Matt Majka (pronounced MAY-kuh) is in his eighth season as Chief Operating Officer for Minnesota Sports and Entertainment (MSE) and 19th year with the organization. He previously held the positions of Executive Vice President, Senior Vice President of Business Operations and Vice President of Marketing and Corporate Sponsorships.
MSE is a regional sports and entertainment leader that has grown into several different business operations including the Minnesota Wild, its minor league affiliate, the Iowa Wild, 317 on Rice Park and the facility management of Xcel Energy Center and Saint Paul RiverCentre.
During his tenure with the Wild, Majka has been instrumental in fostering the unique relationship between the hockey club and its fan base. The team’s continued dedication to the fans of the “State of Hockey” is reflected in ESPN The Magazine’s Ultimate Standings as the Wild was named the “Best Stadium Experience” in the National Hockey League from 2007-10. Minnesota ranked first in the NHL and sixth overall for “Stadium Experience” in the field of all 122 major league sports franchises in 2012.
Majka joined the Minnesota Wild in October of 1997 from Rollerblade, Inc., where he started work in 1984. Beginning as a Sales Representative for the fledgling company, he held positions of increasing responsibility through his 13-year tenure including: Sales Representative, Regional Sales Manager, Marketing Manager, Director of International Business, Senior Director of Product Marketing and culminating with his appointment as Vice President of Product Marketing. During his tenure, the privately held company grew revenues from $1 million to more than $200 million annually.
The Detroit, Mich., native has lived in the Twin Cities for more than 45 years and coaches youth hockey. Majka is a 1984 speech communications graduate of the University of Minnesota and currently serves on the Board of Directors of Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, The Ordway Center for Performing Arts, the United States Hockey Hall of Fame, and the BEL13VE in Miracles Foundation. He and his wife, Kym, have two sons, Sam and Nick. The family resides in Wayzata.