When I started writing this blog my intention was to write about everything and anything related to the Fire. In general I wanted to provide a place to find news, information, and discussion that wasn't provided anywhere through mainstream media outlets. This post has nothing to do with the team's play, player additions, or coaching changes so indulge my rambling regarding an off field topic for a moment.
If you're a season ticket holder you may have received an email recently announcing some unfortunate releases to the Fire's Fans Relations staff. An email entitled "A Look Towards the Future" announced the release of some members of the Fan Relations staff including Julie Jawor, Krista Stoddard, and Erika Heaney. As a season ticket holder myself I can attest that my interactions with both Julie Jawor and Krista Stoddard were exceptional and both made every effort to address every question and concern that was posed to them over the course of the last several years.
Julie Jawor in particular, was very accomodating, helpful, and energetic. Her passion for the team and customer relations seemed genuine and refreshing. Judging by the comments I've seen here and in other forums, I'm not alone in holding this opinion. It's not often in professional sports that office employees such as Julie are recognized by fans and lamented in the manner shown over the last two days. That alone should be an indication of the job she did in promoting the Fire and making the STH experience a favorable one.
The loss of good employees is sometimes a casualty of difficult economic times and certainly none of us are informed enough regarding budgetary constraints or front office decisions related to reorganizing the sales staff in relation to the vision of a new team president to truly understand why the changes were made but as season ticket holders and paying customers you can voice your opinion. If you haven't already emailed fan relations with concerns about your STH rep I can assure you that the Fire organization will see your comments here.
2010 has been a disappointing year to say the least and this news certainly hasn't helped ease the frustrations felt by Season Ticket Holders and fans in general.