We've got a lot going on behind the scenes here at Cyclone Fanatic. Here's a look at our team members that make this site go…
Jason is one of the most passionate Cyclone Fanatics that you'll ever meet. He's so passionate about this website that he purchased it from Jeremy Lind in the fall of 2009.
Under Loutsch's leadership, Cyclone Fanatic has grown from a message board to a multi-media machine. His goal from day one was to make this the best fan website in America, all while keeping it 100 percent FREE to the Cyclone Nation.
Jason resides in Ankeny with his wife Tiffany and two daughters Jullianah and Milan.
Jason's favorite Cyclone of all-time is former quarterback Seneca Wallace. In fact, Jason is such a big fan of Wallace's that he named the street he lives on after the man, Seneca Dr.
Matt is a long time Iowa State fan and has many fond memories of going to Cyclone football and basketball games with his friends and family. One memory that will last with him forever is what he considers to be the best day of his life. Not only did Matt marry best friend Alyssa on this day, but Coach Rhoads and company gave the Lazear’s a wedding victory over Nebraska that back in October of 2008. The Lazear’s had plenty of reasons to celebrate that day!
Matt and his wife Alyssa live in Ankeny with their son, Zach. Matt is currently staying busy with wagon walks and chasing down a little toddler. It is hard for him to narrow down his favorite Cyclone ever. However, one that stands out to him the most is Jeff Hornacek. Not only did Matt envy the way that Hornacek played the game, but as a young child, Matt received a signed a poster from Jeff after a game.
Matt could not be happier with the opportunity to invest in Cyclone Fanatic with his brother and longtime friend of 30-plus years, Jason.
Brian is a long time Iowa State fan and has been attending games since he was a little kid. One of his first memories at Jack Trice (although not good for Iowa State) was Barry Sanders running up and down the field for what seemed like 600 yards in one game.
He and his wife Stacey live in Ankeny with their two daughters, Megan and Samantha. Brian is currently the CFO of West Worldwide Services and keeps busy on the side by working on his golf game and attending his daughters sporting events.
As with most people, Brian was in awe watching Seneca, Jamaal and Troy Davis, but of all the players he has seen over the last 35 years his favorite Cyclone is Dedric Willoughby. Brian invested in Cyclone Fanatic when Jason purchased the site and is excited with the growth we have already experienced and can’t wait to see it continue to expand over the next several years.
Original Founder and Developer of CycloneFanatic.com
Written by Jeremy Lind ---
Back in January of 2006, as a rabid and diehard Cyclone fan, I was always scouring the net for the latest Cyclone related news and rumors, as I had done for a decade. Finally, I had enough of the week late and dollar short coverage provided by the mainstream media - but also hated the idea of giving money to huge corporate entities such as Scout and Rivals just to be able to enjoy the company of fellow Cyclone fans.
In early February of 2006, I decided to create Cyclone Fanatic. Initially, the site started as a blog, but quickly turned into a vibrant and rapidly growing forum within a month. Due to the rapid growth, the site went through several major upgrades over the following year, ultimately turning into one of the most active, respected and well-rounded online communities of any kind - all while staying 100 percent free and fan focused. There have been imitators but nothing has been able to duplicate the genuine nature of the Cyclone fans-base and their loyalty to the original fan-built, fan-supported community.
Due to the incredibly loyal and intense Cyclone fan-base, Cyclone Fanatic accomplished what even the largest corporate websites couldn't - a community by and for the fans with no strings attached - not even the option of an upsell. This was accomplished because of the support and dedication of around a dozen volunteer moderators, ad-sponsored revenue to support the costly dedicated server needs, tens of millions of site visits per month and last but certainly not least, the tens of thousands of loyal Fanatics.
Around the summer of 2009 when I decided I needed to stop spending 40 hours or more a week supporting Cyclone Fanatic and instead needed to focus on growing our family, the only person I knew I could trust without question to continue the great tradition we had built was Chris Williams. Not only is Chris as die-hard of a Cyclone as there is, but he is also a tireless advocate for the Cyclone brand and I have no doubt he will eventually be "The Voice of the Cyclones" - if we can convince him not to leave to be ESPN's next big anchor:)
Chris was hired as CycloneFanatic.com’s publisher in the fall of 2009. Along with former Iowa State wide receiver Jack Whitver, he is the Iowa State football postgame show host on the Cyclone Radio Network. Chris represents CycloneFanatic.com in the Des Moines Register and WHO-TV regularly throughout the season as well.
During the offseason, Williams is active covering auto racing in the state of Iowa as a blogger for the Des Moines Register and the host of Iowa Speedway RaceDay on Des Moines’ sports station 1460 kXno.
Williams, a 2007 graduate of Iowa State’s Greenlee School of Journalism, is the former publisher of the old CycloneNation.com (Scout.com). He’s also served as a columnist for the Ames Tribune and is the former sports director at KMA Radio in Shenandoah.
If Williams isn’t working, you can usually find him doing something outdoors with his wife Ashley and Golden Retriever Paisley. He enjoys golfing, fishing, boating, reading and is passionate about any and all motor sports so finding Williams at a local dirt track is very common.
Follow Chris on Twitter @ChrisMWilliams.
Director of Sales
After nearly four years of owning Adam Gray Insurance (Nationwide) in Johnson, Adam Gray is the newest member of our team here at Cyclone Fanatic.
Gray, who was recently hired as the Director of Sales at Cyclone Fanatic, knows first-hand how powerful our company is. Gray’s insurance agency grew exponentially when he began advertising with Cyclone Fanatic nearly three years ago.
Gray is a man who has a great passion for Iowa State and this website. He's seen how this loyal fan base can help a local business thrive and that’s one of the big things that excites him about this new venture in his career.
If Adam isn't working, he likes to spend his time with his wife Julie and their two sons, Jake and Owen. The Grays enjoy spending time at the lake, the playground and watching movies. He also enjoys golfing, tailgating and most importantly cheering on the Iowa State Cyclones.
Brains Behind the Operation
Sam Jadali, is Founder and CEO of Host Duplex, LLC. Host Duplex is an enterprise web hosting provider and the number one provider of XenServer hosted solutions.
Mr. Jadali, began his web hosting career in high school with the launch of 4Webspace.com and Livin4.com. He started 4Webspace.com at the age of 15 and launched Livin4.com as a free web hosting company the following year. Livin4.com quickly gained 13,000 members within months.
During his first year at the University of Iowa, Mr. Jadali took his experience and re-launched Livin4.com as a for-profit venture. The company grew exponentially and he had to give up the love for the business so he could continue his undergraduate career. Mr. Jadali eventually sold Livin4.com to another Iowa-based hosting firm in May of 2005.
He continued on a science career towards his goal of pursuing a medical degree. He worked with colleagues from UPenn to publish two articles, and then started a research position in the biochemistry department with a goal of crystallizing transporter proteins. After completing his studies in 2007, he realized hosting was his true passion. He began researching his business venture, Host Duplex. After two years of planning, Host Duplex launched in August of 2009. Host Duplex was started with minimal investment and the company was profitable within the first 60 days. Host Duplex’s customers and clients, which indludes Cyclone Fanatic, continually write about the company on Twitter and Facebook.
Meet the toughest car salesman in America and head of security here at Cyclone Fanatic, Mr. Tron Smith from Wilson Toyota of Ames.
Smith is not only a regular contributor to Cyclone Fanatic Radio, but he's a passionate supporter of our website as a whole as well. Without Smith and the entire crew at Wilson Toyota of Ames, all of this wouldn't be possible.
If you ever see Tron at a Cyclone game, you better be cheering - loud. Otherwise, things could get ugly.
Stop on in to 2212 S. Duff Ave. in Ames today and let Tron give you a heck of a deal on a Toyota. Tell him that Cyclone Fanatic sent you.
- JUL 31 Four from the Big 12 ranked in preseason USA Today poll
- JUL 31 Blame Bruce for the brutal football schedules
- Podcast: Williams/Blum go in-depth on Big 12 football
- JUL 29 Williams Blog: Don't blame Baylor for the soft non-con
- JUL 28 ESPN bloggers pick Cyclones to go winless in Big 12
- JUL 28 Monday Musings: Analyzing Iowa State's recruiting momentum
- Talented linebacker commits; highlight video
- MAY 26 Men's Golf: Cyclones 25th at NCAA Championship
- MAY 25 Men's Golf: ISU 23rd After Two Rounds of NCAA Championship
- MAY 23 Chayanun An All-American; Cyclones Finish 23rd
- MAY 21 RECAP: NCAA Championship Round Two
- MAY 20 Iowa State Women's Golf: Day One NCAA Championship Recap
- MAR 22 Wrestling: Iowa State finishes 12th at NCAA Championships
- MAR 21 Wrestling: Four Cyclones in hunt for All-America honors
- Podcast: Williams/Blum go in-depth on Big 12 football
- CF on KXNO: A recap of the Big 12 media days
- CF on KXNO: Recapping day one at the Big 12 media days
- Podcast: Football recruiting challenges; NBA Summer League
- Podcast: Fourth of July Cyclone jottings
- Podcast: Football recruiting analysis; NBA Draft preview
- CF on KXNO: CCL chatter; McKay's appeal & more