Brian joined the Florida Launch as President in Dec. of 2014. He was part of the Palm Beach County Sports Commission Committee that helped to make the 2012 All-Star Game a big success at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton, Florida. That success eventually led the Florida Launch to call South Florida home.
A member of the US Lacrosse Regional Hall of Fame and a long time Boca Raton resident Brian has been deeply involved with the growth of the game here in Florida (as a player, coach, official and administrator) for more years than he would like to mention. He is a former President of the Florida Lacrosse League (governed all club and collegiate teams in the State), the founding President of both the South Florida Youth Lacrosse League (South Florida’s first youth league) and the local Boca Jets Lacrosse program, a founding Board member of the Florida Youth Lacrosse Foundation (which has donated over $300,000 in equipment and help start over 160 teams/programs), the Florida Lacrosse Classic tournament (Grandmasters and Super Grandmasters National Championships) and the Florida Lacrosse Officials Council.
Originally from Long Island Brian was a two sport athlete Farmingdale H. S. and then played collegiately at Randolph Macon College and Farmingdale Junior College. He then traded NCAA sports for the year round sun/surf/beaches/palm trees of South Florida graduating from Florida Atlantic University and playing for the Fort Lauderdale Lacrosse Club.
Brian spent 17 years as an executive with Chase Federal Bank which at the time was the largest Savings Bank in the State of Florida before spending the next 12 years in residential lending with the Clinton Mortgage Network. He is currently President of Clinton Asset Solutions a business consulting firm and resides in Boca Raton with his wife Sally.
Michael ZeffVice President of Sales and Marketing
Michael Zeff joined the Florida Launch in Nov. 2014 and oversees the all sales and marketing for the Launch. Michael previously was the Executive Director for 11 years of the Palm Beach Challenge, Palm Beach County’s only major college baseball spring training event. Michael developed The Palm Beach Challenge College Baseball Spring Training Event from a concept on paper to a large-scale 60 team college event creating annual economic impact to Palm Beach County of $2.5 million. As Executive Director, he was responsible for all sales and marketing aspects of event business, including sponsorship sales, sports teams local travel arrangements, customer service, management of event budget and profit & lose. He also led the communications department producing all press releases and interviews with media sources from all over the country.
Michael received his MBA from Lynn University after graduating from Barry University with Bachelors in Business Administration. Michael currently is a board member of the Palm Beach County Sports Commission and was the 2014 Assistant Sport Commissioner for the JCC Macabbi Games.
Heather HuntemannOperations Manager
Heather joined the Florida Launch as a Team Operations and PR Coordinator in Jan. 2016. However, this was not the first time Heather has worked with the Launch, as she worked as a Team Operations Intern for both the 2014 and 2015 season. Prior to her time as an intern, she also volunteered at the 2012 All Star game where she assisted with game day operations in Florida Atlantic University Stadium.
Heather launched her lacrosse career as a freshman at The North Broward Preparatory School in Coconut Creek, Florida. She alternated between the Attack and Face-Off positions. She was nominated to be Captain in her Junior and Senior year and also voted MVP by her teammates. Heather attended Florida Atlantic University and played for their Women’s Club Lacrosse Team. She was selected to be Secretary of the team in her sophomore year and then President for her junior year. While playing, Heather helped grow the team from being only partial members of the Women’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association members in the Southeastern Women’s Lacrosse League to full members by the time she left the team. Heather has tallied over 10 years of lacrosse coaching and playing.
Heather recently graduated Florida Atlantic University in the fall of 2015. She graduated with a Bachelors of Science and Education Degree in Exercise Science and Health Promotion. Heather is a New York native and currently resides in Boca Raton.
Austin LeeNew Media Sales and Marketing Specialist
Austin Lee joined the Florida Launch as the New Media Sales and Marketing Specialist in August 2016. However, this is not the first time Austin has worked with the Launch. He joined the team in late 2015 as a social media and public relations intern.
Austin attended Florida Atlantic University where in 2015 he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Multimedia Journalism and Communications. While at FAU, Austin served as Vice President of Recruitment for Alpha Tau Omega fraternity and was an active reporter and editor for FAU’s radio news show the South Florida Journal.
Marc BernsteinAccount Executive - Corporate Partnerships
Marc Bernstein joined the Florida Launch as the Account Executive for Corporate Partnerships in October 2017. Marc is an experienced sports business professional who has worked for the New York Knicks, Miami Dolphins, and The Madison Square Garden Company.
Prior to joining the Launch, Marc, an experienced e-commerce executive, most recently worked for Snap! Raise as a Campaign Director where he successfully aided in the raising of over $750,000 for high school and community sports organizations.
Marc holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from Farmingdale State College and a Graduate Certificate in Sports Business from New York University.
Kaitlyn RussellGame Day Manager
Kaitlyn Russell joined the Florida Launch as Game Day Operations Manager in their inaugural Season, April 2014. Her first exposure to the MLL was through the All Star game weekend in 2012 where she and her lacrosse team volunteered. She took the lead on the sidelines as field operations when it was hosted at Florida Atlantic University's Stadium.
Kaitlyn started her lacrosse career as a freshman at Boca Raton Community High School where she was honored to be Captain her junior and senior year, and voted MVP her senior year...as well as “Most Likely to Keep Playing for Life.” She has a heart for growing the game; Kaitlyn founded the Women's Club Lacrosse Team of FAU in 2009 where she acted as President until she graduated in 2012. Russell then helped the Men's Lacrosse Club team to follow and is grateful to the Boca Raton lacrosse community who played a major role in the goal of expanding lacrosse in Florida by meeting every need and more.
When not working with the MLL, Kaitlyn works in merchandising at Office Depot Global Headquarters in Boca Raton, and directs Little Jets Lacrosse clinics. She graduated magna cum laude from Florida Atlantic University with a BA in Criminal Justice, a minor in Political Science, and a certificate in Business.