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 & Sunday: Closed||On Deck Shop: 916.376.4796|
|Address:||Events & Entertainment: 916.376.4676|
|Raley Field||Concert Noise Hotline: 916.376.4623|
|400 Ballpark Drive||Accessible/Disabled Tickets Hotline: 916.376.4636|
|West Sacramento, Calif., 95691||Fax: 916.376.4710|
|50/50 Raffle Hotline: 916.376.4623|
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, and graduate of UCLA, is entering her eighthseason 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, 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 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.
|Megan Bigelow||Human Resources Coordinator|
Megan 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.
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.
|Calvin Nguyen||Accounting Coordinator|
|Angela Kroeker||Executive Assistant|
Anne is entering her second season with the Sacramento River Cats. With her experience in Sales and Events, she always strives to provide the best customer service in any role she takes. Now as the Receptionist for the organization, she is excited to continue providing excellent service to guests.
In her free time, Anne enjoys hiking, kickboxing, visiting art museums, 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||Vice President, 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.
|Joe Carlucci||Manager, Ticket Operations|
|Joey Van Cleave||Senior 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.
|Eddie Eixenberger||Senior Manager, Ticket Sales|
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.
|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.
|Jack Barbour||Account Executive, Corporate Sales|
|Alannah Bonalos||Account Executive, Corporate Sales|
|Andrew Chibani||Account Executive, Corporate Sales|
|Sean Piper||Account Executive, Corporate Sales|
|Salvador Rangel, Jr.||Account Executive, Corporate Sales|
|Alejandro Lacayo||Senior 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.
|Garrett Backhaus||Account Executive, Group Events|
|Erika Busch||Account Executive, Group Events|
Erika 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.
|Jeff Goldsmith||Account Executive, Group Events|
|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!
|Kyle Strom||Account Executive, Group Events|
|Troy Loparco||Account Executive, Inside Sales|
|Daniel Mason||Account Executive, Inside Sales|
|Amanda Holland||Senior Coordinator, Service|
Amanda is originally from Los Angeles and moved to Sacramento to attend CSUS where she obtained her Bachelor's in Mass Media Communications. She is a Bay Area sports fan and will either root for the Giants or the A's, just not the Dodgers. She also loves the San Jose Sharks and is an avid NHRA race fan. Amanda is going into her 4th season at Raley Field and could not be more excited!
In her spare time, Amanda enjoys traveling, spending time with friends & family and her dog, Paisley.
|Jessica Hayworth||Service Representative|
|Hayley Fernandez||Coordinator, Membership and Suite Services|
|Greg Coletti||Vice President, Partner Services|
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.
|Ross Richards||Director, Business Development|
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.
|Andrew Dean||Director, Business Development|
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.
|Ellese Dias||Coordinator, Partnership Activation|
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|Kim Bare||Coordinator, Partnership Activation|
Kim 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.
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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
|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 be back in 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 has been with the River Cats since 2011. A native of Sacramento, Mike received his Bachelor's Degree in Communications from CSU Sacramento in 2010. With the River Cats, Mike manages the donation request program, Cats Care community programs, guides stadium tours, presents school assemblies, and is a member of the Board of Directors of the River Cats Foundation.
In his spare time, Mike enjoys going on adventures with his wonderful wife, Kaitlin.
|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.
OPERATIONS & SPECIAL EVENTS
|Brett Myers||Director of Stadium Operations|
This 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.
|Courtney Tyler||Manager, Events & Entertainment|
|Sarah Hoover||Coordinator, Events & Entertainment|
|Chris Shastid||Head Groundskeeper|
|Anthony Hernandez||Facility Supervisor|
|Mike Correa||Facility Operations|
|Manuel Chavez||Facility Operations|
|Marcello Clamar||Grounds Coordinator|
Food & Beverage
|Jeff Behr||General Manager, Food & Beverage|
Jeff grew up in Wisconsin, and is a fan of all sports teams from there; Packers, Badgers and Brewers. He went to the University of Wisconsin-Stout in Menomonie, WI where he earned his Bachelor's degree in Hotel & Restaurant Management. Immediately out of college, Jeff worked in restaurants for seven years prior to going into the sports and entertainment side of the business.
Jeff joined the River Cats already possessing a wealth of industry experience, having worked his way up to manage some the largest venues in the country. While working with Delaware North, Jeff was the GM at the Chicago White Sox, GM of the Detroit Tigers, and then moved up in the organization to become District Manager in East Rutherford where he oversaw MetLife Stadium, TD Garden, First Niagara Center, and Red Bull Arena. Jeff then took a similar role with Levy overseeing food operations in the Indiana and DC markets which included the accounts of FedEx Field, Nationals Park, Verizon Center, and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Jeff also spent some time as a regional manager for Wolfgang Puck and most recently oversaw Allstate Arena in Illinois.
Jeff and his wife Emily are looking forward to settling into the Sacramento area.
|Tim Benham||Executive Chef|