Front Office Staff
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Operating as the Birmingham Barons, LLC, the Logan family, consisting of Don Logans and his two sons, Jeff and Stan, purchased the Barons franchise from the Elmore Sports Group Ltd. following the 2005 season. The Birmingham Barons, LLC became the 11th owner in the Barons' storied history that spans more than 100 years. The Logan family has significant roots in the community and plans to continue the tradition of fun, family-oriented entertainment that the Birmingham area has come to expect from the Barons.
Don Logan moved his family to Birmingham in 1970 as he began his 22-year career with Southern Progress Corporation. Don moved to New York in 1992 and became CEO of Time, Inc. Early in 2006, Don stepped down from his day-to-day responsibilities as the Chairman of Time Warner's Media and Communications Group, a position he had held since 2002. He continues to serve as the Chairman of the Board for Time Warner Cable. Since returning to Birmingham, he has joined the boards of the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham, the Auburn University Foundation, and the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute.
Don and his wife, Sandra, reside in Birmingham, as do Jeff Logan, his wife Katrina, and their two daughters, Mary Clark and Grace. Stan Logan, his wife, Julie, and their three children, John, Jack and Sarah, live in Atlanta.
Stan grew up in Birmingham and graduated from Auburn University and Samford University's Cumberland School of Law and practiced law in Birmingham for four years before moving to Atlanta. While in Birmingham, Stan was an active member of Operation New Birmingham's Community Affairs Committee and the Birmingham Bar Association. Stan currently serves as Managing Partner for the Birmingham Barons and continues to practice law.
Stan currently lives in Atlanta with his wife, Julie, and their three children, John, Jack and Sarah, live in Atlanta.
Jeff grew up in Birmingham and graduated from Auburn University. He began his career in banking, working for SouthTrust Corporation for 12 years. Jeff is currently CEO of Seek Publishing and also serves as a board member of MCM Technology. He lives in Birmingham with his wife Katrina, and their two daughters, Mary Clark and Grace.
|Jonathan Nelson||General Manager|
Jonathan Nelson, a native of Fairhope, Ala., enters his eleventh season as the Barons General Manager and 23rd in professional baseball. His career with the Barons began in 1993 with an internship that led to a full-time position in Group Sales. In 1997, he worked for the Detroit Tigers baseball club at Tiger Stadium, selling season ticket and group ticket packages. He returned to the Barons in 1998 and served as their Assistant General Manager for seven seasons before his promotion to General Manager. Prior to his baseball career, Jonathan worked for former Barons owner Art Clarkson in 1992 with the Birmingham Bulls hockey club.
Nelson graduated from the University of Montevallo in 1993 with a Bachelor of Arts in Speech. He served as President of the Montevallo chapter of Pi Kappa Alpha in 1992. In February 2005, he received the Nathalie Molton Gibbons Young Achievers Award, recognizing a Montevallo Alum under the age of 35 who has contributed to society through their career. In 2007, the Birmingham Business Journal listed Nelson in the "Who's Who" list, highlighting Birmingham's hospitality leaders. In 2010 the Birmingham Business Journal listed Nelson in the "Top 40 Under 40," recognizing business professionals under the age of 40 in the Birmingham business community. In 2009 and again in 2013, Nelson was selected as the Jimmy Bragan Southern League Executive of the Year Award winner. During Nelson's tenure, the Barons have been named Baseball America's 2008 AA Bob Frietas Award winner and the 2013 Don Mincher Southern League Organization of the Year. Nelson was also involved in the moving process and design of Regions Field. During the the last two years, the Barons have recorded their highest attendance marks in modern franchise history since Michael Jordan's 1994 stint in Birmingham. Regions Field was named 2013 Ballpark of the Year by ballparks.com.
Nelson is a member of the Southern League's Board of Directors and serves on the League's Rules and Competition committee, as well as on the Hall of Fame committee. He manages the Barons' day-to-day operations and is involved with the Autism Society of Alabama, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Knights of Columbus and American Baseball Foundation. He and his wife, Christy, reside in Vestavia Hills with their son Jonathan Jr. (12), daughter, Sophia (8) and are members of Our Ladys of Sorrows Catholic Church.
|John Cook||Director of Sales|
Cook is in his sixth year with the Barons after six years as Senior Vice President at the Minor League Baseball headquarters in St. Petersburg, Fla. Prior to his time with MiLB, he was General Manager of the Philadelphia Phillies at their Spring Training facility in Clearwater, Fla., for five years. A graduate from the University of Alabama with a degree in Advertising, John and his wife, Jodi, reside in Helena with their sons, Bryce and Jacob.
|Don Leo||Corporate Sales Manager|
A native of Birmingham, Don joined the Barons in 2012 and is entering his third season with the team. Leo actually ran the scoreboard for the Barons in 1981 at Rickwood Field while working for 690 WVOK. No stranger to the market, Don has been in advertising and marketing in the Magic City since 1979 and has worked for Televison, Outdoor and Radio. Don previously worked for Cox Media where he was the Director of Sales for 97.3 "The Zone". Before that he was with Citadel Broadcasting for 10 years as Director of Sports Sales and was responsible for Alabama and Auburn Sports, Nascar Racing and Atlanta Braves Baseball. Prior to that, Don was Director of Nascar Operations for Texaco/Havoline Racing with Davey Allison. Don helped develop and implement the Nascar Marketing program for Texaco/Havoline Racing and was at every Nascar event before coming off the road and rejoining the Birmingham Media.
Don enjoys baseball, racing and college football. He is in the stands every Saturday pulling for his Auburn Tigers.
Don is a graduate of Birmingham's John Carroll High School . He and his wife, Vivian, reside in Pleasant Grove along with their Boston Terrier, Augie.
|David Madison||Director of Ticket Operations|
Madison enters his sixth season with the Birmingham Barons and third as Ticket Manager. He spent his first three seasons with the Barons as the Director of Operations. The Little Rock, Ark., native is in his 10th season in baseball, having spent the previous four seasons as the Director of Promotions for the West Tennessee Diamond Jaxx (Jackson Generals). His professional baseball career began in 2005 as an intern for West Tennessee. A 2005 graduate of Lambuth University, he resides in Pelham with his wife, Katie.
|Danny Franklyn||Season Ticket Manager|
Originally from St. Louis, Mo., Danny is entering his third year in professional baseball and his second with the Barons. He previously worked in Parkview Catering as an intern before becoming the Season Ticket Manager in 2014. He also worked for the Lakewood BlueClaws as a food and beverage assistant. Danny holds a degree in Sports Management from Westminster College where he played football. In his free time he enjoys cheering on his beloved Cardinals, Rams and Blues.
Group Sales and Fan Relations
|Charlie Santiago||Director of Group Sales|
A member of the Barons front office since 2007, Charlie began his career as the Grand Slam Catering Concessions intern. After a successful internship, he was hired on full-time as a group sales representative and retail manager, working with community programs and managing the Barons merchandise and promotional item program. In 2009, he was promoted to Director of Ticket Operations where he spent two seasons in the Joe Drake Box Office. Since 2011, he has taken on the challenge as an event coordinator, coordinating dinner parties at Regions Park and Regions Field. During the 2013 season, he was promoted to Director of Group Sales and is entering his third season at the position. Prior to joining the Barons, he attended Troy University where he majored in Sport & Fitness Management, and was a founding father of the Kappa Beta Chapter of Alpha Tau Omega.
Charlie is a huge fan of "The Price is Right", Troy University Athletics and the Philadelphia Phillies. He attends Church of the Highlands and serves on the Dream Team. He spends his spare time with his girlfriend, Camille, and his nephews, Jack and Sam. He is currently independently studying physics and Spanish.
|Brett Oates||Group Sales Manager|
Brett Oates joined the Barons in 2012 as the organizations Group Sales Manager and now enters his third season with the organization. Prior to coming to the Barons, he served as Senior Sales Representative with AZA & Associates in Birmingham. A native of Wilmington, Del., he is a graduate of Grambling State University with a degree in Mass Communication. Brett is also a veteran of the broadcast news industry with more than a decade of experience working in various parts of the country, including Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Mobile and Birmingham. Brett and his wife, Faye, reside in Birmingham with their daughter, Taylor, and son, Myles.
|Jessica O'Rear||Group Sales Manager|
Jessica O'Rear begins her baseball career with the Barons in 2015 as a Group Sales Manager. Jessica joins the team with a background in retail management with Cracker Barrel Old Country Stores and event planning with the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum. Her love for baseball started at a young age as her childhood memories are filled with little league games and trips to Atlanta with her parents to watch the Braves. Jessica is excited to be able to combine her love of baseball and event experience as she enters the season.
A true Southern Belle, Jessica was born and raised in Alabama. She attended Jacksonville State University where she received a Bachelor's degree in Marketing a with a minor in Business and Technical Writing. While at JSU, she was a Marching Ballerina featured with the Marching Southerners and choreographer/coordinator for the JSU Hardcorps GoGos. Jessica now spends her free time teaching dance and snuggling with her three fur babies.
|Fabian Truss||Special Events Coordinator|
Fabian Truss is entering his second season in professional baseball and his second with the Barons. He was a Group Sales Intern in 2013 before being hired as a Special Events Coordinator in 2014. He also interned at the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame.
Truss is a recent graduate of Samford University with a degree Sports Administration with a minor in business. He attended Shades Valley High School where he earned the opportunity to attend Samford on a football scholarship. He is the Samford's all-time leader in all-purpose yards with 6,640 over four seasons. He also led the team to its first Southern Conference title in the history of the program.
|Claire Griffith||Special Events Coordinator|
Claire Griffith is entering her first season with the Barons as a Special Events Coordinator and second overall in professional baseball. She spent last season as a community relations intern for the Richmond Flying Squirrels where she was known for impeccable flag-running, long distance t-shirt throwing and the best worm dance in town. Born and raised in Pensacola, Fla., she attended the University of South Alabama and majored in Leisure Studies in Recreation Administration. Throughout her time in college, she worked and played in the university's intramural sports program. She received 2013 Waterpolo Official of the Year and was inducted in 2013 into the schools' intramural hall of fame. Her favorite teams include the San Francisco Giants, Miami Dolphins and the Alabama Crimson Tide, and she loves playing sports in social leagues.
|Tay Bailey||Premium Services Manager|
|Sydney Wilbanks||Corporate Event Planner|
Sydney is in her third season with the Birmingham Barons as the team's Corporate Event Planner. Sydney has previously worked in all areas of the hospitality industry from the kitchen to event planning. She is a graduate of Auburn University with a Bachelor's degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management.
Sydney is a native of Birmingham. Some of her favorite childhood memories are attending Barons games. She has a passion for hospitality and is excited to start this new journey with the Birmingham Barons. Sydney currently resides in Gardendale with her husband, and high school sweetheart, Tyler.
|Emily Stuenkel||Corporate Event Planner|
Originally from Johns Creek, Ga., Emily graduated from the University of Alabama with a degree in Restaurant, Hotel and Meetings Management. Last year, she interned as the Premium Services Sales intern at Oak Mountain Amphitheatre and spent the 2013 season as a Marketing intern for the Barons. She now lives in Birmingham and is entering her third season with the Barons as a Corporate Event Planner.
|George Chavous||Director of Customer Service|
Chavous is in his 15th year with the Barons. After spending four seasons as an usher, he was promoted to Head Usher and served in that capacity for nine seasons. Prior to the 2013 season, George was promoted to his current position as Director of Customer Service at Regions Field.
George previously worked in the music business for 30 years in promotions and marketing, but always found time for his true love, baseball. After moving to Birmingham from St. Petersburg, Fla., George jumped at the chance to join the Birmingham Barons. In the years to follow, George came to embody the Barons' commitment to great customer service at Hoover Metropolitan Stadium and now Regions Field. A true people person, George considers himself to be one of the luckiest people in the world.
|Shaunte' Bailey||Office Manager|
Shaunte' begins her third season with the Barons since beginning her career in Minor League Baseball in 2013. A Birmingham native, she graduated from the University of Montevallo in 2012 with a degree in Speech and Language Pathology. She hopes to pursue a Master's of Special Education with a concentration in Autism Spectrum Disorder in the future.
Bailey attended Jefferson Christian Academy and currently resides in Birmingham. During her free time, she enjoys reading, working out and cheering on her Atlanta Hawks. Her favorite sporting memories include the White Sox exhibition at Regions Field and attending Barons' games as a kid.
Media Relations / Broadcasting
|Tyler Brown||Director of Media Relations|
Tyler is entering his first season with the Barons and his third year in professional baseball. Prior to moving to Birmingham, he oversaw the operation of TrackMan, a radar scouting system, and its statistical analysis for the Los Angeles Dodgers and their Double-A affiliate, the Chattanooga Lookouts.
Brown oversees the Barons' media and community relations efforts. Among his daily duties, Tyler manages Birmingham's social media accounts and official web site. He also handles player/mascot appearance, donation and charity requests.
Tyler is a recent graduate of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga where he majored in Communication. While at UTC, he spent five seasons as the radio voice of the Mocs softball team and three years as a media relations assistant within the athletics communication department. In the position, Tyler was the main contact for Chattanooga's volleyball and softball teams, while also serving as the program's secondary basketball contact.
Tyler is a native of Coalmont, Tenn., where he attended Grundy County High School. During his free time, he can be found hunting, fishing or cheering on his Chattanooga Mocs.
|Curt Bloom||Director of Broadcasting|
Bloom enters his 28th season in broadcasting and his 24th in the Barons radio booth. "CB" is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a degree in broadcasting communications. His previous stops include Bakersfield, Calif., Prince William County, Va., and Huntsville, Ala., before arriving in the "Magic City" prior to the 1992 season.
Bloom, now 50-years-old, has called Major League Baseball games for both the Montreal Expos and Toronto Blue Jays, and college basketball games for UAB and Samford. In addition, he has called Alabama high school state championship games for both basketball and football for, CBS-42. The two-time Southern League Broadcaster of the Year was elected to the Barons Hall of Fame in 2013. He lives in Pelham with his wife, Dr. Laura Bloom, an assistant professor at the University of Alabama and their two daughters, Chloe (20) and Alexis (18). Chloe is a junior at Alabama and Alexis is a junior at Pelham High School.
A native of North Salem, N.Y., CB stays connected to his hometown teams, passionately rooting on the Yankees, Rangers, Jets, and Knicks.
|Mike Ferko||Director of Production|
Originally from East Palestine, Ohio, Mike joined the Barons in March of 2012 as the Director of Production. Mike is responsible for the Scoreboard "Show" at Regions Field. He also oversees the on-field promotions, music and the game day script.
This is Mike's fourth season with the Barons and sixth overall in professional baseball after serving as an intern for both the Cleveland Indians and the Mahoning Valley Scrappers. He also spent two NHL seasons working for the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Mike graduated from Capital University in Columbus, Ohio, with a degree in TV/Radio Production. In his spare time he enjoys cheering on his beloved Pittsburgh Steelers, Pirates and Penguins along with The Ohio State University Buckeyes.
|Eric Crook||General Manager, Parkview Catering|
Crook enters his 18th season in professional baseball, his 17th with the Barons, and his 12th as General Manager of Parkview Catering (formerly Grand Slam Catering). In addition to managing the entire food service operation, Eric also oversees the Barons internship program. He has previous stints serving as the Barons Director of Catering, Director of Stadium Operations and Director of Group Sales. Prior to his tenure with the Barons, the Newport, Ore., native spent the 1998 season as an intern for the Colorado Springs Sky Sox.
A 1997 University of Oregon graduate with a degree in Sports Marketing, Eric follows Ducks athletics very closely. He lives in Hoover with his wife, Stacy, and their two childre, Caden (9) and Ciara (4).
|Brian DiCiaccio||Director of Concessions|
DiCiaccio enters his ninth season in professional baseball, his third with the Barons. He was previously hired as the concessions intern in January 2013 before taking over as the Director of Concessions in April. Prior to arriving in Birmingham in 2013, DiCiaccio spent six seasons with the Pawtucket Red Sox in various roles in concessions and retail sales. He has previously interned in marketing with Syracuse University, ticket operations with Cornell University, and stadium operations with the Wareham Gatemen of the Cape Cod Baseball League.
A December 2012 graduate of Ithaca College with a degree in Sport Management, Brian is originally from Attleboro, Mass. An avid Boston sports fan, he feels fortunate to have witnessed three Red Sox World Series titles in his lifetime.
|Matt Jett||Executive Chef|
|Ginny Bryant||Catering Manager|
Ginny joined Parkview Catering in March 2014 with nearly a decade of culinary experience. She is responsible for managing on-site event food provisions, coordinating venue set-up and supervising serving staff.
Bryant's past experience includes work as a pastry chef, catering coordinator and product development consultant. Additionally, she served as part owner and COO of a restaurant in her hometown of Birmingham. She earned an A.A.S. in Hospitality Management at Jefferson State Community College and went on to earn a B.A. in Business Management from Huntingdon College.
|Matt Mullinax||Catering Manager|
|Becky York||Director of Retail Sales|
|Randy Prince||Chief Financial Officer|
Randy earned a Bachelor's in Accounting from The University of Alabama where he was awarded the Austin Cup as the most outstanding business administration student. He began his career at a Big 4 accounting firm and worked in both the audit and tax departments. Randy went on to start and operate his own successful real estate development business in Tampa, Fla., for several years. Overall, he has spent over 25 years working with small businesses in various financial and accounting roles including Chief Financial Officer for two Homebuilding companies.
Randy is blessed with two sons, Will and Mack. He enjoys spending time with his wife, family and friends, saltwater fishing, running, and has a black belt in tae kwon do.
|Jo Anne Bragan||Accountant|
Jo Anne is in her ninth season with the Barons organization. She retired after 34 and a half years with Southern Progress Corporation and three years with Business Interiors, Inc. She is the proud grandmother of five grandsons, three of which are playing baseball in the Vestavia Hills Little League. Her son, daughter-in-law, and their two sons, one of which plays Little League baseball, reside in Houston and are avid Astros fans. Growing up in the Magic City, some of her fondest memories are attending Barons games at Rickwood Field.
|Ruth Allison||Inventory Control Accountant|
Ruth joined the Barons in February 2014. Prior to that, she worked as a Stand Manager for the 2013 season, worked for several years as the Group Leader for the Pelham High School Band, worked for a major healthcare organization for over 19 years as an IT professional. Ruth has extensive experience working in the accounting departments of several Houston area companies.
Ruth earned her Masters of Business Administration from Western Governors University in 2013, and holds a Bachelor's in Software Engineering from the University of Phoenix.
Ruth and her husband, Jerry, have been married more than 20 years and they are the proud parents of Patrick, Rebekah, and Sarah. Patrick works with his father as a surveyor in the pipeline industry, Rebekah is the Head Pharmacy Tech at Walgreens and is pursuing an RN degree, and Sarah is currently a sophomore at UAB studying to become an EMT.
Originally from Magnolia, Texas, she currently resides in Helena with her husband, daughter, Sarah, and their menagerie of animals. She enjoys woodworking, cross-stitching, cooking, gardening, reading, and of course, watching baseball.
|Daniel Ruggiero||Head Groundskeeper|
The 2015 campaign will be Ruggiero's seventh as Head Groundskeeper for the Barons. After spending the two previous seasons as the Head Groundskeeper for the Mobile BayBears, the Marietta, Ga., native was the Assistant Groundskeeper for the Barons from 2004-06. The Gadsden State graduate resides in Birmingham with his wife, Desiree, and two daughters, Sydney (5) and Taylor (2).
|Eric Taylor||Assistant Head Groundskeeper|
|Nick Lampasona||Director of Stadium Operations|
Nick is in his third season as the Director of Stadium Operations for the Barons and his eighth season in professional baseball. He is native of Taylor Ridge, Ill., arrived in Birmingham after serving as the Director of Operations for the past three seasons for the Gary Southshore Railcats and previously worked as the Operations Manager for the Connecticut Defenders, a former Eastern League team.
Along with managing all stadium inquiries, Nick is responsible for the upkeep of Regions Field.
Nick graduated from Western Illinois University in 2006 with a degree in Recreation, Park, Tourism, and Administration. Nick enjoys any live sporting event and tries to catch as many Chicago Cubs games as possible.
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