Front Office Staff
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South Bend Silver Hawks
Andrew Berlin is the new owner of the South Bend Silver Hawks after purchasing the team from former Governor of Indiana Joe Kernan announced November 24, 2011.
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.
Andrew Berlin is also an investor in the Chicago White Sox who says he knows how to turn companies around. "The fan base we know is here, but for some reason it hasn't attached itself to the ball park. The crowds used to be there and they can come back."
Berlin's commitment to the city 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 Hart is beginning his third season as President of the South Bend Silver Hawks. Hart was involved in the launch of Ripken Professional Baseball's new franchise in Port Charlotte, Fla. with the Stone Crabs.
"I'm really focused on the modern fan experience when it comes to stadium and visitors in professional baseball," Hart said. "There simply has to be a lot more to do than just watch a game -- a lot more. And that's what I'm excited about being part of with Silver Hawks. Michiana will continue to love what we do."
|Andy Beuster||Assistant General Manager - Tickets|
The 2014 season will be Andy's second season as the Assistant General Manager of Ticket Sales for the Silver Hawks. 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.
|Nick Brown||Vice President/Business Development|
Nick Brown joined the Silver Hawks 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.
|Peter Argueta||Assistant General Manager - Operations|
The 2014 season is Peter's eight season with the Silver Hawks. Peter served as Director of Stadium Operations for the 2007-2009 seasons. He is responsible for seeing that Coveleski Regional Stadium meets the highest standards in appearance, security, maintenance, cleanliness, and safety. He is also in charge of overseeing many of the game-day staff.
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, and currently resides in Porter, Indiana, with his wife Theresa and daughter Marianna.
|Cheryl Carlson||Director of Finance and Human Resources|
2014 will be Cheryl's fourteenth season with the South Bend Silver Hawks. Cheryl oversees the finance and administrative functions for the Silver Hawks. 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.
|Devon Hastings||Box Office Manager|
The 2014 season will be Devon's second season with the Silver Hawks. Hastings comes to the Hawks with four years of baseball experience. She has worked for the Indianapolis Indians, Gwinnett Braves and Montgomery Biscuits.
Hastings hails from LaPorte, IN. She played softball in high school and college at Indiana University. Her favorite sports teams include the Michigan Wolverines, Chicago Cubs, Bears, and Blackhawks.
|Brandy Beehler||Retail/Merchandise Manager|
The 2014 season will be Brandy's second year as the Retail/Merchandise Manager. Previously, Brandy worked for the Silver Hawks under Palisades Baseball from 2001-2004.
|Kelly Knutson||Director of Marketing|
Kelly is heading into her second season with the Silver Hawks. Kelly has worked in many facets of marketing including branding, social media, mobile marketing and business development for small agencies. Knutson is a Wright State University Alumni where she ran division one track.
|Chris Hagstrom||Director of Production|
The 2014 Season will be Chris Hagstrom's first season with the Silver Hawks. Prior to this season, 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.
|Dave Webster||Account Executive|
Dave graduated from the University for Wisconsin-Parkside with a degree in Sport Management. Dave has lived in 7 states around the Midwest. He enjoys all sports, his favorite being basketball.
|Mike Frissore||Account Executive|
Mike is entering his second year as an account exec for the silver hawks. He is excited to be part of the continued revival of this franchise. A native New Englander, Mike Study sports management at Salem State University.
|Mitch McKamey||Account Executive|
Mitch graduated from Indiana University with a degree in Sport Marketing and Management and minor in Business. He played high school baseball locally for Penn High School. He enjoys his free time on the golf course and with his friends and family. Mitch is a lifelong University of Michigan fan, but of course still cheers for his Alma Mater.
|Alex Withorn||Account Executive|
Alex is from Dowagiac, Michigan and graduated from Central Michigan University with a degree in Sport Management. Alex has worked three seasons of minor league baseball in other organizations. He is a Michigan State fan and proudly supports Central Michigan. Fire Up Chips!
|TJ Wohlever||Head Groundskeeper|
TJ is originally from Las Vegas, Nevada is now in his second year with the Silver Hawks. 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.
|Nick Barkley||Director of Food Services|
Nick Barkley joined PSC this November 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. His triplets will turn 3 New Year's Eve!
|Katy Balcerzak||Catering & Business Manager|
Katy joined PSC's full-time team in South Bend this season as the new Catering and Business Manager. Born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Katy has over nine years in Food/Beverage and the Sports/Entertainment industry. She studied Marketing Management during college and has previous experience working for Arizona State University Athletics, Walt Disney World, Orlando Magic and the Rumpus Room Gastropub. Most recently, Katy was the Catering Coordinator for the Oklahoma City Redhawks during the 2013 season. In her free time, she enjoys attending basketball games, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.
|Shantel Johnson||Executive Chef|
Native of Chicago, grew up in Hanover Park,IL attended Downers Grove North High School. Shantel has been cooking for 25 years at different private clubs and hotels. She started with Professional Sports Catering in 2005 for the Montgomery Biscuits as thekitchen manager. She went on to open 2 brand new ballparks with The Great Lakes Loons and also the Tulsa Drillers. First season with the Silver hawks was May 2013. Shantel has a passion for cooking and satisfying her guests. Shantel lives here in South Bend with her daughter who is 23. Her hobbies are cooking, hiking, camping and also playing video games.