From Falcon to Mud Hen

Linenkugel helps make Hensville a success

By Alex Solis

Originally from Toledo, Ann Linenkugel ’14 always knew that she wanted to keep northwest Ohio her home. It continues to be a priority to give back to a community that has given her so many opportunities. A product of the Maumee City Schools, Linenkugel chose BGSU to further her education. From the day she stepped foot on the campus, she recognized the supportive environment and the possibilities ahead. 

Today, Linenkugel starts each day working at a familiar place for any native of the Toledo area, Fifth Third Field. After graduation, she accepted a position with the sales and events office for the new Hensville project. Though Linenkugel is thrilled with this position because she can combine her passion for sports and the event industry, her story begins during her first year in Bowling Green.

“When I reflect on my time at BGSU, I am so grateful because this University provided me with integral experiences both inside and out of the classroom that allowed me to become a well-rounded individual.” Linenkugel said. “BGSU shaped me through the education that was offered, the people I had the opportunity to meet and my involvement in student organizations.”

While at BGSU, Linenkugel relied on leadership development through her sorority, Alpha Omicron Pi. Knowing the impact Greek life had on her, she participated in the recruitment process for the Panhellenic Council. Fulfilling her love for sports, she coached at the Toledo Volleyball Club. Constantly involved in career internships, Linenkugel began to develop a network of mentors and colleagues.

“By having to complete a variety of field experiences as part of my degree completion, I am where I am today. BGSU provided authentic opportunities that developed me as a critical thinker and problem solver in the event industry,” Linenkugel said.

Hensville is a $21 million revitalization effort by the Toledo Mud Hens. The project focuses on the redevelopment of three historic buildings and a parking lot into retail, office, restaurant and event space, and will result in a positive economic impact on the city of Toledo and the region. When she started her job, Linenkugel quickly learned that the Falcon Family is well-represented within the Toledo Mud Hens organization.

“Working for a great organization with so many fellow Falcons shows me the opportunities available through our network," she said. “From my direct supervisor and department colleagues, to Mud Hens’ leadership, Falcons continue to set a standard and are driven, compassionate and hardworking.”

These past several months have been filled with exciting planning as March brings corporate events and opening day for the AAA Mud Hens. A tourism, leisure and event planning major, Linenkugel was tasked with a more unusual responsibility. Hensville strives to be a social hub even when the baseball club is on the road. Linenkugel works with clients who want to utilize the space for weddings, business retreats, fundraisers, community functions and holiday celebrations.

“Working with a variety of clients makes my job both challenging and rewarding. I am responsible for helping to create visions and dreams into beautiful events,” she said. “Just starting my career in this industry, I know that I must take advantage of every experience to find success. Going above and beyond and doing more than is expected is key because the final product for your client is always worth it.” 

Learn more about the Hensville project today.