Front Office Staff
Chairman - Cam McRae
Cam McRae spearheaded the purchase of the Kinston Indians by over 60 mostly local investors in 1994. In addition to being the Chairman of the Kinston Indians, Cam owns and operates 50 Bojangles' Famous Chicken n' Biscuit restaurants, The Peach House Restaurant, as well as two RightWay convenience stores. He is the president of the Bojangles' Franchisee Association, a member of the Bojangles' Hall of Fame, and was the 1996 North Carolina Restaurateur of the Year. Cam was recently awarded the Kinston/Lenoir Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year for 2008. As a childhood Dodgers fan, Cam graduated from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, and currently resides in Kinston. Cam and his wife Sally have two children, Scott and Katie, and three grandchildren, Cameron, Kat and Mac.
General Manager - Benjamin Jones
Benjamin Jones begins his first season as General Manager for the Kinston Indians. Jones spent the last four seasons as the General Manager for the nearby Wilson Tobs of the Coastal Plains League. Jones began his career in baseball as an intern for the Johnson City Cardinals in 2004. He returned to work for the Cardinals the following season as the Director of Stadium Operations. In December of 2005 Benjamin stepped into a full time position with Johnson City as the Assistant General Manager. Benjamin is a native of Raleigh, North Carolina and a graduate of East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, Tennessee. Jones graduated from ETSU in December 2005 with a B.S. in Sport and Leisure Management. Benjamin is married to wife Lesley.
Assistant General Manager - Matthew Rau
Matthew Rau begins his first season as Assistant General Manager for the Kinston Indians. Matthew is a native of Fargo, North Dakota, and joins the K-Tribe after working for the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks of the American Association for the past 6 seasons. Rau attended North Dakota State University in Fargo where he played baseball for the Bison while pursuing a degree in Business Administration. Matthew completed his B.A. in Business Administration at Ashford University in Clinton, Iowa with an emphasis on Marketing and Public Relations. Rau has also held the position of Director of Technology at Hope Lutheran Church in Fargo, and coached the Fargo American Legion Baseball team for 3 years.
Director of Broadcasting and Public Relations - Connor Shreve
Connor is in his first season with the Indians and second in professional baseball. Shreve hosts the Kinston Indians weekly television show, Tribe Talk, seen all over Eastern North Carolina. The Las Cruces, New Mexico native came to North Carolina from the Denver/Boulder area in Colorado, where he lived for nearly two decades before becoming the Sports Director at KCCR/KLXS in Pierre, SD. While in South Dakota, Shreve called baseball, football, hockey, soccer and basketball while covering high school athletics for two separate programs. Shreve spent 2010 with the AA Southern League affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers, the Huntsville Stars. While in Alabama, Shreve played a role in all 140 broadcasts, serving as a play by play broadcaster, sideline reporter and studio host. Shreve graduated from the Ohio Center for Broadcasting in Lakewood, CO.
Food and Beverage Director - Tony Patterson
Tony will continue as the Food and Beverage Director for the 2011 season. Tony has years of experience in the food and beverage industry, including owning a catering company and restaurant. He is a familiar face at Grainger Stadium, where he has worked as the picnic caterer for the last nine years.
Head Groundskeeper-Stephen Watson
Stephen Watson is starting his fourth season as Head Groundskeeper at Historic Grainger Stadium. Watson was the Carolina League's Sports Turf Manager of the year in 2009. Watson has worked at a number of golf courses, including working at the Kinston Country Club part-time. Watson has maintained turf grass for a total of 10 years. Watson worked for the city of Kinston in the Parks and Recreation Department for six years prior to joining the K-Tribe. Wastson is a Kenly, North Carolina native and 1999 graduate of North Carolina State University with a degree in Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management. Stephen is married to his wife Heather.