Jim Cwalinski has worked his way up the guest services ranks at the Chargers since 2012. The 2017 season will be his first as the Director of Guest Services. Cwalinski started his Chargers career as a guest services manager in 2012-16 and then was named senior manager of guest services before his promotion to director in 2017. Before the Chargers, Cwalinski worked at Ashford University as an admissions counselor, the Myrtle Beach Pelicans as an assistant events manager, the Tampa Bay Sports Authority, Baylor University and LaCie Limited as a corporate account manager.
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Mark Tamar joined the Chargers in 2017 with more than 25 years of experience in the field – the last five as Managing Director of Fan Development and Game Presentation for the Seahawks – and was a driving force behind Seattle’s highly-regarded game entertainment and fan experience initiatives. A veteran of big event entertainment, from the Super Bowl to venue production at the XXVIII Olympic Games in Athens, Tamar has worked in every major North American sports league during his career.
Amber joined the Los Angeles Chargers in 2017 and was most recently Executive Director at Pandora Media Inc. She brings more than 20 years of demonstrated success in the media industry, was General Sales Manager at CBS, and is an expert at placing brands in front of consumers at their most meaningful and impactful moment to create awareness, loyalty and lift.
The Los Angeles Chargers named Jim Rushton as the team’s first-ever Chief Revenue Officer in May, 2017. Rushton comes to the Chargers from IBM, where he served as Partner and Global Leader of the Sports and Entertainment consulting practice. At IBM Rushton helped dozens of clients, including AMBSE (Atlanta Falcons, Atlanta United, and Mercedes-Benz Stadium) and the new Los Angeles Football Club, utilize technology and data to drive growth and deepen partner and fan engagement.
Tyler Lyon joined the Chargers as a training camp intern in the summer of 2014 and has worked his way into the scouting department. 2017 marks the second year in his current position of College Scouting Coordinator. After his training camp internship, Lyon was hired as a full-time intern in 2015 and started his position as College Scouting Coordinator in 2016. Lyon graduated with a law degree in 2014 from the University of San Diego Law School. Holds a bachelors degree from the University of Arizona in economics and philosophy.
On Jan. 13, 2017, the Los Angeles Chargers made their first official transaction, naming Anthony Lynn the 16th head coach in franchise history and the first African-American head coach in team annals. The 48-year-old Lynn joined the Chargers after spending the last two seasons (2015-16) as the assistant head coach and running backs coach for the Buffalo Bills.
NFL Hall of Fame running back and former NFL Most Valuable Player, LaDainian Tomlinson, is Special Assistant to Dean Spanos. Tomlinson, who holds 28 team records, as well as the NFL single-season record for rushing touchdowns, supports the organization and expands its community outreach as the franchise continues the transition to Los Angeles. Tomlinson, who is an analyst on NFL Network, focuses on engaging fans and the community, sharing his passion for the Chargers and game of football.
Rupprecht enters his first season with the Los Angeles Chargers. Rupprecht came to the Chargers from the UCLA Athletic Department, where he served as Senior Associate Athletic Director for Communications. Prior to his time with UCLA, Rupprecht spent 13 years (2000-13) with the Los Angeles Lakers in the team’s public relations department.
Levine joined the Chargers as Vice President of Finance in November, 2016. Levine most recently served as the vice president of finance and accounting at ScoreBig, Inc., in Los Angeles. Levine, who previously worked for the accounting firm KPMG, as well as BeachBody LLC, has more than 10 years of experience in both public accounting and transaction advisory services, and private operational finance and accounting. He has extensive experience on both investor and target sides of venture capital and private equity transactions.
Michael Spanos II joined the Chargers in July 2016 as a salary cap and personnel assistant. Spanos completed an internship with the Chargers in the summer of 2012 before spending the last three years (2013-15) working at the National Football League Office in New York. Spanos worked in a variety of capacities at the League office, including Management Council Labor Operations, Entertainment Marketing, the NFL Legends Community, Community Relations, Public Relations and Social Responsibility, and Digital Media Business Development.