President & General Manager
Ohio Machine President and General Manager John Algie joined the organization in 2011 after working as an attorney for the international law firm of Jones Day where he focused on corporate transactional work including mergers and acquisitions and private equity transactions. Algie previously spent three years as MLL’s Director of League Operations where his responsibilities included implementation and enforcement of the League’s on-field and player personnel rules, college and pro player scouting, and game operations management.
Algie was also one of the primary catalysts for MLL’s change from a 45-second to the 60-second shot clock that has been in effect since the 2005 season and also served two terms as the Chair of the MLL’s Rules Committee. Algie is a Trustee for the Delaware County Convention & Visitor’s Bureau, where he serves as President, the Recording Secretary for the Ohio Chapter of U.S. Lacrosse, and a member of the Pitt Business Alumni Association Board.
Algie graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. He also earned his Master of Business Administration from the Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business. A native of Long Island, NY, Algie played college lacrosse for the University of Pittsburgh while earning his BS in Finance. He currently resides in Upper Arlington with his wife, Danielle, and son, TJ.
Director of Public Relations & Operations
Noah Sharfman joined the Ohio Machine in January 2014 as the Director of Public Relations and Operations. Sharfman previously worked for the Orange Bowl Committee and the Orlando Magic.
With the Orange Bowl Committee, Sharfman oversaw the day-to-day public relations efforts for the Committee, serving as the primary media contact for the annual Discover Orange Bowl and the 2013 Discover BCS National Championship Game between Notre Dame and Alabama. Sharfman spearheaded the Committee’s community, entertainment and corporate outreach campaigns and wrote, edited and designed the Orange Bowl’s media guides, game programs and annual reports. Sharfman also served as producer of the weekly Inside the Orange Bowl television show.
Sharfman spent the 2009-10 and 2010-11 seasons in the Orlando Magic’s communications department, where he successfully promoted the 2010 and 2011 NBA Defensive Player of the Year as well as a number of Players of the Week, Players of the Month and Coach of the Month winners.
Originally from Los Angeles, CA, Sharfman graduated from Boston University with a BS in Journalism. While at BU, Sharfman interned for Major League Lacrosse. He currently resides in Grandview.
Director of Corporate Partnerships
Director of Client Development
Steve Sefner joined the Ohio Machine in November 2013 as the Director of Client Development. In his role, Sefner is responsible for managing ticket sales operations, including season and individual tickets, group and special packages in addition to premium seating. Through active participation in the community and collaboration with corporate partners, he is focused on strategically growing the Ohio Machine’s fan base and attendance at games and special events by creating more awareness and excitement for the Ohio Machine.
Prior to joining the Ohio Machine, Sefner spent several years in the sports industry, most notably working in the NHL, AFL, MLS and Division I college athletics. Throughout his career, Sefner has had the opportunity to work in a variety of capacities including corporate sponsorship, ticket sales, marketing, promotions, fan development and broadcasting.
Sefner, a Northeast Ohio native, holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communications from the Columbia School of Broadcasting in Pittsburgh, PA.
Jesse Lawrence returned to the Ohio Machine in February 2014 as an account executive. As an account executive, Lawrence handles group and season ticket sales. Lawrence’s responsibilities include making outbound service calls, researching and inputting lead contact data. He also helps plan and attends community events on behalf of the Machine.
Lawrence previously had interned in the Machine’s ticket sales department during 2012. He returned to lacrosse after spending time in the MLS with the Columbus Crew as an inside sales representative. Also while with The Crew, Lawrence helped coached an Ohio Wesleyan varsity lacrosse team to their first NCAC championship.
Lawrence graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in economics. While at OWU, Lawrence was a four-year member of the Battling Bishop’s lacrosse team and an All-Conference selection.
Colby Richards came to the Machine in June 2013 as an Account Executive. As an account executive, Richards handles group and season ticket sales. Richard's responsibilities include making outbound service calls, researching and inputting lead contact data. He also helps plan and attends community events on behalf of the Machine.
Before joining the Machine, Richards was with Kurtz Brothers Central Ohio on the sales staff from October 2010 to November 2012. As a part of Kurtz Brothers, he began in Customer Service and quickly moved his way up to Outside Sales Representative. As a part of the sales staff he was able to help improve sales numbers from the previous year. Richards' other duties included managing the Dublin sales office and help with continued training of new employees working in the Customer Service Department.
Richards, who currently resides in Upper Arlington, attended The Ohio State University earning a Bachelor’s degree in Sports and Leisure Studies with a focus on Sports Leadership and Humanities. Also while in school, Richards interned at Hilliard Davidson High School under the Athletic Director helping with game day operations.
Manager, Game Day