Front Office Staff
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|Andrew Berlin||Owner & Chairman|
Andrew Berlin is Chairman and owner of the South Bend Cubs. He purchased the team from former Governor of Indiana Joe Kernan, announced November 11, 2011 at 11:11am.
Berlin is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Chicago-based, Berlin Packaging where he oversees North America's largest Hybrid Packaging Supplier™ of plastic, glass, and metal containers and closures. In October of 2014, Berlin Packaging was valued at $1.43bn.
Andrew Berlin is also a Partner in the Chicago Cubs. Berlin notes, "It is very exciting to be part of both Cubs organizations, in Chicago and South Bend! The fans are incredible and attendance has more than doubled in the last three years."
Berlin's commitment to the City of South Bend includes a new agreement for the use of Four Winds Field that will keep the team in South Bend for the next twenty years -- the first multiple decade commitment in the history of professional baseball in South Bend.
Andrew Berlin's education includes:
-Juris Doctor of Law (J.D.) degree from Loyola University of Chicago Law School where he served as Managing Editor of the Law Review
-Attendance at the Graduate School of Business Executive Program at Stanford University
-Study of Military history at Boston College
-Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in political science from Syracuse University
Joe is a graduate of West Virginia University and has been working in Minor League Baseball since 1995. He is from Emporium, Pennsylvania, and is married to his wife Tracy, and has three children.
During his tenure in baseball he has traveled across the country working for teams in Buffalo, New York, Nashville, Tennessee, Fresno, California, Port Charlotte, Florida, and now in South Bend. Currently, Joe leads the South Bend Cubs while holding the position of Team President. Joe was tasked with the challenge of turning around a franchise that had fallen on hard times while at the same time overseeing more than $5,000,000 in stadium upgrades and improvements.
Since taking over as President prior to the 2012 season, the Silver Hawks/South Bend Cubs have seen a strong resurgence in the community and the region by posting over 130% attendance. In addition to increasing the season attendance, Hart was also instrumental in signing a 10-year naming rights deal for the ballpark with Four Winds Casino Resort.
Prior to landing in South Bend, Joe was tabbed as the General Manager for one of the Ripken Baseball Franchises, the Charlotte Stone Crabs of the Florida State League. The launch of the Stone Crabs and Hart's three-year tenure were very successful as the franchise was one of the top drawing clubs in the FSL. The success of the franchise led to Joe's selection as the Florida State League Executive of the Year in 2011. Joe won the Midwest League Executive of the Year in 2013 and in 2014 was selected by St. Joseph County Chamber of Commerce as an Outstanding Young Business Leader.
|Nick Brown||Vice President/Business Development|
Nick Brown joined the South Bend staff in November of 2012 as part of the restructured front office. Brown started his professional career in baseball as the Director of Marketing with the Savannah Cardinals of the South Atlantic League. After one season, the franchise adopted a new name and logo which garnered national attention when the franchise became the Sand Gnats. In 1998, Brown become the General Manager of the Savannah franchise. He led the organization to two all-time attendance records and more importantly lead the organization to profitability.
After leaving Savannah in the fall of 2000, Brown worked for a Midwest League franchise with the sole purpose of relocating that team. However, the ownership group was unable to find an acceptable location for the newly acquired team and sold the team to an investment group in Iowa
Brown return to Georgia in 2002 and joined the Augusta GreenJackets of the South Atlantic League. There he took role of General Manager which he held for nearly a decade and through two ownership groups. The organization saw tremendous growth on Brown's leadership which led to five different attendance records and a profitable organization. During his tenure in Augusta, Brown received the General Manger of the Year award in 2010 for the South Atlantic League.
Box Office and Sales
|Andy Beuster||Assistant General Manager - Tickets|
The 2015 season will be Andy's third season as the Assistant General Manager of Ticket Sales for the South Bend Cubs. Before coming to South Bend, Andy spent four years with Ripken Baseball working for the Charlotte Stone Crabs, Aberdeen IronBirds, and Augusta GreenJackets. He got his start in Minor League Baseball in 2004 while working for the Eugene Emeralds and he also spent time working in sales and marketing for the Denver Nuggets, the Colorado Avalanche, and the Denver Broncos.
Andy is originally from Geneseo, Illinois. He earned his bachelor's degree in Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, where he ran cross country. He earned his master's degree in Sports Management from University of the Pacific, where he also served as a graduate assistant in the school's athletic department.
|Devon Hastings||Box Office Manager|
The 2015 season will be Devon's 3rd season with South Bend, and her 7th overall in baseball. Before coming to South Bend she worked for the Indianapolis Indians, Gwinnett Braves and Montgomery Biscuits. Hastings hails from LaPorte, IN.
She graduated from Ball State University with a Bachelor's Degree in History and from Valparaiso University with a Master's Degree in Sports Administration. Her favorite sports teams include the Michigan Wolverines, Chicago Cubs, Chicago Bears, and Chicago Blackhawks.
|Mike Frissore||Account Executive|
Mike is entering his third season with the South Bend organization. He is excited to be part of the start of Cubs baseball in South Bend. A native New Englander, Mike grew up just north of Boston. He studied Sports Management at Salem State University.
|Mitch McKamey||Account Executive|
Mitch is entering his 3rd season with the team after graduating from Indiana University with a degree in Sport Marketing and Management. He played high school baseball locally for Penn High School. In his free time, he enjoys golfing and spending time with his friends and family. Mitch is lifelong University of Michigan fan.
|Ben Wiley||Account Executive|
Ben is from Lafayette, IN and received a degree in Public Financial Management from Indiana University. While at IU, he served as a Student Manager for the Baseball team as they made their way to the school's first ever College World Series in 2013. Although he always roots for his Alma Mater, Hoosiers, he was raised a lifelong Ohio State Buckeye fan
|Alex Withorn||Account Executive|
Alex is from Dowagiac, Michigan and graduated from Central Michigan University with a degree in Sport Management. Alex has worked for three other minor league baseball organizations before the South Bend Cubs. He is a Michigan State fan and proudly supports Central Michigan. Fire Up Chips!
|Cheryl Carlson||Director of Finance and Human Resources|
2015 will be Cheryl's fifteenth season with South Bend. Cheryl oversees the finance and administrative functions for the South Bend Cubs. Previously, Cheryl was Director of Finance for Palisades Baseball's franchises; Mahoning Valley (OH) Scrappers and the South Bend (IN) Silver Hawks, as well as being responsible for the accounting functions of the Upper Deck Banquet & Catering Company, Riverside Terrace and AML Entertainment.
Cheryl, born and raised in Coldwater, MI, graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Secondary Education/Mathematics from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, MI. She taught High School and Adult Education before devoting 13 years in the non-profit business sector as Vice-President of Finance for the United Way of Elkhart County. Cheryl was a player on two women's softball teams, both which went to state championships in Indiana and Michigan. She resides in South Bend, Indiana with her husband, Rikk.
Food and Beverage
|Nick Barkley||Director of Food Services|
Nick Barkley joined PSC in November 2013 as the Director of Food Services. Nick has worked in baseball since graduating from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville in 2000. He began his career with the Nashville Sounds in their group sales department before moving to Amarillo, TX to take on sponsorship sales as well as game day operations with an independent league team. After his stint in Amarillo, Nick moved to Fullerton, CA to be the AGM of Operations for the Golden Baseball League. Here, Nick got his first taste of the food service industry as he oversaw all operations. From here Nick went back home to Nashville to work with the Sounds in a sales role as well as Stadium Operations Director. After 3 years with the Sounds, he had the opportunity to be a Director of F&B with Ripken Baseball in their Florida operation, running the Tampa Bay Rays Spring Training. Most recently Nick worked with Sodexo in Round Rock, TX operating concessions for the Round Rock Express. Nick is excited to be in South Bend with the Silver Hawks and looks forward to making this his home for a long time. Nick is married to his wife Charlotte and they have 3 children; Stella, Maisy and Maddon.
|Katy Balcerzak||Catering & Business Manager|
The 2015 season will be Katy's 2nd season as the Catering and Business Manager for the South Bend Cubs. Born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Katy has over nine years in Food/Beverage and the Sports/Entertainment industry. After attending college for Business Marketing Management she joined Professional Sports Catering powered by Levy Restaurants & has been with the company for 3 years; previously working for the Oklahoma City Dodgers during the 2013 season..In her free time, she enjoys going bowling, traveling, attending sporting events and spending time with her puppy Karma as well as her family & friends.
Media and Promotions
|Chris Hagstrom||Director of Creative Services and Promotions|
The 2015 Season will be Chris Hagstrom's second season in South Bend and sixth overall in professional baseball. Prior to 2014, Hagstrom served as the Director of Video Services for Saluki Athletics at Southern Illinois University. His primary responsibilities included producing all live events at Saluki Stadium and the SIU Arena, developing content for Saluki All-Access on SIUSalukis.com, and teaching a course on Sports Production with the College of Mass Communications and Media Arts.
Prior to arriving at SIU, Hagstrom was the Director of Production, Entertainment, and Promotions for the Southern Illinois Miners Professional Baseball Team beginning in 2007. While working for the Miners, Hagstrom was also the broadcast engineer for Saluki Sports Properties. His responsibilities included producing and engineering of all Saluki Football and Basketball games for the radio network and occasionally fill in as a broadcaster for Saluki Baseball and Softball. Hagstrom received his bachelor's degree in Radio and Television from Southern Illinois University in 2007.
|Nick Ruthrauff||Production Mananger|
The 2015 Season will be Nick Ruthrauff's second season in South Bend. Prior to this season, Ruthrauff served as the Production Assistant for the South Bend Silver Hawks. His primary responsibilities included directing all live events at Four Winds Field, graphic design work, and producing in game content.
Prior to arriving in South Bend, Ruthrauff was a producer for Saluki Athletics at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Ruthrauff received his bachelor's degree in Radio, Television & Digital Media from Southern Illinois University in 2013.
|Darin Pritchett||Radio Broadcaster|
The South Bend Cubs have named Darin Pritchett the team's radio play by play broadcaster for the 2015 season.
Pritchett is in his 16th year at WSBT Radio where he is the station's sports director. He will continue his duties which includes hosting Weekday Sportsbeat, broadcasting sports reports on The WSBT Morning News with JT and hosting WSBT Radio's Notre Dame football pre game show. Pritchett is in his 6th season of calling Notre Dame hockey games on New Country 99.9fm.
Pritchett is a 7 time winner of the Indiana Associated Press Play-by-Play broadcaster of the year in the major market division. He also contributed to the WSBT Radio sports team winning three Indiana Broadcasters Association awards for sports coverage.
A 1994 graduate of Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, Pritchett spent two seasons working as an assistant producer in the KMOX Radio booth for St.Louis Cardinals baseball at Busch Stadium. Before arriving at WSBT Radio, Pritchett spent time as a sports producer at KMOX Radio in St.Louis and on air talent at WTIM Radio in Taylorville, Illinois.
|Brandy Beehler||Director of Merchandise & Licensing|
The Wakarusa native begins her third season as Retail/Merchandise Manager at Four Winds Field. Brandy's expertise in the retail industry was gained while working for America's Bikers Inc. and a buyer for Kohl's Department Stores. Those opportunities allowed for Brandy to work in markets ranging from Portland, OR to Daytona, FL thus creating a wealth of knowledge in consumer needs.
Prior to Brandy's venture into retail sales and consumer goods, she worked for Palisades Baseball, 2001-2004, which operated the South Bend Silver Hawks. After leaving the Silver Hawks in 2004, she had brief career as an entertainer as she pursued a lifelong dream of becoming a Rockette.
Brandy resides in Mishawaka and the true loves of her life will always be her three children; Hayden, Nolan and Brooklyn.
|Mark Haley||Director of Training and Instruction|
Longtime South Bend manager Mark Haley enters his first season as the director of training and instruction for the South Bend Cubs Performance Center in 2015.
The Performance Center will serve as a batting cage for the Cubs while also affording local baseball and softball players the opportunity to use the facility to improve their skills, as well.
Haley served as the South Bend manager for 10 seasons (2005-14) and piled up an unprecedented 718 regular-season victories, a franchise record. Haley claimed the Midwest League Manager of the Year honors in 2005, 2008 and 2013.
Other minor-league stops include the South Bend White Sox (1991-92), Sarasota White Sox, Hickory Crawdads, South Bend Silver Hawks (1995), Prince William Cannons, Winston-Salem Warthogs, Hickory Crawdads, Birmingham Barons and Great Falls White Sox.
The Pittsburgh Pirates drafted Haley in the 26th round of the 1977 draft, but Haley chose to play baseball at the University of Nebraska.
Haley resides in South Bend with his wife Ann, daughter Kelli and son John-Ross.
|Peter Argueta||Assistant General Manager - Operations|
The 2015 season is Peter's ninth season in South Bend. Peter served as Director of Stadium Operations for the 2007-2009 seasons. He is responsible for seeing that Four Winds Field meets the highest standards in appearance, security, maintenance, cleanliness, and safety.
Prior to joining the front office team, Peter worked as the Group Sales Assistant for the Gary SouthShore RailCats of the Northern League. In Gary his responsibilities included selling group and season ticket plans to continue developing the RailCats' fan base in the City of Gary and its surrounding communities. Prior to this, Peter completed two internships in Stadium and Game Day Operations with the Chicago Fire of Major League Soccer and the Gary Steelheads, then of the CBA.
Peter received both his Undergraduate Degree in Sports Management (2003) and his Masters Degree in Sports Administration (2005) from Valparaiso University. He was born and raised in La Ceiba, Honduras and currently resides in Porter, Indiana, with his beautiful wife Theresa and two wonderful daughters, Marianna and Cynthia.
|Robert Sedlak||Head Groundskeeper|
Robert Sedlak joined the South Bend Cubs in 2015 as the new Head Groundskeeper. Prior to his arrival in South Bend, Robert spent the last three years working for the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium and one year at Camelback Ranch, the Spring Training home of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Chicago White Sox. He is a graduate of the University of Nebraska.
TJ is originally from Las Vegas, Nevada is now in his third year with South Bend. He is in charge of making the playing surface as consistent as possible and the beautification of areas within Four Winds Field. Prior to joining the Hawks TJ played professional baseball a total of 5 seasons with the Atlanta Braves, Gary Railcats also in Australia with the Perth Heat. Before playing professional baseball he attended Western Nevada College where he majored in Business. When not on the field TJ enjoys golfing and spending time with his family. He continues to coach kids in the area at the School of Hard Knocks and Reinebold fall camp.
Box Office: Logan Lee
Marketing: Sarah Leo
Media Relations: Mike Monaco