After leaving a successful health care career, Andrew John Arlotta pursued his true professional passion of sports management. As the Vice President and Co-owner of the Minnesota Swarm professional indoor lacrosse team, he has seen revenue and interest in the team exponentially rise. Since Andrew John Arlotta took over management of the Minnesota Swarm in 2008, the team has seen ticket sales increase 20 percent every year, and sponsorship revenues have doubled in the last two years.
Not only has Andy Arlotta brought interest and success to the Minnesota Swarm, which is based in the St. Paul area, he has also been a symbol of young entrepreneurship and public service. He is a 2010 graduate of the Chamber of Commerce Leadership St. Paul program and currently serves on the Chamber’s Young Professionals Group. Andy Arlotta also represents the Minnesota Swarm as the Associate Governor for the National Lacrosse League.
Along with his service to the city of St. Paul and dedication to the Swarm, Andy Arlotta balances his time serving on the board of several non-profit organizations. These include, among others, Homegrown Lacrosse in Minnesota and the Northstar American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) Alliance. The AISES Alliance serves to strive for better representation of Native Americans in technological, engineering, and science industries.
A Northern Illinois University (NIU) graduate, Andrew John Arlotta has also help create the Lax-4-Life camp that has introduced lacrosse to 11 Minnesota Indian reservations. He and the camp teach the game of lacrosse and subsequent healthy and active living to the Native-American community in Minnesota. For Andy Arlotta’s efforts, the Minnesota Swarm was recognized during Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move! In Indian Country” initiative in 2011 for their dedication to active living and service to the Minnesota Native-American community. Andy Arlotta also earned a Spirit of the People Award from the Minnesota American Indian Chamber of Commerce, which he serves as a member of the Board of Directors. His work on Native initiatives has been covered in The Circle, the Pioneer Press, and Indian Country Today Media Network.