|Pat O'Conner||President & Chief Executive Officer|
Pat O'Conner has spent 33 years in professional baseball, including the last 23 in the Minor League Baseball (MiLB) offices. He joined the Minor League Baseball staff in May 1993 as Chief Operating Officer and added the title of Vice President, Administration, in December 1995. Pat was elected the 11th president of Minor League Baseball in December 2007. He was re-elected for a third term in December 2015.
Since arriving at the Minor League Baseball headquarters, O'Conner has overseen a period of unprecedented increases in revenue and franchise values. Minor League Baseball set new attendance records for five consecutive years from 2004-08, has attracted over 41 million fans in each of the last 11 seasons (2005-15) and drew over 42 million fans in 2014 and 2015. In 2008, Minor League Baseball topped the 43 million mark for the first time since the organization was founded in 1901.
O'Conner is credited with negotiating three successive Professional Baseball Agreements with Major League Baseball on behalf of Minor League Baseball, the latest of which runs through the 2020 season. These agreements define the relationship between Major League Baseball and Minor League Baseball and have framed the modern-era structure for Minor League Baseball throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico and Latin America, while creating a healthy financial environment for all clubs in the association.
His achievements with Minor League Baseball also include developing, administering and overseeing the operation of the Professional Baseball Umpire Corporation (PBUC), now known as Minor League Baseball Umpire Development. O'Conner also negotiated collective bargaining agreements with the Association of Minor League Umpires (AMLU) and oversaw the negotiations that resulted in a five-year agreement lasting through 2016. O'Conner also helped to end a 67-day Minor League umpires' strike which lasted from April 6 to June 12, 2006.
He has successfully led efforts to realign Minor League Baseball leagues in a manner to capitalize on geography and effectively address Major League Baseball and Minor League Baseball needs. Additionally, Pat brought together Minor League Baseball clubs in packaging digital rights, entering into an agreement with Major League Baseball Advanced Media (MLBAM) in a landmark Operating Agreement between the organizations in December 2008.
Under Pat's guidance, Minor League Baseball announced a first-ever diversity initiative in 2009, whereby it executes programs aimed at diversifying the ownership, executive and staff personnel, fan base and business-to-business relationships within the industry. In an effort to be more inclusive, O'Conner also embarked on a series of steps to introduce Minor League Baseball as an investment, career, entertainment and business option. O'Conner developed a speakers' series at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) as a means of educating and informing young people on the opportunities within Minor League Baseball, as well as practicum and internship experience opportunities for minority college students interested in a sports administration career.
As a result of his diversity initiative and efforts, Pat was named the recipient of the third annual Allan H. (Bud) Selig Mentoring Award in 2010. The award is presented annually to a person in athletics administration who has been at the forefront in creating equal opportunities for minorities in the field of athletics. The award is presented by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA), which founded the John McLendon Scholarship Awards program and the John McLendon Foundation. Each year, the McLendon Foundation Steering Committee, comprised of the 15 minority Division I-A athletics directors, selects the winner. The award was established in 2007 and is named in honor of then Major League Baseball Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig.
In 2012, Pat was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the United Athletes Foundation (UAF) for his work in making a difference in the lives of others and his longstanding commitment to communities around the country. The UAF is a non-profit organization whose mission is to leverage the celebrity status of professional athletes to impact positive change in their communities. Reggie Howard, who played cornerback for seven seasons in the NFL with Carolina, Miami and New Orleans, founded UAF in 2008 and serves as its President & Executive Director.
At the 2012 Baseball Winter Meetings, O'Conner introduced Project Brand: 160 Teams, One Brand, an industry-wide marketing program created to promote its model of affordable, family-friendly entertainment in order to attract major corporate sponsors to Minor League Baseball. O'Conner is credited with developing Minor League Baseball's "Green Team" initiative to make Minor League Baseball teams and stadiums more eco-friendly and cost effective.
In 2009, during O'Conner's first term as President, Minor League Baseball purchased a new office complex in north St. Petersburg, Florida. The three-building campus has 14,000 square feet of office space and is located on 2.35 acres.
Pat began his baseball career as Administrative Assistant with the Vero Beach Dodgers (Florida State League) in 1981. He then spent the 1982 season as General Manager of the Greenwood Pirates (South Atlantic League) and followed that stint with two seasons as Assistant General Manager of the Beaumont Golden Gators (Texas League).
After 18 months as Director of Athletic Marketing and Promotion for Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas, O'Conner returned to baseball in November 1986. At that time, he became head of Florida Operations for the Houston Astros and served as General Manager of the Osceola Astros of the Florida State League from 1986-93. Pat was named the Florida State League Executive of the Year in 1988, as Osceola posted the best record in the league at 83-54.
A native of Grove City, Ohio, O'Conner received a degree in economics and finance from Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio, and a master's degree in sports administration from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio.
Pat received the 1997 Distinguished Alumni Award from the Ohio University Sports Administration Program and the 2005 College of Health & Human Services Award of Distinction from Ohio University. He was inducted into the South Atlantic League Hall of Fame in 2000, received the Friends of Baseball Chapel Award in 2005 and was inducted into the Florida State League Hall of Fame in 2014.
|Stan Brand||Vice President|
Brand, based in Washington, D.C., is in charge of Minor League Baseball's government relations activities, coordinating representation before Congress in connection with legislative proposals impacting the Minor Leagues. After having been a candidate for NAPBL president in 1991, he joined the organization in 1992, first as Special Counsel, and then Vice President.
Brand practices in Washington, D.C. with Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, concentrating on high-profile white collar, government ethics and campaign finance matters. Prior to joining Akin Gump in 2015, he was the principal owner of the litigation boutique Brand Law. Before he founded the firm in 1983, Brand was chief legal officer for the House of Representatives under Speaker Tip O'Neill (1976-84).
A native of New York City, Brand graduated with honors in English from Franklin & Marshall College and holds a Juris Doctor from the Georgetown University Law Center.
|Brian Earle||Chief Operating Officer|
Earle oversees the day-to-day business operations and strategic planning for Minor League Baseball, where he works closely with senior management to create operational strategies and policies, fostering employee alignment with corporate goals.
Earle joined Minor League Baseball in 1995 and served as the Licensing Director from 1998-2007. He then took the position of Executive Director, Branded Properties, from 2008-10. He most recently served as Vice President, Baseball Internet Rights Company (BIRCO) and Business Services. In his previous role, Earle lead the successful 2008 launch of its BIRCO digital initiative in partnership with Major League Baseball Advanced Media (MLBAM), and supervised the communications, information technology and licensing departments.
Earle is a native of St. Petersburg, Florida, and has a Bachelor of Arts in criminology from the University of South Florida.
|Dan O'Brien Jr.||Senior Executive Advisor to the President|
O'Brien advises the MiLB President on various issues relative to the Minor League Baseball and Major League Baseball relationship, Minor League business opportunities and industry topics relevant to Minor League Baseball's future.
O'Brien joined MiLB in February 2017, bringing almost 40 years of experience in baseball, previously working with the Kansas City Royals, Milwaukee Brewers, Cincinnati Reds, Texas Rangers, Houston Astros and the Seattle Mariners.
O'Brien resides in Edgewood, Kentucky, with his wife Gail. Dan holds a Bachelor of Art in business and economics from Rollins College and a master's degree in sports administration from Ohio University.
|Vincent Pierson||Manager, Diversity & Inclusion|
Pierson manages the development and implementation of programs, activities, partnerships and other strategic endeavors that activate Minor League Baseball's Diversity Initiative. He is also responsible for the creation of educational programs focusing on diversity and inclusion for Minor League Baseball clubs.
Pierson joined Minor League Baseball in 2015. He is a member of the National Diversity Council, Tampa Bay Diversity Council, a member of the Pinellas County Urban League and the National Black MBA Association's Tampa Chapter.
Pierson is a native of Roanoke, Virginia. He has a Bachelor of Science in sport management from Virginia State University. He also earned his master's degrees in business administration and sport business management from the University of Central Florida's DeVos Sport Business Management Program.
Bradbury supports company operations by maintaining office systems and the front desk, answering all calls and greeting guests. She orders office supplies, coordinates food and beverage services for on-site events, coordinates the shipping and receiving needs of the office and supports the staff on a variety of administrative projects.
Prior to joining Minor League Baseball in 2015, Bradbury spent 35 years in the banking industry.
Bradbury holds her associate degree in general education from St. Petersburg College. She is a native of Springfield, Massachusetts.
Baseball & Business Operations
|Tim Brunswick||Vice President, Baseball & Business Operations|
Brunswick oversees all baseball-related aspects for Minor League Baseball, serving as the primary contact for Professional Baseball Agreement (PBA) compliance, Player Development Contract (PDC) compliance and facility standards compliance. Brunswick oversees the Gulf Coast League, the Dominican Summer League and Minor League Baseball's Umpire Development program, as well as site selection for the annual Baseball Winter Meetings and building operations for the Minor League Baseball offices.
Brunswick joined Minor League Baseball in 1990 and was promoted to Coordinator of Facilities in 1991. He was named Assistant Director of Operations in 1996, Director of Operations in 1997 and Executive Director in 2008. He was named Vice President of Baseball and Business Operations in 2011.
Brunswick earned a degree in business and sports administration from Florida Southern College. He and his wife, Charlene, reside in Riverview, Florida.
|Andy Shultz||Assistant Director, Baseball & Business Operations|
Shultz manages a number of facets of baseball operations, including Professional Baseball Agreement (PBA) compliance, day-to-day operations of the Gulf Coast League, facility standards and the on-field uniform program. Shultz assists with the administration of the Dominican Summer League and serves as the administrator for the MiLB Umpire Training Academy. In addition, he manages the day-to-day building operations and facilities of the Minor League Baseball offices.
Shultz joined Minor League Baseball in 2007 as a Field Evaluator/Instructor with Minor League Baseball Umpire Development (previously Professional Baseball Umpire Corporation) before transitioning into the baseball operations department in 2010. He began his career in Minor League Baseball as an umpire from 1996-2003, working in the Gulf Coast, Midwest, Carolina, Eastern and International Leagues, along with offseason assignments in the Florida Instructional League, International Baseball League Australia, Dominican Winter League and Arizona Fall League.
Shultz is a native of Lancaster, Pennsylvania. He currently resides in Clearwater, Florida, with his wife, Katie.
|Mary Wooters||Manager, Baseball Operations/Executive Assistant to the President|
Wooters provides executive support to the President & CEO and VP, Baseball & Business Operations. She also serves as a liaison between the President and the Board of Trustees, Council of League Presidents and senior management. Wooters is bilingual and serves as an intermediary between the Minor League Baseball offices and the Mexican and Dominican Summer Leagues.
She joined Minor League Baseball in 1996 as the receptionist. In 1998, she was promoted to be the Executive Assistant to the VP of Administration/COO.
Wooters is a native of Chicago, Illinois, and a graduate of Catherine College. She currently resides in St. Petersburg, Florida, with her husband, Dave, and son, Christian.
Special Events & Affiliate Programming
|Kelly Butler||Senior Assistant Director, Special Events|
Butler plans and executes a variety of Minor League Baseball special events including the Baseball Winter Meetings, Minor League Baseball Promotional Seminar and the Spring Meetings.
Butler joined Minor League Baseball in 1993 as Secretary for the Vice President and the Director of Marketing. She later joined the special operations department. In 1999 and was named Event Manager for Minor League Baseball.
Butler is a native of Westernport, Maryland, and resides in St. Petersburg, Florida.
|Courtney Nehls||Assistant Director, Special Events & Affiliate Programming|
Nehls coordinates the MiLB Charities and MiLB Alumni Association programs, while also providing event support for the MiLB Promotional Seminar and Baseball Winter Meetings, managing all aspects of the Business of Baseball Workshop and Bob Freitas Business Seminar & Workshop. Nehls works closely with members of the Business Development department, as well as Minor League Baseball's Charity Partners, Alumni Association members and MiLB club personnel to grow program participation and reach department goals.
Prior to joining Minor League Baseball in 2014, Nehls spent five seasons as Manager of Game Entertainment for the Tampa Bay Rays, and one year with the Fresno Grizzlies as Director of Sponsorship Services.
A native of Spring, Texas, Nehls graduated from California State University, Fresno with a Bachelor of Arts in mass communications and journalism with a minor in marketing. During her time in college, she played Division 1 tennis.
|Mark Labban||Manager, Special Events & Affiliate Programming|
Labban coordinates programming, marketing and execution of the Minor League Baseball Promotional Seminar, manages the Professional Baseball Employment Opportunities program and PBEO Job Fair, and coordinates the Minor League Baseball Green Team program. Labban creates agendas, secures speakers and topics and oversees the ballpark outing for the Promotional Seminar. In addition, he serves as the point of contact for the clubs and job seekers for all PBEO questions.
Labban joined Minor League Baseball in 2011 as a Business Development Intern and was promoted to his current position one year later. Prior to joining Minor League Baseball, he served as Director of Concession Operations for the Lake Elsinore Storm.
Labban is an East Meadow, New York native. He earned a Bachelor of Science in sport management from Seton Hall University. He currently serves on the Minor League Baseball Diversity Committee.
|Eileen Sahin-Murphy||Manager, Trade Show Services|
Sahin-Murphy facilitates and manages all aspects of the Baseball Trade Show (BTS) and the MiLB Promotional Seminar Trade Show. She sells exhibitor booth space, produces the Exhibitor Prospectus and Trade Show Buyer's Guide, designs the trade show floor plans and activities while working to fostering a positive relationship between exhibitors and Minor League Baseball club staff.
Sahin-Murphy joined Minor League Baseball in 2014 as the Office & Special Events Coordinator.
Sahin-Murphy is a native of Stockholm, Sweden. She resides in Clearwater, Florida, with her husband, Sean, and her son, Dillon.
|Paige Hegedus||Coordinator, Special Events|
Hegedus assists with the planning and execution of Minor League Baseball's special events, including the annual Promotional Seminar, Baseball Winter Meetings and the Baseball Trade Show.
Hegedus began her career at MiLB in 2016 as the Special Events intern, and was hired full time in January 2017. Hegedus came to MiLB with experience at the Walt Disney World Company and the Botanical Gardens of the Ozarks. During college, Paige hosted a radio show called "The Real Paige Turner."
Hegedus received her Bachelor of Arts in journalism from the University of Arkansas. In 2016, Paige become an ordained minister so that she could marry two close friends.
|Stefanie Loncarich||Director, Digital Properties|
Loncarich oversees the digital efforts for Minor League Baseball, leading the strategic direction, implementation and management of MiLB digital products and e-Commerce operations. She acts as primary staff liaison to the Baseball Internet Rights Company (BIRCO) Board of Directors, member clubs and leagues, MLB Advanced Media and other digital partners.
Loncarich joined Minor League Baseball in 2015. She has experience with several teams in Minor League Baseball, including the Jacksonville Suns, the Erie SeaWolves, State College Spikes and Quad Cities River Bandits, where she served as the General Manager from 2011-2013. Before joining Minor League Baseball in 2015, she spent one year as a Team Advisor at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida.
The Ohio native has a bachelor's degree in sport management from Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida. Loncarich serves on the Minor League Baseball Diversity Committee. She currently resides in Clearwater, Florida, with her husband, Joe, and their dog, Casey.
|Chris Walker||Coordinator, E-commerce & Merchandising|
Walker coordinates management of Minor League Baseball online merchandise storefronts and online auction sites for the clubs, ensuring highly efficient e-commerce platforms for the Minor League Baseball teams. He is the direct contact for daily customer service inquiries, personnel training, and functionality management online. In addition, Walker processes monthly accounting reports and settlements, troubleshoots system issues and coordinates corrective action with web developers.
Prior to joining Minor League Baseball in 2017, Walker worked at GameStop, where he assisted in e-commerce and retail sales efforts.
Originally from Maryland, Walker is a lifelong Orioles fan. He likes to spend his free time gaming and playing with his Irish Setter, Piper. Walker holds a bachelor's degree in sport business from Saint Leo University's Donald Tapia School of Business and a master's degree in Sports Leadership from Northeastern University College of Professional Studies.
|Jeff Lantz||Senior Director, Communications|
In addition to overseeing the communications department, Lantz oversees Minor League Baseball's external communications efforts, coordinating the distribution of Minor League Baseball press releases and newsletters, and produces the annual Minor League Baseball Information Guide. He assists league presidents, general managers and media relations personnel on various projects, conducts club surveys and oversees the Minor League Baseball Player of the Month Award selection process. He also oversees Minor League Baseball's archives and historical information.
Prior to joining Minor League Baseball in 2014, Lantz spent seven years as the Manager of Media Relations for the Baltimore Orioles. He began his career working in professional baseball in 1997, spending 11 years with the Iowa Cubs, with the last eight of those years spent in public relations.
The Iowa City, Iowa native has a bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communications with an emphasis in public relations from Iowa State University. Jeff, and his wife, Jessica, reside in Safety Harbor, Florida.
|Mary Marandi||Assistant Director, Corporate Communications|
Marandi develops programs in public relations, social media and marketing communications designed to support and meet Minor League Baseball's business objectives. She writes press releases, identifies and creates opportunities for national media exposure and manages and executes social media strategies. Marandi also plans and executes Minor League Baseball University and chairs the Women in Baseball Leadership Event committee.
Marandi joined Minor League Baseball in 2006 as Club Coordinator in the marketing department and was named Manager, Team Relations/Sponsorship Development in 2008. In 2013, she joined the communications department in a newly created position in the organization, which she currently holds. Prior to joining Minor League Baseball, Marandi worked for the Tampa Bay Rays.
The Athens, Tennessee native has a Bachelor of Arts in mass communication with a concentration in public relations and a minor in marketing from the University of Tennessee.
|Sean Brown||Chief Financial Officer|
Brown oversees all financial and accounting functions for Minor League Baseball. He is responsible for the development and implementation of the organization's financial strategy in connection with operating as the governing organization for Minor League Baseball and its subsidiaries.
Brown joined Minor League Baseball in 2012, and most recently served Minor League Baseball as Vice President, Finance. Prior to joining Minor League Baseball, Brown worked in public accounting for 14 years, primarily in Austin, Texas, and Tampa, Florida. He primarily worked as a senior manager in the assurance practices of Gregory, Sharer and Stuart in St. Petersburg, Florida, and Maxwell, Locke and Ritter in Austin, Texas.
Brown is both a Certified Public Accountant and a Chartered Global Management Accountant. He has a bachelor's degree and a master's degree, both in accounting, from the University of Florida. Brown has served on the Audit and Finance Committee for the City of Safety Harbor, Florida, as well as assisted numerous nonprofit boards. In his spare time, he enjoys live music, outdoor pursuits and cheering on the Gators.
Dispanet oversees the day-to-day accounting functions for Minor League Baseball. He also serves as the point of contact for Minor League Baseball leagues and member clubs for financial reporting. His duties include monitoring and analyzing the general ledger, financial reporting, budgeting and treasury functions.
Prior to joining the staff in 2008, Dispanet was an accountant for 11 years in Virginia.
Born in Harrisonburg, Virginia, Dispanet grew up in Lost City, West Virginia. He is a graduate of Marshall University with a Bachelor of Business Administration in finance and business law with a minor in economics.
|Michelle Heystek||Senior Accountant|
Heystek is responsible for the maintenance of the accounting records for Minor League Baseball.
Prior to joining Minor League Baseball, Heystek worked as a bookkeeper for 15 years. She also served in the military as a Navy reservist, Petty Officer.
The Kalamazoo, Michigan native has a Bachelor of Science in business from the University of South Florida.
|Rob Colamarino||Director, Information Technology|
Colamarino is responsible for the application of available and emerging technologies with the strategic goals and direction of senior management. Colamarino serves as the point of contact for all outside information technology vendors including phone systems, copier equipment, building security and fire monitoring services and provides technical helpdesk support to all staff members.
Prior to joining Minor League Baseball in 2002, Colamarino spent four years as Manager of Information Systems for NuMed Home Health Care, Inc. of Tampa.
Colamarino has a bachelor's degree in information systems management from the University of South Florida. He is a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, but grew up in the Tampa Bay area.
|Scott Poley||Senior Vice President, Legal Affairs & General Counsel|
Poley is the Senior Vice President of Legal Affairs & General Counsel for the entities that comprise Minor League Baseball. Poley's responsibilities include reviewing and advising leagues and clubs on ownership transactions, club relocations, trademark, licensing, digital and social media, and other intellectual property matters, while providing counsel to the President of Minor League Baseball and its Board of Trustees.
Poley has a background in labor and employment law and has participated in the negotiation of the initial and successor contracts between Professional Baseball Umpire Corporation and the Association of Minor League Umpires. He also works with leagues and clubs on a wide variety of baseball industry matters. In addition, Poley works with representatives of Major League Baseball and the Office of the Commissioner of Baseball on matters of common concern.
Originally from Tecumseh, Michigan, Poley has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Michigan, where he graduated with honors, and a Juris Doctor Order of the Coif from the University of Cincinnati College of Law.
|Robert Fountain||Deputy General Counsel|
Fountain provides legal support to all facets of Minor League Baseball with an emphasis on government relations, corporate governance, club transactions and intellectual property. He provides legal support to all entities within the Minor League Baseball structure, and works closely with the Board of Trustees and Council of League Presidents in various capacities.
Fountain joined Minor League Baseball as an intern in 2010. He was promoted to a full-time position as Special Assistant to the President, Legal Affairs in 2012. He became Associate Counsel in 2014 and transitioned into his current role as Deputy General Counsel in 2016.
A native of Jacksonville, Florida, Fountain is a member of the Florida Bar and has a Bachelor of Science in political science with a minor in communications from Brigham Young University and a Juris Doctor from Stetson University College of Law where he graduated with honors. Fountain and his wife, JoAnna, and their two young children, Annabelle and Dawson, currently reside in Valrico, Florida.
|Jeannette Machicote||Manager, Contracts & Legal Assistant|
Machicote coordinates and communicates established legal contract procedures to member clubs and Minor League Baseball staff to ensure consistent and central contract handling, retention and organization. She also provides legal support to the Senior Vice President of Legal Affairs and General Counsel and the legal department. Machicote is fluent in Spanish and occasionally provides translating support to Minor League Baseball clubs.
Machicote joined Minor League Baseball in 1999. She transferred to the Legal Department from Special Operations in 2006.
A native of Puerto Rico where she graduated from MBTI Business Training Institute in San Juan, Machicote currently resides in Tampa and enjoys traveling, gardening and yoga.
|Jess Schneider||Coordinator, Trademarks & Intellectual Properties|
Schneider works closely with clubs, leagues and Minor League Baseball staff on the clearance, filing, registration and renewal of club names, logos and other intellectual property with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. She also works closely with the licensing department, Baseball Internet Rights Company (BIRCO) and Major League Baseball Properties on trademark issues related to licensing and merchandising.
Schneider worked for the Toronto Blue Jays as a player development intern before joining Minor League Baseball in 2014.
The Miami native has a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Science in sports administration from St. Thomas (Florida) University.
|Sandra Hebert||Director, Licensing|
Hebert oversees the Minor League Baseball Licensing Program in conjunction with Major League Baseball Properties (MLBP) and is responsible for coordinating all program administration and communications. She supervises the department's involvement with name and logo changes, trademark services and quality control of Minor League Baseball products.
Hebert joined Minor League Baseball in 2001. Prior to becoming the Director of Licensing, she managed the administrative services for the legal department for nine years, assisting in the review of control interest transfers, regulated transactions and relocations.
Raised in St. Petersburg, Florida, Hebert graduated from the University of Tampa with a Bachelor of Arts in communication. Hebert earned her law degree from Stetson University College of Law.
|Carrie Adams||Assistant Director, Licensing|
Adams provides day-to-day operational support to various Licensing Department programs. She coordinates quality control for licensed products, administers the annual club name and logo change process and manages the mascot and historic team logo trademark style guides.
Prior to joining Minor League Baseball in 2008, Adams spent nine years as a Merchandise and Special Events Coordinator for the Philadelphia Phillies Florida Operations and the Clearwater Threshers.
Raised in Clearwater, Florida, Adams graduated from Florida State University with a Bachelor of Science in recreation and leisure services administration.
Enterprise Marketing & Corporate Partnerships
|David Wright||Chief Marketing & Commercial Officer|
Wright is tasked with growing the Minor League Baseball brand by overseeing all advertising, media, marketing, promotion, research, and business development efforts. In addition, Wright oversees the MiLB Project Brand initiative, designed to maximize enterprise value through integrated national and regional partnerships leveraging the power and overall scale of the 160 member clubs.
Wright joined Minor League Baseball in 2016 following more than a decade at Major League Soccer (MLS) and Soccer United Marketing (SUM), most recently as its Senior Vice President, Global Sponsorship. He oversaw new business efforts for the premier soccer properties in North America (including Major League Soccer, U.S. Soccer Federation and the Mexican National Team). Wright also managed a Partnership Marketing team tasked with day-to-day management, growth and retention of more than 40 MLS/SUM partners. Prior to leading global sponsorship efforts for MLS/SUM, Wright was Director of Fan Development, managing a department dedicated to connecting Major League Soccer to participants and key influencers within America's soccer community. From developing MLS' inaugural online fantasy game to creating a portfolio of diverse-minded initiatives, he was responsible for targeting key consumer segments through strategic development of League-wide grassroots programs, marketing partnerships and national affiliations.
In recent years, Wright has also been an adjunct professor and regular contributor to the New York University Graduate Sports Business program. A 2012 SportsBusiness Journal Forty Under 40 Award recipient, Wright earned a Bachelor of Science in kinesiology from Indiana University and a Master of Science in sports management from the University of Massachusetts. Wright resides in St. Petersburg, Florida, with his wife, Jaren, and two kids, Braeden and Riley.
|Kurt Hunzeker||Vice President, Marketing Strategy & Research|
Hunzeker identifies potential partners and creates brand-building campaigns, fan development initiatives and innovative strategic marketing plans to fuel MiLB Enterprises' continued growth.
Hunzeker joined Minor League Baseball in 2015 after spending five years with Rawlings Sporting Goods as Senior Director of Brand Marketing, where he led Rawlings' global brand marketing and media buying efforts. He also spearheaded the integration of sabermetrics into the Rawlings Gold Glove Award selection process, expansion into other professional leagues (including Minor League Baseball), and the creation of the Rawlings Platinum Glove Award™ national fan vote initiative.
The St. Louis, Missouri and Tampa, Florida native earned his Bachelor of Journalism (Strategic Communication) at the University of Missouri's School of Journalism.
|Kevin Smith||Senior Director, Business Development & Media|
Smith leads the Business Development & Media division for MiLB Enterprises, tasked with driving new enterprise-wide commercial business for Minor League Baseball. He also leads the integration of MiLB Media through the overarching sales process, designing strategic partnerships centered on maximizing partner value.
Smith joined Minor League Baseball in June 2016 with over 20 years of commercial experience across brand, media and agency. Previously, Smith was the Sponsorship Director for the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). He also has previous property experience with the Olympics, the FIFA World Cup, SportsMark MGMT Group, ESPN and Oracle.
Smith earned his Bachelor of Science from San Diego State University. He is fluent in Portuguese and resides in the Tampa Bay area with his wife and two daughters.
|Heather Raburn||Assistant Director, Partnership Marketing|
Raburn manages and executes multiple national Minor League Baseball sponsorship accounts, including report preparation and contract fulfillment, playing an integral part of the marketing and sales process that connects the national office, member clubs and potential and active marketing partners.
Raburn joined Minor League Baseball in 2005. She was previously the Director of Community Relations for the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes and Fresno Grizzlies.
Raburn received a marketing degree from New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, New Mexico. She received a Graduate Certificate in business foundations from the University of South Florida.
|Cory Bernstine||Senior Manager, Marketing Strategy & Research|
Bernstine is the main point of contact on data-driven initiatives that support the development of league-wide marketing, fan development platforms and partnership sales of Minor League Baseball. He also maintains and enhances the relationships with Minor League Baseball's research partners and manages the day-to-day operations of its national TV programming.
Prior to joining Minor League Baseball in 2014, Bernstine worked on fan development research for the Washington Nationals Florida Operations team. He also published report cards regarding MLB and NCAA basketball on racial and gender balances for the Institute for diversity and Ethics in Sports.
Bernstine is an Orlando, Florida native, and received a master's degree in business administration from the University of Central Florida's DeVos Sports Business Management Program. He also has a Bachelor of Arts in business administration from Florida Tech University.
|Ryan Foose||Senior Manager, Brand Development|
Foose creates and manages MiLB's full portfolio of marketing communications, ensures design consistency and contributes to the marketing strategy, business development, special events and partnership marketing initiatives.
Prior to joining Minor League Baseball in 2017, Foose worked with IBM as a User-Experience Designer. In his spare time, Ryan enjoys designing for schools, colleges and sports teams around the world through his freelance studio Fooser Sports Design.
Ryan obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic and Industrial Design from the University of Wisconsin-Stout and his Masters of Graphic Design from North Carolina State University.
|Scott Ester||Manager, Partnership Marketing|
Ester is responsible for managing and executing strategic Minor League Baseball partnership programs. Ester focuses on driving commercial value for each MiLB partner by leveraging property specific assets and ownership platforms, collaborating with membership clubs to ensure success of the national programs.
Ester was previously in Account Manager roles with the World Triathlon Corporation of America (IRONMAN), the Tampa Bay Rays as well as other organizations in the media and retail industries before joining the MiLB team in 2016.
Ester received both his Bachelor of Science in communications and Master of Science in sports management from the Florida State University. Ester is an alumnus of the 2012 Leadership Pinellas class and currently lives with his wife Tera and two children in Clearwater, Florida.
|Zack Stone||Manager, Business Development & Media|
Stone is responsible for creating and managing new business leads for Minor League Baseball. He is tasked with supporting the strategic outreach efforts in the quest to elevate MiLB's commercial profile and success in the marketplace.
Stone joined Minor League Baseball in May 2016. He joined the team with over six years of experience across a number of industry-leading agencies, including Wasserman, CAA and Octagon.
A native of New York, Smith received his Bachelor of Arts from Williams College, where he was a four-year letterman on the men's baseball team. He resides in St. Petersburg, Florida.
|Curtis Walker||Manager, Business Development & Media|
Curtis joined Minor League Baseball in 2017 and is responsible for creating and managing new business leads for Minor League Baseball. He is tasked with supporting the strategic outreach efforts in the quest to elevate MiLB's commercial profile and success in the marketplace. He was previously an Account Executive for Coca-Cola Beverages of Florida and previously worked as a Corporate Sales Manager for the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Curtis completed his undergraduate degree in sport management from Virginia State University and obtained a master of business administration and a master of sport business management from the University of Central Florida's DeVos Sport Business Management Program.
A native of Newport News, Virginia, Curtis resides in Tampa, Florida, with his wife, Milkelis, and their beautiful dog Quincy.
|Meghan Madson||Executive Assistant, Enterprise Marketing|
Madson supports the Chief Marketing & Commercial Officer, as well as the broader Enterprise Marketing team. She is tasked with ensuring efficiency throughout the department and supporting key influencer hospitality, Enterprise Board preparation, club communication, Partnership Marketing execution and other projects.
Madson joined Minor League Baseball in May 2016. She has previous account representative experience with the Aberdeen IronBirds, and has held positions with the Hudson Valley Renegades and the Princeton Rays.
Madson holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Trine University and resides in St. Petersburg, Florida.
MiLB Umpire Development
|Dusty Dellinger||Director, Umpire Development|
Dellinger guides a staff of nine umpire field evaluators and a medical coordinator while ensuring qualified Minor League umpires are in place for all 16 domestic leagues. He works closely with Major League Baseball's Umpiring Department on a variety of issues including mechanics, rule interpretations, Arizona Fall League assignments and new hires. Dellinger is responsible for all personnel moves including hiring, leave of absences and releases for all Minor League Baseball umpires. He coordinates all operational umpire meetings and deals directly with the Association of Minor League Umpires (AMLU) on articles and policies contained within the Collective Bargaining Agreement.
Dellinger joined Minor League Baseball Umpire Development in 2008 as a Field Evaluator/Instructor, and was named Director of Umpire Development in 2014. After graduating from umpire school, Dellinger spent 11 seasons as an umpire in the International, Southern, Carolina, South Atlantic and New York-Penn Leagues. During his five years at the Triple-A level, he was awarded two Arizona Fall League invites, and worked part time at the Major League level. Dellinger spent two offseasons umpiring in the Puerto Rico Winter League, and he was selected to umpire the Inaugural World Baseball Classic.
Dellinger is a native of Charlotte, North Carolina, and currently resides in China Grove, North Carolina. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in business management from Catawba College.
|Mike Felt||Chief of Instruction, Umpire Development|
Felt develops Minor League Baseball umpires by observing, instructing and evaluating in accordance with the established Umpire Manuals and Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA). This position serves to progress the Minor League Baseball umpires by refining their technical skill sets by continuously providing feedback so they may serve our member clubs well while assisting in the potential advancement into the Major League Baseball umpire system. Felt serves as a senior team member, providing guidance to other staff members while coordinating umpire assignments for Minor League Baseball Spring Training, Extended Spring Training and Instructional League.
Felt spent nine seasons as an umpire in the American Association, Eastern, Midwest and Gulf Coast Leagues. Since 1988, he has traveled around the country observing, instructing and evaluating Minor League Baseball umpires.
Felt currently resides in North Port, Florida.
|Jorge Bauza||Field Evaluator/Instructor, Umpire Development|
Bauza develops Minor League Baseball umpires by observing, instructing and evaluating in accordance with the established Umpire Manuals and Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA). Bauza serves to progress the Minor League Baseball umpires by refining their technical skill sets by continuously providing feedback so they may serve our member clubs well while assisting in the potential advancement into the Major League Baseball umpire system.
Bauza joined Minor League Baseball Umpire Development in 2002.
After attending the Brinkman Baseball School, Bauza spent nine seasons as an umpire in the International, Eastern, Florida State, South Atlantic and Gulf Coast Leagues. He also umpired in Puerto Rico and in the Caribbean World Series. Bauza is native of Puerto Rico.
|Larry Reveal||Field Evaluator/Instructor, Umpire Development|
Reveal develops Minor League Baseball umpires by observing, instructing and evaluating in accordance with the established Umpire Manuals and Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA). He serves to progress the Minor League Baseball umpires by refining their technical skill sets by continuously providing feedback so they may serve our member clubs well while assisting in the potential advancement into the Major League Baseball umpire system.
After graduating the Bill Kinnamon Umpire School, Reveal spent seven seasons as an umpire from 1980-86 in the International, Southern and Midwest Leagues.
Reveal joined Minor League Baseball Umpire Development on a part-time basis in 1998 and was hired full time in 2003.
Reveal has a Bachelor of Science from Ball State University, and has completed some master's degree work at Indiana University and Old Dominion University. He has 26 years of experience as a classroom educator and coach, and volunteers with Special Olympics. He currently resides in Chesapeake, Virginia.
|Darren Spagnardi||Field Evaluator/Instructor, Umpire Development|
Spagnardi develops Minor League Baseball umpires by observing, instructing and evaluating in accordance with the established Umpire Manuals and Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA). Spagnardi serves to progress the Minor League Baseball umpires by refining their technical skill sets by continuously providing feedback so they may serve our member clubs well while assisting in the potential advancement into the Major League Baseball umpire system.
Spagnardi joined Minor League Baseball Umpire Development on a part-time basis in 2010 and was hired full time later that year. Prior to joining Umpire Development, Spagnardi umpired in the Gulf Coast, New York-Penn, South Atlantic, Carolina, Southern and International Leagues from 1996 to 2004. He also umpired part time in the Major Leagues during his four years at the Triple-A level, and worked in the Arizona Fall League and the Venezuelan Winter League.
Spagnardi is a native of Old Bridge, New Jersey, and currently resides in Charlotte, North Carolina. In addition to his professional experience, Spagnardi also currently umpires on the staff of several NCAA conferences.
|Tyler Funneman||Field Evaluator/Instructor, Umpire Development|
Funneman develops Minor League Baseball umpires by observing, instructing and evaluating in accordance with the established Umpire Manuals and Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA). He serves to progress the Minor League Baseball umpires by refining their technical skill sets by continuously providing feedback so they may serve our member clubs well while assisting in the potential advancement into the Major League Baseball umpire system.
Funneman joined Minor League Baseball Umpire Development on a part-time basis in 2012 and was hired full time later that year. Prior to joining Umpire Development, Funneman umpired in the New York-Penn, Midwest, Florida State, Texas, Pacific Coast and Venezuela Winter Leagues. He made his Major League debut in 2011 at Dodger Stadium. He also earned invitations from Major League Baseball to work in the Arizona Fall League and Major League Baseball Spring Training.
Funneman currently resides in Grayslake, Illinois.
|Brian Sinclair||Field Evaluator/Instructor, Umpire Development|
Sinclair develops Minor League Baseball umpires by observing, instructing and evaluating in accordance with the established Umpire Manuals and Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA). Sinclair serves to progress the Minor League Baseball umpires by refining their technical skill sets by continuously providing feedback so they may serve our member clubs well while assisting in the potential advancement into the Major League Baseball umpire system.
Sinclair joined Minor League Baseball Umpire Development on a part-time basis in 2013 and was hired full time in 2014. Prior to joining Umpire Development, Sinclair umpired in the Pacific Coast, Texas, Florida State, South Atlantic, Northwest and Arizona Leagues. He also worked in the Venezuelan Winter League, Arizona and Florida Instructional Leagues and also earned an invitation to Major League Baseball Spring Training.
The Lakewood, Colorado native attended the University of Wyoming, where he studied communication. He currently resides in San Antonio, Texas.
|Mark Lollo||Field Evaluator/Instructor, Umpire Development|
Lollo develops Minor League Baseball umpires by observing, instructing and evaluating in accordance with the established Umpire Manuals and Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA). He serves to progress the Minor League Baseball umpires by refining their technical skill sets by continuously providing feedback so they may serve our member clubs well while assisting in the potential advancement into the Major League Baseball umpire system.
Prior to joining Minor League Baseball Umpire Development in 2014,, he umpired in the International, Eastern, Texas, Florida State, Carolina, South Atlantic, New York-Penn and Gulf Coast Leagues. He also earned invitations from Major League Baseball to work in the Arizona Fall League and Major League Baseball Spring Training. During this time, he also umpired part time in the Major Leagues.
Lollo currently resides in New Lexington, Ohio.
|Mark Stubblefield||Medical Coordinator, Umpire Development|
Stubblefield coordinates the preventive care and injury treatment of umpires throughout the Minor League Baseball system. This role works under the supervision of the Medical Consultant for Umpire Development to properly utilize current technologies, best practices and proactive approaches to increase safety awareness, reducing missed time and benefit premium costs.
Stubblefield joined Minor League Baseball in 2011 after a 10-year career as a certified athletic trainer with both the Cincinnati Reds and Kansas City Royals.
Stubblefield received a bachelor's degree in athletic training from Indiana State University and a master's degree from California University of Pennsylvania. The Kansas City, Missouri native is a member of the Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society (PBATS) and the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA).
|Thomas Honec||Manager, Umpire Technology|
Honec manages instruction and evaluation technologies in support of umpire evaluators and assists in the development of umpire video and technology resources. Prior to joining the Umpire Development staff in 2017, Honec was a Minor League Baseball umpire for nine years. He also worked as an Information Technology consultant and worked in Managed Network Operations for over sixteen years. Honec received his bachelor's degree in integrated science and technology and his master's in business administration from James Madison University. Tom resides in Sterling, VA with his wife and daughter.
|Lillian Patterson||Special Assistant, Umpire Development|
Patterson coordinates administrative functions for the Minor League Baseball Umpire Development system including all immigration compliance requirements, employee relations and details of any affiliated special events to complying with federal guidelines and the established Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA).
Prior to joining Minor League Baseball in 1998, she was a bookkeeper for the Umpire Development Program from 1990-97. Patterson spent 10 years in the finance department of the City of Camden, New Jersey, and 15 years as bookkeeper/office manager with a manufacturing company.
Patterson graduated from Our Lady of Mt. Caramel Business School in Camden, New Jersey, and is a native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
MiLB Security & Facility Operations
|Earnell Lucas||Director, Security/Facility Operations|
In addition to his duties as the VP of Educational Programming & Investigative Services for Major League Baseball, Lucas serves as a liaison between Minor League Baseball and local law enforcement agencies in its member clubs' cities. He also works with league officials to identify and address security issues and facilitate training for Minor League Baseball players to help increase their personal security awareness.
Prior to joining Minor League Baseball in 2002, Lucas worked for 25 years in the Milwaukee Police Department, serving as its captain from 1999-2002.
Lucas graduated cum laude from Marquette University with a degree in criminology and law studies. He also holds management certificates from the FBI National Academy and the Northwestern University Traffic Institute School of Police Staff and Command, at which he was awarded the Franklin Kreml Leadership Award.