Corey Kopacek - President and Founder
Corey has worked for and with college institutions for 22 years starting with his role in the University of Minnesota Athletic Department. His passion for college athletics led him to start Synergy Imports in 2007. Prior to Synergy Imports he was a national sales representative for PPI Sports. Corey has been regularly traveling to China to build relationships with new suppliers and strengthen relationships with existing suppliers. His international sourcing network is a true asset to his client base.
Corey holds a BS in Finance from the University of Minnesota's Carlson School of Management. He was born and raised in Minnesota and resides in the St. Paul area with his wife, son and daughter.
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Ashley Kruckman - Account Director
Ashley joined Synergy Imports in 2008 and has worked on collegiate sponsorship activation projects for Hyundai, Nationwide, Allstate, Capital One and LG. She has significant promotional product exposure to more than 20 unique campus departments. Prior to joining Synergy she was a merchandiser for ShopHQ, one of the nation's leading home shopping networks.
Ashley holds a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing from the University of St. Thomas. She lives in the St. Paul area with her husband.
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Jess Block (Lemanski) - Account Director
Jess joined Synergy Imports in June of 2015. A native of Stewartville, Minnesota, she worked as a student-manager for the University of Minnesota Women's Basketball team during her undergrad and was hired on as the Director of Video and Technology Operations upon graduation. She also worked with the Minnesota Lynx as a basketball operations intern and the Atlanta Dream as an advance scout. During her time with the Rochester Honkers she gained experience in sponsorship and in-game marketing.
Jess holds a Bachelor's degree in Sport Management and a Master's Degree in Applied Kinesiology from the University of Minnesota. She currently resides in the Denver area.
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Clark Riley - Account Director
Clark joined Synergy Imports in the Summer of 2016. Previously, he served as an Associate Athletic Director at his alma mater and in that role, he provided oversight of the day-to-day operations of the athletic department. Riley has ten years of experience working in collegiate athletics and on a university campus, including the University of Michigan, West Virginia University and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
Clark received a Bachelor's of Science in Business Administration from Fairmont State University and earned a Master's of Science in Sport Management from West Virginia University. Riley currently resides in Shinnston, WV with his wife and their three children.
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Jamie Waldo - Account Manager
Jamie joined Synergy imports in May of 2022. A Minnesota native, she played basketball for the University of Minnesota. After college Jamie was a director of an AAU basketball club. She spent over 15 years coaching basketball and soccer at the high school and youth levels. She worked for BSN sports as a customer service representative/inside sales, where she worked with high school athletic programs. Prior to Synergy Jamie worked as a regional sales representative with medical devices.
Currently Jamie lives in Otsego, MN with her husband, daughter and son. In her free time, she stays busy at her kids sporting events.
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Lauren Battis - Account Coordinator
Lauren joined Synergy Imports in August of 2023. A native of Hudson, Wisconsin, she attended college at Minnesota State University, Mankato where she received her bachelor’s degree in Sport Management in December of 2020. While at MNSU, she served as a Marketing & Promotions intern for the MNSU Athletic Department, as well as the Event Operations Coordinator for the Women’s Hockey Team. Prior to Synergy, Lauren worked as the Marketing & Membership Coordinator for the Hudson Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau.
In her free time, Lauren enjoys reading, attending concerts & sporting events, as well as spending time with her friends and family. She currently resides in the Hudson area.
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Ashley Vang - Account Coordinator
Ashley joined Synergy Imports in August of 2023. A Minnesota native, bringing a versatile background in teaching, coaching, and data specialization with medical devices. After her college years, she spent several years teaching and coaching youths in sports. Along with creating fundraising events, revolving around the Hmong volleyball communities.
Ashley holds a Bachelor’s degree in education from Saint Catherine University. She was born and raised in St. Paul but now resides in Roseville, MN. Outside of work, you’ll find her fishing, playing volleyball, and enjoying quality time with family and friends.
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Katie Holzemer - Operations Manager
Katie joined Synergy Imports in January 2020. Prior to joining Synergy, she worked as an accountant with a goal of providing the best possible customer service experience.
Katie holds her Bachelor's Degree for Mass Communication with an emphasis in Advertising from Winona State University. In her free time, she loves hanging out with her husband and daughter, working out at her local Crossfit gym, and watching the MN Wild and Vikings. She currently resides in Hastings, MN.
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Chris Wells - Marketing Manager
Chris joined Synergy Imports in August of 2023. Previously, he served as an Assistant Director of Sports Communications at his alma mater, Eastern Kentucky University. During college he worked for the athletics department at Eastern Kentucky as a student intern and played for the club baseball team.
Wells received a Bachelor of Science in Sport Management from Eastern Kentucky University. In his free time, he likes to play golf, hang out with his fiancé, and watch sports. Wells lives with his fiancé in Minneapolis.
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Amanda Schmidt - Graphic Designer
Amanda joined Synergy Imports Summer 2015. She grew up in St. Louis and attended college outside of Kansas City, MO and is a Southern girl at heart. Her college years were filled with cheerleading, sorority girl life, and student ministry. A self-taught graphic designer, Amanda has been active in the design field since the early 2000's, working in a variety of industries including the non-profit sector, Fortune 500 companies, and colleges & universities.
Amanda holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Religion from William Jewell College. She lives with her family on the East Side of St. Paul.