Front Office Staff
Ownership - Operated by DSF Sports
Art Solomon is the President and CEO of DSF Sports, the parent company of the New Hampshire Fisher Cats and the Bowling Green Hot Rods, Class A affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays, located in Bowling Green, Ky.
Under Art's direction, the Fisher Cats have earned several distinctions throughout the baseball industry. Most recently, the Fisher Cats earned the Eastern League nomination for the 2012 John H. Johnson President's Trophy, which recognizes the top organization in Minor League Baseball based on franchise stability, contributions to the community, and promotion of the baseball industry.
In 2010, the club was honored with the prestigious Larry MacPhail Award as the nation's best in promotional effort and community involvement. In 2009 the club won Baseball America's Double-A Bob Freitas Award recognizing the Fisher Cats as the most outstanding franchise at the Double-A level for overall business operation and long-term success.
The Hot Rods begin their fifth season of baseball and family-friendly entertainment in 2013. Drawing over 900,000 fans in four seasons, the Hot Rods are the #1 attended sports team in the South Central Kentucky region. Since 2009, the Hot Rods organization has participated in over 2,000 community events, and Bowling Green Ballpark has hosted over 80 additional events as it continues to serve as the centerpiece to the thriving downtown Bowling Green area.
Art has reproduced his blueprint for successful minor league baseball teams into a new book called 'Making It in the Minors'. It details the behind-the-scenes, often-untold stories about the business of baseball, from acquiring a franchise to developing marketing and branding strategies, and more. All proceeds from the book are being donated to Minor League Baseball Charities.
Only second to his love of family and baseball is Art's commitment to strong and vibrant local communities. The Fisher Cats and the Fisher Cats Foundation have raised more nearly $2.5 million for regional non-profit groups, headlined by the annual Granite State Baseball Dinner, which generated nearly $170,000 for charity in 2012. In four seasons, the Hot Rods have contributed more than $400,000 in cash, goods, and services to charitable organizations in SouthCentral Kentucky.
Earlier in his career, he worked for the anti-poverty programs in New Haven, Connecticut and in Washington D.C. While he was as a professor of Economics and Urban Studies at M.I.T., he served as the Executive Director of the Harvard-M.I.T. Joint Center for Urban Studies -- a leading think tank on the development of our cities and regions.
Widely regarded as one of the most successful investors, developers, and operators in the United States real estate market, Art holds a B.A. from Brown University, an M.A. from Trinity College, and a Ph.D. from Harvard University.
He is married to Sally Lapides and has three children, two step children and eight grandchildren.
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Front Office Staff
|Rick Brenner||President & General Manager|
Rick will count the 2014 season as his 22nd in Minor League Baseball, and his ninth as President of the Fisher Cats. He also serves as President of DSF Sports, the parent company for the Fisher Cats.
As an executive in Minor League Baseball, Brenner has led his respective organizations to many prestigious awards throughout his career. Most recently, the Fisher Cats earned the Eastern League nomination for the 2012 and 2013 John H. Johnson President's Trophy, which recognizes the top organization in Minor League Baseball based on franchise stability, contributions to the community, and promotion of the baseball industry.
Previous honors include the 2010 Larry MacPhail Award as the nation's best in promotional effort and Baseball America's Double-A Bob Freitas Award in 2009. The Fisher Cats have also been perennial award winners locally, taking home 'Best Sporting Event to Take Clients To' in the New Hampshire Business Review's Best of Business Awards for seven consecutive seasons. The team has been repeat winners for the last three years as 'Best NH Sports Team' and 'Favorite Sporting Event for Families' in NH Magazine and Parenting NH Magazine, respectively.
Before he joined the Fisher Cats, Rick led the Trenton Thunder to a pair of notable honors: the John H. Johnson President's Trophy as the nation's best baseball franchise in 2005 and the Larry MacPhail Award in 2003. Rick's organizational accolades have led to several individual honors. In 2009, he was named the Baseball Executive of the Year by Ballpark Digest. He has been named Eastern League Executive of the Year twice, including 2008 with the Fisher Cats.
Rick's leadership has developed the Fisher Cats into one of the top drawing teams in the Eastern League. A season ago, the Fisher Cats posted an official attendance that exceeded 353,000, and produced some of the largest individual crowds in team history.
Under Rick's direction both the Fisher Cats have developed a strong philanthropic reputation in their respective communities. The Fisher Cats and the Fisher Cats Foundation have raised more nearly $3 million for regional non-profit groups, headlined by the annual Granite State Baseball Dinner, which has generated more than $1 million since 2007.
Rick is an active member in the community and Minor League Baseball. He serves on the boards of the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce and Manchester Police Athletic League. He is also on the board of the Double-A Eastern League and Class A Midwest League.
Brenner, a graduate of Plymouth State University, resides in New Hampshire with his wife, Jenn, and their three children.
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|Mike Ramshaw||Senior Vice President, Sales|
Mike is in his eighth year in Minor League Baseball after joining the Fisher Cats in the fall of 2006. He spent his first season as the Fisher Cats' Director of Ticket Sales, progressing to his current position as the team's Vice President of Sales. Mike's previous sales experience came with Nestle Waters North America where he served as a Key Account Development Manager for the Poland Spring brand.
A member of the 2011 Eastern League Champions, Mike was also a vital piece of the 2010 Fisher Cats front office that was presented the 2010 Larry MacPhail Award, naming the club as the top team for promotional effort and community involvement throughout all levels of Minor League Baseball. Mike was also a member of the Fisher Cats Front Office Team that were awarded the 2009 Double-A Bob Freitas Award by Baseball America, recognizing the club for achieving long-term success in Minor League Baseball.
Mike is an active member of the community, serving as a committee chairman for Cub Scout Pack 901 and Explorer Post 1137 in Londonderry. He also serves as the Family Friends of Scouting Chair for the Boy Scouts of America, Daniel Webster Council.
This combination of business success and personal involvement in the community has earned Mike recognition as a 2013 '40 under Forty' by the New Hampshire Union Leader.
Mike is a native of Southern New Hampshire who graduated from Pinkerton Academy and attended Hesser College. He currently resides in Londonderry with his wife, Tracey, their sons Gabriel and Colby, and daughters Abigail and Sophia.
|Steve Pratt||General Counsel & Vice President, Business Operations|
Steve joined the Fisher Cats in 2012, starting as the Vice President of Business Operations before accepting the additional role of General Counsel in 2014. He brings a unique background that combines business and baseball. He has been involved with baseball in some capacity nearly his entire life having played catcher at the University of California, Santa Barbara where he earned his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. While at UCSB, Steve led the nation in Division I home runs for a portion of the season. He was drafted by the Oakland Athletics, but ultimately signed after his senior year with the San Francisco Giants organization. After injuring his arm, he attended law school where he obtained his Juris Doctor from California Western School of Law.
Steve was a trial lawyer for twelve years and tried notable, nationally recognized cases to jury. After years of practicing law, Steve left his firm to be the founder and CEO of a venture-funded technology start-up. The company was ultimately sold and he went on to pursue other entrepreneurial opportunities and start-ups where he served in a variety of roles including Founder, CEO and President. One of the start-ups involved a baseball technology and baseball training facility which reignited his passion for the sport. During that time, he was fortunate to enjoy the opportunity to coach high school baseball in Scripps Ranch (San Diego, CA) where he led his teams to league titles two out of the three years, and guided one of the teams deeper into the playoffs than any team in the history of the school.
Steve resides in Bedford, NH, with his wife, Kathy, and their two children
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|Luke Reiff||Vice President, Business Development|
Joining the Fisher Cats after 13 seasons in Minor League Baseball, Luke Reiff brings a wealth of experience as New Hampshire's new Vice President of Business Development.
Prior to the Fisher Cats, Reiff spent eight seasons with the Stockton Ports (Class A Advanced affiliate of the Oakland Athletics), three years with the Fresno Grizzlies (AAA affiliate of the San Francisco Giants), and began his front office career with two seasons with the Indianapolis Indians (AAA affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates).
Over his years in Stockton, Reiff directed all ticket sales and customer service efforts, which resulted in all-time high attendance figures and contributed to team profitability records. He also oversaw the Ports marketing, merchandising and operations efforts.
A native of Bluffton, Ind., Luke is a graduate of Indiana University, and is an avid Indiana Basketball and Football fan. He also cheers for the Indianapolis Colts, and grew up idolizing Dale Murphy while watching the Atlanta Braves on TBS.
|Erik Lesniak||Executive Director, Sales|
Erik is in his 13th year in minor league baseball, and his tenth with the Fisher Cats. Prior to joining the Fisher Cats, Erik worked two seasons with the New Haven Ravens, the team that ultimately moved to New Hampshire. After joining the Fisher Cats in the fall of 2003, Erik spent his first eight seasons as the Fisher Cats' Director of Group Sales, progressing to his current position as the Executive Director of Sales.
Erik is an active member in the community serving as a volunteer for various non-profits like the Lions Club, Kiwanis Club, Rotary Club, Gold Star Mothers Memorial, and many more.
Erik is a native of Western Massachusetts who graduated from South Hadley High School, and attended Holyoke Community College and Westfield State College. He currently resides in Manchester with his wife, Kristen, and their son, Jayden.Click to Email
|Tim Hough||Executive Director, Box Office Operations|
Tim, a native of Barnstead, New Hampshire, has been with the Fisher Cats since 2007, when he started as the Media Relations Intern. Tim was promoted to Media Relations Assistant in 2008 and then named as a Ticket Sales Account Executive/Media Relations Assistant when he started in a full-time capacity in 2009. Following the 2009 season, Tim was named as the Box Office Manager before being promoted to Director of Box Office Operations in 2010.
Hough is a 2005 graduate of Coe-Brown Northwood Academy, and then continued his education at New Hampshire Technical Institute and Southern New Hampshire University, where he earned a Bachelors Degree in Sport Management in December 2008.
Tim was a proud member of the 2010 Fisher Cats front office that was presented the 2010 Larry MacPhail Award, naming the club as the top team for promotional effort and community involvement throughout all levels of Minor League Baseball. Tim was also a member of the team that was awarded the 2009 Double-A Bob Freitas Award by Baseball America, recognizing the club for achieving long-term success in Minor League Baseball.
Tim also works in the sports department of the Concord Monitor and spends his free time following his favorite NBA team, the Utah Jazz.
|Tom Gauthier||Executive Director, Broadcast & Media Relations|
Tom joined the Fisher Cats in November of 2011 as the team's radio broadcaster and Director of Media Relations. Prior to moving to NH, he served the same roles with the Bowling Green Hot Rods, the Class A affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays in Bowling Green, Ky., from 2009-2011.
A life-long sports fan, Tom began his broadcasting career upon his graduation from Emerson College in 2003. He covered news and sports with various radio stations in New Hampshire, including the Fisher Cats' radio home on WGIR AM 610. He also broadcast high school basketball and football games before graduating to college athletics in the mainstream (football, basketball, ice hockey) and the lesser known (volleyball, field hockey).
During this time, Tom also worked as an official scorer with the Fisher Cats before switching to baseball full-time for the 2008 season. After a year as the assistant broadcaster with the Portland Sea Dogs, he became the first radio broadcaster for the Hot Rods for their inaugural 2009 season.
A native of Epping, Tom now lives in Manchester with his wife, Judy, their daughter, Isla, and the family dachshund, Moose. In his spare time he's a poor-to-average golfer, some-what avid reader, and completely over-the-top fan of the University of Michigan football team.
|Jenna Raizes||Executive Director, Marketing & Public Affairs|
Jenna joined the Fisher Cats for the start of the 2012 season. She is a native of Weimar, Texas, and graduate of Weimar High School. Jenna received her bachelor of arts in journalism and master of science in sports and leisure commerce degrees from the University of Memphis in 2006 and 2007, respectively. Raizes, formerly Kubesch, also pitched for the University of Memphis softball team in the 2006 and 2007 seasons, and collected 401 strikeouts with a 37-24 career record for the Tigers.
Raizes formerly worked at the University of New Hampshire for Wildcat Sports Properties, a property of Learfield Sports. She also spent a year serving as an event and sponsorship coordinator for CHaD, the Children's Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock, and two years as the head softball coach at Portsmouth High School. Jenna still serves on the Friends of CHaD Board and coaches youth softball clinics throughout the state.
Raizes currently resides in Portsmouth, NH, with her husband, Charley.
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|DJ White||Executive Director, Stadium Operations|
DJ originally joined the Fisher Cats in May of 2010 as a seasonal stadium operations assistant. Following the season, the Rochester native was brought on as the full-time stadium operations manager, before being promoted to Director of Stadium Operations in April of 2013.
A graduate from Spaulding High School in Rochester, DJ attended Southern New Hampshire University where he earned a Bachelors Degree in Sport Management in May 2010.Click to Email
|Ben Carr||Director, Ticket Sales|
Joining the Fisher Cats in 2013, New Hampshire native Ben Carr returned to his home state and to the industry his heart never left as the Director of Ticket Sales. Ben began his career as an intern in Great Falls, Mont., working for the Great Falls White Sox (now the Great Falls Voyagers, Class A rookie affiliate of the Chicago White Sox). After his time in Great Falls, Ben spent two seasons as the Ticket Sales Manager for the Utah Grizzlies hockey team in Salt Lake City, Utah, followed by two and half years in Stockton, Calif., with the Stockton Ports (Class A advanced affiliate of the Oakland Athletics). With every organization he's been a part of, Ben has led the staff in sales and group events both on a personal level and with the teams he managed.
Now after a few years away, Ben returns to baseball with a wealth of knowledge and experience in sales, management, budgeting and other valuable areas.
An avid sports fan, Ben is excited to be back in New England raising his kids the right way near his beloved Red Sox and Celtics. He currently lives in Greenland with his wife, Katie, and their two kids.
|Stephanie Fournier||Director, Hospitality & Special Events|
Stephanie joined the Fisher Cats near the end of the 2012 season, and was promoted to her current position in the fall of 2013. She brings a wide variety of experience in the hospitality and entertainment industries ranging from restaurants, concert venues, banquets, and event sales, as well as leadership roles in operations, including six years with the Hard Rock Cafe and Hard Rock Live at Universal Orlando.
Her unique skill set in special event coordination and sales, along with a Master of Science degree in Hospitality Management from the University of Central Florida, have led her to her current role with the Fisher Cats, her first sports entertainment venture.
After living 10 years in Orlando, Fla., the New Hampshire native currently resides in Auburn.
|Dan Boyle||Sports Turf Manager|
Dan is the Fisher Cats' head sports turf manager after joining the team in an assistant role in 2012. Prior to joining the Fisher Cats, Dan spent the 2011 season as an intern with the Louisville Bats under Head Groundskeeper Tom Neilsen.
A native of Lincoln University, Pa., Dan graduated in March of 2012 from Rutgers University's Professional Golf Turf Management School.
In his spare time Dan enjoys fishing and watching football, especially his Notre Dame Fighting Irish. Like any good Philadelphian, Dan also cheers on the city's many sports teams. He currently resides in Manchester, NH.
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|Sean Hladick||Production & Graphic Design Manager|
Sean Hladick joined the New Hampshire Fisher Cats in the fall of 2012 as the Production and Graphic Design Manager. Prior to accepting a position with the Fisher Cats, Hladick spent three years as the Assistant Director of Athletic Media Relations with UMass Lowell.
Hladick, a 2008 graduate of the University of Maine, managed all publicity for UMass Lowell's Division I ice hockey team, along with its Division II baseball, field hockey and volleyball programs. In this role he has overseen press boxes for nationally televised games, successfully pitched stories to major publications such as the New York Times, and served as the official scorer for both the Hockey East Tournament in the TD Garden and Frozen Fenway at Fenway Park.
His work with graphic design and video production has garnered several honors, including the 2011 National Association of Collegiate Marketing Administrators Bronze Medal for Video Promotion. He also assisted on campaigns that won the 2011 Gold Medal for Single-Day Attendance Promotion and 2012 Silver Medal for Best Student Promotion.
Born and raised in Natick, Mass., Hladick now resides in Manchester, N.H.
|Eric Costin||Stadium Operations Manager|
Eric joined the Fisher Cats in 2011 as a seasonal stadium operations assistant. and then returned in that role for the 2012 and 2013 seasons as well. Following the 2013 season, Eric was promoted to Stadium Operations Manager.
A Manchester, N.H. native, Eric graduated from Memorial High School and attended Southern New Hampshire University. A huge football fan, Eric roots for the New England Patriots and during the off season he coaches football at Trinity High School in Manchester.
|Buddy Bajerski||Community Relations Manager|
This will be Buddy's first full season as the Community Relations Manager along with his first in professional baseball. During the 2013 season, Buddy got his first taste of working a professional baseball game as an intern before becoming the Stadium Operations Assistant for the remainder of the season.
Buddy graduated from Southern New Hampshire University in May 2013 with a degree in Business Administration with a Concentration in Sport Management. During his tenure at SNHU, Buddy played varsity baseball for two years before injuries kept him from playing. Once baseball was done, he decided he wanted to stay close to the sport and applied to be an intern for the Fisher Cats during the 2013 season.
Buddy hails from Milford, Conn., but currently lives in Manchester. Going against the grain, he is a huge New York fan rooting for the Yankees, Knicks, and Rangers, while taking after his dad and rooting for the Oakland Raiders.
|David Rodriguez||Production & Social Media Assistant Manager|
David joined the Fisher Cats on a full-time basis in September, 2013. Prior to his full-time appointment, he spent two years with the Fisher Cats production team while completing earning his bachelor's degree in communications from Southern New Hampshire University.
While at SNHU, Davis was a Presidential Ambassador for the college, working directly for the president's office with other SNHU students. While attending the University, David spent time as a Resident Assistant on campus and he did his best to ensure that his residents enjoyed the best possible housing experience on a college campus.
David is an avid Boston Celtics and Boston Red Sox fan. He enjoys making short films and reading about baseball's rich history. During the summer he resides in Lawrence, Mass., with his parents and younger sister.
|Alexander Hatch||Merchandise Manager|
Zander became the Fisher Cats Merchandise Manager in the fall of 2013 after serving in an assistant role in the department during the 2013 season. He recently graduated from the University of New Hampshire in September 2013 with two degrees: a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a focus on Management, completing both in four years.
While at the University of New Hampshire, Zander helped found a chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the international English honor society. He worked closely with the Unversity as the Liason to the English Department to actively promote the new honor society on campus and to recruit new members for further growth.
In his off-hours, Zander is a rabid fan of the New England Patriots and loves fantasy football. He is rarely without a book somewhere near him, reading whenever he gets a chance. He is particularly fond of the works of Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson, and Jeffrey Deaver. He currently lives in his hometown of Nashua, N.H.
|Jeff McMahon||Ticket Office Assistant|
|Lindsey House||Ticket Sales Account Executive|
Lindsey joined the Fisher Cats prior to the start of the 2013 season. A native of Greenfield, Ind., she is a graduate graduate of Franklin Pierce University with an MBA in Sports Management. While at Franklin Pierce, House was the Assistant Women's Volleyball Coach from 2010-12 while earning her master's degree. Prior to joining the Fisher Cats, Lindsey completed a summer internship with the Keene Swamp Bats, a baseball team in the New England Collegiate Baseball League.
Before attending FPU, Lindsey earned her Bachelor's of Education in 2010 from St. Joseph's College in Indiana, where she was a four-year scholarship recipient member of the women's volleyball team from 2006-10. House was inducted into the National Scholars Honor Society in 2006 and was a three-time Academic All-Conference award winner. Lindsey also holds the career digs record with 1646, digs-per-season record with 549, single-season dig-per-game record with 5.78, and single-match dig record with 35.
Lindsey is an all-around fan of all sports, but she is an avid Indianapolis Colts fan.
|Chris Biskup||Ticket Sales Account Executive|
Chris joined the Fisher Cats at the beginning of the 2013 season. A native of South Portland, Maine, he is a recent graduate of New England College with a Bachelor of Arts in Business. At New England College, Chris played four years in left field for the Pilgrims, and in his senior season was named captain and selected to the All-Conference Team. During his time at the university, he also worked with the Game Day Management team in the Athletic Department. Before joining the Fisher Cats he worked for Tyler Technologies in Falmouth, Maine, as a tax support specialist.
Chris is a die-hard fan of the Boston Red Sox, New England Patriots, Boston Celtics, and Boston Bruins. Chris is also a huge North Carolina Tar Heel fan.Click to Email
|Anne Beaupre||Office Manager & Corporate Sales Manager|
Samantha is the reigning Miss New Hampshire 2013. After joining the Fisher Cats in the spring of 2013, she was voted Miss New Hampshire, and then represented her home state in the 2013 Miss America Pageant. A Nashua native, she studied broadcast journalism at Emerson College and plans to go to graduate school and continue her career in sports marketing.
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Tim's career in the family entertainment industry began in 1989 at Canobie Lake Park in Salem. He worked his way up from stand manager to Assistant General Manager over 11 summers. He graduated from Pinkerton Academy in Derry and attended New Hampshire College and UNH-Manchester.
Prior to joining the Fisher Cats, Restall worked for the West Michigan Whitecaps (A-Detroit Tigers) of the Midwest League as the Food and Beverage Manager from 2000-2003. He also oversaw the food service operation at a half-mile track called Berlin (MI) Raceway.
Tim was a founding member of the front office staff during the 2004 Inaugural Season of the Fisher Cats, serving as the Director of Food and Beverage at Gill Stadium.
In 2005, Restall became the General Manager for Centerplate, the official food and beverage provider of the Fisher Cats at Merchantsauto.com Stadium, a position he held through the 2007 season.
In 2008, Restall became the Vice President of Business Operations for the Fisher Cats organization. Tim was a proud member of the 2009 Fisher Cats Front Office that were awarded the prestigious 2009 Double-A Bob Freitas Award by Baseball America, recognizing the club for achieving long-term success in Minor League Baseball.
In 2011, Tim left the Fisher Cats to become the President of Advantage Food and Beverage, the official food and beverage provider of the Fisher Cats at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium.
Tim resides in Concord with his wife, Tara, and three children: Timmy, Matthew and William.
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|Chris Carlisle||Director, Food and Beverage Operations|
Chris is in his fourth year working for Advantage Food & Beverage, but has been around Northeast Delta Dental Stadium for much longer. The Lyndeborough, New Hampshire, native started his baseball career with the Fisher Cats nine years ago before joining Advantage for the 2011 season. During that time he has been involved with some of the biggest events at the ballpark, including both All-Star Games and Block Parties (2008 & 2011), several Granite State Baseball Dinners and various concerts.
Carlisle graduated with a degree in Elementary Education from Southern New Hampshire University. He is a self-proclaimed adrenaline junkie and is certified as both a skydiver and scuba diver. He currently lives in Goffstown.
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|Alan Foley||Executive Chef|
Al is the Executive Chef of Advantage Food and Beverage, bringing more than 20 years of foodservice experience to the kitchens of Northeast Delta Dental Stadium. He joined Advantage for the 2011 seasons.
An avid cyclist, Al is originally from Waltham, Mass. He graduated from the University of Southern Maine with a degree in Recreational Therapy.
Al now resides in Deerfield with his wife and two children.
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