Matt Hufnagel began his job as the general manager of the Elmira Jackals and First Arena in March of 2012. He is responsible for the overall business operations of the hockey team and the arena. A native of nearby Horseheads, N.Y., Hufnagel has an array of management experience. He was the general manager of the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League’s Elmira Pioneers in 1999 and 2000 then worked as the director of sales and marketing for First Arena from 2000 – 03. He has also managed the Birch Run Expo Center in Birch Run, Mich., and the 5,900-seat Covelli Centre in Youngstown, Ohio. Hufnagel holds a bachelor’s degree in sports management and a master’s in business administration, and is currently pursuing his PhD in business administration.