Mary Grams

Vice President, Corporate Partnerships

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Grams joined the Checkers in February 2013 after four years as NASCAR Driver Ryan Newman's director of business development. In that role, she facilitated personal services agreements, negotiated contracts and endorsements with sponsors and managed daily marketing strategies for Ryan Newman Motorsports and the Ryan Newman Foundation. Mary manages and provides strategic direction for the Checkers corporate sales division and oversees the day-to-day corporate sales initiatives while working closely with the corporate partners to ensure successful activation programs are implemented while maximizing their ROI.

Mary, a Minnesota native, has been involved in sales and sports marketing for over 20 years. She enjoys spending her summers at the local sprint car track with her husband Tony and winters at the hockey arena supporting the Charlotte Checkers and participating in a family game of hockey every Christmas. Grams enjoys working out, meeting new people and spending time with her fur baby Tica.


Elk River, MN

College and major
Cardinal Stritch University, Business Management

Favorite sports team
1980 Olympic Mens Hockey Team

First hockey game
Elk River Elks High School or first professional game was Minnesota North Stars vs. Chicago Blackhawks

If you could create a menu item for the Red Line Club, what would it be

Favorite memory with the Checkers
Winning the Calder Cup Championship

Would you rather fight 100 duck-sized horses or one horse-sized duck?
One horse sized duck