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ADMINISTRATION

Garry Arthur Chief Operating Officer

Garry Arthur Garry Arthur serves as the Sounds' Chief Operating Officer and oversees all day-to-day operations related to the ballclub.

He was named to the position in January 2015 after previously serving as a senior advisor to Sounds ownership dating back to MFP Baseball LLC's acquisition of the club in 2009.

Nashville is Arthur's fourth stop in the Pacific Coast League. He previously served a combined 14 seasons as General Manager in Sacramento (1999-2004), Vancouver (1998-99), and Calgary (1989-95). During those tenures, Arthur's teams recorded more than 1,000 wins and his teams carry a 30-18 record in eight postseason appearances.

Among the most decorated executives in Minor League Baseball, Arthur was the 2002 winner of The Sporting News' Minor League Executive of the Year award, a prestigious honor that is selected from among all executives among the 176 minor league teams. He was also named as the 1999 recipient of the PCL Executive of the Year award.

Arthur served as Senior Vice President and General Manager of the River Cats during the team's first six seasons in Sacramento from 1999-2004 and oversaw the successful opening of Raley Field. During his tenure, the River Cats won two Pacific Coast League Championships (2003-04) and four PCL South Division titles (2000-01, 2003-04).

After departing Sacramento at the conclusion of the 2004 campaign, Garry served as a consultant to the River Cats as well as to the Pacific Coast League, chairing its Scheduling Committee. He has been associated with the PCL since October 1988 when he was named General Manager of the Triple-A Calgary Cannons, a position he held for seven seasons from until 1995.

After his Cannons stint, he was named Vice President of Japan Sports Systems, a Japan-based company which owned the Triple-A Vancouver Canadians, in November 1996. He became General Manager of the Canadians in 1998, and he held that position until the franchise was relocated to Sacramento following the 1999 Triple-A World Championship season.

Prior to his career in baseball, Arthur spent five years working for the XV Olympic Winter Games, which were held in 1988 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. He began his tenure with the XV Olympic Winter Games as the Manager of Information Systems (1984-85) and was promoted to Press Secretary (1985-87) in 1985. In 1987, he was appointed Director of the Chairman's Office for the XV Olympic Winter Games. For his efforts (the Games made a $146 million profit), Arthur received the Alberta Achievement Award in 1988.

His professional career began in sports broadcasting. Arthur was a broadcaster with CBC (Canada) radio and television for 12 years and spent one year as Vice President of All-Pro Sports Consultants, Inc. (1984).

The native of Vancouver, British Columbia has two grown children: a daughter, Stacey, and a son, Jamie.

Email: garthur@nashvillesounds.com

 


Barb Walker Director of Accounting

Barb Walker 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.

Email: BarbW@nashvillesounds.com

 


Jane Nicholson Executive Assistant

Jane NicholsonJane is responsible for assisting the Nashville Sounds executive team by maintaining schedules and appointments, transcribing documents, drafting letters, attending meetings and creating reports. She joined the Sounds in January 2015.

Prior to the Sounds, Jane served as a Public Relations Intern at Major League Baseball - Office of the Commissioner, where she was responsible for the daily clips report, assisting with league media guides and working on events such as the 2014 First Year Player Draft and the 2014 All-Star Game Event. She also spent October of 2013 assisting the Media Relations Department at the Boston Red Sox.

Jane graduated from Elon University with a Bachelors in Sport and Event Management and is originally from Longmeadow, Massachusetts. In her free time, she enjoys running, tennis and travelling to new places. Her favorite sports teams are the Boston Bruins, New England Patriots, Georgia Bulldogs and Chelsea FC.

Email: JaneN@nashvillesounds.com

 

 

REVENUE

Jason Franke Senior Vice President - Corporate & Premium Partnerships

Jason Franke Jason oversees corporate partnerships, marketing, suites, and the ticket departments for the Sounds in his role as the team's Senior Vice President of Corporate & Premium Partnerships.

He initially joined the Sounds in December 2011 as Director of Corporate Partnerships after spending the previous 17 seasons with the PGA Championship, Tampa Bay Lightning, Utah Jazz, Detroit Pistons, Las Vegas Thunder and Las Vegas Stars.

Franke is an active member in the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, Nashville Convention & Visitors Bureau, Goodlettsville Chamber of Commerce, Mt. Juliet Chamber of Commerce, and One Williams County Chamber. Jason is also involved in the high school mentor program for the Pencil Foundation, the New Member Committee for the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, the advisory board for "Nashville Singers", and the Mt. Juliet Sports & Recreation Foundation.

Originally from Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota, 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 Florida Gators. In his free time, he enjoys golfing, traveling, hiking, frisbee golf, and attending outdoor festivals. Jason was recently married to Leslie and has one son, Caden. Jason and his wife were recently featured on the television show "House Hunters" on HGTV.

Email: JasonF@nashvillesounds.com

 


Chris Sprunger Director of Ticket Operations

Chris Sprunger 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.

Email: ChrisS@nashvillesounds.com


Chris Day Senior Premium Sales Manager

Chris Day Chris manages the premium sales staff and 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 and was promoted to his current role in November 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.

Email: ChrisD@nashvillesounds.com

 


Jilian Brake Premium Sales Manager

Jilian Brake 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.

Email: JilianB@nashvillesounds.com

 


Rob Koch Premium Sales Manager

Rob Koch 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.

Email: RobK@nashvillesounds.com

 


Eric Sundvold Premium Sales Manager

Eric Sundvold Eric is responsible for generating new sales leads, and selling group and season tickets. He joined the Sounds in a full-time capacity in January 2015.

Prior to the Sounds, Eric served as Clubhouse Security with the Kansas City Royals, where he maintained the safety and security of the players and interacted daily with players, their families, team and MLB officials, media and fans. He also spent three years working for Honeywell.

Eric graduated from Truman State University with a BS and BA in Business Administration and a BA in Economics. He is originally from Independence, Missouri. In his free time, he enjoys playing the guitar, attending sporting events and photography. His favorite sport teams are the Kansas City Royals, Kansas City Chiefs, Sporting Kansas City and the Missouri Tigers.

Email: EricS@nashvillesounds.com

 


Marcus Plumb Premium Service Manager

Rob Koch Marcus is responsible for cultivating relationships with current ticket holders and enhancing the customer experience through various events and experiences throughout the year. He joined the Sounds in a full-time capacity in January 2015.

Prior to the Sounds, Marcus served as a Ticket Sales Representative for the Orlando Magic where he generated revenue through season ticket sales, partial plans and premium seating. He also spent time working for the Nashville Sports Council as the Events & Programs Intern helping in the strategic development of Nashville Sports Council events.

Marcus graduated from Clemson University with a Bachelor's degree in Parks, Recreation & Tourism Management with a minor in Business Administration. Marcus is originally from Charleston, South Carolina. In his free time, he enjoys attending music festivals, being a diehard Chicago Bulls fan, and attending Clemson football games. His favorite sport teams are the Chicago Bulls, Chicago Blackhawks, Carolina Panthers and Clemson Tigers.

Email: MarcusP@nashvillesounds.com


Justin Webster Senior Group Sales Manager

Justin Webster 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.

Email: JustinW@nashvillesounds.com

 


Justin Fenlon Group Sales Manager

Justin Fenlon 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 worked in the Events & Finance Department 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 (Short-Season Single-A).

Justin graduated cum laude from Springfield College in Massachusetts with a Sport Management major and minor in Business. The New Jersey native is an avid runner, having completed the Marine Corps Marathon and also enjoys traveling and spending time with friends and family. His favorite baseball team is the Boston Red Sox, and via marriage to his wife, Christi, has also become a fan of the University of Tennessee. The two have a son named Johnathan.


Email: JustinF@nashvillesounds.com

 


Rebecca Woolard Group Sales Manager

Rebecca Woolard Rebecca is responsible for selling tickets as well as coordinating corporate events and private functions. She joined the Sounds in January 2015.

Prior to the Sounds, Rebecca served as the sideline reporter for the Gwinnett Braves where she delivered live dugout reports for the CSS-televised games. She also worked for the Charleston RiverDogs doing sideline reporting and color commentary for the home radio broadcasts.

Rebecca graduated from the University of South Carolina with a Master's degree in Broadcast Journalism and received her Bachelor's degree in Communication from the College of Charleston. She is originally from Camden, South Carolina. In her free time, she enjoys watching any baseball game, playing sports and watching movies. Her favorite sport teams are the Atlanta Braves, Carolina Panthers, South Carolina Gamecocks and College of Charleston Cougars.


Email: RebeccaW@nashvillesounds.com

 


Tim Nemes Group Sales Manager

Tim Nemes 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.

Email: TimN@nashvillesounds.com

 


Wilson Korte Group Sales Manager

Wilson Korte Wilson joined the Sounds in a full-time capacity in January 2015. He is responsible for generating new sales leads, and selling group and season tickets.

Wilson previously served as a Game Presentation Intern and Sales Associate with the Nashville Predators before joining the Sounds last season as a Sales Assistant. He also spent time working with Distributors Warehouse Inc., SANDLOTT Baseball, Stratford Baseball Club and Robert Half Technology.

Wilson graduated from the University of Mississippi with a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration. He then moved to Nashville to attend Belmont University, earning a Master's in Sport Administration and Leadership. Wilson is originally from Metropolis, Ill. In his free time, he enjoys golfing and attending live music and sporting events. His favorite sport teams are the Ole Miss Rebels and St. Louis Cardinals.

Email: WilsonK@nashvillesounds.com


Leon McCathen Ticket Operations Manager

Leon McCathen 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.

Email: LeonM@nashvillesounds.com


Ryan Madar Advertising Manager

Ryan Madar 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.

Email: RyanM@nashvillesounds.com

 


Jeff Hem Broadcaster / Corporate Partnerships Executive

Jeff Hem 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., and have a daughter, Greta, who was born in July 2013.

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!.

Email: JeffH@nashvillesounds.com

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Michael Brock Corporate Partnership Manager

Michael Brock Michael'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 joined the Sounds in February 2015.

Prior to the Sounds, Michael served as the Corporate Partnerships Manager for the Charlotte Checkers, the AHL affiliate for the Carolina Hurricanes, where he was responsible for developing new sponsorship programs while working closely with existing partners to ensure goals and objectives were met. He also spent a year working for Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Michael graduated from Ohio University with a marketing and communications degree and is originally from Harrison, Ohio. In his free time, he enjoys playing guitar, working out and traveling. His favorite sport teams are the Cincinnati Reds and Ohio Bobcats.

Email: MichaelB@nashvillesounds.com

 


Andi Grindley Corporate Partnerships Activation Manager

Andi Grindley 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.

Email: AndiG@nashvillesounds.com


Danielle Gaw Corporate Partnerships Activation Manager

Danielle Gaw 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, watching sports and taking her dog, Merle, on long walks. Her favorite sports teams are the St. Louis Cardinals, the Houston Texans, and the Missouri Tigers.

Email: DanielleG@nashvillesounds.com

 

 

OPERATIONS

Doug Scopel Senior Vice President - Operations

Doug Scopel Doug, who joined the Sounds in February 2000, oversees the media & public relations, team operations, stadium 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 2015 after previously serving a variety of roles, most recently as the Sounds' Vice President 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.

Email: DougS@nashvillesounds.com

 


James Rozzoni Vice President - Stadium Operations

James RozzoniJames 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.


Email: JamesR@nashvillesounds.com

 

 


Chad Green Stadium Operations Manager

Chad Green 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.

Email: ChadG@nashvillesounds.com

 


Jeremy Wells Assistant Stadium Operations Manager

Jeremy Wells 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.

Email: JeremyW@nashvillesounds.com

 


Thomas Trotter Head Groundskeeper

Thomas Trotter 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 East Nashville.

Email: ThomasT@nashvillesounds.com

 


Patrick Barnaby Assistant Groundskeeper

Patrick BarnabyPatrick 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.

Email: PatrickB@nashvillesounds.com

 


Grant Braden Media Relations Manager

Grant Braden

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, Mo. native attended Union University in Jackson, Tennessee, where he graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in Public Relations. Hailing from the Midwest, Grant loves the St. Louis Cardinals, Blues and Rams and thinks that St. Louis is the best sports town on the planet.

Email: GrantB@nashvillesounds.com


Mike Strasinger Team Photographer

Mike Strasinger 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.

 


Matt Gallant Clubhouse & Equipment Manager

Matt Gallant 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.

 

 

FAN EXPERIENCE

Brandon Yerger Senior Vice President - Fan Experience

Brandon Yerger Brandon oversees the Sounds' fan experience division, with direct supervision of the team's community relations, merchandising, in-park entertainment, and guest services.

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, served as the club's Assistant General Manager during the 2014 season, and was elevated to his current role in January 2015.

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.

Email: BrandonY@nashvillesounds.com

 


Mary Hegley Director of Entertainment

Mary HegleyMary is responsible for making sure every fan in First Tennessee Park has an entertaining experience. She oversees all pre-game ceremonies, on-field promotions, post-game activities and giveaways, among other duties. She joined the Sounds in February 2015.

Prior to the Sounds, Mary served as the Marketing Manager at the Charlotte Stone Crabs where she was responsible for all marketing, design, and game day entertainment. In addition to the Stone Crabs, she also served as coordinator for all game day entertainment during Spring Training for the Tampa Bay Rays.

Mary graduated from Florida State University with a degree in marketing and a minor in communications. She is originally from Clewiston, Fla. In her free time, she enjoys watching sports, exploring Nashville and drinking Dunkin Donuts coffee. Her favorite sport teams are the Florida State Seminoles, Pittsburgh Steelers and Atlanta Braves.

Email: MaryH@nashvillesounds.com

 


Amy Schoch Director of Guest Services

Amy SchochAmy is responsible for developing strategies and programs that make fan experience at the ballpark a top priority. She interacts with fans at the ballpark and helps deal with various issues that may arise. She joined the Sounds staff in January 2015.

Prior to the Sounds, Amy served as the Director of Ticket Operations at the Lehigh Valley IronPigs, where she managed all aspects of the ticket office as well as customer service and IT. She also spent four seasons working for the Hartford WolfPack.

Amy graduated from Alvernia University with a Bachelors in Marketing Originally from Reading, Pennsylvania, she enjoys playing field hockey, golf and running. Her favorite sports teams are the Philadelphia Eagles, Phillies and Flyers and the Michigan Wolverines.

Email: AmyS@nashvillesounds.com

 


Alex Wassel Creative Services Manager

Alex Wassel

Alex is responsible for overseeing the club's graphic design, electronic marketing, and social media efforts, as well as 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.

Email: AlexW@nashvillesounds.com


Katie Ward Director of Merchandise

Katie WardAs 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.

Email: KatieW@nashvillesounds.com


David Gumz Merchandise Manager

David GumzDavid is responsible for assisting all merchandise requests by taking inventory and helping operate the team store on gamedays, among other duties. He joined the Sounds in February 2015.

Prior to the Sounds, David served as the Assistant Manager at Sport Seasons where he helped with the daily operations of the store. He also spent 12 years working for Reebok as Store Manager and helped out as an usher with the Sounds for the past 13 seasons.

David graduated from Middle Tennessee State University with a degree in Physical Education and is originally from Madison, Wis. In his free time, he enjoys running, golf and watching movies. His favorite sport teams are the Green Bay Packers, Milwaukee Brewers and Nashville Predators.

Email: DavidG@nashvillesounds.com

 


Brett Ausbrooks Director of Multimedia Production

Brett AusbrooksBrett is responsible for overseeing the development and implementation of the club's multimedia creative content. This includes producing, writing, shooting, editing and providing direction on graphical production for features used for gamedays, off-site events, broadcast, internet, etc.

Prior to the Sounds, Brett served as the Game Entertainment Producer at Salt River Fields of Talking Stick, where he created and produced the in-game entertainment show for the spring training home of the Arizona Diamondback and Colorado Rockies. He also spent nine years working as a TV freelance professional for the Arizona Diamondbacks, Arizona Coyotes, Arizona State Sun Devils, Arizona Cardinals and ESPN.

Brett graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in TV Broadcast Journalism in 2006 and from Kansas State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice and English in 1999 and is originally from Indiana. In his free time, he enjoys concerts, hockey and football. His favorite sports teams are the Kansas State Wildcats, Indianapolis Colts and Arizona Coyotes. Brett is happily married to his wife, Terah, and has a son, RC, and daughter, Beverly.

Email: BrettA@nashvillesounds.com

 


Maddison Connell Community Relations Director

Maddison ConnellMaddison oversees the Sounds' many community initiatives and charity partnerships, focusing primarily on influencing our local youth through education, physical development and by maximizing community service. She joined the staff in February 2015.

Prior to the Sounds, Maddison served as the Manager of Operations and the President of the Sky Cares Foundation at the Chicago Sky, where she helped bring underserved Chicagoland youth to their very first Sky game. She also spent two years working for the Miami Dolphins.

Maddison graduated from Barry University with a degree in Sports Management and is originally from Chicago. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, traveling and catching a game. Her favorite sport teams are the Chicago Cubs, Chicago Blackhawks and the Miami Dolphins.

Email: MaddisonC@nashvillesounds.com

 


Danielle Ward Community Relations Manager

Danielle WardDani assists the Community Relations department by organizing donation requests, creating new programs and keeping the Sounds involved in Nashville. Dani joined the staff in October 2014.

Prior to the Sounds, Dani worked as a certified child life specialist at the Cohen Children's Medical Center.

She graduated from Vanderbilt University with a child development degree and is originally from New York City. In her free time, Dani enjoys hanging out with friends, running and going to the beach. Her favorite sports team is the New York Rangers.

Email: DanielleW@nashvillesounds.com

 


Buddy Yelton Mascot Coordinator

Buddy Yelton Buddy 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.

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.

Email: BuddyY@nashvillesounds.com

 


Ozzie Mascot

Ozzie 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".

Email: ozzie@nashvillesounds.com

 

CENTERPLATE (Stadium Food Service)

Dave Keitel General Manager - Food and Beverage

Dave KeitelDave 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 First Tennessee Park. He has direct supervision over a staff of 250+ who help with concessions, vending, suites, catering and other various game day needs.

Prior to the Sounds, Dave served as the General Manager for Centerplate at the Durham Performing Arts Center, and NewBridge Bank Park, home of the Greensboro Grasshoppers (Marlins-A).

Dave graduated from the University of Iowa with a Sociology degree and is originally from Iowa City, Iowa. In his free time, he enjoys playing golf, watching sports, and spending time with his wife, Lindsay, and their dogs, Thunder and Axl. His favorite sport teams are the Kansas City Chiefs, Oklahoma City Thunder, New York Yankees and Iowa Hawkeyes.

Email: david.keitel@centerplate.com

 


Brooke Kelley Accounting Manager - Food and Beverage

Brooke KelleyBrooke 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.

Email: brooke.kelley@centerplate.com

 


Deric Grooms Warehouse Manager

Deric GroomsDeric Grooms works for Centerplate Food Service as the Warehouse Manager and assists with all warehouse and concessions operations at First Tennessee Park. He joined the Centerplate staff full time in January of 2015.

Deric has been a part of Centerplate for three years, spending his first season at LP Field. In the spring of 2013 he started in the warehouse with the Sounds and worked his way up to manager after two successful seasons.

Deric attended Delta State University where he played football for the Statesmen. He is originally from South Fulton, Tenn. In his free time he enjoys playing sports, traveling and drag racing. His favorite sports teams are the Denver Broncos, Oklahoma City Thunder, St. Louis Cardinals and the University of Tennessee Volunteers.

Email: Deric.Grooms@centerplate.com

 


Sue Woodlee Administrative Assistant