July Mini-Podcast with Jon Cudo
We're On Your TEAM
Podcast - May 2012
Gameops.com is produced by Mark Out Productions. If you have any questions about the site, please feel free to contact us anytime.
Email: Please use our contact form, or the form below
The Store on Gameops.com Direct: (216) 931-0031
Fax: (978) 418-0058
Mail: P.O. Box 770440
Lakewood, OH 44107
Physical: 14900 Detroit Ave. #300
Lakewood, OH 44107
Gameops.com is a resource web site designed to connect teams and event producers with ideas and tools that will enhance the entertainment value of their events. The site is produced and managed by Mark Out Productions, Inc.
Gameops.com Service Philosophy
Find out more about our service philosophy on our TEAM page, We're On Your TEAM
Our Web Site
Gameops.com went live on Aug 6, 1998 with a handful of pages. The site you see today is barely recognizable from that first effort. Fourteen year later the site has over a thousand pages filled with thousands of ideas, links, and products to enhance your events and games.
In the early years, Gameops.com was a goodwill piece to supplement our business operations and entertainment acts. Over the years, the growth of the site has turned it into a marketplace of goods and services with the addition of our secure e-commerce Gameops.com Store and the additional distribution of thousands of popular promotional products and our TEAMmate Service.
In August of 2008 we celebrated 10 years with a massive website overhaul. We did this to better serve our readers and in order to enable growth of content on the site.
World Headquarters (WHQ)
Our World Headquarters are nestled in downtown Lakewood Ohio, a suburb of Cleveland.
For the first four years, Gameops.com was a one-man show. Mark Out Productions owner and founder Jon Cudo was behind virtually everything our readers found on the site. As we continue to grow, we will add Teammate Sales professionals to help assist our clients and readers with the many products and promotions available from Gameops.com.
Jon Cudo - Vice President
Jon Cudo began his career in sports entertainment with the expansion Minnesota Timberwolves (NBA). The Minnesota native performed as the Wolves mascot Crunch for the first seven years of the franchise. Over the next 20 years Jon has performed in over 42 states, in ten countries, for over twenty million fans. During his travels he realized that great ideas in game entertainment happen at all levels of sports and many work in different sports, which was the impetus for Gameops.com years later.
In 1996 Jon moved to Oregon to work with a new division of Nike, Nike Sports Entertainment. There he produced, directed and performed at numerous events around the world. In 1998 Mark Out Productions was created to pursue sports entertainment productions in several directions. Jon recently performed as Spot the Fire Dog for the Portland Fire (WNBA) and his costumed career spans over twenty-five years.
Cudo functions as the webmaster and editor for Gameops.com, remains an active mascot performer, produces several events each year, and consults with teams on game entertainment and mascot programs.
When he is not dressing like a dog or editing typos on Gameops.com, he enjoys woodworking, running, sailing, politics, breakfast and reading. Jon graduated from Portland State University in December 2002 with a B.S. in Social Science. He currently resides in Cleveland Ohio with his wife Lara and son Oscar, where he also serves as Mayor.*
|Teams ||Seattle Storm, whoever is playing the Vikings |
|Website ||nytimes.com and pwtorch.com |
|Athletes ||Ali, Lindsay Whalen, Shawn Micheals|
Jenny Oblock - TEAMmate Marketing and The Store on Gameops.com Manager
Born and raised in Rocky River Ohio, Jenny Oblock is a self-proclaimed jock. Playing sports for as long as she can remember, including soccer, softball, volleyball, and basketball. Volleyball has been the one sport she remains active and passionate for. Jenny played on a collegiate level at Mercyhurst College and continues to dominate rec leagues all over greater Cleveland.
A recent graduate of Mercyhurst College located in Erie Pennsylvania, Jenny received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business with a concentration in Marketing. After a internship with the Cleveland Cavaliers, Jenny joined Mark Out Productions in the summer of 2008.
Jenny's initial focus was updating content into our new web format and has recently (and flawlessly) transitioned into our TEAMmate Marketing and Sales Coordinator.
Jenny also has a minor in Spanish following eight years of study. Ella ha viajado a España dos veces y estaba fascinada por su vida y la cultura. She enjoys reading books by John Grisham, playing beach volleyball, camping, and meatball pizza. Jenny holds dual citizenship (Poland and the United States) and was an alternate on the 2006 Polish National Beach Volleyball team.*
|Sports||Beach Volleyball, soccer|
|Teams ||Cleveland Cavaliers, Erie Bayhawks, Florida Gators|
|Athletes ||Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh, Damon Jones* |
Friends of Gameops.com and former Staff
Isaac Wood - Former Director of TEAMmate Sales
was born on a blustery Fall morning in Lexington, Kentucky. After
spending some time in Alabama, near the Georgia border, he settled in
Columbus, Ohio for the remainder of his journey from childhood to
adulthood. This unique path has continued to connect Isaac with
Champions. College Hoops season brings out the UK Blue (Winningest
College Basketball Program) in Isaac, which slowly turns toward the
Braves (14 Division Titles in a row) in the Spring, and as Fall comes,
his blood turns to Scarlet & Gray (Buckeyes = Top 5 winningest
College Football Programs). Isaac believes his champion ways will
continue with his connection to Mark Out Productions.
Isaac graduated from Ohio University in 2004 with a Bachelor's Degree in Sport Industry and a minor in Business. While serving as a Bobcat, he spent time with the hockey team in sponsorship sales. Isaac also worked with the Cleveland Cavaliers Sales Staff prior to joining Mark Out Productions.
Isaac enjoys feeding his competitive spirit by keeping involved in the local Cleveland Rec Leagues (kickball, softball, flag-football, volleyball). His golf game promises to improve, since there is only one way to go. Isaac enjoys bran muffins and flossing.*
Corey Mehl - Former TEAMmate Sales and Service
Corey Mehl was Born in Staten Island New York and has moved over 10 times across 5 states. He's been running since the 7th grade and can’t stop despite not being sure why he started.
Mehl ran collegiately at the University of Charleston in West Virginia where he studied Athletic and Business Administration. He built real world experience in sports by attending the University of Louisville and receive a M.S. in Sport Administration making him the ranking scholar at Mark Out Productions.
graduation he worked for the Columbus Blue Jackets, then a brief and
glorious stint with grocery king Giant Eagle before being drafted by
Mark Out Productions.
Lacking the actual skills to ice skate has not deterred Corey's passion for the NHL. He never misses a Pittsburgh Penguins game and when they aren't playing he's playing NHL on PS3. Corey is a New York Jets fan by birthright (his Uncle Lance was a Jet from 1980-88) and was also the ring-bearer for Joe Namath's second marriage.*
In his free time he writes two blogs and maintains a steady flow of interaction on Facebook and Twitter. Corey loves to eat, read, watch movies, and sleep...and hopes to someday accomplish all these at once.
Shantiel Soeder - Occasional Financial Consultant
A transplant from Indianapolis, IN, Shantiel Soeder currently assists the financial department at Gameops.com. With a Bachelor of Science degree from Indiana University, Bloomington, this Hoosier was an instant asset.
Unlike her colleagues, Shantiel has no prior sporting experience. This Hoosier is great at making sense of the piles of fiscal data generated. When she is not crunching numbers, she enjoys long walks on the beach.
Shantiel constantly proves that "There's more than corn in Indiana". The staff's only Hoosier enjoys Feng Shui and holds a green belt in Taekwondo at the Cleveland Dojo of Mixed Martial Arts. *
Jason Powell - Underpaid Consultant
This Montana native has worked with numerous sports organizations over the past few years. While attaining his Master's Degree in Sports Management from MSU-Billings, he worked as a graduate assistant in the athletic department working primarily on game management and promotions. He has also spent time working with the Big Sky State Games and a summer traveling around the country for Synergy Sports with the Got Milk? campaign.
Jason moved to Portland in September of 2001 upon accepting an internship with the Portland Trailblazers. While with the Trailblazers, he worked on the Client Services team to develop and manage corporate sponsor promotions. Following that he spent six months with the Portland Fire working with the organization's Booster Club, Kids Club, community relations programs and internet marketing team.
Jason left his full-time role with Gameops.com in August 2005 to pursue a law degree at the University of Montana. Jason remains an underpaid business consultant for Mark Out Productions....however, we are still hesitant to take his legal advice.
In his spare time, Jason is an avid runner, enjoys passively viewing Yoga videos, Yahtzee!, and is diligently working to establish a Fencing Club in Billings Montana.
**The webmaster reserves the right to embellish and enhance the personal bio of everyone on this page.
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