Senior Vice President of Sales and Revenue
Mike Ernst joined the Chicago Fire in 2009 and has held numerous leadership positions across Ticket Sales and Service, Operations, Marketing and Corporate Partnerships during his tenure. In his current role as Senior Vice President of Sales and Revenue, Ernst is responsible for the longterm strategy and success of the Chicago Fire FC Ticket Sales and Service units, including season ticket sales and service, group sales, premium and hospitality and ticket operations. Ernst also has oversight of the Club's business intelligence department, ensuring the successful management and integration of club data sources into ticket sales strategy at Soldier Field.
Prior to joining the Fire, Ernst was a Senior Account Executive with the Seattle Supersonics of the National Basketball Association. While with the Sonics, he was responsible for Corporate and Courtside ticket sales. This experience included the development of a ticket sales relationship with the Microsoft Corporate Office in Redmond, Wash.
Ernst started his career working for McLeodUSA Telecommunications. While at McLeod, he was responsible for Accounts Receivable for the phone company’s top accounts. During his four years with McLeodUSA, he earned employee of the month on five separate occasions.
He earned his MA in Sports Management from the University of Iowa and a B.A. in Marketing & Public Relations at Saint Ambrose University. Ernst resides in Forest Park with his wife Rachelle and their three children: Nora, James and Max.