|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) office. 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 second term in December 2011.
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 1986-1993. 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 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.Email: admin@MiLB.com
|Stan Brand||Vice President|
Stan, 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 Dec. 1991, he joined the organization in 1992, first as Special Counsel and then Vice President.
He 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 July 2015, he was the principal owner of the litigation boutique Brand Law. Before he founded the firm in 1983, he was chief legal officer for the House of Representatives under Speaker Tip O'Neill (1976-84). A native of New York City, Stan graduated with honors in English from Franklin & Marshall College and has a J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center.
|Brian Earle||Chief Operating Officer|
Brian is in charge of all Minor League Baseball branding and creative services initiatives and supervises the Communications, Information Technology And Licensing departments. Brian also manages the day-to-day activities of Minor League Baseball's interactive media holding company, Baseball Internet Rights Company LLC (BIRCO) and serves on its Board of Directors in an advisory capacity. Its goals are to provide innovation, value and revenue to its member clubs and leagues; to insure that local identities are maintained; and to create and develop the best interactive web sites in all of sports.
From 2008-10, Brian was the Executive Director, Branded Properties. He joined the licensing department in June 1995, and was Licensing Director from 1998 through 2007.
Brian is a native of St. Petersburg and has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminology from the University of South Florida.
|Rob Colamarino||Director, Information Technology|
Rob Colamarino is the Director of Information Technology. In that role, he is involved with the technical and business aspects of the organization's website, MiLB.com. He also provides technical support for the staff in all computer operations.
Prior to joining Minor League Baseball in June 2000, Colamarino spent four years as Manager, Information Systems for NuMed Home Health Care, Inc. of Tampa. He is a native of Pittsburgh, PA, but grew up in the Tampa Bay area.
Rob is a graduate of St. Petersburg Junior College and Clearwater High School. He has a Bachelors degree in Information Systems Management from the University of South Florida.
|Amber Kukulya||Manager, Human Resources|
Amber joined the Minor League Baseball team in April 2014 to lead the Human Resources department. Her purpose is to maintain and enhance the organization by developing and administering various HR plans and projects to reflect the strategies and culture of the organization. She assists the organization by navigating the ever-changing legal and regulatory HR landscape to ensure compliance and provides guidance on professional development and organizational processes.
In addition, Amber performs benefit administration, including vendor management, and provides company communication to employees. She leads payroll, recruitment & hiring, onboarding, performance management, compensation analysis and record management and is the main contact for all employee relations issues. Amber is responsible for developing management and professional development trainings, as well as coordinating recognition and retention strategies to constantly improve and advance the valuable office talent.
Amber, a St. Petersburg, Fla., native is certified as a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) and SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP). She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Resource Management & General Management from Florida State University. Amber serves on the Board of Directors for the Tampa Bay Seminole Club, a local non-profit that provides scholarships to Tampa Bay students attending Florida State University. Amber serves at Events Chair, where she works with the President and Events committee to create and enhance events to raise funds to support the club's goals. Amber is also involved with other groups in the community including HR Tampa, Suncoast HR, the Society of Human Resource Management, the National Diversity Council, the Tampa Bay Diversity Council, Dress for Success Tampa Bay and currently sits on the Women in Baseball committee for MiLB.
|Vincent Pierson||Manager, Diversity & Inclusion|
Vince joined the Minor League Baseball staff in February of 2015 and manages the development and implementation of programs, activities, partnerships and other strategic endeavors that activate Minor League Baseball's Diversity Initiative. Additionally, he is responsible for the creation of educational programs focusing on diversity and inclusion for Minor League clubs.
The Roanoke, Va., native earned Masters degrees in Business Administration and Sport Business Management from the University of Central Florida's DeVos Sport Business Management Program. He also has a B.S. in Sport Management from Virginia State University.
Kim joined Minor League Baseball in February of 2015 as the office receptionist.
Kim manages the operation of the front desk, ordering of supplies, food and beverage service for on-site events, shipping and receiving and assists the staff on a variety of projects.
Prior to joining Minor League Baseball, Kim spent 35 years in the banking industry.
Baseball & Business Operations
|Tim Brunswick||Vice President, Baseball & Business Operations|
Tim works with President Pat O'Conner regarding PBA, PDC and PBUC issues. Tim also coordinates and oversees the Venezuelan and Dominican Summer Leagues. He is the primary contact for facility compliance, PBA compliance, radio-TV contracts and Baseball Winter Meetings site selection. Tim is also involved in sponsorships.
He joined the staff in the Records Dept. in May 1990 and became Coordinator of Facilities in 1991. He was named Assistant Director of Operations in 1996 and was promoted to Director in January 1997 and Executive Director in January 2008. A native of Cleveland, OH, he has a Business/Sports Administration degree from Florida Southern College.
|Mary Wooters||Manager, Baseball Operations/Executive Assistant to the President|
Mary assists Pat O'Conner and Tim Brunswick in executing the Executive Operations and Baseball Operations of the Minor League Office.
She is fluent in Spanish and serves as liaison for all Spanish-language projects, including the Mexican League, Dominican Summer League, Mexican Academy and Venezuelan Summer League. She joined the staff in Aug. 1996. A native of Elmhurst, IL, she is a graduate of Catharine College in Chicago.
|Andy Shultz||Manager, Baseball & Business Operations|
Andy manages a number of facets of baseball operations, including the day-to-day operations of the Gulf Coast League, facility standards, the on-field uniform program and PBA compliance. He also assists with the administration of the Venezuelan Summer and Dominican Summer Leagues and serves as the administrator for The Umpire School. In addition, Andy manages the day-to-day operations of the building and facilities in the St. Petersburg, Fla., office.
Andy joined the staff in March 2007 as a Field Evaluator/Instructor with the Professional Baseball Umpire Corp. He was named Assistant, Baseball Operations, in 2010.
The Lancaster, Pa., native was previously a Minor League umpire from 1996-2003, working in the Gulf Coast, Midwest, Carolina, Eastern and International Leagues along with off-season assignments in the Florida Instructional League, International Baseball League Australia, Dominican Winter League and Arizona Fall League.
|Scott Kravchuk||Director, Business Development|
Scott manages the Baseball Winter Meetings, including the Baseball Trade Show and Job Fair, Minor League Baseball Promotional Seminar, Professional Baseball Employment Opportunities (PBEO), Alumni Association, Green Team and event sponsorships.
Scott joined the staff in April 2000 as the Assistant, Special Operations. From 2003-10, he coordinated the PBEO program and annual Job Fair as the Assistant Director, Special Operations.
A native of Columbus, Ohio, he attended Ohio University and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Sport Industry.
|Kelly Butler||Senior Assistant Director, Event Services|
Kelly started with the Minor League Baseball office in May of 1993 in the Special Operations Department. During her time in Special Operations Kelly has performed many different jobs in this department.
In 1999 Kelly accepted a position as the Event Manager for Minor League Baseball. Kelly now supervises many aspects of the Baseball Winter Meetings, Minor League Baseball Promotional Seminar and the Spring Meetings.
|Courtney Jantz||Assistant Director, Business Development|
Courtney joined the Minor League Baseball staff in June 2014 as Assistant Director, Business Development. Courtney is primarily responsible for coordinating the MiLB Charities and MiLB Alumni Association programs, while also providing event support for the MiLB Promotional Seminar and Baseball Winter Meetings (BWM). She coordinates the organization's charity initiatives, manages and develops fundraising efforts and opportunities and identifies and develops league-wide charity programs and partners. She also manages all aspects of the Business of Baseball Workshop and Bob Freitas Business Seminar & Workshop Series at the BWM, among other duties.
Prior to joining the staff, Courtney spent five seasons as Manager, Game Entertainment for the Tampa Bay Rays and one year with the Fresno Grizzlies as Director, Sponsorship Services. A native of Spring, Texas, she graduated from California State University, Fresno with a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication and Journalism (Advertising) with a minor in Marketing. During college, she played Division 1 tennis for the Bulldogs.
|Mark Labban||Manager, Business Development|
Mark manages the Minor League Baseball Promotional Seminar, the industry's premier idea-sharing and idea-generating event, including creation of the agenda, securing speakers and topics, overseeing the ballpark outing and marketing the event. Additionally, he oversees the Professional Baseball Employment Opportunities (PBEO) program, its website PBEO.com and the PBEO Job Fair. His other responsibilities include managing the Minor League Baseball Green Team, MiLB's national 'green' initiative that helps educate both member clubs and 41 million fans in the ways in which they can better their facilities and the environment. Previously, Mark has managed the Bob Freitas Business Seminar and Business of Baseball Workshop at the Baseball Winter Meetings and also assisted with sponsor relations.
Mark joined the Minor League Baseball staff as an assistant in January 2011 and was promoted to his current position in January 2012. Prior to joining MiLB, the East Meadow, N.Y., native served as the Director of Food & Beverage for the California League's Lake Elsinore Storm. Mark earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Sports Management from Seton Hall University in 2008.
|Eileen Sahin-Murphy||Manager, Trade Show Services|
Eileen is responsible for managing and coordinating all trade show activities for the Baseball Trade Show during the Baseball Winter Meetings as well as managing and coordinating exhibits for the Promotional Seminar. She is responsible for selling exhibitor booth space, producing the Exhibitor Prospectus and Trade Show Buyers Guide, designing the trade show floor plans and activities and working to foster a positive relationship between exhibitors and attendees. Eileen joined the Minor League Baseball staff as Office & Special Events Coordinator in June 2014. Prior to joining MiLB, the Stockholm, Sweden, native served as an ad coordinator/database manager for a publication company in Clearwater, Florida.
|Stefanie Loncarich||Director, Digital Properties|
Stefanie joined Minor League Baseball in June of 2015 as Director, Digital Properties. In her new role, Stefanie will manage the day-to-day activities of Minor League Baseball's interactive media holding company, Baseball Internet Rights Company LLC (BIRCO).
Stefanie joined Minor League Baseball after spending the last year at IMG Academy in Bradenton, FL as Team Advisor. Prior to IMG Academy she spent six years with the Quad Cities River Bandits and served as General Manager from 2011-2013. She began her career in Minor League Baseball in 2004, spending time with the Jacksonville Suns, Erie SeaWolves and State College Spikes.
The Ohio native has a bachelor's degree in Sport Management from Flagler College in St. Augustine, FL.
|Jill Philippi||Coordinator, E-commerce & Business Services|
Jill joined the Minor League Baseball staff in July 2014. She is responsible for the management of team online merchandise storefronts and online auction sites, and for processing monthly accounting reports and settlements. Jill also serves as the point of contact for daily customer service inquiries, and team personnel training and questions related to daily management of online store functions. Other duties include assisting with collection of broadcasting, ticketing, sponsorship and other related data from teams and development and distribution of program communication including monthly and quarterly newsletters.
Before joining MiLB, Jill worked in vendor relations and business development for a sports collectibles company in Oldsmar, Florida. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Marketing from the University of South Florida in St. Petersburg, Florida.
|Ashley Allphin||Graphic Designer|
Ashley is responsible for designing marketing materials, including brochures, sales decks, advertisements, programs, event signage, credentials and posters for MiLB and its subsidiary companies. Allphin also creates visual elements for electronic newsletters, web advertisements, event and project websites, and online marketing initiatives, among other duties.
Allphin is a native of Bryan, Texas. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Sport Management from the University of Texas at Austin and also studied graphic design at Texas Christian University. Ashley joined the Minor League Baseball staff as an intern in September 2012 and was promoted to a full-time position in January 2013.
|Jeff Lantz||Senior Director, Communications|
Jeff joined Minor League Baseball in November of 2014 and oversees Minor League Baseball's communication activities including media requests, publications and outreach efforts.
Prior to joining Minor League Baseball, 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 Triple-A Iowa Cubs of the Pacific Coast League, with the last eight of those 11 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.Email: JLantz@MiLB.com
|Mary Marandi||Assistant Director, Corporate Communications|
Mary is responsible for the development and implementation of integrated programs in public relations, social media, marketing communications and internal communications designed to support and meet Minor League Baseball's business objectives. She writes press releases, identifies and develops opportunities for national media exposure and manages and executes social media strategies.
From 2006-12, Mary held the positions of Club Coordinator and Manager, Team Relations/Sponsorship Development in the marketing department.
The Tennessee native has a bachelor's degree in Mass Communications with a minor in Marketing from the University of Tennessee. She spent two seasons with the Tampa Bay Rays interning in Marketing and Community Relations prior to joining Minor League Baseball in January 2006.
|Sean Brown||Chief Financial Officer|
Sean oversees all financial and accounting functions for Minor League Baseball. Sean is responsible for the development and implementation of Minor League Baseball's financial strategy in connection with operating as the governing organization for 20 leagues and approximately 250 teams in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Venezuela and the Dominican Republic.
Prior to joining Minor League Baseball in 2012; Sean had a successful 14-year career in public accounting; primarily 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.
Sean is both a Certified Public Accountant and a Chartered Global Management Accountant; and has a Bachelor of Science and a Master's degree in Accounting from the University of Florida. He has served on the Audit 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 watching Gators sports.
James joined the staff in March, 2008, and is involved in the day-to-day accounting functions for Minor League Baseball and its subsidiary companies. Prior to joining the staff, he was an accountant for 11 years for Great Eastern Resort Management at the Massanutten Resort in Virginia.
James is a native of Virginia who grew up in West Virginia. He has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Finance & Business Law from Marshall University in Huntington, WV.
|Michelle Heystek||Senior Accountant|
Michelle prepares journal entries, budget variance analysis and a variety of financial schedules. She also assists in employee benefit administration, budget preparation and year-end audits.
Heystek joined the MiLB staff in February 2011, after working for 15 years as a bookkeeper for the Pinellas County (Fla.) School Board. She also served in the military as a Navy reservist, Petty Officer. The Kalamazoo, Mich., native has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business from the University of South Florida.
|Scott Poley||Senior Vice President, Legal Affairs|
D. Scott Poley is the Vice President, Legal Affairs and General Counsel for the entities that comprise Minor League Baseball. These entities include the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues, Inc., Professional Baseball Promotion Corporation, Professional Baseball Umpire Corporation and others. Scott's responsibilities include reviewing and advising leagues and clubs on ownership transactions, club relocations, trademark, licensing and other intellectual property matters, and providing counsel and advice to the President of Minor League Baseball and its Board of Trustees. Scott has a background in labor and employment law, representing management, and has participated in the negotiation of the initial and successor contracts between Professional Baseball Umpire Corporation and the Association of Minor League Umpires, and he works with leagues and clubs to advise them of their rights and responsibilities under that agreement. Scott also works with representatives of Major League Baseball and the Baseball Office of the Commissioner on matters of common concern. Scott is a graduate of the University of Michigan (B.A.) and the University of Cincinnati College of Law (J.D.).
|George Yund||Special Counsel|
George, based in Cincinnati, has served as chief outside counsel to Minor League Baseball since 1988, managing the legal services provided by his law firm, Frost Brown Todd, LLC. In that capacity, he has served as co-counsel in litigation as well as involvement in PBA negotiations with MLB. George has been involved in sports law matters since 1979. For several years, he has been a teacher and lecturer in matters of law.
George is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate in English Literature from Ohio State U. and graduated with honors from the U. of Michigan Law School. He is a native of Chicago.
|Robert Fountain||Associate Counsel|
Robert serves as Associate Counsel in the Legal Department. Robert provides legal support to all facets of Minor League baseball with an emphasis on trademarks, corporate governance and intellectual property. Robert works closely with the President on research, including projects related to governmental affairs. He also works closely with Virginia State University and on other projects related to Minor League Baseball's Diversity Initiative.
A native of Jacksonville, Fla., Robert has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Political Science with a minor in Communications from Brigham Young University and a J.D. from Stetson College of Law.
Robert, a member of the Florida Bar, joined the Minor League Baseball staff as an intern in August 2010 and was promoted to a full-time position as Special Assistant to the President, Legal Affairs, in January 2012.
|Louis Brown III||Assistant Director, Legal Affairs|
Lou is responsible for all administrative services for the legal department and assists in the review of control interest transfers, regulated transactions and relocations.
He also works on umpire matters, including litigation support and operational compliance with the collective bargaining agreement with the Association of Minor League Umpires (AMLU). Lou assists with league and club territorial and exploration matters and with the collection and review of club stadium leases and naming rights agreements.
A St. Petersburg native, Lou is a member of the Florida Bar and holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Business Management from Howard University, a Masters in Business Administration from Stetson University and a law degree from Stetson University College of Law.
Lou joined the Minor League Baseball staff as an intern in 2009 and was promoted to a full-time position as Manager, Baseball Operations and Legal Affairs later that year.
|Jeannette Machicote||Manager, Contracts & Legal Assistant|
Jeannette manages contracts for Minor League Baseball and the Promo Corporation and assists in a variety of legal and trademark matters.
Jeannette transferred to the Legal Department from Special Operations in August, 2006. She has been a member of the Minor League Baseball staff since February, 1999. She is a native of Puerto Rico, where she graduated from the Manpower Business Training Institute.
|Jess Schneider||Coordinator, Trademarks & Intellectual Properties|
Jess works closely with clubs, leagues and MiLB staff on the clearance, filing and registration of club names, logos and other marks. She also assists on other intellectual property matters and works with the licensing department, Baseball Internet Rights Company (BIRCO) and Major League Baseball Properties on trademark issues related to licensing and merchandising.
The Miami native joined the staff in January 2014 and has a B.A. and a M.S. in Sports Administration from St. Thomas (Fla.) University.
|Sandra Hebert||Director, Licensing|
Sandie directs the national licensing program and is responsible for coordinating all program administration, communications, new licensing business and program expansion. She also supervises the department's involvement with name and logo changes, trademark services and quality control of Minor League Baseball products.
From June 2001 through 2010, Sandie was responsible for all administrative services for the legal department and assisted in the review of control interest transfers, regulated transactions and relocations.
Sandie graduated from the University of Tampa with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication. She earned her law degree from Stetson University College of Law. Sandie is a member of the Arizona Bar, having spent a short time in that state, before returning to her hometown of St. Petersburg.
|Carrie Adams||Assistant Director, Licensing|
Carrie joined the staff in March 2008 and is involved in all phases of the Licensing Department, including the planning and development of educational materials, newsletters and other communications with member clubs; coordination of quality control for licensed products; and administration of the annual club name/logo change process.
Prior to joining the staff, Carrie spent nine years as Merchandise and Special Events Coordinator in Clearwater for the Philadelphia Phillies Florida Operations and the Clearwater Threshers of the Florida State League. A Florida native, she is a graduate of Florida State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Recreation and Leisure Services with a minor in Sports Management.
|Jessica Merrick||Coordinator, Licensing & Contracts|
Jessica joined Minor League Baseball in 2013 as an intern in the Legal Department before joining the Marketing Department in January of 2014.
In January of 2015, she transitioned to the Licensing Department, where she is responsible for drafting license agreements for film, television and print, as well as contracts for other Minor League Baseball departments. Merrick also tracks the use of historic club marks and works on other licensing projects and initiatives.
The Rochester, N.Y., native has a B.A. in Government and World Affairs from the University of Tampa and a J.D. from Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles.
MiLB Enterprises/Marketing & Corporate Partnerships
|David Wright||Chief Marketing & Commercial Officer|
|Kurt Hunzeker||Vice President, Marketing Strategy|
Kurt Hunzeker joined Minor League Baseball in January of 2015 as Vice President, Marketing Strategy. In his new role, Hunzeker will identify potential partners and create and develop innovative strategic marketing plans to fuel MiLB Enterprises' continued growth with additional national corporate partners.
Hunzeker joined Minor League Baseball 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. Hunzeker 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, Mo. and Tampa, Fla. native earned his Bachelor of Journalism degree (Strategic Communication) at the University of Missouri School of Journalism. During his time in Columbia, Hunzeker served as an intern in the Mizzou Athletics Department.
|Rod Meadows||Vice President, Sales & Marketing|
Rod is responsible for the Sales and Marketing functions of Minor League Baseball including sponsorship proposals, negotiations, budgeting and implementation of national marketing and advertising sponsorships. He works with member clubs regarding financial considerations and issues related to national promotions.
Rod oversees all Marketing Department functions relating to sponsorship and marketing of various Minor League Baseball events, including the Promotional Seminar and Baseball Winter Meetings. Rod has spent more than 20 years in advertising and sports marketing, joining Minor League Baseball in May, 1997.
Born in Seattle, he grew up in North Dakota and has a degree in Speech Communications from the University of North Dakota.
|Heather Raburn||Assistant Director, Partnership Services|
Heather acts as a liaison between member clubs and national clients for the implementation of national sponsorships and promotions. She also assists the legal department in developing sponsorship contracts. Heather joined the staff in February 2005. She was previously the Director of Community Relations for the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes (1998-2003) and Fresno Grizzlies (2003-2005). Heather received a marketing degree from New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, NM.
|Gabe Rendon||Manager, Sales & Partnership Services|
Gabe is responsible for assisting in the sales effort for MiLB™ sponsorships and coordinating existing promotions by acting as a liaison between MiLB partners and their member clubs.
He is a native of Du Quoin, Ill., and graduated from Southern Illinois University with a degree in Sport Administration. Gabe joined the MiLB staff in January 2013.
|Cory Bernstine||Manager, Strategy & Analytics|
Cory is the main point of contact on research-driven initiatives and also enhances the relationships with MiLB research partners Luker on Trends/ESPN Sports Poll, Turnkey and Scarborough.
He joined the staff in January 2014 after receiving a Masters' Degree in Business Administration & Sports Business Management from the University of Central Florida's DeVos Sports Business Management Program. The Orlando, Fla., native also has a B.A. in Business Administration from Florida Tech University.
Dusty was named Director in October 2014 after joining the Umpire Development staff as a Field Evaluator/Instructor in May of 2008. He guides a staff of nine field evaluators and medical coordinator while ensuring qualified umpires are in place for all 16 domestic Minor 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. Dusty is responsible for all personnel moves including the hiring, leave of absence and releases for 225 Minor League Umpires. During the year he coordinates all operational umpire meetings and deals directly with the AMLU on articles and policies contained within the Collective Bargaining Agreement to ensure umpires, leagues and evaluation staff adhere to.
After graduating from umpire school, Dellinger spent eleven 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. Dusty spent two off-seasons umpiring in the Puerto Rico Winter League and 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 degree in Business Management from Catawba College.
|Mike Felt||Chief of Instruction|
The Chief of Instruction designation is given to the senior member among the Umpire Development Evaluators/Instructors. He works under the guidance of the Director to establish policy relating to mechanics, rules interpretations, instruction and other aspects dealing with on-field matters.
After attending the Kinnamon Umpire School in 1979 and 1980, Felt spent nine seasons as an umpire in the American Association, Eastern, Midwest and Gulf Coast Leagues. Since 1989, he has traveled around the country observing, instructing and evaluating Minor League Baseball umpires employed by Minor League Baseball Umpire Development. He attended Central Michigan U. and Tampa Business College. Mike is based in Lansing, MI.
|Jorge Bauza||Field Evaluator/Instructor|
Jorge travels around the country to observe, instruct and evaluate Minor League Baseball umpires employed by Minor League Baseball Umpire Development.
After attending the Brinkman Baseball School, Jorge 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. He joined the Minor League Baseball Umpire Development staff in 2002.
|Larry Reveal||Field Evaluator/Instructor|
Larry travels around the country to observe, instruct and evaluate Minor League Baseball umpires employed by Minor League Baseball Umpire Development. After graduating the Bill Kinnaman Umpire School, Reveal spent seven seasons as an umpire from 1980-86 in the International, Southern and Midwest Leagues.
He joined the staff on a part-time basis in 1997 and achieved full-time status in March, 2003. Larry, who's based in Chesapeake, Va., has a Bachelor of Science degree from Ball State University, and has completed some Masters degree work at Indiana University and Old Dominion University.
|Darren Spagnardi||Field Evaluator/Instructor|
Darren travels around the country to observe, instruct and evaluate Minor League Baseball umpires employed by Minor League Baseball Umpire Development. He joined the staff on a part-time basis in June 2010 and achieved full-time status later that year.
Prior to joining the staff, Darren was an umpire in the Gulf Coast, New York-Penn, South Atlantic, Carolina, Southern and International leagues from 1996-2004. He umpired part-time in the Major Leagues during his four years at the Triple-A level. Darren also worked in the Arizona Fall League and the Venezuelan Winter League. In addition to his professional experience, Darren also currently umpires on the staff of several NCAA conferences.
Spagnardi is a native of Old Bridge, N.J. He currently resides in Charlotte, N.C.
|Tyler Funneman||Field Evaluator/Instructor|
Tyler joined the Minor League Baseball Umpire Development staff on a part-time basis in June 2012 and was hired full-time in December 2012. He works observing, instructing and evaluating Minor League Baseball umpires.
Before joining Umpire Development, Tyler umpired in the New York-Penn, Midwest, Florida State, Texas, Pacific Coast and Venezuela Winter Leagues. The Grays Lake, Ill., resident also earned invitations from Major League Baseball to work in the Arizona Fall League and Major League Spring Training.
|Brian Sinclair||Field Evaluator/Instructor|
Brian, a native of Lakewood, Colorado, joined the Minor League Baseball Umpire Development staff on a part-time basis in June 2013 and was hired full time in January 2014. He currently resides in San Antonio, Texas, while he works observing, instructing and evaluating Minor League Baseball umpires throughout the 16 domestic-based leagues.
Before joining Umpire Development, Brian 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 Spring Training.
Brian attended the University of Wyoming where he studied communication.
|Mark Lollo||Field Evaluator/Instructor|
Mark joined the Minor League Baseball Umpire Development staff on a full-time basis in April 2014. He works observing, instructing and evaluating Minor League Baseball umpires.
Before joining Umpire Development, Mark umpired in the International, Eastern, Texas, Florida State, Carolina, South Atlantic, New York-Penn and Gulf Coast Leagues. The New Lexington, Ohio, resident also earned invitations from Major League Baseball to work in the Arizona Fall League and Major League Spring Training. During this time he also umpired part time in the Major Leagues.
|Mark Stubblefield||Medical Coordinator|
Mark coordinates the preventative care and injury treatment of Minor League umpires throughout the United States and Canada. He joined the MiLB staff in February 2011, after a 10-year career as a certified athletic trainer with both the Cincinnati Reds and Kansas City Royals.
He received a Bachelors degree in Athletic Training from Indiana State University in 2000 and a Masters degree in 2001 from California University of Pennsylvania. The Kansas City, Mo., native is a member of the Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society (PBATS) and the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA).
|Lillian Patterson||Special Assistant|
Lillian assists in the administration of all aspects of Umpire Development. Prior to joining Minor League Baseball in January 1998, she was a bookkeeper for the Umpire Development Program from 1990 through 1997.
After graduation from Our Lady of Mt. Caramel Business School in Camden, NJ, Lillian spent 10 years in the Finance Dept. of the City of Camden and 15 years as bookkeeper/office manager with a manufacturing company. She is a native of Philadelphia, PA.
MiLB Security & Facility Operations
|Earnell Lucas||Director, Security/Facility Operations|
In addition to his duties as the VP, Educational Programming & Investigative Services for Major League Baseball, Earnell serves as a liaison between MiLB™ 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 Major League Baseball in 2002, Lucas worked for 25 years in the Milwaukee Police Department, serving as its captain from 1999-2002.
Earnell graduated cum laude from Marquette University with a degree in Criminology and Law Studies. He also holds management certificates from the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy and the Northwestern University Traffic Institute School of Police Staff and Command, at which he was awarded the Franklin Kreml Leadership Award.