Steve Schmitt – Owner
Schmitt’s passion for the game and extraordinary attention to customer service are two big reasons why Mallards baseball has become a summertime mainstay in Madison. Since 2001 the Mallards have made the playoffs seven times, including Northwoods League Championships in 2004 and 2013, and appearances in the Championship Series in 2005 & 2008. Schmitt’s teams have accumulated 482 regular season wins since the franchise’s inception and have finished at-least in the top-half of the division standings for every year but two. Also the owner of the Shoe Box and Rookies Sports Bar in Black Earth, WI, Steve is actively involved in the community and is a huge St. Louis Cardinals fan.  He is also the owner of the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters, Kenosha Kingfish, and Green Bay Bullfrogs, all of the Northwoods League.
Jim Kacmarcik – Owner
Image result for jim kacmarcik Jim Kacmarcik is president of Kapco, Inc., a diverse group of businesses based in Grafton, Wisconsin. 

Kapco formed in 1972 and Jim grew up in the business and joined his father, Tom, in 1985, in a full-time role. In addition to exceeding client expectations, Jim exhibits a strong commitment to giving back to the community through a range of philanthropic endeavors, charitable events, and volunteer opportunities for employees and local volunteers. 

A natural entrepreneur, Jim has formed and funded start-up companies that match his passion for music, sports, and automobiles.  KNE (K-Nation Entertainment) and Given Music Publishing are focused on entertainment.

A sports fan, Jim is president and majority owner of the Northwoods League collegiate wood bat team, the Lakeshore Chinooks. On the professional level, Jim is an active member of the Milwaukee Bucks local investor group as a minority owner of the team.

Central to Jim’s life—and above all other considerations, is his love for family, country, faith, and appreciation for the blessings he has received.  Along with his wife Laura and five children, Jim Kacmarcik is always looking forward to the next chapter in his life.

Vern Stenman – Big Top Baseball President
vern_2015 Stenman, the 2003 and 2005 Northwoods League Executive of the Year, is entering his nineteenth season in the NWL. His innovative promotional ideas and steady vision have contributed to the Mallards consistently ranking in the top 25 in attendance in all of Minor League Baseball. He has helped draw over 200,000 fans per year from 2006 through 2015.  Prior to Madison he was an intern and later Assistant GM for the St. Cloud River Bats from 1997 to 2000 before taking a position with the NHL’s Minnesota Wild for a year.  As the President of Big Top Baseball his role also includes management and part ownership of the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters, Kenosha Kingfish and Green Bay Bullfrogs of the Northwoods League.  Stenman and wife Kallie have two children, daughter Chloe Mae (8), and son Bode (4) and live in Madison. He is originally from St. Cloud, MN.

Conor Caloia – Big Top Baseball Chief Operating Officer
conor_use As the COO of Big Top Baseball and along with President Vern Stenman, Caloia oversees the Madison Mallards, Wisconsin Rapids Rafters, Kenosha Kingfish and Green Bay Bullfrogs of the Northwoods League, Breese Stevens Field and Festival Foods Shake the Lake. Caloia is entering his 12th season with the organization after starting as a public relations intern for the Mallards in 2003. 

After serving as the Mallards Assistant General Manager for two seasons, Caloia relocated to Denver to work as the Director of Marketing of the Western Athletic Conference. Following his stint with the WAC, Caloia served as the Director of Operations for the Wilmington Sharks of the Coastal Plains League. Under his leadership the Sharks hosted the 2009 CPL All-Star Game and were named the 2009 CPL Organization of the Year. 

He returned to Madison in December of 2009 as General Manager of the Mallards and was named the Northwoods League Executive of the Year in 2011. Caloia was involved in the founding of the Kenosha Kingfish (2013), acquisition of the Green Bay Bullfrogs (2013), the creation of Festival Food Shake the Lake (2015) and the re-birth of Breese Stevens Field (2016).

In addition to his responsibilities with Big Top Baseball, Caloia is on the Board of Directors of the Boys and Girls Club of Dane County. 

He received his undergraduate degree from of the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a B.A. in Journalism and a focus on Strategic Communication and his M.B.A. from the UW-Madison. He lives on the near west side of Madison with his wife Rachel, daughter Ella, and son Keegan. He is originally from St. Charles, Ill.

Liz Kern – Big Top Baseball Vice President
Liz Liz Kern started working for the Madison Mallards in 2004 as a game day employee. She was invited back each season after that and continued to expand her roles until she took on a full time position in 2007. In 2007 she became the Customer Service and Box Office Manager. In 2010 Liz was promoted to General Manager of the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters, making her the first female GM in Northwoods League history. After four successful and fun season in Wis Rapids, Liz moved to Green Bay to be the GM for the fourth team to be added to the newly named Big Top Baseball. In 2016, after 11 years with the organization, Liz moved back to Madison and is now the Vice President of Big Top Baseball. In this new role, she works primarily with HR, payroll and special events. Liz has been part of some spectacular events in BTB history including: June 4, 2004 when the Mallards drew over 10,000 fans to the game that evening; June 6, 2010 – the inaugural game for the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters; May 31, 2014 – the inaugural game for the Kenosha Kingfish; and August 6, 2015 – the highest attended game in Green Bay Bullfrogs franchise history featuring Mike McCarthy as a guest, as well as many more events along the way. Liz enjoys seeing fans enjoying the ballpark from the minute they get to the ballpark until they leave.
Tyler Isham – General Manager
tyler_2015 Tyler joined the Mallards in 2011 and is responsible for driving corporate sponsorship revenue and the overall performance of the club. He holds a BA in Communications from Beloit College.

He has worked through all aspects of the organizations in his six summers with the club; ticket sales and service, marketing, corporate advertising, operations, and food and beverage. 

In his free time, Isham enjoys a day on the links, playing Magic the Gathering at the local card shop, and leading the Mallards front office MSCR basketball team in the winter months. He is also a Badger football and basketball fan. 

His favorite parts of being a Mallard include interacting with season ticket holders, being a part of the corporate community, and having the freedom to be able to come up with wacky and crazy ideas. His best memory as a Mallard came when Alex Bacon hit a two run homer in the top of the 9th inning to propel the Mallards to victory over the Lakeshore Chinooks in the NWL Divisional series in 2013. They eventually went on to win a championship that season.

He resides in Madison, WI with his wife and baby.

Monica Wagner – VP of Corporate Ticket Sales 
Monica_Web Monica enters her eighth season with Big Top, starting a new role as VP of Corporate Ticket Sales for the Madison Mallards and Forward Madison FC. Monica works with local businesses to create business development opportunities as well as client and employee entertainment solutions.  Previously, Wagner has worked for Life Time Fitness and the Minnesota Twins Baseball Club. Monica received her Undergrad in Marketing from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in 2003, and completed her Masters in Sport Administration from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse in 2005. Whenever Monica isn’t at the ballpark she spends her time with her husband Lucas chasing around their daughter, Cora and their son, Leo!

Tristan Straub – Big Top Baseball – Executive Chef
Tristan Straub continuese on with Big Top as Executive Chef.  He oversees all culinary activity within the Big Top Sports and Entertainment realm including the Duck Pond, Breese Stevens Field, and now Forward Madison FC.  Before coming to the Mallards, Straub served as a sous-chef for Hotel State College from 2000-2005 and was Employee of the Year there in 2002.  He worked as a line cook for L’Etoile on the Madison capital square from 2005-2006 and as a line chef at Maple Bluff Country Club from 2006-2012.  He also worked as a sous/pastry chef at Brickhouse BBQ from 2009-2012. In December 2014, his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communication Arts – Rhetorical Studies at the University of Wisconsin -Madison. He has two daughters – Isabella and Stella. He is originally from Philadelphia, PA.

Scott Preimesberger – Director of Inside Sales
Scott_Web Scott Preimesberger returns to the Mallards for his fifth season in a new role as Assistant General Manager – Inside Sales. In this role, Scott is responsible for managing the inside ticket sales operation. He will also continue to work with his current book of business clients, helping to find solutions for their employee and client entertainment needs.  

Originally from Appleton, WI, Scott graduated from UW-Madison with his Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Arts in 2009, and later went on to earn his Master’s Degree in Sports Administration from Valparaiso University in 2012.  After landing a student job working in video production for the UW-Madison Athletic Department in 2007, Scott fell in love with working in a sports atmosphere. 

For recreation, Scott is an avid, life-long professional wrestling fan, dating back to his first live show in 1996. A master of embracing a nerdy hobby, Scott is a lover of cinema and a collector of over 560 domestic and international films, which he keeps alphabetized. When he isn’t alphabetizing movies, Scott enjoys negotiating trade deals in his year-round dynasty fantasy football leagues. He also bleeds green and gold and will forever be a fan of the Green Bay Packers.

Scott, along with his girlfriend Kim, continues to adopt an increasingly Madisonian, hipster lifestyle as they explore the city’s scenic running paths, incredible culinary scene, and eclectic nightlife.

Dave Boyer – Chef
boyer Boyer has been Head of Concessions for the Madison Mallards since 2004.  Boyer, who has over 40 years of experience in the food service industry is also the General Manager of Rookies Food & Spirits in Mazomanie, WI.  Boyer is an integral part of the day to day food and beverage operations at the “Duck Pond.”  Boyer hails from Oconomowoc, WI.
Dr. John Orwin – Team Physician – UW Health Sports Medicine
Orwin_Joh Dr. Orwin is board certified in orthopedic surgery and fellowship trained in sports medicine. In addition to his role as the head orthopedic team physician for the Madison Mallards, he provides medical coverage for Badger Men’s and Women’s Basketball, Ice Hockey, Track/Cross Country, Swimming/Diving, Crew, Tennis and Golf, as well as Men’s Wrestling, Women’s Softball and Volleyball. He specializes in sports medicine and arthroscopic reconstructive surgery of the shoulder.
  UW Health Sports Medicine
Dr. David Bernhardt – Team Physician – UW Health Sports Medicine
Bernhardt_Dav Dr. Bernhardt specializes in pediatric and adolescent primary care sports medicine. He is board certified in pediatrics and fellowship trained in sports medicine. In addition to his role as the head medical team physician for the Madison Mallards, he provides medical coverage for Badger Men’s Basketball, Cross Country and Track, as well as Women’s Volleyball, Crew, Cross Country and Track. His special interests include all medical problems related to athletic activity and musculoskeletal syndromes related to running.
  UW Health Sports Medicine
Matt Uftring – Head Athletic Trainer – UW Health Sports Medicine
Matthew-Uftring Matt is a licensed athletic trainer with UW Health Sports Medicine and is in his fourth year with the Madison Mallards. In addition to his athletic training responsibilities for the Mallards, Matt is the Head Athletic Trainer for Waunakee High School. He also assists in coordinating medical coverage for the Madison Marathon and enjoys working in the orthopedic clinic setting with UW Health Sports Medicine physicians.
  UW Health Sports Medicine
Dr. Jeff Mackey – Team Chiropractor
JeffreyMackey_mug Dr. Mackey has been a longtime supporter of Mallards baseball both volunteering his services to the team and as a corporate sponsor of the club. His love of the game and his commitment to the community have made him an invaluable part of the Mallards team.
Dr. Jason Mackey – Team Chiropractor
Mackey jj 2005 Dr. Jason brings a wealth of experience to the Mallards medical team.  A former high level college player himself, Dr. Mackey understands the unique aspects of baseball as few others can.
Rich Brandt – Massage Therapist
Hi. My name is Rich Brandt. I’m honored to be the official massage therapist for the Madison Mallards. I’m a nationally certified massage therapist and I’ve been practicing for the past 15 years. This fall I will start my 16th school season as a contracted therapist with the UW Athletic Department.
Through the years I have enjoyed working with many different athletes and different teams within different sporting venues. More recently I have associated myself with the USOC and have been getting opportunities to work with USA team events and elite level athletes.
I’ve worked with Olympians and medal winning couch potato’s and everyone in between. While the majority of my work has been with athletically minded people I enjoy offering the benefits of restorative massage therapy to anyone who is open and willing to receive it.
I can be found working at Studio Melt here in Madison, the website being, or can be reached directly through facebook or email which is
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