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MIAMA Member Spotlight: Barry Warren – City of Moorhead, Moorhead Sports Center

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Name: Barry Warren 

Organization Name: City of Moorhead, Moorhead Sports Center

Address: 324 24th St S.

City:     Moorhead        State:   MN      Zip: 56560

Phone #: (218) 299-5354



Tell us how you got into the industry?

Worked at the golf course and was transferred to the arena in the winter


How many years have you been in the ice arena industry?

28 years


What is the best part about working in an ice arena?

Working with a variety of groups


Using one word, name one thing you love about working at a rink?



Nobody’s perfect in this industry. Tell us your worst experience at a rink so far?

May 2007 Memorial Day weekend. We lost power to the facility and lost a sheet of ice a week before a large hockey tournament.


What are the first three things you do when you get to the rink each day?

Check compressors, Examine the ice and boards/glass, E-mails.


How do you feel ongoing professional development is helping you and your career?

It helps with making decisions effecting the operations and budgeting for the facility.


How would you explain to the average hockey parent how the ice resurfacer works to resurface the ice?

It shaves a fine layer of ice off and spreads water making a new layer


Who would you like to acknowledge for helping (mentoring) you along the way?

The instructors from ORFA


What is the best tip you have learned from any of the classes offered through MIAMA?

Networking discussions so many tips learned for the day to day operations




Jon Balvance

MIAMA Communications Director


Minnesota Ice Arena Managers Association


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