Toledo’s Napoli named ECHL Executive of the Year


The ECHL on Tuesday announced that Toledo Walleye President Joe Napoli has been selected by the ECHL Board of Governors as the 2012-13 recipient of the ECHL Executive of the Year award.

Toledo set a new team record for attendance as 226,743 fans attended games at Huntington Center, ranking fourth in the ECHL with 6,298 per game. The Walleye welcomed nine sell-out crowds during the season and set a team record for group ticket sales while finishing second in the League in group revenue. Napoli also serves on multiple League committees and frequently works with colleagues to elevate the well-being of the ECHL.

In addition to serving as president of the Walleye, Napoli also is president 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

2013Joe Napoli
Toledo Walleye
2012Justin Kemp
Ontario Reign
2011Dan ChapmanStockton Thunder
2010Kristin RoppCincinnati Cyclones
2009Gordon KayeReading Royals
2008Darren AbbottSouth Carolina Stingrays
2007Matt 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