Meet the full-time staff of the Ford Wyoming Center.

Brad Murphy

General Manager

A veteran of 29 years in the public assembly facility management business, Brad has been the General Manager of the Ford Wyoming Center since October 2016. Prior to arriving in Casper, Brad was the Executive Director of the Adams Center located on the campus of the University of Montana in Missoula from June 2012 through September 2016. Brad received his B.A degree in 1987 from Carroll College and M.Ed. degree from Bowling Green State University in 1991. Brad is an active member of IAVM (International Association of Venue Managers) and has achieved his Certified Venue Executive (CVE) designation through the organization. Brad serves on the Executive Board of Visit Casper and Governmental Affairs Board for the Casper Area Chamber of Commerce. He and his wife, Janay are active members in their local church and several community organizations.

Amanda Flanagan

Office Coordinator

Amanda calls Wyoming home after moving from St. Paul, Minnesota to Casper at a very young age. She is a proud “Philly” Alumni of Natrona County High School. Amanda graduated from Casper College with an AA in Human Communication and AAS in Paralegal Studies. She will graduate in December 2020 from the University of Wyoming with a BAS in Organizational Leadership. Amanda began working at the Ford Wyoming Center as a part-time Ticket Seller in December 2016 and promoted to her current role as the Office Coordinator in September 2017. Amanda came to the Ford Wyoming Center with over 19 years of experience in retail and customer service. She held various roles such as Personnel Manager, Assistant Manager, and Asset Protection Manager. She loves the ever-changing world of venue management and what the Casper Events Center brings to the Casper Community and Wyoming.

Jessica Dixon

Director Of Finance

Jessica grew up in Washington State and served four years in the United States Army. She graduated from Washington State University in 2005 with a B.A. in Accounting. Jessica has lived all over the country with her family but decided to permanently relocate back to Casper in 2018. She spent over four years working at CPA firm and obtaining her CPA license in 2018.

Kendra Ziler

 Director Of Marketing

Kendra moved to Casper from Sheridan, WY in 1999. She started at the Ford Wyoming Center in 2001 as a part-time ticket seller. Kendra spent several years as the marketing assistant before becoming the executive assistant and human resources representative and eventually moving into the Director of Marketing position in 2017. Kendra earned her AA in technical theater from Casper College in 2001 and graduated from the University of Wyoming in 2014 with a BAS in organizational leadership.

Dan Foote

Director Of Partnerships

Dan grew up in rural Nebraska and attended the University of Nebraska Lincoln before coming to Casper for work in 1992. In 1993 he met a Casper native and future bride, hence making Casper his adopted home. Dan has worked in the business community for many years as well as a member of several community groups in Casper. Dan joined the Ford Wyoming Center team in October 2018. Marilyn and Dan have been married since 1996 and have 2 grown daughters, Kelsee and Natalee.

Shelby Gruber

Box Office Manager

Shelby was born and raised in Northern California. She went to Montana State University where she graduated with a BS in Psychology. After graduating Shelby stayed in Montana and worked for the MSU Admissions Office. She later transferred to a job in the Student Union Building overseeing two student-run organizations, the Rec Center and the University Information Desk. Shelby began working as the Box Office Manager for Ford Wyoming Center in the Fall of 2019 after moving to Casper.

Kristina Olson

Director Of Event Services

Kristina Olson began her career at the Ford Wyoming Center as a ticket seller in 2001. Kristina went on to manage a local bar in Casper for 6 years. In 2008 she returned to the Ford Wyoming Center and was promoted to the Assistant Box Office Manager where she had the opportunity to learn from a 30 year veteran in ticketing. In 2010 she was promoted to Box Office Manager and in 2019 she was promoted to Director of Event Services overseeing the event staff and box office.

Nick Kindrick

Director Of Food & Beverage

Nick moved to Wyoming as a teen from Oklahoma and has called it home ever since. He has moved all around the state, and in 2002 moved to Casper with his wife for work. He joined the team at the Ford Wyoming Center in August of 2019 as the Director of Food and Beverage. Nick comes to the team with over 20 years of Food & Retail Management experience working in various roles to include Sales, Operation, Logistics, and Asset Protection.

Candie Buckallew

Food & Beverage Operations Manager

Candie was born and raised in Casper, Wyoming and has been in the Food and Beverage department for 32 years. She has planned and prepared meals for customers from the Vice President to country and rockstars and the local community. The largest event Candie oversaw in her tenure at the Ford Wyoming Center was a prime rib dinner for 2200 people. Candie's motto is "no matter whom, strive to make every event something special for everyone."

Jeff Bemis

Director Of Operations

Jeff began working in venue management nearly 30 years ago as an usher/event staff. Prior to moving to Casper, he was the Interim General Manager and Director of Operations for the Alaska Airlines Center in Anchorage, Alaska. He holds a M.B.A. in Operations Management, a M.S. in Homeland Security, a B.A. in Business, and is a graduate of Spectra’s LEAD program. Jeff served 10 years in the United States Air Force. Jeff and his wife, Paula, have five furry kids (a Corgi, Aussie, Coon Hound, and two cats). He enjoys golf, concerts, and is an Oklahoma Sooner fan.

Cody Lawson

Operations Manager

Cody started his career with the Ford Wyoming Center in the summer of 2008. He became the Maintenance Crew Chief in early 2015. In October of 2016, he became the Operations Manager.

A/V Technician

A/V Technician

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