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MIAMA Member Spotlight: Mike Guzzo – City of Silver Bay, Rukavina Arena

This was 1st published on October 14, 2015.

MIAMA is going to revisit some of our past MIAMA Member Spotlights in the hopes we can have additional members fill out our spotlight.


Please consider filling out a MIAMA Member Spotlight here: MIAMA Member Spotlight Letter 2019


Communications Directors Note: I had the pleasure of visiting this beautiful facility in the summer of 2018. Congratulations to Mike Guzzo who is retiring in the very near future.

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Name: Mike Guzzo
Organization Name: City of Silver Bay – Rukavina Arena
Address: 129 Outer Drive
City: Silver Bay State: MN Zip: 55614
Phone #: (218) 226-4214

Tell us how you got into the industry?
I took an 18 month position with the City of Silver Bay in 1984 in the Parks & Recreation Dept.

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

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

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?
Anhydrous ammonia leak and paperwork to report leak.

What are the first three things you do when you get to the rink each day?
1. Unlock doors and walk thru building.
2. Take compressor readings.
3. Check phone & email messages.

How do you feel ongoing professional development is helping you and your career?
Attending the MIAMA Fall Conferences for 30 years is the best professional development opportunity. Also, attending MN Hockey District
11 Meetings & being a High School Coach has helped my career.

How would you explain to the average hockey parent how the ice resurfacer works to resurface the ice?
It has a sharp blade that shaves the ice, horizontal & vertical augers that pick up the snow in front of the towel and water.

Who would you like to acknowledge for helping (mentoring) you along the way?
Paul Ostoff & Duane Northagen.

What is the best tip you have learned from any of the classes offered through MIAMA?
Attend the Spring Workshop & Fall Conference each year and your facility will be well informed.

Jon Balvance
MIAMA Communications Director

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