Vice President, Corporate Partnerships

Mary Grams
Grams joined the Checkers in February 2013 after four years as NASCAR Driver Ryan Newman's director of business development. In that role, she facilitated personal services agreements, negotiated contracts and endorsements with sponsors and managed daily marketing strategies for Ryan Newman Motorsports and the Ryan Newman Foundation. Mary manages and provides strategic direction for the Checkers corporate sales division and oversees the day-to-day corporate sales initiatives while working closely with the corporate partners to ensure successful activation programs are implemented while maximizing their ROI.

Mary, a Minnesota native, has been involved in sales and sports marketing for over 20 years. She enjoys spending her summers at the local sprint car track with her husband Tony and winters at the hockey arena supporting the Carolina Hurricanes and Charlotte Checkers and participating in a family game of hockey every Christmas. Grams enjoys working out, meeting new people and spending time with her fur baby Maks.


Hometown Elk River, MN
College and major Business Management/Marketing – Cardinal Stritch University
As a kid, you dreamed of becoming: Rich, but since that didn't work out I want to have fun
Name one thing on your bucket list Make an impact on the fight against ALS
If you were an animal, what would you be? Maks, our rescue baby. A 12-year-old Yorkie we rescued from a puppy mill three years ago. We rarely leave home without him. He has five beds in the house, a car seat, and his own room furnished with a radio, scentsy and night light.
First CD/tape Beach Boys
Favorite food Fresh grilled Walleye with rice pilaf topped with a Grey Goose Pomegranate martini from my favorite restaurant back home - "Maynards"
Favorite movie "The Hangover" and "Wedding Crashers" - My favorite line: "We've got a stage five clinger"
Favorite pro/college sports team Carolina Hurricanes and the Charlotte Checkers. When we left MN in 2005, everyone gave us a hard time because we fell in love with the hockey organizations in NC but we responded with a photo of the Stanley Cup in NC!
Favorite type of music Country
Favorite band The Band Perry and The Beatles
Favorite book Tuesdays with Morrie
Fun fact Captain of the hockey cheerleading squad in high school and married my high school hockey player boyfriend. When we weren't at the rink playing hockey we were at the dirt track racing. Spent the last seven years working NASCAR and it only made sense to complete the circle and work in hockey again. Joke back home: "A girl from MN moves to NC to work in hockey." It's the best of all worlds.