Front Office Staff
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|Brad Tammen||Vice President / General Manager|
Brad Tammen serves as the Sounds' general manager and oversees all day-to-day operations related to the ballclub.
He was named to his current post in September 2010 after serving as the club's Vice President of Sales & Marketing since October 2009.
He came to Music City after nine years with the Salt Lake Bees, where he served as Assistant General Manager and oversaw corporate sales as well as all gameday operations.
Brad began his career in 1990 with the Oklahoma City 89ers / Oklahoma RedHawks, the Triple-A affiliate of the Texas Rangers. During his 11 years with Oklahoma, Tammen served as the director of sales and promotions and was instrumental in directing sales and marketing efforts for the opening of AT&T Bricktown Ballpark in 1998.
A native of Charleston, Illinois, Brad is a graduate of Eastern Illinois University. He and his wife, Tammy, have three children: Adalida, Camden, and Layla.
|Doug Scopel||Assistant General Manager|
Doug Scopel, who joined the Sounds in February 2000, serves as the team's Assistant General Manager.
He oversees all aspects of media & public relations, baseball operations, stadium operations, groundskeeping, and community relations for the team.
Scopel directly oversees all baseball operations facets for the Sounds, including team travel, affiliate relations, and acts as the primary contact for visiting teams, umpires, and baseball personnel throughout the playing season.
He was promoted to his current position in January 2011 after previously serving a variety of roles, most recently as the Sounds' Director of Baseball Operations & Communications.
Scopel was honored by Minor League News as the 2006 P.R. Director of the Year, receiving the coveted Ralphie Award that is presented to the top media relations director selected from more than 800 people working at more than 700 professional sports clubs in minor league and independent sports.
Prior to arriving in Nashville, he served as a media/community relations assistant for the Rancho Cucamonga (Cal.) Quakes.
A Pittsburgh native, Scopel earned a journalism degree from Marquette University in Milwaukee and currently resides in Nashville.
|Jason Franke||Assistant General Manager - Sales & Marketing|
Jason oversees sponsorships, ticket sales, marketing, and promotions for the Sounds in his role as the team's Assistant General Manager. He was elevated to his current post in January 2013.
He initially joined the Sounds in December 2011 as Director of Corporate Partnerships after spending the previous 12 seasons with the PGA Championship, Tampa Bay Lightning, Utah Jazz, and Detroit Pistons.
Franke is an active member in the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, Nashville Convention & Visitors Bureau, Goodlettsville Chamber of Commerce, Cheatham County Chamber of Commerce, and One Williams County Chamber. Jason is also involved in the high school mentor program for the Pencil Foundation, on the New Member Committee for the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, and on the advisory board for "Nashville Singers."
Originally from Grove Heights, Minn., Franke earned a Sports Management degree from the University of Minnesota. Also too, he is a huge fan of the Minnesota Twins, Vikings, Golden Gophers, and Tampa Bay Lightning.
In his free time, he enjoys golfing, traveling, hiking, bicycling, and attending outdoor festivals. Jason has an 11-year old son, Caden.
|Barb Walker||Director of Accounting|
Barb Walker is responsible for all of the Sounds' accounting functions, including payroll. Walker joined the team in November 1999.
She was previously employed by Opryland Hospitality, serving as a senior accountant; Doane Pet Care, serving as accounting manager; and Metroland Printing, Publishing, & Distributing, where she was the administration manager.
The Canadian-born native of Kamsack, Saskatchewan earned her BBA from MTSU and also possesses her CPA certification. She resides in Nashville.
|Katie Ward||Merchandise Manager|
As the Sounds' merchandise manager, Katie Ward is responsible for the management of the Team Pro Shop. She places the orders for the merchandise displayed in the shop at Greer Stadium and manages a select staff to help out on game days. She is also responsible for online orders and designing the apparel.
Katie previously worked for the Sounds as a merchandise intern in 2009, where she helped out in the Pro Shop during games. She was promoted to her current position in May 2013.
Katie is originally from New York City and recently graduated from Furman University with a Health and Exercise Science degree.
|Shauna Holman||Executive Assistant|
Bio coming soon.
SALES & MARKETING
|Eric Rowley||Vice President - Ticket Sales & Service|
Eric joined the Sounds in December 2013 as the club's Vice President of Ticket Sales & Service. In this role, he oversees all aspects of the team's ticket sales staff and initiatives. In addition, he is responsible for coordinating corporate events and private functions at Greer Stadium.
He arrived in Nashville with a significant history of sales experience in the baseball industry. Eric spent the 2013 season as a Corporate & Sponsorship Account Executive with the Syracuse Chiefs after serving as the Vice President of Ticket Sales for the Greenville Drive in 2012. He began his professional career with five years working in various sales roles for the Frisco RoughRiders within the Mandalay Sports Properties group, advancing to his final position of Senior Corporate Marketing Manager in 2011.
Eric earned an undergraduate degree in broadcasting/mass communication from the State University of New York at Oswego.
|Eric Laue||Ticket Manager|
Eric Laue manages all aspects of ticket operations, including overseeing the Sounds' box office operation, season ticket sales and distribution, coordinating all ticket printing, and supervision of box office staff.
He joined the Sounds for a second time in January 2009 after spending the previous three seasons as Director of Tickets for the Double-A Huntsville (Ala.) Stars.
Eric's pro baseball career began with a pair of internships. He logged two years with the Richmond Roosters of the independent Frontier League in 2002-03 before joining the Sounds as a ticketing intern in 2004 & 2005.
The Le Sueur, Minn. native earned a recreation and sport management degree from Indiana State University. His hobbies include playing and watching sports, especially the Green Bay Packers. He is a Milwaukee Brewers fan.
|Brandon Yerger||Corporate Partnerships & Promotions Manager|
Brandon's responsibilities include assisting the Sales & Marketing department with creating corporate proposals, managing the sponsorship inventory, creating contracts, fulfilling sales related tasks, and selling groups and sponsorships. He also oversees all gameday promotions and elements for the club.
He initially joined the Sounds in February 2009 as a Sales & Marketing Assistant, and was promoted to Sounds Merchandise Associate during the season. He was hired to his first full-time post with the club as Account Coordinator in December 2009 and was elevated to his current position in January 2013.
Brandon graduated from Mansfield University in 2006 with a Bachelor's degree in Mass Communications, with a dual emphasis in Public Relations and Journalism. While at Mansfield he was a Founding Father of his chapter of Sigma Alpha Epsilon.
Prior to joining the Sounds, Brandon worked as a Sports Stringer for the Wellsboro Gazette. Originally from the village of Kreamer, Pa., he roots for the Cleveland Indians, Green Bay Packers, and The Ohio State Buckeyes.
|Andi Grindley||Account Executive|
Andi Grindley joined the Sounds in a full-time capacity in September 2013 after spending the previous summer as an intern with the team. She is responsible for generating new sales leads, and selling group and season tickets at Greer Stadium.
The Farmer City, Illinois native recently received her Masters Degree in Sports Management from Illinois State University, after triple-majoring as an undergrad.
She roots for the Illinois State Redbirds and the St. Louis Cardinals, and enjoys hiking and golf.
|Tim Nemes||Account Executive|
Tim Nemes joined the Sounds in a full-time capacity in October 2013 after spending the previous summer as an intern with the team. He is responsible for generating new sales leads, and selling group and season tickets at Greer Stadium.
The Plymouth, Mass. native received his Sports Management bachelor's degree from Towson University.
He roots for the Baltimore Orioles, New England Patriots, & Boston Bruins and enjoys playing golf and the beach.
|Justin Webster||Account Executive|
Justin is responsible for generating new sales leads, selling group and season tickets, as well as coordinating corporate events and private functions at Greer Stadium. In addition, he directly oversees the team's Faith Nights and Shining Stars programs.
He initially joined the Sounds as a ticket sales intern in January 2012 before being promoted to his current position in November 2012.
The Springboro, Ohio native received his Sport Management degree from Ohio University. He roots for the Cincinnati Reds, Denver Broncos, North Carolina Tar Heels, and Ohio Bobcats.
Jeff Hem, "the voice of the Sounds," joined the Sounds in 2012 and serves as the team's play-by-play announcer for all 144 games. Game broadcasts can be heard on 102.5 The Game (WPRT-FM) in the Nashville area as well as via an internet webcast available on the Nashville Sounds web site.
Jeff arrived in Nashville after spending the previous seven seasons as play-by-play voice of the Single-A Kane County Cougars of the Midwest League.
His career highlights include serving as the television broadcast announcer for the 2007 Midwest League All-Star Game and broadcasting from Wrigley Field in July 2008, when his Cougars club faced the Peoria Chiefs on the Chicago Cubs' home field.
During baseball off-seasons, Hem gained additional experience behind the mic while broadcasting high school football and basketball for schools in the greater Chicagoland area. In addition, he co-hosted a two-hour radio sports show, "The Big Sports Report," which discussed the Chicago sports scene and included interviews with various athletes, media, and sports personalities.
A graduate of the University of Iowa, Hem began his broadcasting career while in college before completing an internship with the Battle Creek Yankees en route to gaining his position with Kane County. He and his wife, Alissa, are natives of Aurora, Ill.
He authors the online "On the Air...and Off" blog, periodically updating about the inside workings of minor league baseball, life on the road in the Pacific Coast League, and anything and everything else going on with the Nashville Sounds. Jeff can also be found on Twitter.
Jeff is available to speak to civic, business, and other community groups. Please contact our Community Relations Dept. via e-mail to book him for your upcoming event!.
|Alex Wassel||Media Relations Manager|
Alex, who joined the Sounds in January 2013, oversees the team's communications, social media, and graphic design. During the season, Alex supports the media with their gameday needs and doubles as the team's beat writer for NashvilleSounds.com.
Previously, Alex worked as the Director of Communications for the Great Lakes Loons, a Single-A partner of the Los Angeles Dodgers, and ESPN 100.9-FM.
The Tennessee native began his career in sports in 2009, interning with the Triple-A Memphis Redbirds of the Pacific Coast League as their Communications Assistant.
Alex attended the University of Tennessee from 2004-2008 and graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism and Electronic Media. The Volunteer spends his free time exploring new music, watching Tennessee sports, and supporting the Belcourt Theatre.
Email: email@example.com | Twitter: @awassel
|Mike Strasinger||Team Photographer|
Mike Strasinger has served as the Sounds' team photographer since 2002.
Strasinger Photography is a Nashville, Tenn. business owned and operated by Mike, a professional photographer with over 12 years experience. Mike photographs Sports, Entertainment, Portraits, Weddings, and Corporate events.
Click here to visit his website.
|Thomas Trotter||Head Groundskeeper|
Thomas Trotter is responsible for the maintenance and management of the playing field and landscaping around the stadium. Field maintenance includes the outfield turf, infield turf and dirt, and the warning track.
Under his stewardship, the field at Greer Stadium was honored as the recipient of the 2011 Professional Field of the Year Award for the state of Tennessee by the Tennessee Turfgrass Association.
He joined the Sounds in April 2009. His previous experience in professional baseball include stints with the Louisville Bats (2006-09) and San Diego Padres (2005).
Originally from Greenville, S.C., Thomas is a graduate of Clemson University.
|Alex Norman||Assistant Groundskeeper|
Alex Norman is responsible for assisting with the maintenance and management of the playing field and landscaping around the stadium. Field maintenance includes the outfield turf, infield turf and dirt, and the warning track.
Originally from Kingston, Tenn., Norman interned for the Sounds in April 2010 was hired to his current full-time post in 2011.
He earned a Turfgrass Science & Management degree from the University of Tennessee.
|J.R. Rinaldi||Clubhouse & Equipment Manager|
J.R. is in his eighth season with the Sounds and his 21st season overall in pro baseball.
In addition to overseeing the clubhouse and equipment operations at Greer Stadium during the playing season, Rinaldi serves as the Director of Minor League Equipment for the Milwaukee Brewers throughout the year.
He began his career in 1991 for the Canton/Akron Indians, the Class AA affiliate of the Cleveland Indians at the time, and has worked for the Cleveland Indians, Cincinnati Reds, and Texas Rangers throughout his career.
J.R. is a native of Canton, Ohio, and a 20-year volunteer as Equipment Manager for the Professional Football Hall of Fame Game.
He has been an active volunteer at Canton McKinley High School for the last 22 years. The school has produced athletes such as New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, former Cleveland Cavaliers guard Eric Snow, and former Indianapolis Colts safety Mike Doss.
His hobbies include music. J.R. spent a few years on the radio early in his career back in Canton.
|Buddy Yelton||Community Relations Manager & Mascot Coordinator|
Buddy Yelton joined the Sounds front office staff on a full-time basis in January 2001 and oversees all game and non-game related activities pertaining to Ozzie, the Sounds' mascot. He also assists with birthday party sales and National Anthem coordination.
Yelton has served the team in a part-time role since April 2000 performing a variety of duties including ushering, on-field promotions, and mascot appearances.
Buddy enjoys meeting new people and talking about the Nashville Sounds. In his spare time, he loves to relax with his wife, Ashley, and their three children: Rebecca, Callix, and recent addition, Coralie Michelle. Buddy and his family reside in Spring Hill, TN and are proud members of the Thompson Station Church in Thompson Station. Buddy volunteers with The Room at the Inn and enjoys the great fellowship it provides for those in need.
Originally from Beaver County, Pa. Buddy is a diehard Pittsburgh Steelers and Pirates fan.
Ozzie has been entertaining Nashville Sounds fans since 1997.
Since joining the Sounds as part of the on-field promotional team, the Ball Brigade, Ozzie has worked hard to become a full time member of not only the Nashville Sounds Community Relations Department, but also a strong figure in the Nashville community.
Besides entertaining at Greer Stadium during games, Ozzie loves to travel around the Middle Tennessee area visiting local schools, libraries, hospitals, and anywhere fans are having fun. Ozzie always says, "You can plan an event all you want, but it's not a party until you invite me".
CENTERPLATE (Stadium Food Service)
|Dave Keitel||General Manager - Food and Beverage|
Dave Keitel works for Centerplate Food Service as the General Manager of Food and Beverage and is responsible for all the food and beverage operations at Greer Stadium. He has direct supervision over a staff of 150+, who help with concessions, vending, and other various game day needs.
Prior to the Sounds, Dave served as the General Manager at the Durham Performing Arts Center, where he won the Club Two 5 Award for increasing budgeted revenues by greater than 25% in his first year. He also worked in the South Atlantic League for the Greensboro Grasshoppers (Marlins-A).
Dave graduated from the University of Iowa with a Sociology degree and is originally from Iowa City, IA. In his free time, he enjoys playing golf, watching sports, and spending time with his girlfriend Lindsay and dog Thunder. His favorite sport teams are the Kansas City Chiefs, Oklahoma City Thunder, New York Yankees and Iowa Hawkeyes.