Vice President, Corporate Partnerships

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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 Tica.


Hometown Elk River, MN
College and major Bachelor of Science in Business Management – Cardinal Stritch University
Favorite sports team Checkies & Canes
Random fact about yourself I talk faster than most people think
Favorite dessert White Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake
Best thing about your job I get to talk a ton and I get paid for it
Hobbies Yoga, long walks with my fur baby Tica, watching my husband race
One place you’ve always wanted to visit Maldives
Last place you went on vacation Scotland/Ireland
Ranch or blue cheese Blue Cheese
Favorite pizza topping Mushrooms
Pets 7 year old Chorkie Rescue named Tica
Favorite Checkers memory Returning to our home at Bojangles Coliseum
Previous jobs Business Manager for NASCAR Driver Ryan Newman, Director of Dealer Relations with Motorsports Authentics, Senior Account Manager at ELEVEN Visual and Marketing Communications Specialist at Victory Motorcycles & Polaris Industries
Community Initiative Humane Society of Charlotte and The ALS Association of NC