Client Development Staff

Jeff Munneke | Chris Palaia | Laura Janquart | George Truehart III | Carrie Schmid | Larry Traversie | Stanley Jackson

Jeff Munneke
Vice President of Client Development and Community Youth Basketball
612-673-1639
munneke@timberwolves.com

Jeff was the captain of the Huron (S.D.) University basketball team and graduated from that school with a degree in communications. Jeff is the Timberwolves employee with the longest tenure, having been hired on June 20, 1988. He cut his teeth in the sports industry as a sales rep for the Minnesota Strikers, a MISL soccer team. After 14 years of leading the Timberwolves/Lynx ticket sales staff, Jeff took on a new challenge of developing and implementing a service team with a focus on season ticket holder retention while continuing to oversee the youth basketball areas. Recently, additions were made to increase the staff level of the service team and through those key relationships, the staff's single biggest objective is to make the ticket experience a great one for our fans while also increasing revenue opportunities for the club. Timberwolves and Lynx youth basketball initiatives, including summer camps will continue to be managed by Jeff. This past season, Jeff received the Distinguished Service Award from the Boys High School Coaches Association.

"The best part of the job is having the privilege to personally get to know and talk hoops with our season ticket/youth basketball relationships," he says. Jeff and his wife, Julie, have two children: a son, Ty (17) and a daughter, Megan (8).

In his spare time, Jeff has served as a coach and board member for his kids activities in Champlin, loves golf and tries to secure as much family time as possible at their family cabin at Ten Mile Lake.

Date You Were Drafted by the Timberwolves? June 1988
Hometown: Lake City, MN College: Huron University Hobbies: Golf, cabin time, reading and anything hoops related What I do for the Wolves: VP of Client Development and Youth Basketball





Chris Palaia
Client Development Manager
612-673-8141
palaia@timberwolves.com

Chris is a graduate of the University of Minnesota with degrees in Statistics and German. Realizing his athletic talents wouldn’t get him to the NBA, Chris found another path to get into his favorite sport. He began his pro sports career as an intern in Ticket Sales in 1996, and from there was promoted into the Season Ticket and Group Sales departments before moving into Client Development. Chris currently lives in Chaska and likes to spend his free time traveling, working out, reading and playing basketball..

Date You Were Drafted by the Timberwolves? June 1996
Hometown: Minneapolis, MN College: University of Minnesota, Twin Cities Hobbies: Travel, Reading and working out What I do for the Wolves: Client Development Manager





Laura Janquart
Client Experience Specialist
612-673-1688
jakacki@timberwolves.com

Laura graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in Sport Management. Before joining the Timberwolves, Laura had internships with the Minnesota Thunder and A.C.E.S. (Athletes Committed to Educating Students) working in Sales and Community Relations. Laura currently coaches Edina's 6th grade girls traveling basketball team. In addition, she enjoys traveling, being outdoors, playing basketball, and hanging out with family and friends.



Date You Were Drafted by the Timberwolves? April 2006
Hometown: So St. Paul, MN College: University of Minnesota, Twin Cities Hobbies: Coaching basketball, traveling, reading, hanging out with Lacey our puggle What I do for the Wolves: I plan and coordinate all sth events and initiatives. I'm always looking for ways to make the season ticket holder experience the best it can be!





George Truehart III
Client Development Executive
612-673-1628
truehart@timberwolves.com

George Truehart III attended the University of Minnesota where he immersed himself in Communication Studies and African American Studies. Prior to joining the Wolves full time during the '04-'05 season, George interned the previous season in the Game Presentation department, as well as the Fan Relations department. Before arriving with the Wolves organization George worked for HealthPartners as a pharmacist technician. As a Client Development Executive, George will be responsible for servicing and providing the best possible experience to his season ticket holders!

Date You Were Drafted by the Timberwolves? November 2003
Hometown: New Hope, MN College: University of Minnesota, Twin Cities Hobbies: Cooking, trying new restaurants, and spending time with my loved ones What I do for the Wolves: I establish and build relationships in the community, as well as work closely with the best season ticket holders in the NBA!





Carrie Schmid
Client Development Executive
612-673-1684
schmid@timberwolves.com

Carrie attended the University of Minnesota - Duluth, while pursuing a degree in Business Marketing. She began running with the Wolves in April 2005, as an Inside Sales Executive. Because of her continued enjoyment of interacting with Minnesota Timberwolves fans, she has transitioned over the years to dedicate more of her time towards Service and Sales. Having lived in the Twin Cities her whole life, she has grown up supporting and cheering on her home team...GO WOLVES! Off the basketball court, Carrie enjoys traveling, running, and spending time with her family and friends.



Date You Were Drafted by the Timberwolves? April 2005
Hometown: Richfield, MN College: University of MN-Duluth Hobbies: Getting ready for the little one to arrive! What I do for the Wolves: I service Season Ticket Holders, and ensure that they have the best experience possible! I also sell new season ticket packages, and assist with new fans who are trying out some of our smaller packages for the first time.





Larry Traversie
Client Development Executive
612-673-1627
traversie@timberwolves.com

Originally from Aberdeen, S.D., Larry graduated from the University of Minnesota - Morris in 2000 with a degree in speech communications. He started with the organization as a ticket sales intern during the 2002-03 season and worked in the Inside Sales Department since July 2003. In 2004 Larry joined the Client Development Department.



Date You Were Drafted by the Timberwolves? October 2002
Hometown: Aberdeen, SD College: University of Minnesota-Morris Hobbies: University of Minnesota-Morris What I do for the Wolves: Primarily responsible for the service and retention. Also sell new ticket packages throughout the season as well.





Stanley Jackson
Client Development Representative
612-673-1294
jackson@timberwolves.com

Stan played college basketball at The University of Alabama at Birmingham for Gene Bartow and studied management. Stanley also played for the Timberwolves during the 1993-94 season. He rejoins the team in the front office after a career of playing in Europe, which included Cyprus, Spain and France. Before coming full circle with the Timberwolves, Stanley was a realtor specializing in residential real estate. Stan, his wife Liza and two children Brikeil (14) and Bakari (10) reside in Champlin.


Date You Were Drafted by the Timberwolves? Aug 2007
Hometown: Valley, Alabama College: University of Alabama at Birmingham Hobbies: Kickboxing, Music, Reading, Movies, Going to plays with my daughter, video games, and hoops with my son. What I do for the Wolves: Service and sales. Give season ticket holders access to special event and the players.