Dave began working in ice rinks at the age of 17 in 1980. Continuing to work in local rinks while playing ice hockey in the USHL ending up in Denver, Colorado in 1984. While in Denver, Dave continued to work part time in rinks while earning a Plant Engineering Certification. He returned to ice rinks full time in 1990 in Florida, where the rink industry grew from 4 ice rinks to 23 in a 10-year period.
During this time, he worked up from the operations manager at a single sheet ice rink to a twin sheet ice rink. He finally became the General Manager of a 3-rink facility with a health club and restaurant. Then in 2000 began to work for U.S. Ice Rinks Association (formerly STAR) full time as the Director, Facility Programs.
Dave traveled the country extensively for the last 14 years instructing ice rink facility operations and management courses including refrigeration, ice resurfacers, risk management and rink programming. When not on the road instructing, Dave is providing information and expertise to groups that are developing rink projects, expert witness testimony, and management consulting services. He also coordinates training classes and develop instructional materials for use in U.S. Ice Rink Association training programs.
In August of 2011, Dave became the Ice Technician for PNC Arena (home of the NHL’s Carolina Hurricanes). In this position, he was responsible for the Field of Play for NHL Hockey. Dave also acted as the Ice Tech for many US National Figure Skating and Ice Hockey events. Additionally, he was the Assistant Ice Operations Manager for the 2002 Salt Lake Olympic Games, Ice Master for the 2006 Torino Olympic Games, and Ice Tech for 2 Figure Skating World Championships and the 2011 World Jr Hockey Tournament.
In 2014, Dave opened All Star Arenas, LLC with two other strategic partners. He continues to travel the country and teach classes for U.S. Ice Rink Association.
A native of Saginaw, MI, Ty has worked in the ice industry since the age of 14.
His career spans the range from daily facility maintenance to complete facility operational planning. Ty has experience working in and with arenas from Utah to Virginia and in a variety of contexts, such as not-for-profit, private, government, and university settings. He has been an integral part of planning and construction of both ice and multi-use facilities.
Ty has become an educator among his peers, serving as an instructor for U.S. Ice Rinks Association (formerly STAR) for over five years. The 2013 STAR Ambassador Award winner, Ty also serves on the STAR Board of Directors. His passions for hockey and educating others have led to his service as USA Hockey's Southeastern District Coach-in-Chief, where he has assisted in re-designing coaching education materials and classroom presentations, and has educated many of the country's youth hockey coaches.
Currently Executive Director/General Manager of the Fort Dupont Ice Arena, a not-for-profit rink in Washington, DC, Ty has successfully partnered with the District of Columbia City Council to procure $15M for the construction of a new facility that will allow thousands of disadvantaged children to participate in ice sports free of charge.
In 2018, Ty was part of the coaching staff that led the Lithuanian Men's National Ice Hockey Team to the Gold Medal in the IIHF World Championships (Division I Group B). In 2019, he returned to the coaching staff and competed in the IIHF World Championships (Division I Group A).
Al owns a private rink on his farm in Lithia, FL. He brings financial expertise to the group. He has previous experience in finance and assists when financial questions are raised by clients. He uses his vast experience to find answers that make sense for each client’s situation.
Lithia Ice Barn was a proof-of-concept for All Star Arenas. The "Ice Barn" concept is a well built structure that houses a half-sized rink and offers other multi-use areas. By constructing the building correctly, it allows for utilities to be much lower. All Star Arenas also built Bishop Ice Barn outside of Nashville, TN and are currently constructing another Ice Barn in Ft. Myers, FL
Patti manages the accounts payable and accounts receivable at All Star Arenas. In addition, she processes Jet Ice paint orders and assists in painting ice for customers. She has vast experience working in multiple rink offices, making her an integral part of the business.
Steve is a retired Air Force mechanic, who's expertise is in hydraulics and specialized motor vehicles. He has an extensive background working on dozens of different types of vehicles.
Steve's main focus is to service and perform maintenance on Zamboni ice resurfacers, but his work doesn't stop there. He travels to rinks all over the Southeast US with his mobile Zamboni van to fix machines on-site. His skillful handy-work is also useful while maintaining and running the shop.