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Front Office

The Eugene Emeralds are owned and operated by Elmore Sports Group, Ltd. The Elmore Sports Group is one of America's most dynamic leadership companies, a rare and thrilling organization that includes professional sports teams and a wide variety of affiliated companies. Industries represented include entertainment, travel, sports marketing, facilities management and special events management.

Allan Benavides, General Manager -

Emeralds Debut: 2010

Past Teams: Lake Elsinore Storm

Hometown: Los Angeles

Education: University of California at Santa Cruz - BA

Special Skills: Espanol, Handling Luke Hardy

Three words that describe me: Ask Chris Bowers

Favorite Quote: "Being average means you are as close to the bottom as you are to the top" - John Wooden

Title of my autobiography would be: It's Been a Good Life

I'm Notorious for….My awful golf game, changing my food order last minute at a restaurant, misplacing my keys

Matt Dompe, Assistant General Manager & Voice of the Ems -

Emeralds Debut: 2010

Past Teams: Los Angeles Avengers, Lake Elsinore Storm, Perth Heat (Australian Baseball League)

Hometown: San Jose, CA

Education: UCLA - Business and Economics, University of Oregon - MBA

Special Skills: Can hit a 3-wood 240 off the deck, king of installing Crown Molding

Three words that describe me: Chris Mullin Doppelganger

Favorite Quote: "We're all here 'cause we're not all there"

Title of my autobiography would be: Swingers - A Life's Obsession with Baseball and Golf

I'm Notorious for….using words with multiple syllables 

Nikki Ochs, Director of Food and Beverage -

Emeralds Debut: 2013

Past Teams: N/A

Hometown: St. Louis, MO

Education: Arizona State University & Saint Edwards University

Special Skills: Cooking ballpark food, competitive Jalapeno eating, having amazing sports knowledge

Three words that describe me: Tequila, Dogs, Sunshine

Favorite Quote: "Friendship is like peeing on yourself: everyone can see it, but only you get the warm feeling that it brings" - Robert Bloch

Title of my autobiography would be: Nikki Nicole - The Girl so Nice, They Named her Twice

I'm Notorious for….grilling a lot of food at PK Park

Chris Bowers, Event Manager -

Emeralds Debut: 2012

Past Teams: The Ems are my one and only

Hometown: Eugene, OR (Local Boy)

Education: Touchy subject - Sunset Elementary alumnus, Spencer Butte Middle School alumnus, South Eugene High School alumnus, University of Oregon

Special Skills: Pressure washing PK Park, getting fired every day, romanticizing women

Three words that describe me: Blazers, Ducks, Emeralds

Quotes: "Some cause happiness wherever they go; others, whenever they go" - Oscar Wilde

Title of my autobiography would be: Minor League to the Core - The Story of Chris Bowers

I'm Notorious for….making fun of our lovely boss, Allan Benavides (Please see back to my special skills)

Peter Billups, Director of Tickets -

Emeralds Debut: 2014

Past Teams: Modesto Nuts, Aberdeen IronBirds

Hometown: Mechanicsville, VA

Education: James Madison University - Bachelor's Degree in Kinesiology with concentration in Sports and Recreation Management

Special Skills: Sleeping, eating, drinking, watching TV

Three words that describe me: Compassionate, Authentic, Driven

Favorite Quote: "Don't act like you're not impressed" - Ron Burgundy

Title of my autobiography would be: Winning at Life

I'm Notorious for…playing golf and being a Cardinals fan

Anne Culhane, Community Relations Manager -

Emeralds Debut: 2015

Past Teams: Cleveland Browns, AmeriCorps VISTA

Hometown: Cincinnati, OH

Education: Ohio University - Bachelor's Degree in Journalism and a Minor in Economics and Sports Management

Special Skills: Staying sane in an office full of guys, multi-tasking, turning on lights

Three words that describe me: Organized, Analytical, Ambitious

Favorite Quote: "People say I'm stubborn, but in reality I'm just determined" - Grandma Miklosh

Title of my autobiography would be: Living Life as a Black Sheep

I'm Notorious for….bringing people back to reality

Patrick Zajac, Ticket Sales Representative -

Emeralds Debut: 2014

Past teams: Los Angeles Brewers (California Collegiate League)

Hometown: Cypress, CA

Education: University of Oregon - Bachelor's Degree in Business Admin with concentration in Sports Business 

Special Skills: getting a sunburn, falling asleep very quickly, and giving Allan a hard time.

Three words that describe me: Genuine, Lighthearted, Solid.

Favorite Quote: "When you come to a fork in a road, take it" -Yogi Berra

Title of my autobiography would be: Stop Asking Me to Buy a Vowel

I'm Notorious for….having an opinion on any sports topic

Cam LaFerle, Ticket Sales Representative & On Field MC -

Emeralds Debut: 2015

Past Teams: University of South Alabama Jaguars and Kenosha Kingfish

Hometown: Elgin, IL

Education: University of South Alabama - Bachelor's Degree in Broadcast Journalism 

Special Skills: speaking loudly into small mics, turning the whole office against me, and being able to shorten my name from Cameron to Cam

Three words that describe me: Loud, Fun, and MORE LOUD

Favorite Quote: "Happiness isn't good enough for me! I demand euphoria!" - Calvin and Hobbes

Title of my autobiography would be: Try Not to Yell Into the Mic - The Story of Cam LaFerle

I'm Notorious for….making really dumb bets with Patrick

Brian Vucovich, Sponsorship Activation Manager -

Emeralds Debut: 2015

Past Teams: Several Hard Rock Bands

Hometown: Chicago, IL

Education: University of Oregon - Business Administration with concentration in Sports Business

Special Skills: Talking backwards, being excellent in your presence, doing a mean Monster Mash

Three words that describe me: Baseball, Beer and Barbecue

Favorite Quote: "My jacket says dry clean only…which means it's dirty" - Mitch Hedberg

Title of my autobiography would be: This One Time on Our Tour Bus…

I'm Notorious for.…being super awesome all the time

Danny Cowley, Graphic Designer -

Emeralds Debut: 2012

Past Teams: Pit Crew (UO Student Section)

Hometown: Roseburg, OR

Education: University of Oregon - Bachelor's Degree in the Graphic Design program with a minor in Art History

Special Skills: Drawing, painting and rooting on the Ducks

Three words that describe me: Passionate, Loyal and Fun-loving

Favorite Quote: "Are you really sure that a floor can't also be a ceiling?" - M.C. Escher

Title of my autobiography would be: Luchadores and Oregon - The Legend of dUckbOy

I'm Notorious for….being a perfectionist & playing the ballpark music too loud.