Front Office Directory
|Front Office Hours:||General Email Addresses|
|Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m.||General Inquires: 916.376.4722|
|Address:||General Phone Numbers:|
|Raley Field||Front Desk: 916.376.4700|
|400 Ballpark Drive||On Deck Shop: 916.376.4796|
|West Sacramento, Calif., 95691||Events & Entertainment: 916.376.4676|
|Concert Noise Hotline: 916.376.4623|
|Accessible/Disabled Tickets Hotline: 916.376.4636|
COMMENTS: EMAIL TO RCMANAGEMENT@RIVERCATS.COM
Click on a staff member's name for more information.UTIVE MANAGEMENT
|Susan Savage||CEO, Majority Owner|
Susan, a native of Amarillo, Texas, is entering her sixth 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.
A graduate of UCLA, Susan is passionate about the arts and has integrated student art into the ballpark through the Pillars of Art tile program and the annual calendar featuring original art from area schools. 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, KVIE Public Television, 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 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 the West Sacramento Chamber of Commerce Board Chair, President of the River Cats Foundation, and a member of the MIND Institute Advisory Committee at UC Davis.
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|
Originally from the Midwest, Chip grew up cheering for The Ohio State Buckeyes, Chicago Bears, Cubs and Bulls. After playing college baseball at Olivet Nazarene University, he 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 led the Frisco RoughRiders sales staff that was recognized by Sports Business Journal as the highest revenue-producing team in all of MiLB in 2007.
In 2008, Chip moved to Tacoma, WA, to help turn around the Tacoma Rainiers. As Vice President of Ticket Sales, Maxson oversaw the largest sales staff in the PCL and 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.
In 2012, Chip and his wife Allison moved to Sacramento to join the River Cats family. Allison is an elite runner, so together they enjoy doing races, working out and anything outdoors.
FINANCE & HUMAN RESOURCES
|Grace Bailey||Senior Director of Human Resources|
Grace is entering her fifth season with the River Cats as the Human Resources Director. Grace joined the team with a tenured background in HR, Management and Customer Service; she is the ultimate Human Resource professional and is known for her warm, outgoing, and charismatic persona. Grace is passionate about staff development and providing opportunities for River Cats employees to excel.
In her off time, you can find Grace preparing and sharing delicious meals and moments with her large Italian family, as well as attending her son's sporting events.
Maddie is entering her seventh 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 son. In her spare time, she enjoys baking and spending time with friends and family.
|Michelle Agurto||Accounting Assistant|
Anne is entering her first season with the Sacramento River Cats. With some of her past work as a Sales Associate, a Visitor Services Representative, and an Event Coordinator, she strives to always provide the best customer service in any role she takes. Now as the Receptionist, Anne is excited to continue interacting with and serving guests.
In her free time she enjoys hiking, kickboxing, visiting art museums, eating delicious food, and watching baseball. Her favorite teams are, of course, the Sacramento River Cats and the San Francisco Giants. Anne also enjoys traveling, as she spent one year studying abroad, visiting thirteen countries in the process. She hopes to seek out more adventures in the future.
TICKET SALES & SERVICES
|Adam English||Senior Director of Ticket Sales & Membership Services|
This 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.
|Joey Van Cleave||Manager, Inside Sales|
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.
|John Watts||Manager, Corporate Sales|
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.
|Andrew Dean||Senior Account Executive, Premium Sales & Suites|
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.
|Jennica Berry||Account Executive, Corporate Sales|
Jennica was born and raised in the Sacramento area. Growing up she played competitive softball in the area and had a natural love for baseball. After graduating high school she accepted a softball scholarship to Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell, South Dakota. There she graduated with a B.S. in Sports Management with an emphasis in Finance. Growing up in the Sacramento area she has grown up a Sacramento River Cats fan along with being San Francisco Giants fan.
Growing up she would always come out to River Cats game and she is excited to help others make memories here at Raley Field.
|Michael Stewart||Account Executive, Corporate Sales|
Michael came here from his hometown of Bakersfield, Ca. He played football collegiately at Bakersfield College and San Diego State University, graduating with a degree in Business Management from San Diego State. Michael is an avid fan of the Los Angeles Rams and Los Angeles Lakers.
He enjoys working out, traveling, and attending sporting events. Michael is excited about being in Sacramento and looking forward to great things in 2016.
|Eddie Eixenberger||Manager, Group Sales|
Eddie is entering his first 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 Washingtonian's 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.
|Garrett Backhaus||Account Executive, Group Events|
|Jeff Goldsmith||Account Executive, Group Events|
|Alejandro Lacayo||Account Executive, Group Events|
After completing the 2013 season as a sales assistant, Alejandro has proven himself enough to earn a full-time Groups Events, Account Executive position.
A Bay Area native, Alejandro dedicates his emotions and feelings to the San Francisco 49ers, San Francisco Giants, San Jose Sharks and Golden State Warriors. He also roots for the Fresno State Bulldogs, where he acquired his B.S. in Sports Marketing.
Outside the ballpark, Alejandro enjoys playing sports, catching live shows and listening to all different types of music.
|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!
|Amanda Holland||Senior Coordinator, Service|
Amanda is originally from small town Scotts Valley in Santa Cruz County, CA. She is a dedicated NHRA race fan, having not missed a single race at Sears Point in Sonoma since she was 13 years old. She also loves the San Jose Sharks, the Oakland A's, and in memory of her grandfather, she is also a UCLA Bruins football and Boston Red Sox fan. She moved to Sacramento after graduating high school to attend CSUS where she obtained her BA in Mass Media Communications. When she is not working for the River Cats, she is working in the promotions department at Clear Channel Media + Entertainment for Talk 650 KSTE, NewsRadio KFBK, B92.5 Today's Country, 93.7 JACKFM and V101.1 The Beat of Sacramento.
In her spare time, Amanda competes on a professional Western Swing and Line Dance team, enjoys going to concerts, camping, hiking and visiting with friends and family. Amanda is very excited for her second season with the River Cats and is looking forward to another great season in 2015. Go Cats!
|Hayley Fernandez||Coordinator, Membership and Suite Services|
|Greg Coletti||Director of Corporate Partnerships|
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 beat up on the Philadelphia Phillies and Cincinnati Reds. Greg is going into his sixth 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 Rocklin, CA with his wife Laura and two beautiful girls, Allie and Hannah.
|Ross Richards||Manager, Corporate Partnerships|
Ross earned his degree in Sports Marketing from the University of Oregon. An avid angler, he joined the Oregon Bass Fishing team and following his Junior year, took the role of President and traveled across country to compete in several collegiate tournaments. Much to his surprise, he had managed to turn his childhood hobby into an all-expenses paid vacation. Following college, he joined the Corporate Partnerships department with the Portland Trail Blazers. After consulting with the great Michael Jordan, he decided to try out Minor League baseball and took a position as Corporate Sales Manager for the Tacoma Rainiers before joining the River Cats.
Ross was raised in the beautiful State of Jefferson in Northern California. He attended Yreka High School where he played football, basketball and baseball. Ross is a huge San Francisco Giants and 49ers fan and loves fishing, hunting and anything outdoors.
|Ellese Dias||Coordinator, Partnership Activation|
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|Johnny Doskow||Radio Broadcaster|
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,m 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.
MARKETING, PROMOTIONS, PR & COMMUNITY
|Erin O'Donnell||Director of Marketing|
Erin joined the River Cats in June 2014 as the Director of Marketing. She is responsible for overseeing the Marketing department including all advertising, sponsorship implementation, ballpark entertainment, website and social media, public relations, and community relations.
With 10 years of Minor League Baseball experience, Erin previously spent five seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals' Triple-A affiliate in Memphis, two seasons with the Kansas City Royals' Double-A affiliate in Northwest Arkansas and two seasons in her native Corpus Christi with the Double-A affiliate of the Houston Astros.
Erin graduated from Trinity University in San Antonio with degrees in both Business Administration (Marketing) and Communications, and with minors in Communication Management and History.
Erin stays active in the community having volunteered weekly at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, as a Special Olympics basketball coach, fostering dogs for deployed members of the military, as a member of the Junior League of Sacramento, and frequently participating in Habitat for Humanity builds.
|Emily Williams||Marketing Manager|
Emily joined the River Cats in January of 2015. She oversees the River Cats' promotions, game production, and graphic design, and implements the the club's advertising strategy and print production.
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. Now entering her 10th season in professional baseball, Emily returns to Northern California after spending three seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals' Triple-A affiliate in Memphis. 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 wirehaired pointer, Charlotte.
|Mike Villarreal||Coordinator, Multimedia & Design|
Since 2005 Mike V. has contributed multiple mixed media design in the following departments: Corporate Partnerships- Layout designs, conceptual design, mockups, renderings and personal client videos On Deck Shop- Hat, shirt, logo design, photography & marketing ad material Sales and Ticket sales- Ticket booklets, ticket brochures, ticket ads Events & Entertainment- Posters, fliers, logos, specialty event design Merlino's- General marketing, graphics and homemade clip art designs Stadium Operations- Maps, street signs, mockups Marketing- Ads, logos, novelty design, light weight I.T., videos, posters, fliers, banners, photography, photo adjustments Control room- Graphic slides, videos, & camera operation Promotions- Signs, 3D Art
|Samantha Fugate||Graphic Designer|
|Daniel Emmons||Coordinator, Baseball Operations|
Daniel joined the River Cats in 2015 and has worked in Baseball Operations with the San Francisco Giants since 2012. As the Baseball Operations Coordinator, he manages all baseball information, 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.
|Robert Barsanti||Coordinator, Media Relations|
Robert joined the River Cats in March of 2015 - just one week before Opening Day - as the Public Relations and Baseball Operations Assistant before moving into the role of Media Relations Coordinator. He is responsible for overseeing the Media Relations department, including coordinating local and national media requests, game day content production, dialogue on River Cats social media platforms, and more. He also serves as the team's lead beat writer.While 2015 was his first season in professional baseball, Robert brings years of media and public relations and social media experience to the team, having worked as a PR & Social Media Coordinator and a Digital Marketing Manager for a brand agency and an entertainment-focused digital and social marketing agency in Los Angeles.
He is excited to have returned to the northern (i.e. better) half of the Golden State. He is a huge San Francisco Giants fan, a Beast Mode loyalist, and loves all pizza-themed dishes (like pizza cake).
|Mike Osborn||Coordinator, Community Relations|
Mike Osborn, also known as "Mike on the Mic", is a Sacramento native, alumnus of Mariemont Elementary, Arden Middle School, Rio Americano High School and honors graduate from Sac State with a B.A in Interpersonal and Small Group Communications, Mike has provided in-game entertainment at Raley Field since 2011. As the Community Relations coordinator, Mike has spearheaded the development of the River Cats community outreach program Cats Care. Mike also delivers speeches with local community organizations as well as presenting character education assemblies to approximately 100 schools a year.
Mike has also been a professional Stand-Up Comedian and correspondent on the nationally televised movie review show "Mark at the Movies".
In his spare time, Mike enjoys traveling having road tripped across the country and back as well as visiting Europe numerous times. Being a dual-citizen of the United States and Canada, he also visits the Great White North as often as possible, eh.
|Lee Warner||Mascot Coordinator|
Lee is entering his first season with the River Cats. Originally from Long Island, New York, he has lived in Virginia Beach, Virginia for the majority of his life and enjoyed playing soccer, basketball, and baseball while growing up.
Lee graduated in 2010 from George Mason University with a Tourism and Events Management degree, all while performing as the school's mascot. His character started as Gunston and was redone as The Patriot. Prior to relocating from the East Coast and joining the River Cats organization, Lee spent 3 years working with the Norfolk Tides, Triple-A Affiliate to the Baltimore Orioles, 9 years with Ocean Breeze Waterpark, and 4 with Sinclair Communications.
In his spare time, Lee enjoys attending concerts, off-roading, line-dancing, playing sports and just being outdoors. He's an avid sports fan and his favorite teams are the Boston Red Sox, Washington Capitals, and Atlanta Falcons. He's looking forward to enjoying the beautiful Sacramento atmosphere and weather as well as the opportunity to continue working in the sports industry and work for the Sacramento River Cats. Go Cats!
|Rose Holland||Merchandise Manager|
This 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.
|Erin Kilby||Assistant Merchandise Manager|
This 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.
|Brent Savage||Website & Research Coordinator|
Brent 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.
|Dane Lund||Senior Manager, Operations|
Dane is entering his third season with the River Cats. He came to Sacramento from Tacoma, WA where he began his career in baseball as Entertainment Director for the Tacoma Rainiers. Dane graduated with a degree in Media Studies from Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA and spent four months as an intern for Media for Development International, a socially-conscious film company in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
Dane loves to travel. He has made it to 23 countries and was recently able to check off his 50th state. Dane is a huge Seahawks and Mariners fan. In addition to Seattle sports, Dane enjoys snowboarding, going to concerts, binge-watching Netflix with his cat and girlfriend and trying new bars and restaurants in Sac.
|Courtney Tyler||Manager, Events & Entertainment|
|Erika Busch||Coordinator, Events & Entertainment|
|Chris Shastid||Head Groundskeeper|
|Anthony Hernandez||Facility Supervisor|
Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgPhone: 916.376.4736
|Mike Correa||Facility Operations|
|Manuel Chavez||Facility Operations|
|Marcello Clamar||Grounds Coordinator|