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Staff and League Directors

 

League Office Staff

 

 

Branch B. Rickey
President - Pacific Coast League
branch@pclbaseball.com

Branch B. Rickey has served as a league president in Triple-A baseball leagues for over 20 years, with the American Association (1991 to 1997) and the Pacific Coast League (1998 to present). This follows several decades of involvement at the major league level with the Pittsburgh Pirates followed by a year with the Cincinnati Reds, serving each of these clubs as Director of Player Development. He started with Pittsburgh as a scout, became Assistant Scouting Director and Assistant Director of Player Development, prior to taking over the lead role in development.

The Rickey family name is closely associated with professional baseball and will long be linked with Jackie Robinson since it was his grandfather, Branch Rickey, Sr., who signed Jackie and brought him to the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947, an event often referred to as "breaking the color barrier" in Major League Baseball. Both his father and grandfather were lifelong front office executives - from the Cardinals, to the Brooklyn Dodgers to the Pirates.

Following in the family baseball tradition, he began his earliest involvement in professional career during high school working during the summers as an office boy for the Pirates. Upon high school graduation he was named Business Manager of the Pirates minor league team in the Appalachian (Rookie) League in Kingsport, Tennessee. He entered Ohio Wesleyan University in the fall of 1963 where he pursued his degree in Philosophy but continued running the Pirates' rookie league team during his summers. Following graduation from college, he became a Peace Corps Volunteer and was assigned to Venezuela. Upon his return to the U.S., he continued work for the government as a Peace Corps Recruiter visiting and speaking on college campuses and then overseeing a regional recruitment office for several years afterwards before returning to professional baseball.

As an athlete, Branch, III, as he is often labeled, won letters in football, wrestling and baseball in high school before becoming a four year letterman in soccer in college and co-captain his senior year. Having earned first place medals in intramural wrestling each year of college intramurals, he continued his connection with that sport and advanced to officiating International Freestyle and Greco-Roman competition, culminating in working as a judge and referee in the Olympic Games.

Branch and his wife Diane have two daughters and five grandchildren and make their home in Round Rock, Texas.

 

Melanie Fiore
Director of Business - Pacific Coast League
melanie@pclbaseball.com

Melanie Ann (Peiffer) Fiore, came to the Pacific Coast League Office in February, 2001 and currently manages the League's business activities including the day-to-day finances, payroll, umpire travel program, and meeting planning.

Born in Pottstown, PA, Melanie graduated from Lancaster Bible College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Bible / Christian Education. In 1988 Melanie completed her paralegal training specializing in litigation, contracts and real estate achieving Certified Legal Assistant status in 1989. She has served on the Board of the Evangelical Christian Academy, and as a youth coordinator. In her non-baseball hours, Melanie pursues her varied interests: travel, reading, writing, walking, needle arts and piano.

Melanie and her husband, Frank, now reside in Round Rock, Texas after 29 years in Colorado. They have one son, Jonathan, who resides in Denver, Colorado.

 

Dwight Hall
Director, Baseball Operations - Pacific Coast League
dwight@pclbaseball.com

Dwight joined the Pacific Coast League office in March, 2009 and oversees all on-field baseball operations for the league -- including MLB PDC-affiliate relations, player roster and procurement compliance, ML Rules and Policy adherence, on-field discipline, umpire deployment and management, and facility matters -- as well as team travel procedures and League rules. He is also involved in marketing and communications including League-wide promotions and sponsorships.

Born and raised near Springfield, Ohio, Dwight moved to Colorado Springs in 1976 after graduating from Clark State College with an Associate's degree in Business Administration. After working in the retail and construction fields, he joined the front office of the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (Triple-A affiliate, Colorado Rockies) in 1988. He remained with the Sky Sox until 2006, having attained the position of Senior VP of Operations, and presided over all areas of club and stadium operations, including the $6 million renovation/addition to the facility in 2004/2005.

Dwight has served on the board of directors for the Children's Literacy Center and the Springs Teaching-Family Association for Youth (S.T.A.Y.); administered the IBM "Home Runs for Youth" program; and has coached for various youth sports programs, including baseball, hockey, and softball. His hobbies include fly fishing, golf, skiing, music, and woodworking.

Dwight and his wife, Karen, reside in north-central Colorado Springs, and have three children - Lindsay, 22, and twins Brad and Andrea, 20.

 

 

Andrew Cockrum
Public Relations and Operations Assistant - Pacific Coast League
operations@pclbaseball.com

Andrew joins the Pacific Coast League office after spending the 2013 season as the Media Relations Assistant with the San Diego Padres Triple-A affiliate and former PCL member, the Tucson Padres.

The University of Arizona alum graduated in May 2013 with a bachelor's degree in Journalism and minor in Communications. During his time in Tucson he worked for the Arizona Daily Star and wrote a weekly column covering Minor League players from Southern Arizona. Andrew also interned as a photographer for IMG Sports at the U of A and later created his own website Baseball Tucson.

Before attending Arizona, he spent two years at Sul Ross State University in Alpine, Texas where he played baseball for the Lobos under Head Coach Bobby Mesker in the American Southwest Conference. As a catcher he earned the team's "Lobo Spirit Award" his freshman season at the NCAA Division III school. While at SRSU, Andrew was the Editor-in-Chief and Sports Editor of The Skyline, the university's student newspaper.

Raised in Sedona, Ariz., Andrew received All-Conference baseball accolades in high school and played in the Arizona 3A All-Star Game as well as the Arizona Academic All-State Game. He is the son of Ward and Magdalena Cockrum and has one sister Ana-Alicia. Andrew's hobbies include hiking, photography, and cooking.

 

Directors

 

John Traub
General Manager - Albuquerque Isotopes

Upon taking over as General Manager of the Albuquerque Isotopes in September 2003, John Traub has presided over a period of immense team growth and success. The Isotopes continually rank in the top 10 in attendance among all Minor League teams and in just eight years of existence, the team has drawn almost five-million fans.

In 2007 the 'Topes hosted the Triple-A All-Star Game, an event that was widely regarded in the baseball industry as one of the best ever held. For his efforts on that front, as well as for guiding the Isotopes through another successful season, Traub was named PCL Executive of the Year and the team was singled out for recognition in receiving the John H. Johnson Award as the League's best overall franchise. The franchise also received the prestigious 2007 Bob Freitas Award from Baseball America as the most complete franchise in Triple-A Baseball. John was also presented with the 2007 Ambassador Award by the City of Albuquerque Convention and Visitor's Bureau and currently serves on the board of directors for both Team New Mexico and The New Mexico Bowl. He is also an honorary commander at Kirtland Air Force Base.

John is a member of the PCL's Scheduling Committee, was head of the league's Travel Committee, and was instrumental in the creation of the Pacific Coast League PR workshop.

Prior to ascending to the role of General Manager, John spent the 2003 season as the Director of Baseball and Business Operations for the Isotopes in their inaugural campaign after spending the previous 11 years with the Calgary Cannons, the final three as Vice President and General Manager.

Before he became General Manager for the Cannons, John served the team as Vice President of Baseball Operations (1997-99) and Director of Public and Media Relations (1992-96).

The Los Angeles native began his career in 1988, serving as a public relations intern for the California Angels. He also worked as a public relations intern for the Los Angeles Dodgers during their 1988 post-season. He is a 1987 graduate of UCLA, earning a BA degree in Psychology. John, his wife Liz, and their two children, Joe and Sophie, live in Albuquerque.

 

 

Dave Elmore
Owner - Colorado Springs Sky Sox

David G. Elmore is owner and founder of Elmore Sports Group, a Sports and Entertainment Company started in 1969 comprised of Minor League Baseball and Hockey Teams, Facility Management Companies, Hospitality, Special Events and Concession Companies. Elmore Sports Group also owns Travel and Incentive Companies that specialize in Olympic and other Sporting Events. David's entrepreneur spirit expanded to many companies beyond sports. He began investing in real estate in Vail, Colorado in the 1970's and expanded into travel, life insurance, hotels and manufacturing.

Since 1991, Elmore has served on the Joint Committee of the National Association of Professional Baseball. This committee is comprised of 4 minor league owners and 4 major league owners and together they work on all issues concerning both leagues. In 1995, Baseball America singled him out as a unique figure amongst minor league team owners.

Throughout his career, Elmore has been a strong supporter of local, state and national politics. In 1983, the White House appointed him to the Travel and Tourism Advisory Board in the Department of Commerce. He was a member of the Young Presidents Organization from 1969-1984. He served as President of the 85,000 member International Fraternity of Phi Gamma Delta.

Elmore, born in Anderson, Indiana, graduated from Indiana University Business School in 1955 and obtained his Certified Public Accounting Certificate while attending Law School. After graduating from Law School, Elmore was a partner with McBride, Baker, Wienke and Schlosser in Chicago from 1958-1968. He was elected Entrepreneur of the Year in 1989 by Indiana University and has served on the Indiana University Foundation Board since 1990. For Dave Elmore, "Minor League Sports" is an opportunity to strengthen community and family values across the country, while providing family entertainment at affordable prices.

 

 

Josh Hunt
Vice Chairman and CEO of MountainStar Sports Group - El Paso Chihuahuas

Josh Hunt is a member of the ownership group that acquired the Tucson Padres, the Triple-A affiliate of the San Diego Padres. Recently named the El Paso Chihuahuas, the team will begin play in a $65 million, state-of-the-art ballpark in the heart of downtown El Paso in April of 2014, as part of a regional economic development initiative.

Mr. Hunt graduated from The Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University with a Bachelor's Degree in Real Estate/Finance and also earned an MS Degree, with honors, in Real Estate and Construction Management from the Daniels School of Business at the University of Denver.

Mr. Hunt is Executive Vice President and Member of the Board of Directors for Hunt Companies, Inc. Founded in 1947, Hunt Companies is a developer, investor, and manager of real assets providing a broad range of services to public and private sector clients. In addition, he is President of Hunt Military Communities, President of the Hunt Family Foundation, and serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Hunt Investment Management, an SEC registered investment advisor. He serves on several other Hunt governance boards and committees.

In addition to his duties at Hunt Companies, Mr. Hunt currently serves as a director of the YWCA Foundation of El Paso, St. Clement's School, and the Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce Foundation. He is a member of the Borderplex Alliance, where he serves on its board of directors and is co-chair of the Downtown Committee, the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) 2014 Commission, UTEP President's Athletic Advisory Council, and the Wells Fargo El Paso Advisory Board. He is also a member of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO), El Paso/Juarez Chapter.

 

 

Chris Cummings
Managing Partner - Fresno Grizzlies

Chris is a long-standing Boston Red Sox fan, now a San Francisco Giants fan, with a lengthy business history in commercial and multi-family residential real estate development.

Prior to his involvement in the sports industry, he served as a Vice President of Boston Capital. In this role, he dealt with troubled real estate assets across the country and also served as an acquisition officer for market rate multifamily developments. Earlier, he served as Project Manager and Consultant for Antaramian Development Corporation, a development firm in Newton, MA, as well as concurrently serving as a Consultant for LMB Partners, LP in Boston, MA. In addition, Chris has served as Vice President for Shawmut Bank, NA, disposing of real estate properties throughout the northeast and has held various positions including Senior Asset Manager for Himmel and Co., Inc., in Boston and LaSalle Partners, Inc., in Chicago, IL.

He holds an MBA from the University of Illinois in Chicago, majoring in Marketing and Finance as well as MA and BA degrees from the University of Rhode Island.

In October 2005, Chris completed the purchase of the Fresno Grizzlies.

 

Sam Bernabe
President / General Manager - Iowa Cubs

 Sam Bernabe is President and General Manager of the Iowa Cubs, having spent 29 seasons with the organization. Bernabe was named President in 1999 and also has a share of the franchise ownership.

He is also on the Board of Trustees of Minor League Baseball as the Pacific Coast League representative. Bernabe has been the Chairman of the board that governs MiLB for the past four seasons. He also serves on the joint Triple-A Marketing Committee and the National Association of Professional Baseball Clubs Marketing Committee.

In 2008 Bernabe was named the Pacific Coast League Executive of the Year and also received the award in 1993 when the team was part of the American Association.

 

Don Logan
Executive Director - Las Vegas 51s

Don Logan enters his 29th season with the Las Vegas professional baseball franchise. He possesses a vast background and knowledge of both the game of baseball and the Las Vegas sports scene, which lends a vital role to the 51s organization. He has been a part of Las Vegas' two championship teams, which captured the PCL title in 1986 and 1988.

He began his career with the franchise as an account executive in 1984. He quickly moved his way up the front office ladder and was named General Manager in 1991. He then was named President of the 51s on Jan. 3, 2000, in addition to his responsibilities as general manager. During his tenure, he has earned the respect as not only one of the most influential sports executives in Las Vegas, but in all of professional baseball.

Logan was named Executive Director on Jan. 24, 2011 and Chuck Johnson was then promoted to General Manager.

In recognition of his accomplishments during his career as a baseball executive, Logan has been presented with the Pacific Coast League's Executive of the Year award, both in 1992 and again in 1998. He has also received the Larry MacPhail Promotional Trophy in 1991 and 1997. He also serves as the Pacific Coast League's Vice-President. Logan is Vice President/chairman of the league's executive committee to oversee the operation of the PCL and serves as the advisory board for Mr. Branch Rickey III, President of the PCL.

A native of Tonopah, Nevada, he advanced to the position of ticket manager in 1985, and then was promoted to assistant general manager in 1986. He held that position for the next four seasons, before being named general manager.

Logan's busy schedule has him involved in many community projects. He is on the Board of Trustees for the Southern Nevada Sports Hall of Fame, an organization committed to the support and enhancement of Southern Nevada youth through active participation in programs promoting leadership, values and character through sports. He also serves on the M.D.A. Board of Directors, A.L.S. Advisory Board, Boys and Girls Club Advisory Board, Executive Board of the PGA's Fry's.com Open and is a member of the Maaco Bowl Las Vegas Executive committee. He was also the recipient of the A.L.S. Steve Rigazio Voice of Courage Award. In September of 2007, he was the recipient of the Chin's Humanitarian of the Year, in a charity event dinner that raised money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association of Southern Nevada.

In July of 2010, he was then honored as ESPN 1100's Sportsman of the Year in conjunction with the "The Longest Radio Show Ever" to benefit The Caring Place, a local nonprofit organization dedicated to easing the journey of those affected by cancer.

Previous Sportsman of the Year recipients include Sacramento Kings owners Joe and Gavin Maloof, former UNLV basketball coach Lon Kruger, Boxing Promoter Bob Arum and Ultimate Fighting Championship president Dana White.

In June of 2011, he was inducted into the Southern Nevada Sports Hall of Fame at The Orleans Arena.

 

John Mozeliak
Director - Memphis Redbirds

John "Mo" Mozeliak was named the St. Louis Cardinals Senior Vice President and General Manager in October, 2007. He received a three-year contract extension through 2016 in February, 2013. Mozeliak was promoted from Assistant General Manager - a position he had held for six seasons - and he is the 12th general manager in the over 100-year history of the St. Louis Cardinals.

Mozeliak joined the organization following the 1995 season where he initially served as an assistant in scouting operations during both the 1996 and 1997 seasons. Mo was named assistant scouting director in 1998 and was promoted to scouting director during 1999 and 2000. Several notable players came out of the draft classes of '99 and 2000 under Mo's direction, most notably first baseman and perennial All-Star Albert Pujols who was drafted in the 13th round of the 1999 draft, as well as catcher Yadier Molina.

In 2001, Mozeliak was named Director of Baseball Operations and in 2003 he was promoted to Assistant General Manager. During his time as Assistant GM, Mo's duties increased as he focused more on the Major League Club and professional scouting, while still having direct involvement in both the scouting and player development departments.

Mozeliak helped the St. Louis Cardinals in the completion of the ownership transition of the Memphis Redbirds and AutoZone Park in 2014 as part of a multi-party transaction that secured the long-term future of Minor League Baseball in Memphis.

Mozeliak began his career in baseball in 1993 with the Colorado Rockies where he worked in a variety of positions in baseball operations. He attended the University of Arizona and the University of Colorado. He currently serves as the National Trustee for the Foundation Fighting Blindness. Mozeliak lives in St. Louis with his wife, Julie, daughter, Allyson, and son, Will.

 

Frank Ward
Owner - Nashville Sounds

With more than 35 years of involvement in real estate, Ward's wide range of business experience includes restructuring corporate organizations, developing high-rise office buildings in New York City, and serving as chief operating officer of a very large commercial real estate company. After serving in the U.S. Army in Korea shortly after graduating from high school, Ward earned an accounting degree from Capitol University in Columbus, Ohio.

Ward was hired out of college by Kenneth Leventhal & Company (now Ernst & Young) in Columbus, Ohio, in 1971 as an auditor, and he eventually moved into corporate restructuring. Ward moved to Kenneth Leventhal & Company's New York City office in 1973, where he would first cross paths with future MFP business partner Steve Posner.

In 1982, Ward was hired as managing director and chief financial officer of HRO International, a client of his at Kenneth Leventhal & Company that was the most active high-rise office building developer in Manhattan. Ward remained at HRO International until 1995. That year, he accepted an offer to serve as chief operating officer of Hiro Real Estate Co. that came as a result of a nine-month overlap with Steve Posner at Kenneth Leventhal & Company more than a decade before.

One of his first responsibilities at Hiro Real Estate was to draft a business plan to turn the company around. He did, and over the next 13 years, Honzawa, Posner and Ward steadily decreased debt and increased profits. Ward worked at Hiro Real Estate Co. as chief operating officer from 1995 to 2008 before leaving with Masahiro Honzawa to start MFP Real Estate with Steve Posner.

Ward is married and has four grown children: two sons and two daughters. He and his wife, Renee, live in New York City.

 

 

Don Beaver
Owner / President - New Orleans Zephyrs

Donald C. Beaver is Owner/President of the New Orleans Zephyrs. He is also the owner and President of the Class-A South Atlantic League Hickory (NC) Crawdads and owner of the Class AAA International League Charlotte Knights. He has ownership in the Pittsburgh Pirates and is on their board of directors.

Beaver received his Bachelor of Science degree from Appalachian State University in 1962 and followed it up with a Masters of Business Administration in 1964. He embarked on a career as a hospital administrator and in 1975 he founded the Brian Center Corporation, where he served as CEO until 1995.

While he achieved success as a nursing home pioneer, Beaver never forgot his love of baseball. He was thrust into the spotlight at an early age as a pitcher in the 1952 Little League World Series. 40 years later he purchased the Gastonia Rangers and relocated the franchise to Hickory, and since then several clubs have been added. In 2000 he was inducted into the Little League World Series Hall of Fame.

 

 

Art Matin
Director, CEO & President, Mandalay Baseball - Oklahoma City RedHawks

Art Matin joined the board of directors of Mandalay Baseball Properties in 2007 and was appointed CEO in 2008. A former global business manager for IBM Corporation and senior executive of several technology companies, Matin brings more than two decades of wide-ranging business experience to MBP with an emphasis on customer-focused sales, marketing, and product development.

Prior to joining MBP, Matin was CEO of TouchTunes, a leading provider of out-of-home interactive entertainment networks. In 2006, Matin was CEO of Softricity, a venture-backed software company acquired by Microsoft. He was also executive vice president of worldwide sales for Veritas, a data and storage management company with more than 5,000 employees and annual revenues of more than $2 billion.

As president of McAfee, best known for its anti-virus software, he accounted for revenues of $750 million annually and substantially increased customer adoption and market share, especially in consumer segments.

During his 20 years with IBM, Matin held a variety of management positions, including overseeing sales to large corporate customers in the Asia-Pacific region while based in Tokyo as well as serving as general manager of IBM's industrial sector in the Americas.

 

Gary Green
CEO - Omaha Storm Chasers

Gary Green is currently the CEO of Alliance Building Services, a company he founded in 1992, at the age of 26. Through Green's leadership, Alliance has grown into one of the largest privately held building service companies in North America. His strong expertise in finance, operations and marketing has made Green a unique talent in both the real estate and sports communities. His business savvy, academic background and instinctive ability have helped him build a "services" powerhouse. His contacts in the real estate world as a former broker and asset manager have forged Alliance's reputation and propelled the company forward as a leader in building services. Green is also the head of Alliance Baseball LLC. Alliance Baseball LLC acquired the Pacific Coast League's Omaha Storm Chasers in June of 2012 in addition to Alliance Baseball LLC's minority interest in the Richmond Flying Squirrels of the Eastern League.

The spring and summer of 2009 was a busy one for Green, as Alliance Building Services created and executed the maintenance manifest for the inaugural seasons at the new, Yankee Stadium and Citi Field, the home of the New York Mets. Green received his B.A. in Political Science from the University of Vermont in 1988 and an M.B.A. with a concentration in Finance from New York University's Leonard N. Stern School of Business in 1991.

 

Stuart Katzoff
Managing Member - Reno Aces

Stuart Katzoff is president and managing partner of Manhattan Capital LLC, a holding company based in New York City involved in real estate development, investment management and professional sports ownership. The company is currently developing several residential, commercial and retail projects.

Mr. Katzoff spearheaded the relocation of the Tucson Sidewinders, a Pacific Coast League Triple-A professional baseball franchise, to Reno, Nev., and led the construction of state-of-the-art Aces Ballpark. In their inaugural season, the Reno Aces drew more than 466,000 fans for the club's 72-game home schedule at Aces Ballpark. The facility has been widely recognized as one of the premier ballparks in all of Minor League Baseball.

In 2010, Mr. Katzoff and his partners constructed the Freight House District, a year-round entertainment destination, located adjacent to Aces Ballpark. The Freight House District, a $100 million mixed-use development, currently includes four dining and nightlife ventures.

In February 2009, Mr. Katzoff partnered with Jerry Katzoff and Herbert Simon to purchase the Reno Bighorns of the NBA Development League. The Bighorns are affiliated with the NBA's Golden State Warriors and Sacramento Kings.

Designated the master developer of downtown Reno, Mr. Katzoff was named by the Reno Gazette-Journal and the Reno Tahoe Young Professionals Network as a member of the "Twenty Under 40" group in October 2009. The exclusive honor recognizes the city's premier business leaders under the age of 40.

Mr. Katzoff attended Tulane University. He earned a BA in Economics from Tulane, as well as a JD from Tulane University Law School.

 

Chris Almendarez
General Manager - Round Rock Express

Chris was promoted to his current post of General Manager in September of 2013 after serving as Assistant General Manager/Senior Vice President for one season. He joined the Round Rock Express Baseball Club as a Senior Account Executive in October of 2009.

Chris brings both pharmaceutical sales and entrepreneurial business experience with him. He was a Professional Sales Consultant for SkinMedica Pharmaceuticals. Prior to that, Chris was the Sales Manager for KEY Enterprises, which is a sports construction company. His earlier experience includes various positions with Novartis Pharmaceuticals and Team Sports Incorporated.

Active in his Alumni Association, Chris attended the University of Houston on a baseball scholarship and graduated in 1996 with a BA in Mass Communications. He participates in the annual University of Houston baseball alumni game. Prior to his time at Houston, Chris played baseball for two years on scholarship at Howard Junior College in Big Spring, Texas. He also served as the Student Body President during his time at HJC.

In his new post, Chris is responsible for overseeing all business-related aspects of the club, including sponsorship sales, ticket sales, group and hospitality sales, as well as outside activities related to the United Heritage Center and sales training. He also oversees the baseball operations department, managing the Express' baseball outreach programs, including all amateur baseball events. He serves as the strategic contact for all team-related and baseball-oriented functions of the ballpark and club.

He and his wife, Jana, reside in Round Rock with their two sons, Chase and Luke. Chris is active in youth sports in the Round Rock area and has coached over 40 teams in last 12 years.

 

Jeff Savage
General Manager - Sacramento River Cats

Jeff Savage is entering his second season as the River Cats general manager after previously serving as the club's Vice President of Sales & Marketing.

Prior to joining the River Cats, Jeff operated a sole proprietorship, consulting and advising client companies both inside and outside the professional sports world. Before venturing on his own, Jeff was a manager in the San Francisco office of Deloitte & Touche, consulting client companies in the management of their intellectual property.

Jeff received his bachelor's degree in business administration at Southern Methodist University and his master's in business administration at the University of California, Davis. Jeff and his wife, Ulrike, reside in Sacramento with their son, Alec, and daughter, Hanna.

 

Marc Amicone
Vice President / General Manager - Salt Lake Bees

Marc Amicone enters his eighth season as the Vice President / General Manager of the Salt Lake Bees in 2012. In his current role, Amicone is responsible for all aspects of the team's day-to-day operations.

In 2005, Amicone's first year in his current position, he was an integral part of the organization's name change from the Salt Lake Stingers to the Salt Lake Bees, which included securing naming permission from the Single-A Burlington Bees. The 2006 season saw Amicone guide the Bees to the team's most successful year under the ownership of Larry H. Miller, winning a Pacific North Division title while also seeing an increase in overall attendance and ticket sales. The Bees followed suit in 2007, claiming a second consecutive division title. Capturing a third consecutive division title in 2008, the Bees exceeded the 500,000 mark in fan attendance at Spring Mobile Ballpark, a first for the club since the 2000 season.

Prior to the 2009 season, Amicone led the franchise in securing a multi-year ballpark naming rights sponsorship with Spring Mobile Communications. Following the ballpark name change to Spring Mobile Ballpark and under Amicone's direction, the team announced midseason that the ballpark and Salt Lake City would host the 2011 Triple-A All-Star Game. Following the 2009 season, the Pacific Coast League named Amicone its Executive of the Year, an honor annually awarded by PCL owners and general managers to one League executive for distinguished performance.

The Bees once again topped the half-million mark in total fan attendance in 2010. Playing host to Triple-A baseball's midsummer classic in 2011, the Bees welcomed over 30,000 fans to Spring Mobile Ballpark for the four-day event including a concert, home run derby, Miracle League Baseball game and the 24th annual All-Star Game.

Before joining the Larry H. Miller group, Amicone served as the assistant athletics director for marketing at the University of Utah for 16 years. His duties included negotiating and maintaining the athletic department's radio and television contracts and the sales and maintenance of sponsorships. Additionally, Amicone supervised the men's and women's swimming, golf and baseball teams.

Amicone earned a bachelor's degree in commercial recreation management and a master's degree in sports management at the University of Utah. He also played baseball at the school from 1976-79. His wife, Mary Kay, is currently the head softball coach at Salt Lake Community College. The couple has two sons, Trevor and Derek, and reside in Sandy, Utah.

 

Aaron Artman
President - Tacoma Rainiers

Aaron Artman has served as the president of the Tacoma Rainiers Professional Baseball Club since joining the team in June of 2007. A 10-year veteran of professional sports, Artman most recently spearheaded Cheney Stadium's $30 million renovation prior to the start of the club's 2011 season, and successfully engineered a long-term lease that kept professional baseball in Tacoma.

Prior to joining the Rainiers, Artman was instrumental in growing Mandalay Baseball Properties into one of the premier sports ownership entities in the country, leading all sales and marketing efforts for Mandalay's flagship franchises in Frisco, TX, Dayton, OH and Las Vegas, NV.

His experience outside of baseball includes leading the Windows consumer marketing division for Microsoft's OEM Marketing Team, where he drove partnerships with top PC manufacturers to launch the highly successful Windows Vista operating system.