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Martie Cordaro

Martie Cordaro's Bio

 

 

Martie Cordaro is president and general manager for the Omaha Storm Chasers, Triple-A affiliate of the Kansas City Royals. Cordaro, entering his 19th season in Minor League Baseball, has been with Omaha since 2007. He was honored as the inaugural Omaha Sports Hall of Fame Community Service Award recipient in 2015, was the Sarpy County Chamber of Commerce Business Leader of the Year in 2014 and the Baseball America Minor League Executive of the Year in 2013. 

Over the course of his career, Cordaro has proven to be a valuable sales and management executive with experience in daily operations of multi-million-dollar organizations. Cordaro was intimately involved in every aspect of the research, negotiation process and project management to build a new ballpark for the Omaha Storm Chasers in Sarpy County, thus keeping Triple-A Baseball in the Omaha metro area. He orchestrated and negotiated the naming rights partnership with Sarpy County-based Werner Enterprises for Werner Park. During the 2015 season Cordaro and the organization hosted the highly successful First National Bank 2015 Triple-A All-Star Game.

Cordaro led the process of the successful rebranding and renaming of the Omaha Triple-A franchise that included much research and fan-aided voting. He has also been instrumental in leading the organization to its highest total revenues on record during the past five seasons. The Omaha Storm Chasers were honored as the Pacific Coast League's nominee for the Larry MacPhail award in Minor League Baseball for the 2014 season. In 2013, the team also was the nominee for MiLB's inaugural John Henry Moss Community Service award given to a club "that demonstrates an outstanding, ongoing commitment to charitable service, support and leadership within their local community and within the baseball industry". The franchise has been bestowed the Sarpy County Chamber of Commerce's business of the year in 2009 and again in 2015. Omaha also was awarded with a Veeckie by ESPN The Magazine in 2008, 2009 and 2010 and has won Omaha Magazine's Best of Omaha Sports Team honor each of the last seven years.

The Pacific Coast League's executives nominated and voted Cordaro the 2011 PCL Executive of the Year. Ballpark Digest, the leading website covering the business of baseball, named Cordaro and former team president Alan Stein the baseball industry's 2011 co-executives of the year. The Kansas City Royals honored Cordaro as their 2009 recipient of the Matt Minker Award, which recognizes an outstanding minor league affiliate employee. Cordaro also was among the honorees for the Midlands Business Journal's "40 under 40" recognizing entrepreneurs and business executives under the age of 40 for 2009; he also was a Suburban "Under 40" honoree in July 2011. In 2012, Cordaro was honored by his high school alma mater, Ruston High School, as its Young Alumnus of the Year.

Cordaro came to Omaha from Battle Creek, Mich., where he spent the 2005 and 2006 seasons as general manager for the Southwest Michigan Devil Rays (Single-A, Tampa Bay). Prior to his stint at Southwest Michigan, Cordaro spent the 2003 and 2004 seasons as director of sales for the Birmingham Barons (Double-A, Chicago White Sox). Cordaro got his start in professional baseball with the West Tennessee Diamond Jaxx (Double-A, Chicago Cubs) of the Southern League as a group sales representative in 1999. 

A 1998 Louisiana Tech University graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing, Cordaro served three seasons as director of marketing for his alma mater's baseball program. Cordaro also served as color analyst for radio broadcasts. He concurrently worked as general manager of the property management department for Today's Realty, Inc. Cordaro is a 1991 graduate of Ruston, La., High School.

A native of Ruston, La., Cordaro (42), and his wife, Sara, have three sons, Gavin (20), Collin (12) and Cass (7). In addition to being an active member in many area chamber of commerce and business associations, Cordaro serves on the Regional Advisory Council of the ALS Association Mid-American chapter; is a director for Community Health Charities of Nebraska; is a member and on the board of directors for Rotary Club of Omaha West; and is also a member of the CHI Health Midlands Hospital Charitable Council and is on the Omaha Sports Commission board of directors. Cordaro also serves on several Minor League Baseball and Pacific Coast Leagues committees. Cordaro enjoys all things Star Wars and also is an avid music follower. He played drums professionally with Stonybridge, Pummel and Squint in the 1990s.