and serve as team spokesman. Tulls first initiatives in this capacity include the start of Mechanics training camp, pre-season games and launch of the teams inaugural season.
Im very excited about the opportunity to join this organization in its initial stages and be a part of the growth process, said Mechanics President John Tull. I look forward to meeting the challenges, and seeing us obtain and exceed the level of success I know the franchise is capable of reaching in this very competitive sports market.
A native of South Bend, Indiana, Tulls professional sports accolades include winning the 1993 Bob Freitas Award for Best Class A Baseball Franchise; Vice President of the Dayton Bombers and Cincinnati Cyclones hockey teams; 2000-2002 West Coast Hockey League (WCHL) Executive of the Year Award, as President of the 2002 WCHL Taylor Cup Champion Fresno Falcons and setting back-to-back attendance records and organization of the year awards from 2000-2002 during his tenure with the Fresno Falcons. Last season, he served as President of the Arena Football 2 Leagues San Diego Riptide.
Tull earned his undergraduate degree from DePauw University and holds a Masters Degree in Sports Administration from Indiana University.
The Motor City Mechanics are a professional AA hockey team competing in the United Hockey Leagues Central Division. The 2004/05 season marks the teams inaugural season, which starts October 15. The Mechanics play all 40 home games at the Great Lakes Sports City Superior Arena in Fraser, Michigan. For more information, call 866-794-3366 or visit www.motorcitymechanics.com.