Carl Scheer enjoyed over 20 years of experience as an ECHL team executive. He first joined the League in 1993-94, when the Charlotte Checkers joined the ECHL as an expansion team. It was the first time professional hockey had called Charlotte home in over 15 years, and the team was a nearly instant success drawing over 8,100 fans per game in its inaugural season. Charlotte finished in the top four in ECHL attendance in each of its first four seasons and went on to capture the Riley Cup championship in 1996. Scheer, who served as the Chairman of the ECHL Board of Governors for several seasons in the 1990s, developed the BI-LO Center in downtown Greenville and brought the Greenville Grrrowl into the ECHL for the 1998-99 season. The Grrrowl averaged over 9,200 fans per game in their first season, and still hold three of the nine largest single-game crowds in ECHL history.