Larry Meli was appointed team President of the Delaware 87ers on February 2, 2017 after serving as the team’s Chief Operating Officer since December, 2013. Meli has more than 17 years of NBA front office experience.
In his role as Sevens COO, Meli supervised team business operations and served as a liaison between the Sevens and their parent club, the Philadelphia 76ers. Notably, he led an effort that resulted in Sevens employees providing over 4,500 hours of service to Delaware communities in less than three years. Under Meli’s guidance, the organization was recognized at the 2015 Delaware Small Business Chamber Blue Ribbon awards ceremony with both the Merit Award for Emerging Business of the Year, and the Voter’s Choice Award for Community Involvement.
Additionally, Meli was instrumental in establishing an engaging and family-friendly atmosphere at Sevens home games, which culminated with a Best of Delaware for Winter Family Sports Event Award in 2015.
Previously, Meli spent nine years as the Sixers Vice President of Customer Service and Ticket Operations, where he developed and implemented numerous customer service policies and renewal programs for all Sixers Season Ticket Members. Meli began his career with the Sixers in 1998 as the team’s Director of Ticket Operations, before being named Senior Director of Ticket Operations in 2003.
Meli holds a Master’s Degree in Sports Management from Temple University, and is a 1992 graduate of the University of Richmond with a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration. Meli resides in Mullica Hill, NJ with his wife, Michelle, and five children: Luke, Evan, Maddie, Jackson and Grace.
Susan Williamson is currently Vice President, Business Operations of the Philadelphia 76ers. In her current role, Williamson serves as the organization’s liaison between the Sixers and Sevens. She joined the Sixers in October 2014 as Vice President, Marketing. Williamson, a native New Yorker, started her sports career working with the New York Knicks at The Madison Square Garden Company.
Now entering her 13th NBA season, she has overseen various departments/functions, including advertising, branding, ticket sales, email marketing, fan development, marketing strategy and game presentation. Williamson graduated from University of Virginia with her in B.A. in Psychology and Biology; she also served as the first ever female head manager for the Men’s Basketball Team. She received her M.B.A. from University of Michigan’s Stephen M. Ross School of Business.
Doug Hine was named Chief Revenue Officer of the Delaware 87ers on January 19, 2017. Hine most recently served as Chief Revenue Office for the Albany Devils, American Hockey League affiliate of the New Jersey Devils, and brings with him a decade of front office experience in professional sports.
In his role, Hine oversees all revenue generation for the Sevens, and leads the team’s ticket sales and business development departments. During his tenure in Albany, Hine drove the acquisition of more than 200 new full season ticket holders, over 150 new plan holders, a 15-percent growth in corporate partnerships and helped Albany finish in the top five in the AHL in new business.
A graduate of West Chester University, Hine began his career in professional sports as an inside sales representative for the New Jersey Devils in 2008. Hine rose through the Devils organization over the next eight years and was named Senior Manager, Business Development in 2015 before joining the minor league franchise in Albany as CRO.
Alex Yoh was named Director, Marketing & Communications of the 87ers on August 1, 2016 after serving two seasons as Public Relations Coordinator for the Philadelphia 76ers. He originally joined the organization as Public Relations & Community Engagement Manager of the 87ers in July, 2014.
In his current role, Yoh oversees all marketing, promotions, public relations, community engagement and game operations for the Sevens. Prior to joining the organization, Yoh most recently served as Basketball Communications Assistant for Marquette University Women’s Basketball and has spent time in media, communications and broadcasting roles with the Pittsburgh Pirates, Emerson College and Reading Phillies.
Yoh earned a B.S. in Broadcast Journalism from Emerson College and was a four-year member and senior captain of the men’s basketball team. He later earned his M.A. in Leadership Studies from Marquette University.
Dan Dobbins joined the Delaware 87ers in February, 2017 as Ticket Sales Manager. He oversees a staff of six Account Executives who are focused on selling and renewing full season tickets, partial plans and group experiences.
Prior to joining the 87ers, Dan was hired in June, 2014 by the New Jersey Devils as Ticket Sales Associate. In 2015, he was promoted within the Devils organization to Account Executive, Business Development. In this role, Dan led his team in new business and developed into a leader within the team’s ticket sales program.
Dan was born on March 5 and resides in West Chester, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Temple University in 2014 with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Marketing.
Chanelle S. Reynolds joined the organization as an 87ers Account Executive in May, 2014. After two seasons through which she became one of the NBA D-League’s top sellers, Reynolds was appointed to her current post as Business Development Manager in Summer, 2016.
In her role, Reynolds manages the team’s sponsorships and new business ventures. Prior to joining the Sevens, Reynolds served as Account Executive with Kiss 101.7 FM and as Marketing Intern for the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.
Recently, she was honored by Delaware Today Magazine and Delaware Business Times in the 2016 Women in Business issue. Reynolds earned her degree in Marketing from Delaware State University, where she was a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha. In her free time, she enjoys working with the Leukemia Lymphoma Society Delaware Chapter and is a member of the National Black MBA Association Philadelphia Chapter.
Sandy Kemmel joined the 87ers as Box Office & Office Manager as one of the franchise’s first employees in November, 2013. In her role, Kemmel oversees the team’s ticketing operations and is an integral part of sales and client experience initiatives. She also serves as the Seven’s liaison to the NBA and the University of Delaware’s Bob Carpenter Center while also managing the team’s office operations in Wilmington.
Prior to joining the Sevens, Kemmel built her professional sports resume working as a union member for the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees – where she has gained experience in the box offices of all the major sports teams in Philadelphia – Bowie Baysox and York Revolution. Most recently, Sandy served as a Member Services Representative for the Franklin Mint Federal Credit Union.
Kemmel earned her B.S. in Sports Management from York College of Pennsylvania. In the offseason, she enjoys volunteering for the Spc. Zachary Clouser Memorial Foundation and Operation First Response.
Amanda Janczak joined the Sevens as Public Relations & Community Engagement Manager in October, 2016.
In her role, Janczak serves as the primary media relations contact for the team and leads the Sevens’ basketball communications and community engagement efforts.
Janczak most recently served on the PR staff of the Austin Spurs, NBA G League Affiliate of the San Antonio Spurs. The Arizona State and Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication grad has also spent time with the Arizona Diamondbacks, Harlem Globetrotters, The Arizona Republic and the Pac-12.
Kyle Hagenman joined the Delaware 87ers in May, 2017 as Partnership Activation Coordinator. He assists in selling, renewing and activating the team’s sponsorships.
Prior to joining the 87ers, Kyle worked for the Philadelphia 76ers, where he served as a Sales Associate beginning in July, 2015. As a Sales Associate, he customized and sold ticket packages to businesses, fans and groups. Kyle began his career with the Reading Fightin’ Phils organization in the summer of 2014 as a game day intern.
A 2015 graduate of Rider University in Lawrenceville, New Jersey, Hagenman majored in Finance and Sport Management.
Gabbi Townsend grew up in Moorestown, New Jersey and received her Bachelor’s degree in Communication Arts from Saint Francis University in Loretto, PA. After completing her Bachelor’s in May of 2015, Gabbi promptly began a one-year full-time Master’s program at La Salle University where she completed her MA in Professional and Business Communications after starting with the Sevens in the summer of 2016.
In her undergraduate career, Gabbi worked in the Athletic Communications Office and has always been a big Philly sports fan. Before working in sports, Gabbi worked in retail, public relations and social media positions as an intern and a part-time employee. When Gabbi isn’t working hard in the office, you’ll most likely find her at the nearest coffee shop catching up with one of her Season Ticket Holders, at the gym working out or exploring in her favorite city, Philadelphia.
Melissa Caprice was born and raised in Southern New Jersey. She graduated from Duquesne University with a BSBA in Sports Marketing in May, 2014. From there she accepted her first sales role with the South Carolina Stingrays hockey team as an Inside Sales Representative.
In February 2016 Melissa joined the Sevens family excited to take on a new adventure. In her free time she enjoys traveling, spending time with friends and family, and going to the beach in the summer. Melissa is an avid Philadelphia sports fan. Her favorite sports memory is attending the 2008 Philadelphia Phillies World Series parade.
Ben Cooley grew up in Abington, Pennsylvania before attending the University of Pennsylvania. During his time at Penn, Ben was a four-year member of the varsity golf team until his graduation in 2015. While Ben graduated with a degree in Cognitive Science, he has always had a strong interest in the business side of professional basketball.
Ben joined the Sevens in April of 2017 as an Account Executive. Prior to his time with the Sevens, he has been involved with training working dogs, working with a mobile app startup and had a brief stint in the commercial real estate business.
As an avid Philadelphia sports fan, Ben is thrilled to get the opportunity to join the Sevens family. Outside of the office, he has many interests that keep him busy. Ben enjoys competing in amateur golf tournaments in the local and regional area, hanging out with friends, spending time with his two dogs Teddy and Lucy, and going out to the movies.
Matt Colaiacovo grew up in Cherry Hill, NJ and has been a huge Philadelphia sports fan his entire life. Matt attended the University of Delaware and received his Bachelor’s degree in Sport Management in May of 2017.
Matt joined the 87ers in April 2017 as a sales intern before becoming an Account Executive after graduation. In his role, Matt’s main focus is communicating with our fans to determine the best membership options for our members.
Prior to joining the 87ers, Matt worked in retail while also interning for the University of Delaware’s Men’s Ice Hockey and a start-up soccer apparel company based out of Philadelphia. During his free time you will most likely find Matt watching sports and hanging out with some of his closest friends.
James Kocher was born and raised in Wilmington, Delaware and stayed in the first state to complete his Bachelor of Science in Sport Management and Finance at the University of Delaware. At UD, James worked for the Men’s Basketball team and the Sports operation staff but, spent most of his time working for the Delaware Sports Commission focused on their high school basketball tournament, Slam Dunk to the Beach.
Being a lifelong Delawarean, James was thrilled to join the Seven’s staff as an Account Executive right of college. He is excited for the chance to help the sevens and sports in Delaware reach a new level. Outside of the sevens, James is interested in music, fantasy sports and spending quality time with his friends and family.
Joe Richmond was named Ambassador of Basketball in August, 2017. In his role, Richmond serves as the community coach for youth basketball programs, leads engagement events and is also team’s in-arena host.
Richmond has always loved basketball since his older brother “Big Mike” introduced it to him. He grew up playing ball at local playgrounds and rec centers. He earned the nickname “Showboat” because of the way he played with such flash on the court.
Following his brother, Richmond played and coached overseas in Sweden. He was Head Coach of the Delaware Valley Charter School varsity boys team from 2006-2007. The highlight of his basketball career came when he traveled with The World Famous Harlem Globetrotters touring team as a coach and referee from 2007-2012. Although he has been to all 50 states and to more than 30+ countries, he says nothing comes close to being at home with his wife and children.
Along with his brother Mike and childhood friend Tim Hagins, Richmond founded Richmond Group Int’l (RGI) with the vision of creating an entity that would allow them to reach the community, empower individuals and build relationships through basketball. Their Overseas Showcase Camps and Overseas Touring Basketball Teams gave both men and women a platform to showcase their talent to coaches and scouts in countries such as Estonia, Finland, Sweden and Portugal.
Richmond made history when he became co-owner of the Delaware Destroyers of the then National Rookie League and later the Eastern Basketball Alliance League, which at the time was the only league in the United States that mandated each of its teams have squads for both men and women. After a stint in the United States Basketball League, RGI launched I Am Focused Inc., a non-profit initiative which directed players and coaches to give back to the community. The I Am Focused FINEST Foundation was later formed, through which Richmond created his own AAU basketball program.
Coach Richmond wants to know, “How bad do you want it?!”