Jeffrey RudnickChief Executive Officer
Jeffrey Rudnick’s career began with his family’s real estate company, Rudco Properties. During this period, he oversaw their investment selection and management of office buildings, shopping centers, and malls across the United States. After eleven years in his family’s business, Mr. Rudnick moved on to Dune Capital to run their asset management for both the private equity real estate fund and the real estate investments in the hedge fund. During his time at Dune, Mr. Rudnick was actively involved in the development and redevelopment of almost 6 million square feet of hotels, condo hotels, condos, and malls valued at almost $4 billion. In addition Mr. Rudnick closed and managed over $400 million in real estate mezzanine loans. After his time at Dune, Mr. Rudnick oversaw the global real estate holdings of Paul Tudor Jones. These included hotel and residential developments throughout the United States, Costa Rica, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, and Zambia. In 2011, Mr. Rudnick started working with Medallion Financial Group as the senior adviser to the President of Medallion, leading efforts in research and identification of alternative investment strategies for the company.
Mr. Rudnick received his BA from Duke University, his MBA from NYU - Leonard N. Stern School of Business, and his MS Real Estate from NYU - Schack Institute of Real Estate.
Tom DissetteSenior Vice President
Tom Dissette is currently the Senior Vice President of the NY Lizards and has been with the team since 2013. He began his career with the New York Mets and gained extensive experience over eight years, being promoted three times within the Ticket Department. Continuing his passion in sales he joined the New York Islanders as the Manager of Corporate Sponsorships.
Tom was born in Cleveland, OH and grew up in Sarasota, FL. He graduated with his Bachelor’s Degree in Sport Management from Flagler College in St. Augustine, FL. Accomplishing over 10 years in the sports industry, he specializes in Sponsorships, Sales, Operations, and Management. He currently resides in Old Bethpage, NY.
Email: TDissette@NYLizards.com | Office: 516-742-1180 x307
Jason VelezVice President, Ticket Sales and Operations
Jason was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. He graduated from the City University of New York, Brooklyn College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business, Management and Finance and has been a veteran of the sports industry over the past 6 plus years.
Jason started in the industry as an Inside Sales representative with Madison Square Garden where he was responsible for generating new business opportunities for the Knicks, Rangers, Liberty and other sports properties from 2009-2011. From 2011-2015, Jason was an Account Executive with the New York Mets, where he effectively managed a portfolio of more than 500 accounts while creating one-of-a-kind experiences for corporate outings, families and friends for this major league baseball franchise. He resides in North Jersey.
Email: JVelez@NYLizards.com | Office: 516-742-1180 x304
Rick RissettoDirector of Public Relations and Marketing
A native of Floral Park and a Long Island resident for his entire life, Rick attended Hofstra University and graduated in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in communications. He also is an alumnus of Southern New Hampshire University with a master’s degree in sport management and is pursuing an MBA.
Rick is no stranger to the sports industry, having worked with a bevy of colleges and institutions of higher learning around the area. He served as Director of Athletic Communications for Molloy College from 2015-2016 and has worked with other schools including NYIT, LIU Post and Adelphi among others. He joined the Lizards in 2017.
Email: RXRissetto@NYLizards.com | Office: 516-742-1180 x305
Michael CharynManager, Group Sales & Director of Youth Lacrosse
Born and raised in Bayside, Queens. Michael graduated from St. John's University with a Bachelor's of Science in Sport Management in 2014. Michael's passion for sports began after winning two tickets to a Mets game when he was just eight years old. Prior to joining the Lizards, Michael spent time interning with the Brooklyn Nets in the operations department.
Michael joined the Lizards organization as a sales and marketing intern in the spring of 2014. Upon completing his internship, Michael was offered a part-time position, which lead to a full-time position in August of 2014. In his free time, he serves as a volunteer EMT in is neighborhood in Queens.
Email: MCharyn@NYLizards.com | Office: 516-742-1180 x302
Tom BodamerAccount Executive
Tom was born and raised in Islip, New York where he attended Sachem East High School. He graduated from St. John’s University in 2015 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Sport Management and has worked in sports since he was 16 years old starting out with the Long Island Ducks as a part-time store associate.
Since then, Tom has interned for the New York Cosmos, Rockland Boulders and in 2013 for the New York Lizards which turned into a part-time role in 2014. Tom joined the team full-time in 2015 as a ticket sales representative. He now serves as an Account Executive.
Email: TBodamer @NYLizards.com | Office: 516-742-1180 x310
Justin PandolfiTicket Sales Representative
Justin was born and raised in Setauket, New York where he attended Ward Melville High School while playing travel baseball for the Three Village Yankees. The end of his playing days led him to a career in athletics. He studied Sport Industry at The Ohio State University, graduating Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelors of Science in Education and a business minor in 2015.
After graduation, Justin joined The Corporate Clubhouse where he quickly rose through their ranks, eventually serving as the Business Development Director. Aside from his time with TCC, he has also served as a member of the Game Day Operations staff with NYCFC as well as with the Lizards, the latter of which led him to his current position as a Ticket Sales Representative.
Email: JPandolfi@NYLizards.com | Office: 516-742-1180 x313
Mike RobinsonTicket Sales Representative
Mike was born and raised in Hauppauge, New York. He attended Hauppauge High School where he played volleyball, baseball and basketball. Mike attended the State University of New York College at Cortland in which he was the Captain of the Men’s Volleyball team and graduated in 2012, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Sport Management.
After college, Mike went on to work in a variety of industries before joining the New York Lizards in the fall of 2016, serving as a Ticket Sales Representative. An avid fitness enthusiast, he is also a CrossFit coach at CrossFit Stony Brook, where he has been coaching classes for the last two years. Mike currently resides in his hometown of Hauppauge.
Email: MRobinson@NYLizards.com | Office: 516-742-1180 x311