Staff and League Directors
|Branch B. Rickey
President - Pacific Coast League
Since 1991, Branch B. Rickey has served as a league president in Triple-A Baseball. He was first elected to that role by the American Association and came to the Pacific Coast League seven years later in 1998. His move over to the PCL was precipitated by Major League Baseball's expansion, one which triggered a realignment of Triple-A, dissolving the American Association as the classification consolidated from three leagues into two. His start in Minor League Baseball followed several decades at the major leagues with the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Cincinnati Reds, serving each of these clubs as Farm Director. He had joined Pittsburgh in 1975 in front office administration and as a scout, eventually advancing to the lead role in development.
The Rickey family name has been long associated with professional baseball. It is closely 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." Both his father and grandfather were lifelong front office executives - from the Cardinals, to the Brooklyn Dodgers, to the Pirates.
Prior to delving into baseball for a career, Branch had previously spent five summers working for the Pirates. He started when he was a sophomore in high school as an office boy at Forbes Field. So, when two years later as he was about to graduate from high school and a sudden resignation occurred at the Pirates rookie league team in the Appalachian League, the parent club asked 17-year old Branch if he would go to Kingsport, Tennessee to run the club. This was a job which he repeated for the subsequent two summers between college years at Ohio Wesleyan University. As a student at OWU, he pursued a liberal arts degree, majoring in Philosophy - an interesting preparation for professional sports! Although an athlete who had won letters in football, wrestling and baseball in high school, he switched over in college to soccer, became a four-year varsity letterman and co-captained the team his senior year.
Following college graduation, he became a Peace Corps Volunteer and was assigned to Venezuela. He continued to work for the Peace Corps upon his return to the U.S. as a college campus recruiter, visiting and speaking on campuses. After just two years of assignment to traveling to Southern colleges and universities, Branch was promoted to oversee a regional recruitment office which he did for several years before returning to the profession which has always been his "roots."
Curiously, Branch dabbled in another sport involvement prior to migrating back to professional baseball. His high school wrestling background along with further college intramural wrestling prompted him to pursue officiating of Freestyle and Greco-Roman competition. Initially qualifying as an international official in 1969, his ascent was rapid culminating in his certification to work as a judge and referee at the Olympic level by 1972. So, at the age of 26 he participated at the Olympics in Munich - quite possibly the youngest Olympic referee ever. However, subsequent full-time commitment to professional baseball forced him to forgo this avocation -- but only after having fulfilled a special dream to be part of the Olympic Games.
Branch and his wife Diane have two daughters and five grandchildren and have made their home in Round Rock, Texas since 2010.
Director, Business - Pacific Coast League
Melanie Peiffer Fiore joined the Pacific Coast League office in February 2001 and manages the League's business activities. Her work is varied and includes budgets, reports and day-to-day finances, human resources, contract review for legal transactions, payroll, umpire travel program, and meeting planning.
Born in Pottstown, Pennsylvania, Melanie graduated from Pottsgrove High School and went on to Lancaster Bible College where she earned 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 volunteered as a board member for the Evangelical Christian Academy, and served as a youth coordinator / administrator of her local church.
In December 2014, Minor League Baseball honored Melanie with the Rawlings Woman Executive of the Year Award for her contributions to the Pacific Coast League and Minor League Baseball.
Melanie and her husband, Frank, reside in Colorado Springs, Colorado. They have one son, Jonathan, who also lives in Colorado Springs. Melanie's hobbies outside of baseball include traveling to discover history, walking in the mountains, needle arts, journaling, reading, and playing piano.
Vice President, Baseball Operations - Pacific Coast League
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, have three grown children, and reside in Round Rock, Texas.
Public Relations and Operations Assistant - Pacific Coast League
Matt joins the Pacific Coast League office after spending the 2015 season as a baseball communications intern for the Minnesota Twins. He previously worked in the PCL in 2014, serving as a media relations assistant for the Iowa Cubs. He began his baseball career in 2012 at Wrigley Field, where he worked in event operations, including guiding tours of the historic ballpark.
The proud University of Dayton alum graduated in May 2013 with a bachelor's degree in Sport Management and a minor in Business Administration. During his time at UD, Matt worked with 16 Division I sports in the Athletics Communication office. For three of those seasons, he was also an NCAA representative for the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament at the University of Dayton Arena.
Born and raised in the Chicago suburb of Burr Ridge, Matt was active with his high school's baseball program, serving as the team manager and assisting with other gameday operations. Also while at Hinsdale Central High School, he had a sports radio show with three of his friends. The most memorable moment came in 2008 when he got to announce live broadcasts of his football team's run to the state finals.
He is the son of David and Michele Grilli and has two sisters, Abby and Kristen. In his downtime, Matt enjoys spending time with his family and friends, catching up on his latest television shows and checking out local restaurants.
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.
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.
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.
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. Recently named the El Paso Chihuahuas, the Triple-A affiliate of the San Diego Padres, the team began 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.
Managing Partner - Fresno Grizzlies
Chris is a long-standing Boston Red Sox 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.
President / General Manager - Iowa Cubs
Sam Bernabe is President and General Manager of the Iowa Cubs, having been with the organization since 1983. 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. Most recently, Baseball America tabbed Bernabe as their 2014 Minor League Executive of the Year.
Executive Director - Las Vegas 51s
Logan, who has been with the franchise for over 30 years, 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.
|Peter B. Freund
Director - Memphis Redbirds
Peter B. Freund is a minority owner of the New York Yankees and President of both Trinity Packaging Corporation and Trinity Baseball Holdings. Trinity Packaging is a privately held plastics manufacturer headquartered in Armonk, NY and Peter is the fourth generation in his family's business, which began as a paper company in 1917. Trinity's products are sold globally and include flexible films for a variety of industries including consumer & home goods, lawn & garden, dry foods & snacks, pet care and all other industrially packaged items.
Trinity Baseball Holdings owns a portfolio of affiliated minor league baseball teams including the Memphis Redbirds, the Charleston RiverDogs and the Williamsport Crosscutters. The Redbirds are the Triple-A affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals in the Pacific Coast League and play at AutoZone Park in Memphis, Tennessee. The RiverDogs are the Class-A affiliate of the New York Yankees in the South Atlantic League and play at Joseph P. Riley Park in Charleston, South Carolina. The Crosscutters are the Class-A affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies in the New York-Penn League and play at BB&T Ballpark at Historic Bowman Field in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.
Peter graduated from the Horace Mann School in Riverdale, NY and received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH. Peter is a trustee of the Rippowam Cisqua School, a coeducational independent day school for grades pre-kindergarten through nine, which he also attended. He resides in Bedford, NY and Big Sky, MT with his wife Mimi and their two daughters.
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.
Owner / President - New Orleans Baby Cakes
A long-time minority owner and CEO of the Triple-A Pawtucket Red Sox, leading the team for more than 30 years as General Manager and Chief Operating Officer, Schwechheimer purchased controlling interest of the Zephyrs in November 2015.
Schwechheimer joined Pawtucket as an intern in 1979, eventually becoming Vice President and GM in 1986. He was named International League Executive of the Year in 1987 and 1992 before becoming an integral part of the ownership group that expanded historic McCoy Stadium to 10,000 seats in 1999 and drew over 17 million fans in his tenure, highlighted by a Minor League-leading 688,000 in 2005.
The PawSox were recognized with virtually every national award in Minor League Baseball, including The John H. Johnson President's Trophy, presented annually to the club best exemplifying the standards of a complete baseball franchise; The Baseball America Bob Freitas Award, presented annually to the Triple-A organization which demonstrates long-standing excellence of operations in the ballpark and front office; and the John Henry Moss Award for Community Service, presented to a Minor League club for their ongoing commitment to charitable service and their support and leadership within the community and the baseball industry. Schwechheimer has long served as an ambassador for baseball, participating in goodwill tours of Canada, Mexico, Cuba and the Soviet Union.
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.
CEO of Mandalay Baseball - Oklahoma City Dodgers
Larry Freedman is a principal and Chief Executive Officer of Mandalay Baseball, LLC, a joint venture between ownership of the Los Angeles Dodgers and an investor group led by the principals of Mandalay Entertainment Group, which owns and operates the Oklahoma City Dodgers, the AAA affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Previously, Larry was a principal and president of its predecessor, Mandalay Baseball Properties, LLC, which owned and operated a portfolio of Minor League Baseball franchises.
Prior to Mandalay, Larry held executive positions with technology companies ranging from privately-held startups to publicly-traded Fortune 500 companies with global operations. Notably, he was senior vice president, general counsel and secretary for PLATINUM technology which was sold to Computer Associates in 1999 for $3.6B, the then largest transaction in software industry history.
In addition, Larry co-founded divine interVentures, an Internet incubator, where he helped raise nearly $1B through private offerings and an IPO; served as vice president and corporate counsel for Orbitz from shortly after its formation through the launch of its online travel site; and co-founded G2 SwitchWorks, a developer of travel distribution technology, where he helped raise several rounds of venture capital from Texas Pacific Group, Norwest Venture Partners and several major airlines.
Larry earned a BA in business administration from Boston University and a JD from UCLA. He has also been an adjunct professor at Chicago-Kent College of Law and a lecturer at the UCLA Anderson School of Management's Summer Sports Marketing and Management Institute.
Managing Member - Reno Aces
Herb Simon is the Managing Partner of the Reno Aces. Simon is the Chairman Emeritus of Indianapolis-based Simon Property Group, Inc., a member of the S&P 500. Simon was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., and educated at City College of New York and earned a B.B.A. degree in business.
His interests beyond real estate include ownership of the NBA franchise Indiana Pacers. He has served as Chairman of the NBA Board of Governors on which he continues to serve.
A supporter of professional, environmental and community groups, Simon has served on the board of directors of numerous community and civic organizations. .
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.
General Manager - Sacramento River Cats
Jeff Savage is the Sacramento 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.
Vice President / General Manager - Salt Lake Bees
Marc Amicone took over as the Vice President / General Manager of the Salt Lake Bees in 2005. He is responsible for all aspects of the team's day-to-day operations.
In 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.
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.