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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 - allan@emeraldsbaseball.com

Allan enters his fifth season as General Manager of the Emeralds and tenth season in minor league baseball. He spent five of the previous seasons with the Lake Elsinore Storm (High-A) of the California League where he served three years as Assistant General Manager. His focus in minor league baseball has always been affordable, family entertainment. His focus on entertainment stems from previous work in Hollywood as an agent's assistant and junior talent manager.
Since arriving in Eugene, Benavides has taken an active role in community involvement. He currently sits on the board for the Emerald Valley Boys and Girls Club, Eugene Little League and is a member of the Eugene Downtown Rotary Club. He also served on the steering committee for the Latino Business Network.
He is a native of Los Angeles, Ca which explains his deep love for the Los Angeles Dodgers. He is a graduate of the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Allan enjoys snowboarding, playing guitar with his eleven-year-old son Christian, spending time with his wife Caitlin and absolutely destroying golf courses in Lane County.

 


 Sarah Heth, Assistant General Manager - sarah@emeraldsbaseball.com

Heading into her fourth season with the Emeralds, 2013 will mark Sarah's 14th season in Minor League Baseball. After graduating from St. Norbert College with a degree in psychology and communication, Sarah joined the independent Joliet JackHammers as their Director of Community Relations and Promotions. Since then, she has worked for the Lake Elsinore Storm (San Diego Padres High-A affiliate) as their Director of Game Operations, Norfolk Tides (Baltimore Orioles Triple-A affiliate) in corporate sales and promotions, and-most recently before coming to Eugene-with the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (Milwaukee Brewers Single-A affiliate) as their Director of Corporate Marketing. She has also served as on-field emcee for six of her 14 seasons.

Sarah is originally from Appleton, Wisconsin.

 

 

 


Matt Dompe, Assistant General Manager; Director of Finance & Play-by-Play Broadcaster - matt@emeraldsbaseball.com

Matt earned his MBA from the University of Oregon in June 2013 after graduating from UCLA in 2005 with a degree in Business-Economics. Matt is entering his third season as Ems Radio broadcaster, fifth year with the organization, and tenth in professional baseball. Originally from San Jose, CA, he spent three seasons with the Lake Elsinore Storm (San Diego Padres Advanced-A affiliate) of the Cal League and managed to avoid winter for two years by working on the launch of the new Australian Baseball League.

He likes: NW IPA's, Day Games and long walks in the short grass...dislikes: the designated hitter and anything that has to do with U$C.

 


Casey Quirke, Assistant Director of Finance - casey@emeraldsbaseball.com

Casey is entering his second season with the Emeralds. He joined the club as an intern in 2013 and is currently pursing an accounting degree from the University of Oregon. Born and raised in the heart of San Francisco, Casey grew up watching Barry Bonds launch baseball after baseball into the water. A Proud Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory alumnus, Casey enjoys hanging with his very handsome puppy Reginald, reminiscing about his days on the Big Island of Hawaii, and playing living room tackle football with his two younger sisters.

 

 

 


Fei Li, Director of Tickets - fei@emeraldsbaseball.com

Fei is entering her third season as an Emerald. She attended the University of Oregon, while majoring in Geography. Being a local girl Fei loves watching the Oregon Ducks. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her boyfriend and Emeralds stadium announcer Ted, as well as her ticket office buddy Chris, and looking at maps.

 

 

 

 

 

 


 Chris Bowers, Assistant Director of Tickets - chris@emeraldsbaseball.com

Chris is entering his third season with the Emeralds. He was an intern for the 2012 and 2013 seasons. He is a current student at the University of Oregon studying Economics and Business. In his spare time Chris loves rooting for his beloved Ducks and Portland Trailblazers. He enjoys a nice bow tie, long walks on the beach, beautiful sunsets, and romantic candle lit dinners.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Nikki Ochs, Director of Food and Beverage - nikki@emeraldsbaseball.com

Nichole Nikki Ochs was born in Springfield, Missouri. After attending Saint Edwards University in Austin, Texas, Nikki embarked on many life adventures, before realizing her deep passion for food. The Emeralds fell in love with Nikki when she won a local hot dog eating contest. She can commonly be seen eating ballpark food and drinking an ice-cold beer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Gatlin Neuman, Director of Mascot Operations - gatlin@emeraldsbaseball.com

Gatlin is entering his second season with the Ems. After leaving his hometown of Bend, he attended the University of Oregon and received a bachelor's degree in Accounting with a minor in Economics. He enjoys rooting for the Ducks, Pittsburgh Steelers, Penguins, and the Pirates. Gatlin was also one of the men behind the mask of Puddles the Duck for three years at the University of Oregon.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Danny Cowley, Graphic Designer - danny@emeraldsbaseball.com

Danny is entering his third season with the Emeralds. He graduated from the University of Oregon's graphic design program in 2009. He has put his design skills to use as free lance graphic designer and exhibit preparator for the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art before interning with the Emeralds for the 2012 season. Danny, being from Roseburg, Oregon, is an avid Duck fan and grew up attending Ems games at Civic Stadium.