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Front Office Staff


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ADMINISTRATION

Brad Tammen Vice President / General Manager

Brad Tammen 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.

Email: brad@nashvillesounds.com

 


Brandon Yerger Assistant General Manager

Brandon Yerger 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.

Email: brandonyerger@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: barbwalker@nashvillesounds.com

 


Katie Ward Merchandise Manager

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 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.

Email: katieward@nashvillesounds.com

 


Shauna Holman Executive Assistant

Shauna Holman Shauna serves as the executive assistant for the Sounds' general manager and ownership, oversees front desk operations, and helps to coordinate special events and functions for the team. She joined the Sounds at a full-time capacity in October 2013.

Prior to the Sounds, Shauna worked in the hospitality industry as a concierge at Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center. She also spent two years as the graduate assistant to the Athletic Director of Cumberland University, where she earned her master's degree in public service management after receiving her bachelor's degree in psychology.

During her undergraduate studies at Cumberland, Shauna was a student-athlete as a member of the volleyball team, where she played middle hitter and was honored as a member of the NAIA academic all-conference team.

Shauna has always been extremely passionate about photography and began her professional career during her first year of college when she started her own company, Shauna Lynn Photography. Shauna became a member of the Miss Tennessee USA organization when she competed for the title of Miss Tennessee USA in 2008 and 2009. She is originally from Nashville, Tennessee.

 

Email: shaunaholman@nashvillesounds.com

 

TICKET SALES

Eric Rowley Vice President - Ticket Sales & Service

Eric Rowley 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. 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.

Email: ericrowley@nashvillesounds.com

 


Justin Fenlon Group Sales Manager

Justin Fenlon Justin is responsible for selling tickets as well as coordinating corporate events and private functions at Greer Stadium. 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.


Email: justinfenlon@nashvillesounds.com

 


Chris Sprunger Ticket Operations Manager

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: chrissprunger@nashvillesounds.com


Chris Day Account Executive

Chris Day Chris is responsible for generating new sales leads, and selling group and season tickets at Greer Stadium. 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.

Email: chrisday@nashvillesounds.com

 


Rob Koch Account Executive

Rob Koch Rob is responsible for generating new sales leads, and selling group and season tickets at Greer Stadium. 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: robkoch@nashvillesounds.com

 


Tim Nemes Account Executive

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 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.

Email: timnemes@nashvillesounds.com


Justin Webster Account Executive

Justin Webster 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.

Email: justinwebster@nashvillesounds.com

 


RJ Campbell Sales Assistant

RJ Campbell RJ joined the Sounds in February 2014 and is responsible for generating new sales leads and selling group and season tickets at Greer Stadium.

Prior to the Sounds, RJ served as a Seasonal Sales Associate at the Nashville Predators and Bridgestone Arena, where he provided customer service with past and potential buyers to Bridgestone Arena events. He also spent two summers working as an intern for the Predators assisting in many different roles including the Accounting, Events, and Youth Hockey departments.

RJ attended the Florida State University where he earned a Bachelor's degree in Marketing. Growing up in Tampa, Florida, he enjoys playing golf, being on a boat, and listening to live music. He is a huge supporter of the Florida State Seminoles, Tampa Bay Rays, Tampa Bay Lightning and more recently, the Nashville Predators.


Email: rjcampbell@nashvillesounds.com


Wilson Korte Sales Assistant

Wilson Korte Wilson joined the Sounds in February 2014 and is responsible for generating new sales leads and selling group and season tickets at Greer Stadium.

Prior to the Sounds, Wilson served as a Sales Associate and Game Presentation Intern with the Nashville Predators, where he promoted and sold all events at Bridgestone Arena. He also spent time working for the Stratford High School baseball team and SANDLOTT baseball tournaments in east Nashville.

Originally from Metropolis, Illinois, Wilson graduated from the University of Mississippi in 2011 with a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration, majoring in Managerial Finance and minoring in Management. He then graduated from Belmont University in 2013 with a Master's Degree in Sport Administration.

In his free time, he enjoys playing golf, being outdoors, and live music and entertainment. His favorite sport teams are the Ole Miss Rebels and St. Louis Cardinals.


Email: wilsonkorte@nashvillesounds.com


Zach Larson Sales Assistant

Zach Larson Zach joined the Sounds in February 2014 and is responsible for generating new sales leads and selling group and season tickets at Greer Stadium.

Prior to the Sounds, Zach served as the Athletics Marketing Intern at Belmont University, where he assisted with game day promotions for home volleyball matches, basketball and baseball games. He was also in charge of creating and implementing marketing and promotions plans for the baseball season. He also spent one year working for Vanderbilt Athletics as a Marketing Intern.

Zach graduated from the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse with a degree in Business Management and will be receiving a Master of Sport Administration from Belmont University this year. The Madison, Wisconsin native enjoys bowling, watching baseball and spending time with friends . His favorite sports teams are the Milwaukee Brewers, Kansas City Chiefs and the Wisconsin Badgers.


Email: zachlarson@nashvillesounds.com


Leon McCathen Ticket Operations Assistant

Leon McCathen Leon joined the Sounds in March 2014. He 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.

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: leonmccathen@nashvillesounds.com

 

CORPORATE PARTNERSHIPS & MARKETING

Jason Franke Vice President - Corporate Partnerships & Marketing

Jason Franke 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 an 11-year old son, Caden.

Email: jasonfranke@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: ryanmadar@nashvillesounds.com

 

 


Jeff Hem Broadcaster

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.

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: jeffhem@nashvillesounds.com

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Andi Grindley Corporate Partnerships & Promotions 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: andigrindley@nashvillesounds.com

 

BASEBALL OPERATIONS & COMMUNICATIONS

Doug Scopel Vice President - Baseball Operations & Communications

Doug Scopel 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.

Email: doug@nashvillesounds.com

 


Alex Wassel Media Relations Manager

Alex Wassel

Alex, who joined the Sounds in January 2013, is responsible for writing and distributing press releases, managing game day press box operations, overseeing the club's social media and graphic design efforts, facilitating baseball information, and handling media requests and content of the team's publications and website. During the season, Alex supports the media with their gameday needs.

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: alexwassel@nashvillesounds.com


Steve Uhlmann Media Relations Assistant

Steve Uhlmann

Steve, who joined the Sounds in May 2014, is responsible for assisting the Media Relations Manager with press box operations, media requests and team publications.

Prior to the Sounds, Steve served as a beat writer at the Athens News in Athens, Ohio, where he covered Ohio University athletics for two years. He also spent the summer of 2013 as a media relations intern with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Steve graduated from Ohio University in 2014 with a degree in journalism and a minor in economics. In his spare time, the Pittsburgh native enjoys running, golfing, and spending time with his family and friends. His favorite sports teams are the Pittsburgh Pirates, Pittsburgh Penguins, and Ohio Bobcats.


Email: steveuhlmann@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 downtown Nashville.

Email: thomastrotter@nashvillesounds.com

 


Alex Norman Assistant Groundskeeper

Alex Norman 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.

Email: alexnorman@nashvillesounds.com

 


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.

 


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.

 

STADIUM OPERATIONS

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: chadgreen@nashvillesounds.com

 


Alex Mueller Stadium Operations Assistant

Alex Mueller Alex assists the stadium operations department for the Sounds, including the supervision of ballpark cleanliness and maintenance, parking staff, and security personnel.

Prior to the Sounds, Alex served as an intern with Middle Tennessee State University Athletics, where he assisted the media relations department with day-to-day operations. He also spent the last three summers with the Sounds working as a parking attendant at Greer Stadium.

Alex graduated from MTSU with a degree in marketing and is originally from Franklin, Tennessee. In his free time, he enjoys playing sports, spending time with friends, and attending concerts. His favorite sports teams are the Atlanta Braves, Minnesota Vikings and Arsenal FC.

Email: alexmueller@nashvillesounds.com

 


Jeremy Wells Stadium Operations Assistant

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: jeremywells@nashvillesounds.com

 


Brandon Williams Stadium Operations Assistant

Brandon Williams Brandon 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, Brandon served as a Graduate Teaching Assistant within the Health and Human Performance Department at Middle Tennessee State University. During this time, he also completed his Masters in Exercise Science. He received his Bachelors in Health and Human Performance from the University of Tennessee at Martin, where he was also a member of Kappa Alpha Order.

In his free time, the Tennessee native enjoys coaching, writing, hiking, and being out on the lake with his family and his dog, Penny Lane. His favorite sports teams are the Baltimore Ravens, Tennessee Volunteers, and St. Louis Cardinals.

Brandon has performed a number of roles over the years, from being an athletic performance coach to cardiac rehabilitation; but his passion has always been for sports. He is currently working towards his Masters in Sports Management.

Email: brandonwilliams@nashvillesounds.com

 

 

COMMUNITY RELATIONS

Shannon Lapsley Director of Community Relations

Shannon Lapsley 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.

Email: shannonlapsley@nashvillesounds.com

 


Buddy Yelton Community Relations Manager & Mascot Coordinator

Buddy Yelton 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.

Email: buddyyelton@nashvillesounds.com

 


Danielle Gaw Community Relations Assistant

Danielle Gaw Danielle assists with the Sounds' many community initiatives, focusing primarily on the team's highly successful Reading Club and Sounds CARE programs. Additional responsibilities include assisting with birthday sales, day camp sales, and fulfilling donation requests.

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.

Email: daniellegaw@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 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.

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