Mike Veeck (Founding Partner)
Mike Veeck is a nationally renowned speaker, entrepreneur, college professor, marketing, promotions and advertising expert as well as an owner of three successful minor league baseball teams. His name is synonymous with fun and creativity and he continues to blaze new trails each year. Who else would train a pig to deliver baseballs to the umpire, hire mimes to perform instant replays or lock fans out of the stadium to set an all-time attendance record for fewest people at a game?
It is with the belief that anything is possible and fun is crucial to success that Mike runs his companies. His Saint Paul Saints have become a model organization and along with this culture of fun, it’s their willingness to take creative risks, forge innovative partnerships and deliver outstanding customer care that proves to be the positive difference that leads to success. It’s no surprise then that SNL alum and film guy Bill Murray (a co-owner and partner with Mike in a number of ventures) serves as Team Psychologist / Director of Fun. Murray is sometimes seen taking tickets, selling programs, coaching third base and giving noogies. Fans love the positive vibe, family feel and great customer service they get at the ballparks! This business philosophy has garnered national attention, with Mike being featured on NBC Nightly News, 60 Minutes, HBO Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel, ESPN Sports Center and many other national media outlets.
With his teams practicing all this fun and passion in the workplace, providing great customer care, exceeding aggressive sales goals and gaining national attention for his creative promotions and partnerships, Mike decided to highlight his coworkers and tell these stories in his book – Fun Is Good! In response to the success of the book and organizations asking to learn more of this philosophy, Mike created the consulting company of the same name, Fun Is Good. He and his team lead entertaining seminars, training sessions and keynote speeches across the country. Mike is a highly sought after speaker, allowing him the privilege of working with many companies each year, including 3M, The NBA, Deluxe Corporation, General Mills and NASCAR, to name just a few.
Mike and his wife, Libby, reside in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina. He is the father or two children, William “Night Train” and Rebecca.
Trudi Mendoza (Presenter)
A certified life coach, senior customer service leader and trainer with more than 15 years of large call center experience, Trudi Mendoza truly understands what motivates people to learn. She has led sales, retention and leadership development initiatives in supporting call centers serving 2.5 million customers. Trudi has also led Marketing, Sales and Communications teams, developing highly successful training, coaching, accountability and recognition programs.
This extensive employee development background, combined with Trudi’s skills as an accomplished training designer and presenter make her a perfect Fun Is Good partner. Trudi’s passion is to share the gift of fun with others and to help people identify their unique strengths and boldly step into the extraordinary.
Fran Zeuli (Partner)
Recognized as a highly versatile, innovative, performance-driven senior leader, Fran Zeuli has a successful track record of exceeding sales, customer care and employee satisfaction goals in multiple large corporations. He is skilled at designing and implementing actionable, strategic initiatives across all levels of an organization. Fran has successfully lead teams going through leadership departures, national branding initiatives, major department redesigns, office closures and even bankruptcy.
With all this experience in change and transition, Fran understands the importance of building team culture – and how to make it happen. He has designed and implemented many successful employee engagement programs across the country. An accomplished speaker that shares this message in companies and college classrooms alike, Fran is passionate that Fun Is Good will help transform any size organization into an engaged, customer caring and profitable team. And while a part owner of several minor league baseball teams, Fran still can’t hit a curve ball!
Allen Fahden (Presenter)
Just on the strength and uniqueness of his ideas, Allen Fahden has gotten the attention of up to 50 million people worldwide. His One-Book Book Store, ReadDundant, appeared in People Magazine, ABC News, the BBC, NPR and in major newspapers across the country. Allen is the creator of the CARE model, and the co-author of its assessment, the Team Dimensions Profile which identifies key roles that people perform in group settings and supports the theory that when one is working within their strengths, they contribute more to the team and are more satisfied and happy with their work. He has written several books, including chapters on strength-based work for the best-selling book The One Minute Millionaire by Chicken Soup for the Soul author Mark Victor Hanson.
As a speaker he has worked with 20 of the top 100 companies in the world, ranging from Amazon.com to Wells Fargo Bank to Coca-Cola, GE and Disney. One company reported that using Al’s technique saved them one million dollars per work team. Allen embodies the Fun Is Good philosophy in all he does.
Karen Chapple (Contributing Partner)
Karen Chapple is the newest member to the Fun Is Good team, joining us in September 2015. After 20 years in corporate-America, Karen had her “Page 37 Fun Is Good Moment” when she realized she was no longer working in her strengths of Marketing Communications, Business Development & Coaching and had lost passion for the work she was doing. Karen brings extensive Consumer, B2B and Non-Profit marketing experience to the Fun Is Good team as our Chief Marketing Officer.
Karen is passionate about sharing the Fun Is Good message to organizations and individuals across the country, helping them to prosper by leveraging their true strengths and finding success and joy. Karen’s #1 rule for her children, friends, family & clients is to “Have Fun”!
To discover how you can “Create Joy & Passion in your Workplace & Career” read Fun Is Good by Mike Veeck & Pete Williams
Dr. Emily (Ravenscroft) Stuckenbruck (Presenter)
Emily earned her Master’s and Ph.D. in Communication Studies from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill after spending the final year of her doctorate at the National University of Ireland, Galway as an Irish Fulbright Scholar. Currently the Dean of Liberal Arts and Business at Nicolet College in Wisconsin, Emily oversees the following programs: Liberal Arts, General Education, Business, Accounting, Administrative Professional, Graphic Design, Early Childhood Education, Information Technology, International Study, Associate of Science and Arts Collaborative Agreements, Elementary Education, Natural Resources and Native American Pathways Tribal Community outreach.
The initiatives Emily is most proud of spearheading at Nicolet College include her leadership in bringing tuition-free Early Childhood Education classes to each of the College’s district Tribal Communities, bringing students from India and China to come study at a rural institution with clean air, developing options for student to complete Business courses on a mobile platform, creating and managing partnerships with sister institutions across the state to deliver more affordable general education courses to university-bound students, supporting the efforts of Nicolet’s Jump!Start program to help educate and employ individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, being a leader in developing the first competency-based IT program in the state, and serving as the advisor to the Rainbow Hodags, the first LGBTQIA student support group in Northern Wisconsin.
In 2015, Emily was humbled to be named to the inaugural class of the American Association of Women in Community College’s Top 40 Under 40 national list. Emily has lived Fun Is Good for as long as she can remember. She is deeply grateful to the founders, who have put data behind that which she has always known to be true: Joy inspires people to be their best and when people are their best they produce exceptional results!!!
Jenna Wolf (Contributing Partner)
With experience in client relationship management, community engagement, arts administration, online content and social media campaigns, Jenna Wolf brings a passion for creative communications and customer care strategies, as well as results-driven employee engagement, to the Fun Is Good team. Jenna believes that fun and laughter at work have a direct impact on individual and team success, in addition to karaoke and themed costume parties (when possible).