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, AL, enters his twelfth season as the Barons' General Manager and 24th 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 with the Birmingham Bulls hockey club.
Nelson graduated from the University of Montevallo in 1993 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree 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 that recognizes 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, recognizing 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 were 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, the new home of the Barons in 2013. In both 2013 and 2014 the Barons set the second and third-highest season attendance marks in modern day history, behind Michael Jordan's 1994 season. Also in 2013 Regions Field was named Ballpark of the Year by ballparks.com. Most recently Regions Field was recognized as the top AA Minor League Baseball ballpark in America by Baseball America and Ballparkdigest.com. Baseball America ranked Regions Field third in all of Minor League Baseball behind two AAA ballparks.
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, Knights of Columbus and American Baseball Foundation. He and his wife, Christy, reside in Vestavia Hills with their son Jonathan Jr. (14), daughter, Sophia (10) and are members of Our Lady 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 fourth 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 seventh 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.
Group Sales and Fan Relations
|Brett Oates||Premium Sales Manager|
Brett Oates joined the Barons in 2012 as the organizations Group Sales Manager and now enters his fourth 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||Assistant Director Of Group Sales|
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||Group Sales Manager|
Fabian Truss is entering his third season in professional baseball and his third 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 and 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||Group Sales Manager|
Claire Griffith is entering her first season with the Barons as a Group Sales Manager and third overall in professional baseball. She spent the 2014 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.
|Athina Arends||Group Sales Manager|
Athina is entering her first season with the Birmingham Barons as a Group Sales Manager with a focus on Associations. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Auburn University with a degree in Hotel & Restaurant Management and a minor in Business. Her experience spans 5 years in hotels doing Catering and Event Sales - most recently at the Hyatt Regency, Wynfrey Hotel here in Birmingham and previous to that she was at The Lodge & Spa at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, GA.
She spent the majority of her childhood in Acworth, GA where her family still lives. She currently resides in Birmingham, AL.
|Tay Bailey||Premium Services Manager|
Tay Bailey enters her second season with the Birmingham Barons in 2016 as the Premium Services Manager. Tay oversees the operation of Regions Field's luxury boxes, suites and club lounge during baseball season.
An Ole Miss alumna, Bailey touts a degree in Marketing, and gained five years of member service and event coordination experience while an employee of the Alabama Press Association.
An Alabama native, Bailey grew up in Montgomery and graduated from Montgomery Academy. She currently resides in Birmingham.
|Jennifer McGee||Director of Events|
Jennifer is a graduate of the University of Nebraska, with a degree in Psychology. She was hired out of college to work with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra as their production coordinator. More recently she was employed as an event manager with B&A Warehouse. With over 15 years of event management experience she is excited to put her skills to work for the Barons organization.
When she isn't working she enjoys repurposing found objects into furniture and art. Jennifer's husband and 4 children are thrilled with her new position and look forward to attending many games this season.
|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. In 2013, she interned as the Premium Services Sales intern at Oak Mountain Amphitheater and as a Marketing intern for the Barons. She now lives in Birmingham and is entering her fourth season with the Barons as a Corporate Event Planner.
|George Chavous||Director of Customer Service|
Chavous is in his 16th 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.
|Tyler Gore||Educational Outreach Coordinator|
Tyler is entering his second season in professional baseball and his second with the Barons. After a successful season as a Group Sales intern, he was hired as a Special Events Coordinator after the 2015 season.
Gore is a recent graduate of Southern New Hampshire University, with a Bachelors Degree in Sports Management. He grew up in Hueytown, Alabama, but attended high school in Millbrook at Stanhope Elmore High School, home of Dee Milliner(Alabama/NY Jets), Antowain Smith(Super Bowl RB for the Patriots), and Terrence Long(Outfielder, Oakland Athletics). He has been a lifelong fan of the Birmingham Barons, even throwing a first pitch when he was a child. An avid sports fanatic, Tyler loves watching his Alabama Crimson Tide, and getting let down by the Atlanta Braves every year. He and his wife, Jessica, live in Alabaster with their dog Maddux, named after you know who
|Cory Ausderau||Faith Based Outreach Coordinator|
Cory Ausderau is entering his second season in professional baseball and his second with the Barons. He was the Marketing Intern in 2016 before being hired as the Faith Based Outreach Coordinator for the 2017 season.
Cory is a 2010 graduate of Auburn University with a degree in Secondary Education and a minor in History. He was a teacher and a coach for six years prior to joining the Barons. He grew up in Greenville Alabama, where his family still lives. He currently resides in Birmingham.
|Rachelle Lawhorn||Office Manager|
Media Relations / Broadcasting
|Curt Bloom||Director of Broadcasting|
Bloom enters his 29th season in broadcasting and his 25th in the Barons radio booth. "CB' is a graduate of the University of North Carolina Greensboro with a degree in broadcasting communications. His previous stops include Bakersfield, CA, Prince William County, VA and Huntsville, AL before arriving in the "Magic City" prior to the 1992 season.
Bloom, now 53-years-old, has called Major League Baseball games for both the Montreal Expos and Toronto Blue Jays and college football and women's basketball for Samford University. In addition, he has called Alabama High School state championship games for both basketball and football for, CBS-42.
In May of 2013, Bloom was inducted into the Birmingham Barons Hall of Fame. In 2015 Bloom taught two classes in broadcasting at Miles College in Fairfield, Alabama.
The two-time Southern League Broadcaster of the Year lives in Pelham with his wife, Dr. Laura Bloom, an assistant professor at the University of Alabama and their two daughters, Chloe (21) a senior at Alabama and Alexis (19) a freshman at Jeff State. A native of North Salem, NY, CB stays connected with his hometown teams passionately rooting on the Yankees, Rangers, Jets and Knicks.
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 and Promotions|
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 fifth season with the Barons and seventh 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.
|David Montgomery||Director of Food and Beverage|
David Montgomery joined Parkview Catering for the 2016 season after serving a variety of roles in nearly 30 years as part of the food service industry. His background includes experience in catering and banquet management, casual and retail quick service dining management, commissary, multi-unit food service management, and concessions management. During this time David served as Concession and Retail Food Service Manager at both Samford University and Auburn University. He also served as Food Service Director at UAB overseeing all food service activity for six years. He earned a BS in Business Administration from Troy State University.
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|
|Todd Thompson||Concessions Manager|
Todd Thompson returns to the Barons for the 2016 season, his third overall in professional baseball. He was a concessions assistant last season, and began his career with the Green Bay Bullfogs as a Marketing and Operations Intern. He graduated from the University of Montevallo with a Bachelor's in Business Management and played collegiate baseball for four seasons(Two years at Montevallo and two at Central Alabama Community College.
|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.
|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 2016 campaign is Ruggiero's eighth as Head Groundskeeper for the Barons and 13th overall in profesional baseball. Ruggiero also owns an athletic field company, Gameday Athletic Surfaces, that services the local community. The Marietta, GA native attended Brunswick College and currently lives in Clay, Alabama with his wife Desiree and two daughters, Sydney (age 7), and Taylor (age 4).
|Eric Taylor||Assistant Head Groundskeeper|
Assistant Head Groundskeeper Eric Taylor enters his third season with the Barons in 2016. A native of Hokes Bluff, Ala., Taylor spent three seasons working for the Atlanta Braves as well 10 years in the golf course industry that included a stop at the Bethpage Black Course in Farmingdale, New York, site of the U.S. Open. A purple belt in jiujitsu, Taylor currently resides in Pelham, Ala. with his hound dog.
|Timmy Hinds||Director of Stadium Operations|
A native of Cincinnati, OH Hinds enters his first year as Director of Stadium Operations for the Barons, and 5th in affiliated baseball. He spent two previous seasons with the Beloit Snappers; Class A Affiliate of the Oakland Athletics as Director of Operations. Prior to that, he spent two years in the Operations department with the New Orleans Zephyrs; Triple A Affiliate of the Miami Marlins.
A Graduate of the University of Cincinnati, Timmy is always cheering on his beloved Bearcats. Timmy moved to Birmingham with his wife Kimberly, their son Colten and their dog Dillon. On his spare time, he enjoys hanging out with friends and family and catching up on his favorite Cincinnati sports teams.
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