Front Office Staff
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|Brandon Yerger||Assistant General Manager|
Brandon assists the general manager in overseeing all day-to-day operations related to the ballclub, with direct supervision of the team's community relations, merchandising, and special events.
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, was elevated to a role as Corporate Partnerships & Promotions Manager in January 2013, and promoted to his current role in January 2014.
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.
|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 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.
|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.
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. The Saratoga Springs native lives with his wife, Kim; son, Marshall; and dog, Gehrig. His favorite teams include the New York Yankees, New England Patriots, and Notre Dame football.
|Justin Fenlon||Group Sales Manager|
Justin is responsible for selling tickets as well as coordinating corporate events and private functions. In addition, he manages the Sounds' sales interns throughout the year.
Prior to the Sounds, Justin served as an Exhibitor Service Representative at Nashville's Music City Center. He also spent three years working in customer service for the Washington Capitals and two years in sales with the Phoenix Coyotes. He began his career in sports in 2005 interning for the Vermont Expos of the New York Penn League.
Justin graduated cum laude from Springfield College in Massachusetts with a Sport Management major and minored in Business. The New Jersey native is an avid runner and most recently completed the 2012 Marine Corps Marathon. He also enjoys traveling and spending time with friends and family. His favorite sport team is the Boston Red Sox, and via marriage to his wife, Christi, has become an University of Tennessee fan. The two have a son named Johnathan.
|Chris Sprunger||Director Of Ticket Operations|
Chris Sprunger 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.
Prior to joining the Sounds in March 2014, Chris served as a Sports Ticketing Coordinator at the Tampa Bay Lightning, where he assisted in ticket operations for the Lightning, Tampa Bay Storm and all sporting events at the Tampa Bay Times Forum. He also spent 4 years working for the Charlotte Stone Crabs, and helping out with the Tampa Bay Rays Spring Training.
Chris graduated from Florida State University with a Bachelors in Marketing and is originally from Port Charlotte, FL. In his free time, he enjoys watching FSU football, going to concerts, attending sporting events, and exploring Nashville. His favorite sports teams are the Minnesota Twins, San Francisco 49ers, Tampa Bay Lightning and anything FSU.
|Jilian Brake||Premium Sales Manager|
Jilian is responsible for generating new sales leads, and selling group and season tickets. She joined the Sounds in a full-time capacity in October 2014.
Prior to the Sounds, Jilian served as the Inside Sales Representative at the Cincinnati Reds, where she focused on selling the full ticket menu for season and group sales. She also spent a season working for the Miami Dolphins.
Jilian graduated from Murray State University with a Bachelor's degree in Advertising and is originally from Villa Hills, Ky. In her free time, she enjoys playing golf, traveling and cooking. Her favorite sports teams are the Cincinnati Reds, Cincinnati Bengals and UK Basketball.
|Chris Day||Premium Sales Manager|
Chris is responsible for generating new sales leads, and selling group and season tickets. He joined the Sounds in a full-time capacity in January 2014.
Prior to the Sounds, Chris served as a Ticket Sales Representative for the Orlando Magic. He also spent two years interning for the University of Louisville Athletic Department, where he graduated with a Bachelors degree in Marketing and a minor in Communications.
The Corydon, Indiana native he enjoys playing golf, tennis, and fishing in his free time. His favorite sports teams are the University of Louisville Cardinals, the Denver Broncos, and the Cincinnati Reds.
|Rob Koch||Premium Sales Manager|
Rob is responsible for generating new sales leads, and selling group and season tickets. He joined the Sounds in a full-time capacity in January 2014.
Prior to the Sounds, Rob spent one season as an intern for the West Virginia Power, where he helped out with group sales, operations, fan assistance, and production. He has also enjoyed over 15 years working as an umpire for college and high school baseball games.
Originally from Independence, Kentucky, Rob graduated from Northern Kentucky University with a Bachelors of Communication. In his free time, he enjoys live music, golf, fishing and traveling. His favorite sport teams are the Cincinnati Reds, Kentucky Wildcats, and Cincinnati Cyclones. Rob's two favorite people are his girlfriend, Megan, and his dog, Frank.
|Tim Nemes||Account Executive|
Tim 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.
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. 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.
|Leon McCathen||Ticket Operations Manager|
Leon assists with our ticket operations, including: box office management; ticket order processing and fulfillment; selling season, group, and individual game tickets; and assisting sales staff with daily activities. He joined the Sounds in March 2014 as an assistant in the ticketing department and was promoted to his current role in August.
Prior to the Sounds, Leon served as the Box Office Representative at the American Airlines Arena, home of the Miami Heat, fulfilling customer service duties at all HEAT games and Arena events. He also spent two years working for Miami Marlins.
Leon graduated from the Barry University with a Master of Science in Sport Management and is originally from Gaithersburg, MD. In his free time, he enjoys participating and watching sports, listening to music, and spending time with family and friends. His favorite sport teams are Washington Redskins, Washington Nationals, and the Los Angeles Clippers.
CORPORATE PARTNERSHIPS & MARKETING
|Jason Franke||Vice President - Corporate Partnerships & Marketing|
Jason oversees corporate sponsorships, marketing, and promotions for the Sounds in his role as the team's Vice President of Corporate Partnerships & Marketing.
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 one son, Caden.
|Ryan Madar||Advertising Manager|
Ryan's responsibilities include generating new sales leads, selling corporate sponsorships, promoting Sounds baseball, and overseeing the club's advertising initiatives.
Prior to the Sounds, Ryan served as the Tournament Sales Director at Carolina Trail Golf Partners, where he managed golf tournaments and group sales at courses in Tucson, Arizona. He also spent three years working as a sports reporter for the NBC-affiliate in Roanoke, Virginia. He began his sports career in 2001, working for Keystone Sports & Event Marketing in North Carolina, and managed public relations duties for NASCAR driver Matt Kenseth's No. 17 Visine car.
Ryan graduated from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Broadcast Journalism and is originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family (wife, Jennifer; son, Zach; and daughter, Reese).
His favorite sport teams are the Pittsburgh Steelers, Pittsburgh Pirates, and Pittsburgh Penguins. He's also an avid fan of the Syracuse basketball team and the Virginia Tech football team.
|Alex Wassel||Creative Services Manager|
Alex is responsible for overseeing the club's graphic design, electronic marketing, and social media efforts, as well co-managing content of the team's publications and website.
He initially joined the Sounds in January 2013 as Media Relations Manager and was promoted to his current role in October 2014.
Prior to joining the Sounds, 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.
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!.
|Andi Grindley||Corporate Partnerships Activation Manager|
Andi'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. She also oversees all gameday promotions and elements for the club.
She joined the Sounds in a full-time capacity as an Account Executive in September 2013 after spending the previous summer as an intern with the team.
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.
|Danielle Gaw||Corporate Partnerships Activation Manager|
Danielle'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.
She joined the Sounds in a full-time capacity in September 2014 after serving as the club's Community Relations Assistant during the previous summer.
Prior to the Sounds, Danielle served as the Communications Intern at the Missouri State High School Activities Association, where she helped with publications, media, and state tournaments. She got her start in baseball with the Hannibal Cavemen of the Prospect League in 2011. She has also worked for the Houston Astros and the Mizzou Baseball team.
Danielle graduated from Columbia College with a Bachelor's in Sports Management and a Bachelor's in Marketing and is originally from Frankford, Missouri. In her free time, she enjoys the outdoors, antique shopping, and watching sports. Her favorite sports teams are the St. Louis Cardinals, the Houston Texans, and the Missouri Tigers.
BASEBALL OPERATIONS & COMMUNICATIONS
|Doug Scopel||Vice President - Baseball Operations & Communications|
Doug Scopel, who joined the Sounds in February 2000, serves as the team's Vice President of Baseball Operations & Communications. He oversees the media & public relations, team operations, and groundskeeping departments for the team.
Scopel directly manages all communications and baseball operations facets for the Sounds, including public relations, team travel, affiliate relations, clubhouses, bat boys, 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 2014 after previously serving a variety of roles, most recently as the Sounds' Assistant General Manager of Operations.
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.
|Grant Braden||Media Relations Manager|
Grant, who joined the Sounds in October 2014, is responsible for writing and distributing press releases, managing game day press box operations, co-managing the club's social media efforts, facilitating baseball information, and handling media requests and content of the team's publications and website. During the season, Grant supports the media with their gameday needs.
Prior to coming to the Music City, Grant previously worked in media relations roles with the Triple-A Memphis Redbirds, Double-A Jackson Generals, and at Union University.
The O'Fallon, Missouri native attended Union University in Jackson, Tenn., where he graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in Public Relations.
|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. He and his wife, Becky, reside in downtown Nashville.
|Patrick Barnaby||Assistant Groundskeeper|
Patrick joined the Sounds in the summer of 2014 and 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.
He served as the Sounds Groundskeeping Assistant in 2012, prior to spending six months as the head groundskeeper of the Clinton Lumberkings. A native of Honolulu, HI, Patrick graduated from Washington State University with a degree in turf and grass management.
When he's not laboring out in the sun with the Sounds' grounds crew, he can be found inside keeping cool by the A/C and following his favorite sports teams: the Cincinnati Reds, Green Bay Packers, and Washington State Cougars.
|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.
|Matt Gallant||Clubhouse & Equipment Manager|
Matt joined the Sounds prior to the 2014 season. He oversees the clubhouse and equipment operations at Greer Stadium during the playing season.
Matt has been working as a clubhouse manager in professional baseball since 2003. Prior to arriving in Music City, he spent the previous seven seasons at the Triple-A level, managing clubhouses in Louisville (2007-12) and Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (2013). He began his pro career with four seasons in the Tampa Bay Rays organization from 2003-06.
Matt has served as a clubhouse manager during each of the last two World Baseball Classics, working with the Cuban and South African teams in 2009 and the Brazilian team in 2013.
|Mike Strasinger||Team Photographer|
Mike Strasinger has served as the Sounds' team photographer since 2002.
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|James Rozzoni||Vice President - Stadium Operations|
James joined the Sounds in August 2014 as Vice President of Stadium Operations. In this role, he oversees all aspects of stadium maintenance, security, service contracts, and more.
Prior to the Sounds, James served as a Civil Engineer Captain in the United States Air Force, fulfilling various roles in construction and facility management.
James graduated from the University of Arizona with a degree in civil engineering and is originally from Albuquerque, NM. In his free time, he enjoys sports, traveling, and working on the house.
His favorite sports team is the Arizona Wildcats, where he performed as the team's mascot during his time as a student there.
|Chad Green||Stadium Operations Manager|
Chad oversees the stadium operations department for the Sounds, including supervision of ballpark cleanliness and maintenance, parking, medical, and security personnel.
He joined the Sounds in January 2014 after spending the previous six years working for the Greensboro (N.C.) Grasshoppers, where he worked his way up to the role of Director of Stadium Operations.
Under Chad's supervision, NewBridge Bank Park in Greensboro was recognized with the distinction as one of the Top 10 cleanest MiLB stadiums. His work with the Grasshoppers included planning and managing custodial duties for the ACC Conference Baseball Championship, the South Atlantic League All-Star Game, and the Triad Music Festival.
Originally from Charlotte, N.C., Chad obtained a bachelor's degree in education from North Carolina A&T University.
|Jeremy Wells||Stadium Operations Assistant|
Jeremy assists the stadium operations department for the Sounds, including the supervision of ballpark cleanliness and maintenance, parking staff, and security personnel.
Prior to joining the Sounds in February 2014, Jeremy served on the property management staff at the Bellevue Family YMCA where he maintained the quality and safety of equipment and the facility. He held positions as the Full Circle Sports Coordinator and the Adult Sports Coordinator where he managed different YMCA sports leagues. He also spent a couple of years working for Murry Construction in his hometown of Ponchatoula, LA.
Jeremy graduated from Ashford University with a Sports and Recreational Degree. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family, playing basketball, and being outdoors. His favorite sport teams are the University of Alabama Crimson Tide and the Nashville Predators.
|Shannon Lapsley||Director of Community Relations|
Shannon oversees the Sounds' many community initiatives and charity partnerships, focusing primarily on the team's highly successful Reading Club and Sounds CARE programs. Additional responsibilities include fulfilling donation requests. She joined the staff in January 2014.
Prior to the Sounds, Shannon served as the Community Relations Senior Coordinator at the Tampa Bay Rays, where she managed partnerships and programs with non-profit organizations in the Tampa Bay area, coordinated and executed Rays Baseball Foundation fundraising events, as well as Major League Baseball league-wide initiatives. She also spent a summer as a Corporate Sales intern for the Baltimore Orioles.
Shannon graduated from Western Michigan University with a Sales and Business Marketing degree. Also while at Western, Shannon earned multiple fitness certifications. Lapsley is originally from Saline, Michigan. In her free time, she enjoys fitness, outdoor adventures, country concerts, and lots of coffee. She also loves to spend time with her dogs, her mini-mutt, Rocky, and her Shiba Inu, Toby.
Her favorite sport teams are the Tampa Bay Rays, the Baltimore Orioles, and the University of Michigan Wolverines.
|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 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 fiancé Lindsay and dog Thunder. His favorite sport teams are the Kansas City Chiefs, Oklahoma City Thunder, New York Yankees and Iowa Hawkeyes.
|Brooke Kelley||Accounting Manager - Food and Beverage|
Brooke Kelley works for Centerplate Food Service as the Accounting Manager and assists with management of all the food and beverage operations at Greer Stadium.
Prior to her food and beverage role with the Sounds, Brooke spent five years working for Centerplate at LP Field. Starting as an intern, she quickly worked her way up to H.R. Manager, where she staffed the Titans facility with non-profits. She also holds experience in merchandise.
Brooke earned a Sports Management degree from Martin Methodist College, where she played softball all four years. She is originally from Mount Pleasant, TN, and enjoys traveling, reading, and playing sports in her free time. She loves and adores three God children: Alexis, Jaxson and Kinsley; and her favorite sports teams are the Atlanta Braves, Tennessee Titans, and University of Tennessee Volunteers.