Vice President, Corporate Partnerships

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Mary Grams
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.


Hometown Elk River, MN
College and major Cardinal Stritch University, BS Business Management and Marketing
Favorite sports team 1980 Olympic Mens Hockey Team
Favorite hockey player of all time Neal Broten
What would your goal song be? "Sweet Emotion"
Do you have any pets? 5.8 lb. Chorkie Rescue Tica
What did you want to be as a kid? Nun
Favorite vacation spot Florence, Italy
Hidden talent It wouldn’t be hidden if I told you
Favorite movie Brian’s Song and Wedding Crashers
Is a hot dog a sandwich? No