Meet the SPoT Staff

A place is nothing without its staff. Below is the crew that makes it happen around here and some of the products they like from our Shop.

Noelia Velez

Noelia joined our Staff in May of 2014. After a couple of internships with us, she'd decided to join our staff officially. Helping out in retail at the park, when not assisting you with decks or shoes, she's normally skating our annual all ages contest. Recommendations from Noelia Velez:
Almost Chris Haslam Wonder Woman R7 Deck Bones Wheels Felipe Gustavo Notorious V1 STF Wheels etnies Footwear Rap CT Shoes Fourstar Shane O'Neill Signature Shorts HUF Galaxy Classic H Pullover Hooded Sweatshirt Independent Andrew Reynolds II Limited Stage 11 Hollow Trucks KR3W (Krew) Departed 5-Panel Strap-Back Hat Silver Grind For Life x Silver Skate Tool Skatepark of Tampa City Star Est. 93 Patch Bucket Hat Toy Machine Sect Eye III Socks

Emanuel Amorelli

Manny joined us in November of 2013, slinging sugary sodas and pizza in the snack bar. When not running the snack bar and kiddie course, Manny can be found rippin' the bowl in the second warehouse. Say what's up and get a red bull next time you see him. Recommendations from Emanuel Amorelli:
Anti-Hero Grant Taylor Grantihero Deck Fourstar Brian Anderson Signature Straight Slim Pants Fourstar Advisory T Shirt Herschel Supply Co. Heritage Backpack Independent Stage 10.5 Forged Titanium Hollow Trucks Lowcard Magazine Born 2 Lose T Shirt Spitfire Formula Four 99D Classic Shape Wheels Thrasher Magazine First Cover T Shirt Thrasher Magazine Flame Logo 3/4 Sleeve Raglan T Shirt Vans SPoT X Russ Pope SK8-Hi Pro Shoes

Derick Wynn

Derick is the most recent retail staff employee we have. Joining us in November of 2013, he maybe a bit quiet, but his knowledge of product is vast, from the hype to the vague, if you want to know about our goods, he’s got you. Recommendations from Derick Wynn:
Spitfire Classic Wheels Vans Classic Slip-On Unisex Shoes

Jack Loktu

Jack recently came back into town from the West coast and was welcomed back to our family in October of 2013. He handles checking in all products we receive. When not working, he’s holding it down on the hip with a few BS 360 no complies. Recommendations from Jack Loktu:
HUF Plantlife Crew Socks Matix Camino Woven Shirt Nike SB Lunar Gato Shoe Skatepark of Tampa Axle Washer Skatepark of Tampa Circle City Est. 1993 Premium T Shirt Skatepark of Tampa Circle City Basic T Shirt Skatepark of Tampa 20 Year Anniversary Doughboy Coozie Skatepark of Tampa 20 Year Anniversary Doughboy T Shirt Skatepark of Tampa Circle City Complete Skatepark of Tampa 20 Year Anniversary Doughboy 5-Panel Hat

Marino Nicastro

Joining our team in October 2013, Marino's a NJ transplant and can be found in Innetech behind the lens of his Canon, taking photos of all the products that come through our doors. Marino also holds down our SPoT tent at our events on site. Recommendations from Marino Nicastro:
Altamont GG Allin Live Fast Die T Shirt Bones Bones Reds Bearings Bones Wheels Jared Lucas Weed Babe ATF Wheels Brixton Hamilton Strap-Back Hat Mob Grip PBR X Mob 12oz Can Griptape Slave Skateboards Junkyard Team Deck Stance 20 Eyes Socks Theeve Trucks TiAX Truck Vans Era Pro Shoes Volcom Frickin Modern Chino Pants

Denis Frain

As the retail manager, you can find Denis holding it down in the park and SPoT Ybor. Catch him skating at the park or in his town of St. Pete at local parks, and you’ll see how easily he throws around a board. Definitive effortless skating at its best. Recommendations from Denis Frain:
Baker Reality Deck Bones Bones Reds Bearings Bones Wheels David Gravette Pacifier STF Wheels Brixton Toil Chino Pants Brixton Alan T Shirt Emerica The Reynolds Low Shoes HUF Domestic Raglan 3/4 Sleeve T Shirt Independent Andrew Reynolds Stage 11 GC Hollow Baker Truck Skatepark of Tampa Rope Logo Pocket T Shirt Stance Chicano Socks

Frank Branca

Frank joined our team after assisting with filming the 2013 Tampa Pro. He is now our lead videographer & TM, and can be found at all our contest & events, local & abroad. When not holding it down at our events, he's in the streets filming with our team. Recommendations from Frank Branca:
Bones Bones Swiss Precision Bearings Bones Wheels Standard STF V4 Wheels olloclip iPhone 5/5s 3-In-1 Lens System Skatepark of Tampa Rope Logo Pocket T Shirt Spitfire Bighead T Shirt Stance Banner Crew Socks The Bricks The Bricks Thumbs Up Coffee Mug Theories Era T Shirt Traffic Skateboards Ricky Oyola Burnout Deck Vans Steve Caballero Half Cab Unisex Shoes

Chris Reitz

Joining our team in August of 2013, Chris is our lead maintenance member. He ensures that everything from lights to the ramps are 100%. This kid rips, catch him in the streets of Tampa on any given day. Recommendations from Chris Reitz:
3D Brian Anderson Banana Deck 3D Bear T Shirt Fallen The Easy Shoes Spitfire Classic Wheels

Eric McKenney

Eric joined us in August 2013. He’s our Innetech assistant, and makes sure all our online orders get pulled, packed and shipped with love direct from SPoT. If you see him at the park, you’ll realize he can skate in his sleep and still crush a contest. Recommendations from Eric McKenney:
Bones Super Reds Bearings Chocolate Marc Johnson Circus Deck Independent Stage 10.5 Forged Hollow Trucks KR3W (Krew) Fear Short Sleeve Button-Up Shirt Lakai Brea Shoes Mob Grip Perforated Sheet Griptape Skatepark of Tampa Tropical Logo Premium T Shirt Skatepark of Tampa 20 Year Anniversary Doughboy 5-Panel Hat Spitfire Formula Four 101D Classic Shape Wheels Stance Chicano Socks

Sebastian Chande

Joining our team in August 2013, Sebastian handles everything on the digital side of SPoT. From the site to our POS, Sebastian won’t be seen on the front lines of retail, but rather working in Innetech behind his laptop, or on the road at registration. Recommendations from Sebastian Chande:
Bones Bones Swiss Precision Bearings Matix Classic Welder Pants Polar Skateboards Skate Wizards 2.0 Deck Polar Skateboards Roller Derby T Shirt Skate Mental Shane O'Neill Cat With Kittens Deck Skatepark of Tampa Rope Logo Pocket T Shirt Spitfire Formula Four 101D Classic Shape Wheels Thunder Thunder Truck Toy Machine Monster Stripe Socks Vans Authentic Lo Pro Shoes

Andy Johnson

Andy comes from over a decade of retail experience and even more than a decade of skating. You can find him holding it down in the shop or behind the grill at our events. He's a positive guy and takes customer service very seriously. Recommendations from Andy Johnson:
adidas Mark Gonzales Crew Socks DC Shoe Co. Wes Kremer S Shoes HUF Genuine Shoes Krooked Mark Gonzales Skrillz To Pay Bills Deck Loud Headphones Mike Anderson Comfy Earbuds Matix Manderson Chino Pants Matix Manderson Chino Pants Matix Manderson Chino Pants Spitfire Mike Anderson SFW Wheels Stance Wu Tang Crew Socks

Michael Andruzzi

Michael is our most recent Shop employee and joins on the same day as Ace and Derick. Introduce yourself next time you stop by and quiz him on anything skateboard related. He'll pass. Recommendations from Michael Andruzzi:
Bones Wheels David Gravette Number 5 STF Wheels Emerica Leo Laced Shoes Expedition One Mate Short Sleeve Henley Pocket T Shirt KR3W (Krew) Erik Ellington K Slim Chino Pants Slave Skateboards Corporate Deck Stance Wu Tang Crew Socks Vans Anthony Van Engelen AV Native American Shoes Vans Core Basics Beanie Vans Stage 4 Shoes Venture Superlite Truck

Derick Glancy

Derick joined us in May of last year. He holds it down in the shop and on the street course. One of the nicest dudes out. Be sure to introduce yourself the next time you're in the shop. Recommendations from Derick Glancy:
Bones Bones Reds Bearings Cliche Bon Voyage Keystone Deck Dickies Slim Straight Work Pants HUF Hawaiian Volley 5-Panel Strap-Back Hat Independent Eric Koston Stage 10.5 Forged Hollow Truck Lowcard Magazine Shotgun Beers T Shirt Stance Larry Bird NBA Legend Crew Socks Vans Stage 4 Shoes

Chris Preston

Chris joins the staff in Feb 2013 as our new product photographer and all things artsy like flyers, logos, and other design work keeping new things looking tight and slowly updating old, not so beautifully designed things we've done in the past. Recommendations from Chris Preston:
adidas Gonz T Shirt Bones Bones Swiss Precision Bearings Bones Wheels Ben Raybourn Suas STF Wheels Creature Skateboards Juggz D Cup Deck Deathwish Jon Dickson Dolls Deck Independent Stage 11 Standard Truck Mob Grip SPoT x Mob City Star Die-Cut Griptape Nike Team Edition Shoes Skatepark of Tampa SPoT Full Clip Fold Beanie Skatepark of Tampa 20 Year Anniversary Doughboy T Shirt

Luke Pallone

Luke just started in the Shop in late April 2012. Introduce yourself next time you're in there. Welcome to the SPoT Staff, Luke! Work on gettin' that boneless on lock. Recommendations from Luke Pallone:
Black Label Top Shelf Metal Deck Black Label Chris Troy High Voltage Deck Dickies Slim Straight Leg Work Chino Pants Independent Stage 11 Forged Trucks OJ 3 Jake Johnson Pro 101A Wheels Vans Old Skool Unisex Shoes

Sam Bellipanni

Sam holds down the snack bar and you can catch him in the shop as well. He makes it look easy on a board with a bag of tricks like no other. He also maybe the guy to teach you how to kickflip during a skate lesson. Recommendations from Sam Bellipanni:
Beats By Dre Beats Pill Wireless Bluetooth Speaker Bones Wheels Hardcore Medium Bushings Fourstar Legend Air Freshener Independent Andrew Reynolds Stage 11 GC Hollow Baker Truck Stance Gable Socks Theories Morning Star T Shirt Volcom Frickin Modern Stretch Chino Pants

Tom McKessy

Tom has worked at the park longer than most here. He is an integral part of the company. You can catch him behind the counter at SPoT and SPoT Ybor, or just ripping through 7th in Ybor City. Recommendations from Tom McKessy:
Anti-Hero Frank Gerwer Before & After Deck HUF Shortstop 6-Panel Strap-Back Hat Independent Stage Ten Standard Truck Mob Grip 20 Year Anniversary Doughboy Griptape OJ 3 Hot Juice 78a Cruiser Wheels Skatepark of Tampa Established Jeans Spitfire Spitfire X Skatepark of Tampa Wheels #1 Vans Bedford Shoes Vans Lindero Shoes

Josh Wilson

Josh re-joined us in May of 2014, assisting with retail. Having experience with everything from the snackbar to filming during the Tampa Pro live broadcast, you'll definitely see him all around SPoT. Recommendations from Josh Wilson :
Bones Bones Swiss Precision Bearings Converse Chuck Taylor Pro Skate OX Shoes Independent Stage 11 Standard Truck Levis Skate 504 Straight 5-Pocket Jeans Spitfire Mike Anderson Shaped Wheels

Brian Schaefer

Schaefer started this place in 1993 and lived here while it got off the ground. Then he went and started a bar in Ybor called The Bricks. Find him there and he'll most likely buy you a beer and then bus your table. Recommendations from Brian Schaefer:
Brixton Brigg Jacket Brixton Capo Plaid Long Sleeve Button-Up Shirt Fourstar Art Dump 15 Years Coleman T Shirt Fourstar Chara Long Sleeve Shirt Fourstar Collective Denim Jeans Real Justin Brock About To Roll Deck Real Peter Ramondetta About To Roll Deck Spitfire Andrew Allen Signature Wheels Toy Machine Monster Face Socks Toy Machine Turtle Boy Socks

Meet the Damn Am / SPoT Events teams

Home Team:

Brian Schaefer

Public Relations

Sebastian Chande

Event Registration
Digital Everything

Frank Branca

Team Manager
SPoT Life

Mikah Collins

Project Manager

Sam Bellipanni

Skate Team
Retail Team

Dylan Perry

Skate Team

Alex Bowers


Chris Preston

SPoT Private Label
Graphic Artist

Away Team:

Paul Zitzer

James Craig

Tim O'Connor

Jeff Pang

Chris Pastras

Vern Laird

Brad Staba

Eric Koston

Andrew Cannon

Ed Selego

Kyle Berard

Jared Lucas

Pat Stiener

Jason Rothmeyer

Mike Sinclair

Dan Pensyl

John Muldoon

Justin Williams

Eric Mercier

Alex Moul

Bob Reynolds

Clint Peterson

Gabe Clement

Steve Stratton

Matt Milligan

Wade Attardo

Blair Alley