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Front Office Directory

 

Front Office Hours: General Email Addresses
Monday-Friday: 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. General Inquires: 916.376.4700
Ticket Office Hours: General Phone Numbers:
Monday-Friday: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Front Desk: 916.376.4722
Saturday: Closed On Deck Shop: 916.376.4796
Sunday: Closed Events & Entertainment: 916.376.4676
For game day hours, please click here. Concert Noise Hotline: 916.376.4623
Address: Accessible/Disabled Tickets Hotline: 916.376.4636
Raley Field Fax: 916.376.4710
400 Ballpark Drive  
West Sacramento, Calif., 95691  

COMMENTS: EMAIL TO RCMANAGEMENT@RIVERCATS.COM

 

Click on a staff member's name for more information.UTIVE MANAGEMENT

EXECUTIVE MANAGEMENT

Susan Savage CEO, Majority Owner  

Susan SavageSusan, a native of Amarillo, Texas, and graduate of UCLA, is entering her ninth season as the sole majority owner of the Sacramento River Cats. Susan and her late husband, Art Savage, purchased the Triple-A franchise and moved the team from Vancouver to the River City in 2000. For 10 years, they co-owned the River Cats, bringing baseball back to Sacramento after a 23-year absence.

In 2012, Susan was nominated to be Minor League Baseball's Female Executive of the Year, and was selected as the Sacramento Businesswoman of the Year. She has also been recognized by the Sacramento Business Journal as one of the Leaders of the Year. She serves on the boards of the California Chamber of Commerce, River Cats Foundation, Crocker Art Museum, and the Sacramento Host Breakfast Committee.

Her vision, as was Art's, is to offer the best fan experience possible and to make customer service the top priority. Susan and the River Cats family strive, on a daily basis, to make Raley Field the number one venue for entertainment in the Sacramento area.

Susan's two sons, Jeff and Brent, are both River Cats employees.


Jeff Savage President  

Jeff SavageJeff Savage is the River Cats' President and oversees the operations of the baseball team, stadium, and land development around Raley Field.

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.

In 2012, Jeff was named to the Business Journal's 40 under 40 list and more recently was named to the Business Journal's list of Top Execs of 2014. In addition to his duties with the River Cats, he is a board member of Make-A-Wish, Vice President of the River Cats Foundation, member of the MIND Institute Advisory Committee at UC Davis, and member of the Sacramento Sports Commission Advisory Board. He has also served as the West Sacramento Chamber of Commerce Board Chair.

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. He and his wife, Ulrike, and their children reside in Sacramento.


Chip Maxson General Manager  

Chip MaxsonOriginally from the Midwest, Chip played baseball at Olivet Nazarene University and quickly realized that MLB was not going to be a reality but a career in baseball certainly could be.

Chip continued his education, earning an MSE in Sports Management from Baylor University and landing internships with the Kane County Cougars and Memphis Redbirds. From Memphis, Chip joined Mandalay Baseball Properties and began his career in sales and management with the Frisco RoughRiders.

In 2008, Chip moved to Tacoma, WA, to help turn around the Tacoma Rainiers. As Vice President of Ticket Sales, Maxson increased ticket revenue by more than 150% in his first four seasons by selling out the contract suites, premium and club areas. Chip was also instrumental in the $30M renovation of Cheney Stadium which won Ballpark Digest's 2011 Renovation of the Year award.

Now as the General Manager of the Sacramento River Cats, Maxson oversees the business operations. The River Cats are consistently one of MiLBs top teams in attendance and Forbes ranks them as the most valuable franchise in MiLB. While in Sacramento, Chip has focused on creating a positive sales culture, developing new premium and social spaces, upgrading digital and video components, and emphasizing a strong community involvement.

Outside of the River Cats, Chip serves on the boards of Youth for Christ, National Sports Forum, and The Daniel Summit. His wife, Allison, is a physical therapist and an elite runner who ran in the 2016 Olympic Marathon Trials. Together they enjoy doing races, working out, and anything outdoors.


FINANCE & HUMAN RESOURCES


Shani Crosby Human Resources Manager

Shani CrosbyShani grew up in the South Bay Area where she acquired over 20 years of experience overseeing HR departments in the Bay Area at semiconductor companies. To broaden her wealth of experience, she most recently ran a family-owned turf sales and installation business before moving to the Sacramento region. She holds her SHRM-CP certification and has been a member of the Society for Human Resource Management for more than 15 years.

In Shani's spare time she enjoys hiking with her husband and four-legged family members, Charlie and Lucy, as well as river rafting and cooking for family and friends.

Email: scrosby@rivercats.com


Megan Bigelow Human Resources Coordinator

Megan BigelowMegan grew up in Sacramento, California attending Sacramento River Cats games with family and friends as a young girl. Being back in her home town and able to work for such a wonderful company that she has always known and loved is such an amazing opportunity that she feels very grateful for. A graduate of the University of Nevada Reno, she received her degree in Business Marketing with a minor in Information Systems.

In Megan's spare time she enjoys equestrian, Pilates, traveling, hiking, and attending country concerts. She also enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

Email: mbigelow@rivercats.com


Maddie Strika Controller

Maddie Strika Maddie is entering her eleventh season with the Sacramento River Cats. She is a graduate of Sacramento State University with a B.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in Accountancy. Maddie grew up in the small town of Georgetown, California, and currently resides in West Sacramento with her husband and two sons. In her spare time, she enjoys baking and spending time with friends and family.

Email: mstrika@rivercats.com


Calvin Nguyen Accounting Coordinator

TICKET SALES & SERVICES


Adam English Vice President, Ticket Sales & Membership Services

Adam EnglishThis is Adam's 4th season as the Director of Ticket Sales for the River Cats, but is 11th season in baseball. Although born in South Texas, he grew up in Lexington, Kentucky. Growing up in Kentucky, one thing rules above all else, that is Kentucky Basketball. He also enjoys rooting on the Cincinnati Reds and spending time with his wife and two dogs.

Email: aenglish@rivercats.com


Joe Carlucci Manager, Ticket Operations

Joey Van Cleave Senior Manager of Inside Sales & Membership Experience

Joey Van Cleave Born and raised in Windsor, which is in Sonoma County, he competed in college baseball as a pitcher at Sonoma State University. His baseball team made it to the College World Series in 2011. He graduated from Sonoma State University, earning a Bachelor's of Arts in Sociology. He is an avid Bay Area sports fan, following the San Francisco Giants, San Francisco 49ers, Golden State Warriors and San Jose Sharks.

Email: jvancleave@rivercats.com
Phone: 916.376.4789


Eddie Eixenberger Senior Manager, Ticket Sales

Eddie Eixenberger Eddie is entering his third season with the River Cats. Originally from Washington State. Prior to relocating to Sacramento and joining the River Cats Family he had spent 4 years in Idaho attending Boise State University, home of the Broncos and famous "Smurf Turf". He graduated with a Double Major in Business and Human Resource Management.

His two major passions outside of baseball include Motocross and Boise State Football. Eddie loves Northern California for its great year-round weather for riding his dirt bike, and the fact that it's only a day's drive away from home and Boise.

Although in 49ers Country, Eddie is a huge enthusiast of all things Northwest, especially the Seattle Seahawks and Grunge Music. He is always looking for fellow Washingtonians to join forces against the Bay Area Fan Base.

Eddie is extremely excited and grateful to be working in the sports industry and for this organization.

Email: eeixenberger@rivercats.com
Phone: 916.376.4873


John Watts Manager, Corporate Sales

John Watts Born and raised in Los Angeles, John is entering his tenth year working in Minor League Baseball. He previously worked for the Fresno Grizzlies and the Stockton Ports in their tickets sales departments. He is a big fan of the Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Dodgers. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family and friends. His hobbies include playing basketball and softball.

Email: jwatts@rivercats.com
Phone: 916.376.4633


Jack Barbour Account Executive, Corporate Sales

Email: jbarbour@rivercats.com
Phone: 916.376.4790


Andrew Chibani Account Executive, Corporate Sales

Andrew Chibani

Email: achibani@rivercats.com
Phone: 916.376.4824


Troy Loparco Account Executive, Corporate Sales

Troy Loparco

Email: tloparco@rivercats.com
Phone: 916.376.4719


Sean Piper Account Executive, Corporate Sales

Sean Piper

Email: spiper@rivercats.com
Phone: 916.376.4613


Kelly Wilga Account Executive, Corporate Sales

Kelly Wilga

Email: kwilga@rivercats.com
Phone: 916.376.4826


Garrett Backhaus Account Executive, Group Events

Email: gbackhaus@rivercats.com
Phone: 916.376.4721


Erika Busch Account Executive, Group Events

Erika BuschErika joined the River Cats in January of 2015 as an Events & Entertainment Trainee. In her role, Erika supported the Events & Entertainment Coordinator, and was promoted into that position after tackling events ranging from company meetings to full facility rentals. Based on her success coordinating with local high school programs and various other clients, Erika was transitioned into Group Sales. Now an Account Executive, Erika works to build relationships with High School athletic programs across the Sacramento region as well as various other organizations to bring groups out to Raley Field.

A graduate of Sacramento State, Erika received her degree in Business Marketing. While there, she was a Division I student athlete. As a rower, Erika medaled in various regattas, including twice as a freshman, and served as captain in her junior year.

Erika is excited about her new role within the organization as she enters her third year with the River Cats. She stays active in Midtown with her weekly running club and enjoys eating tacos and watching the Giants with her ferocious cat Dexter.

Email: ebusch@rivercats.com

Phone:916.376.4724


James Collins Account Executive, Group Events

James Collins

Email: jcollins@rivercats.com

Phone:916.376.4867


Jeff Goldsmith Account Executive, Group Events

Email: jgoldsmith@rivercats.com
Phone: 916.376.4869


Cole Johnson Account Executive, Group Events

Email: cjohnson@rivercats.com
Phone: 916.376.4998


Daniel Mason Account Executive, Group Events

Daniel Mason

Email: dmason@rivercats.com
Phone: 916.376.4621


Alexis Stevens Account Executive, Group Events

Alexis grew up in Roseville,California, and her family had season tickets to the River Cats until she left for college. At Colorado State University, Alexis majored in Communications and minored in Business Administration. Prior to leaving for Colorado, Alexis was able to partake in a yearlong internship with Sacramento's ABC affiliate News10 in their sports department. She is very excited to be back home following her passion in the sports industry. Alexis was born and raised a Giants fan and will avidly root for Bay area teams and anyone who is playing the Dodgers. She loves to spend time with her Golden Retriever, Kenny, as well as bake sweet treats, her favorite being red velvet cupcakes.

Alexis could not be more excited to be starting her second season with the River Cats and moving into a new full time position! Claws Up!

Email: astevens@rivercats.com
Phone: 916.376.4746


Peyton Burnham Account Executive, Inside Sales

Peyton Burnham

Email: pburnham@rivercats.com
Phone: 916.376.4607


Austin Kromminga Account Executive, Inside Sales

Austin Kromminga

Email: akromminga@rivercats.com
Phone: 916.376.4835


Justin Wiley Account Executive, Inside Sales

Justin Wiley

Email: jwiley@rivercats.com
Phone: 916.376.4999


Hayley Fernandez Coordinator, Membership and Suite Services

Hayley Fernandez

Email: hfernandez@rivercats.com
Phone: 916.376.4868


Kyle Strom Membership Experience Specialist

Kyle Strom

Email: kstrom@rivercats.com
Phone: 916.376.4645


Cälee Williams Coordinator, Membership Experience Specialist

Cälee Williams

Email: cwilliams@rivercats.com
Phone: 916.376.4674


Christine Visitacion Membership Experience Specialist

CORPORATE PARTNERSHIPS


Greg Coletti Vice President, Partner Services

Greg Coletti Greg earned his bachelor's degree in Communications with a minor in Business Marketing after attending the University of the Pacific. An avid sports fan, Greg enjoys watching the New York Mets and the Syracuse Orange dominate the sports landscape. Greg is going into his ninth season with the River Cats after returning home to Sacramento where he grew up for most of his childhood in Roseville, CA.

Prior to joining the River Cats, Greg worked for InStadium, Inc. where he developed marketing solutions for local businesses interested in advertising in Major League Baseball stadiums. Greg currently resides in Loomis, CA with his wife Laura and two beautiful girls, Allie and Hannah.

Email: gcoletti@rivercats.com
Phone: 916.376.4842


Andrew Dean Director, Business Development

Andrew Dean After graduating from Pepperdine University with a B.A. in Economics, Andrew started his career in Los Angeles fundraising and managing volunteers with the American Cancer Society's Relay For Life before moving back up to the Sacramento area. In his tenure with the River Cats, Andrew has placed a high focus on providing his members the highest level of customer service and attention. He continually introduces new faces to Raley Field and helps create valued memories for all fans.

When Andrew has down time, you can find him hiking, home brewing, reading a nice book or watching his favorite teams play live or on television. Andrew's sports allegiances span from coast to coast, but he is forever a River Cats fan and thrilled to be able to watch them play once again in his old stomping grounds.

Email: adean@rivercats.com
Phone: 916.376.4856


Ellese Iliff Coordinator, Partnership Activation

Ellese Dias

Email: eiliff@riveracts.com

Phone: 916.376.4836

 


Kim Bare Coordinator, Partnership Activation

Kime BareKim graduated from Chico State with a Bachelor's degree in Communication Design with a focus in Graphic Design and a minor in Marketing. Post-graduation she pursued her interest in working in the sports industry by interning with the Corporate Partnership department of the Sacramento Republic FC. From there she began her time with the Sacramento River Cats as a Partnership Activation Coordinator in Fall 2015. Originally from Rescue, California just north of El Dorado Hills, Kim is excited to be back working in the Sacramento area and continuing on with baseball.

Kim grew up riding horses and can be found working with her horse, Ocean, during her down time. She also enjoys watching football and basketball with her large "lap dog" German shepherd, Jake.

Email: kbare@rivercats.com

Phone: 916.376.4890

 


Johnny Doskow Radio Broadcaster

Johnny Doskow In November of 2000, the Sacramento River Cats named Johnny Doskow their play-by-play announcer. After 15 seasons, Johnny is a mainstay of the Sacramento community, and his signature call, "Holy Koudelka," is known throughout River Cat nation.

In March 2012, Doskow was named interim play-by-play man for the Oakland Athletics radio broadcast team during Ken Korach's recovery from knee surgery.

Doskow joined the River Cats from Fresno, where he speant three seasons as the play-by-play announcer and host of daily pregame and postgame shows for the Fresno Grizzlies. Prior to joining the Grizzlies, Doskow worked as the play-by-play broadcaster for the Single-A Advanced High Desert Mavericks (California League) and three seasons doing play-by-play for the Single-A Cedar Rapids Kernels (Midwest League).

Doskow received recognition from a number of national publications, including Baseball America, who named him one of the top 10 Minor League broadcasters during the 1999 season. Locally, Doskow won the Sacramento News and Review's "Best Soul in a Baseball Broadcaster" award in the 2004 season.

Doskow graduated from the University of La Verne in 1990 with a bachelor's degree in communications, and resides in Folsom. He has one daughter, Emily, who is nine.

Email: jdoskow@rivercats.com


MARKETING, PROMOTIONS, PR & COMMUNITY


Emily Williams Director of Marketing

Emily Williams Emily joined the River Cats in January of 2015 as the Marketing Manager and was promoted to her current position in October of 2017. She oversees the River Cats' overall marketing strategy, which incorporates advertising, communications & public relations, community relations, promotions, game production, and graphic design.

A Sacramento native, Emily began her Minor League Baseball career with the River Cats as a Marketing Intern and Cat Crew member while still in high school. Emily returned to Northern California after spending three seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals' Triple-A affiliate in Memphis, TN. While attending the University of Oregon, she interned with the Chicago Cubs' Short-Season A affiliate Eugene Emeralds and with Oregon Baseball, where she took part in the return of the Ducks' baseball program after a 26-year hiatus.

Emily is thrilled to return to her hometown to spend time with family and friends, and to go running with her pointers, Charlotte and Ursa.

Email: ewilliams@rivercats.com
Phone: 916.376.4891


Daniel Emmons Manager, Communications & Baseball Operations

Daniel EmmonsDaniel joined the River Cats in 2015 and has worked in Baseball Operations with the San Francisco Giants since 2012. Promoted to his current post in October of 2017, Daniel manages all of the club's communication efforts, baseball information, team travel arrangements, and team administration.

The Bay Area was home for several years as Daniel studied Business Management at SF State before earning his MA in Sport Management at the University of San Francisco. Ultimate Frisbee in Golden Gate Park is still his happy place.

Born in Northern California, Daniel loves the west coast and it's easy access to both the mountains and beach. Before working in baseball, Daniel spent a year working on a cruise ship and traveling the world. While on the open seas, he met his incredible wife Samantha, and they still share a passion for traveling and new experiences.

Email: demmons@rivercats.com


Mike Villarreal Multimedia Designer

Mike Villarreal

RC Creative: Graphic, Digital, Clothing, Animation Design.

Email: mvillarreal@rivercats.com
Phone: 916.376.4990


Aaron Davis Coordinator, Creative Services

Kriselle Pons Coordinator, Marketing

Trevor Levine Coordinator, Entertainment

Sasha Margulies Coordinator, Digital Marketing

MERCHANDISE

Rose Holland Merchandise Manager

Rose HollandThis is Rose's sixth season with the River Cats as the Merchandise Manager. She has been in the retail business for the last 30 years. Rose and her husband, Rick, owned and operated a tennis specialty store for most of those years. She is a graduate of Fresno State University and the mother of two boys, Ricky and Rhett. For seven years she coached the Rio Americano High School girls varsity tennis team -- and she still enjoys playing tennis in her free time.

Email: rholland@rivercats.com
Phone: 916.376.4960


Erin Kilby Assistant Merchandise Manager

Erin KilbyThis is Erin's fourth season as the Assistant Manager of the On Deck Shop, but her seventh season with the River Cats. She graduated from Sacramento State University with a Bachelor's degree in Business Marketing. Erin is an avid San Jose Sharks, San Francisco Giants, Oakland A's and San Francisco 49ers fan. She enjoys sports, traveling, movies and spending time with family and friends.

Email: ekilby@rivercats.com
Phone: 916.376.4796


Brent Savage Website & Research Coordinator

Brent SavageBrent is entering his 10th season in minor league baseball as a website and research coordinator with the Sacramento River Cats. Brent is a fan of all sports - Baseball (Oakland A's), Hockey (San Jose Sharks), Basketball (Sacramento Kings) and Football (San Francisco 49ers). Brent's favorite baseball memory came when Rickey Henderson broke Lou Brock's all-time stolen base record.

Email: bsavage@rivercats.com
Phone: 916.376.4960


OPERATIONS & SPECIAL EVENTS

Brett Myers Director of Stadium Operations

Brett MyersThis is Brett Myers' first season with the River Cats. He recently completed his fifth season with the Storm Chasers and his first as the team's Director of Ballpark Operations. A graduate of Tiffin University, Myers started his career as an intern in the Baseball Operations Department for the Cincinnati Reds. After completing his internship, he became an assistant coach for the Evansville Otters of the Frontier League.

After a brief stint as the Assistant General Manager for the Bradenton Juice, Myers moved on to the Amarillo Dillas of the United League, where he was the Director of Stadium Operations and Corporate Sales. His career then brought him to Lincoln, Nebraska where he was the Assistant Stadium Operations Director for the Lincoln Saltdogs and the University of Nebraska baseball program.

Email: bmyers@rivercats.com


Brittney Nizuk Manager, Events & Entertainment

Brittney Nizuk

Email: bnizuk@rivercats.com

Phone: 916.376.4791


Chris Shastid Head Groundskeeper

Anthony Hernandez Facility Supervisor

Email: ahernandez@rivercats.com
Phone: 916.376.4736

 


Mike Correa Facility Operations

Email: mcorrea@rivercats.com
Phone: 916.376.4644


Marcello Clamar Grounds Coordinator

Marcello Clamar

Email: mclamar@rivercats.com
Phone: 916.376.4742


Rafael Quiroz Landscaper

Email: rquiroz@rivercats.com
Phone: 916.376.4742


RIVER CITY CONCESSIONS


Corey Brandt General Manager

Corey BrandtOriginally from Connecticut, Corey started his career in baseball as Director of Food and Beverage with the New Haven Ravens. After a season with the Ravens, Corey headed west to the Tacoma Rainiers where he spent six seasons. Corey was then hired as the GM of Concessions for Seattle Seahawks. In 2009 he headed back to the Rainiers as VP of Ballpark Operations and worked together with River Cats GM Chip Maxson on the $30M renovation of Cheney Stadium.

Corey then went on to Ripken Baseball where he was the GM of the Charlotte Stone Crabs and oversaw the business operations of the Rays Spring Training facility and their Single A franchise. After a couple of season in Port Charlotte, Corey went back to the NFL and was instrumental in writing the RFP and creating the programming for the food and beverage portion of the $60M North End Zone remodel at EverBank Field.

Missing the west coast Corey transferred back to the Seattle area where he most recently was a Regional Manager overseeing multiple Sports and Entertainment properties in the NW.

Corey proudly served in the US Coast Guard and attended Culinary School in nearby Petaluma, as well as the Culinary Institute of America. He is a huge Yankees fan and loves spending time with his beautiful wife Stephanie and their children Mattingly and Jack.

Email: cbrandt@rivercats.com


Jacob Leithner Premium Manager

Sean Gerkensmeyer Concessions Manager

Tim Benham Executive Chef

Tim grew up in Western Colorado in the mountain town of Glenwood Springs. He began cooking in this resort community at the age of 15. After high school he attended the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. It was there where he was given the opportunity to cook at Wolfgang Puck's Spago in the Forum Shops at Caesar's Palace.

He continued his culinary career in Reno, NV and then onto the Bay Area. In San Francisco he worked at such landmarks as Moose's, The Waterfront, Harry Denton's & Vertigo. In 2000 he moved to the South Bay where he gained his first Executive Chef position at Tarragon Restaurant in Sunnyvale.

For the last 16 years he has worked as Executive Chef in a variety of different facets of food service including fine dining, corporate food service, high-end golf & country clubs and most recently, a winery.

Tim is an avid fan of the San Jose Sharks and the San Francisco Giants. When he's not working, he enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter, golf, kayaking and exploring the region's craft breweries.

Email: tbenham@rivercats.com