Napoli named 2014-15 ECHL Executive of the Year

The ECHL on Wednesday announced that Toledo Walleye President & CEO Joe Napoli has been selected by the ECHL Board of Governors as the 2014-15 recipient of the ECHL Executive of the Year award.

Napoli, who also won the award in 2012-13, joins Steve Chapman and Matthew Riley, as the only two-time winners of the Executive of the Year award since it was introduced in 1993.

Toledo set a new club record in attendance during the 2014-15 season drawing 231,847 fans during the regular season and adding 64,899 during the Kelly Cup Playoffs, including a team record 8,300 fans for Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals against South Carolina. Winterfest, a 10-day outdoor hockey festival held at Fifth Third Field, created an economic impact of over $10 million for Toledo and the surrounding area. Napoli also hired Derek Lalonde as the Walleye head coach, who helped to spearhead an ECHL-record 58-point improvement over the 2013-14 season on his way to earning ECHL Coach of the Year honors.

In addition to serving as president and CEO of the Walleye, Napoli also is president and CEO of the Toledo Mud Hens professional baseball team. Before coming to Toledo, he worked for the Chicago Bulls of the National Basketball Association, the Detroit Tigers of Major League Baseball, the Canton-Akron Indians and Manufacturers Hanover Trust Company. A member of the development team for the Huntington Center, Napoli is responsible for the management and day-to-day operation of both the Walleye and Mud Hens. Born and raised in Brooklyn, N.Y., Napoli graduated Cum Laude from St. John’s University with a bachelor’s degree in management.

ECHL Executive Of The Year Winners

2015Joe NapoliToledo Walleye
2014Matthew RileyBakersfield Condors
2013Joe Napoli
Toledo Walleye
2012Justin Kemp
Ontario Reign
2011Dan ChapmanStockton Thunder
2010Kristin RoppCincinnati Cyclones
2009Gordon KayeReading Royals
2008Darren AbbottSouth Carolina Stingrays
2007Matthew RileyBakersfield Condors
2006Steve ChapmanGwinnett Gladiators
2005Steve ChapmanGwinnett Gladiators
2004Terry ParksAlaska Aces
2003John ButlerPeoria Rivermen
2002Matt LoughranAtlantic City Boardwalk Bullies
2001Craig BrushFlorida Everblades
2000Brian McKennaTrenton Titans
1999Carl ScheerGreenville Grrrowl
1998Charles FelixPensacola IcePilots
1997David PaitsonColumbus Chill
1996Dave BerrymanLouisiana IceGators
1995Harry Feuerstein/Craig LaughlinRichmond Renegades
1994John Gagnon/Pierre PaiementRoanoke Express
1993Larry KishWheeling Thunderbirds