CHICAGO, IL – July 5, 2011 – Mike Ernst, Director of Ticket Sales for the Chicago Fire Soccer Club has been elected to a one-year position as a member of the Board of Directors with the Better Business Bureau of Chicago and Northern Illinois.
As member of the Board, Mr. Ernst will help guide the Better Business Bureau in its mission of advancing marketplace trust and promoting ethical business practices.
“We are very pleased to have Mike Ernst with his extensive business knowledge and experience on our Board,” said Steve J. Bernas, president and CEO of the Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois. “His experience with management and revenue development will greatly assist us in creating a community of trustworthy businesses that both consumers and businesses throughout northern Illinois can rely on.”
Mr. Ernst currently works as the Director of Ticket Sales for the Chicago Fire Soccer Club. He is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Chicago Fire Soccer Club Ticket Sales and Service team. His primary focus is leading the strategic planning for revenue development and overall management of the customer service plan. In 2011, he assisted in doubling the Fire’s supporter season ticket base.
Prior to joining the Fire, Mr. Ernst was a Senior Account Executive with the Seattle Supersonics of the NBA. While with the Sonics, he was responsible for the Corporate and Courtside Ticket sales. Mr. Ernst earned his MA in Sports Management from the University of Iowa, and a B.A. in Marketing & Public Relations from Saint Ambrose University.
Mr. Ernst, 31, currently lives in Chicago with his wife Rachelle and their daughter.