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Front Office Staff

 

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OWNERSHIP / MANAGEMENT

Ken Young President

John Traub Vice President

John TraubJohn has been involved in the management of the Biloxi Shuckers since the team's inception in 2014. As Vice President, John has been involved with establishing the franchise's brand as well as construction of MGM Park. John is also involved in the management of the Shuckers' business and baseball operation. He splits his time between Biloxi and his full-time role as Vice President/General Manager of the Albuquerque Isotopes of the Triple-A Pacific Coast League. John will be entering his 29th year in professional baseball during the 2016 season.

Upon taking over as General Manager of the Isotopes in September 2003, John Traub has presided over a period of immense team growth and success. The Isotopes continually rank in the top 10 in attendance among all Minor League teams and in just 14 years of existence, the team has drawn nearly eight million fans. Under John's stewardship, the 'Topes and Isotopes Park have consistently hosted large events that have had a national scope, including Major League exhibitions, Manny Ramirez's 2009 rehab assignment, and the 2011 Triple-A Baseball National Championship Game.

John was named 2007 PCL Executive of the Year and the team was singled out for recognition as well, receiving the John H. Johnson Award as the PCL's best overall franchise. The team also received the prestigious 2007 Bob Freitas Award from Baseball America as the most complete franchise in Triple-A Baseball. John was also presented with the 2007 Ambassador Award by the City of Albuquerque Convention and Visitor's Bureau and currently serves on the board of directors for the Gildan New Mexico Bowl

John co-authored his first book in 2012, entitled "Baseball ... A Helluva Life" - telling stories of the legendary life of Minor League Baseball executive Dave Rosenfield. The book is available online at Amazon.com. The Los Angeles native began his career in 1988, serving as a public relations intern for the California Angels, where he remained as an intern for the better part of four seasons. He also worked as a public relations intern for the Los Angeles Dodgers during their 1988 post-season. He is a 1987 graduate of UCLA, earning a BA degree in psychology. John, his lovely wife Liz, and their two children, Joe and Sophie, live in Albuquerque along with Walter, their Wire Fox Terrier.

Email: JTraub@ABQtopes.com

Twitter: @TopesGM

 


Chuck Arnold General Manager

Chuck ArnoldChuck joined the the Shuckers in January, 2016 after spending two seasons with the Pensacola Blue Wahoos, where he served as Sales Director prior to being promoted to Vice President of Sales. During his time with the Blue Wahoos, Arnold oversaw the entire sales department including corporate, season ticket and group sales, leading their team to sales records in corporate and group sales for both seasons.

Prior to joining the Blue Wahoos, Arnold spent eight years as General Manager of the Johnson City Cardinals, Appalachian League affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals. His career in MiLB began with the Johnson City club serving two seasons as the Assistant General Manager. Arnold also a brief stint as an Assistant Baseball Coach at King University and taught as an Adjunct Instructor of Sports Marketing at Milligan College.

Chuck currently serves on the Southern League's Board of Directors and March of Dimes Executive Leadership Team.

A native of East Tennessee, Chuck attended Milligan College where he earned a bachelor's degree in Human Performance and Exercise Science and was also a member of the Buffaloes baseball team. Following his time at Milligan, he attended East Tennessee State University and received a master's degree in Sports Management.

Email: carnold@biloxishuckers.com

 


Hunter Reed Assistant General Manager

Hunter ReedHunter enters his first season with the Shuckers. Prior to joining the Shuckers, he worked 12 seasons for the Appalachian League's Greeneville Astros and 10 as the Assistant General Manager. His duties for the Astros included gameday production, in-game promotions, maintaining the team website, online store orders, media relations, layout of the official game program, coordinating player appearances, and assisting with group and corporate sales.

Previously, Hunter served as the Director of Marketing and Media Relations for the Astros during 2006 and worked as an operations assistant during the 2005 season. Hunter's experience included the classroom, serving as adjunct faculty at East Tennessee State University, teaching Sport Marketing and Public Relations courses.

During Hunter's time in Greeneville, the Astros were awarded the Appalachian League Promotional Award of Excellence from 2007-2009; Baseball America's Bob Freitas Award (Short Season) in 2008 and the Appalachian League Community Service Award in 2016. The Astros took home the Appalachian League Championship during the 2015 season.

Hunter received his B.S. (2001) and M.A. (2005) in Sport Management from East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, TN. He was active in the community, which included serving as the President of the Kiwanis Club of Greeneville. Hunter and his wife Sabrina are each natives of East Tennessee.

Email: hreed@biloxishuckers.com

 


SALES AND MARKETING

Chris Birch Business Development Manager

Chris BirchChris will be entering his third season with the Shuckers in 2017. Chris was recently awarded the Southern League's inaugural Patriot Award for his work with local military. He led team efforts to strengthen the bond between the Shuckers and military initiatives.

Prior to the Shuckers, Chris worked in professional hockey for eight years. He moved to the Gulf Coast in 2005 and joined the Sea Wolves (ECHL). When the organization ceased operations due to damages sustained by Hurricane Katrina, Birch relocated to Chicago, Illinois and joined the sales and sponsorship efforts of the Chicago Wolves (AHL). Chris returned to Mississippi in 2006 to help rebuild professional hockey on the coast. He served as Chief Operating Officer and later team President through the transition of the Sea Wolves to the Mississippi Surge (SPHL).

Chris graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in sports management from the College of Health and Human Performance. Originally from Oak Park, Illinois, he lives in Gulfport with his family.

Email: cbirch@biloxishuckers.com


Allan Lusk Box Office Manager

Allan LuskAllan is entering his sixth season in Minor League Baseball and third with the Shuckers. He began as a Ticket Sales Executive with the Shuckers before becoming Box Office Manager. Prior to the Shuckers, Allan served as a Customer Service/Ticket Office Representative with the Corpus Christi Hooks where he focused on ticket sales and operations. He also worked with the Bowling Green Hot Rods as the Ticket Operations Assistant. His career began as the Assistant Director of Tickets and Group Sales with the Kinston Indians in 2011.

Allan graduated from East Carolina University with a degree in Sports Studies with a minor in Business Administration and is originally from Raleigh, North Carolina. In his free time, he enjoys going to other sporting events, fishing, and lounging on the beach. His favorite sport teams are the East Carolina Pirates, NC State Wolfpack, Atlanta Braves, and Carolina Panthers.

Email: alusk@biloxishuckers.com


Layton Markwood Box Office/Sales Trainee

Layton MarkwoodPrior to the Shuckers, Layton served as an Event Logistics Intern at Charlotte Motor Speedway where he did whatever was needed to improve the fan experience. He also spent time working in the live concert industry with Live Nation Entertainment and Music Farm.

Originally from Columbia, Maryland, Layton graduated from the University of South Carolina with a B.S. in Sport and Entertainment Management in May of 2016. In his free time, he enjoys kicking back to music, playing and watching sports, and exploring. His favorite sports teams are the Ravens, Orioles, Gamecocks, and Wizards.

Email: lmarkwood@biloxishuckers.com


Dani Polen Sales & Marketing Coordinator

Dani PolenDani is entering her first season with the Shuckers. Prior to joining the Shuckers, Dani served as Administrative Marketing Coordinator at The McCaughan Company Real Estate in Brandon, MS, where she managed and implemented the company's marketing plan. She also spent two years as the Director of Operations at Thimblepress Design & Letterpress in Jackson, MS. Dani's marketing background also includes serving as the Development and Services Coordinator for the Arthritis Foundation and Marketing and IONM Technician for NeuroProtective Services, both located in Jackson, MS. This is not Dani's first experience in baseball, as she worked for the Mississippi Braves during their second season in 2006 in Sales & Community Relations.

Dani graduated from the University of Mississippi with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing and Minor in Graphic Design, and went on to pursue and receive a Master of Business Administration. She is originally from Brandon, MS. In her free time, Dani enjoys spending time with her husband Neil, their daughter, Louise, and goldendoodle, Leroy. A few of her favorite things include traveling, attending concerts and most recently, exploring her new home, the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Her favorite sports teams are the Ole Miss Rebels, Chicago Cubs, and Seattle Sounders FC.

Email: dpolen@biloxishuckers.com


Deven Matthews Ticket Sales Executive

Deven MatthewsDeven is entering his 3rd season with the Biloxi Shuckers as a Ticket Sales Executive. Prior to the Shuckers, Deven served as an Athletic Marketing Assistant with Southern Miss Sports Marketing. Deven graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi with a Sport Management degree and is originally from Ocean Springs, MS.

Deven is a former collegiate athlete and enjoys playing basketball, collecting shoes, and watching ESPN. His favorite sports teams are Southern Miss Golden Eagles, Oklahoma City Thunder, Houston Texans, and the Biloxi Shuckers.

Email: dmatthews@biloxishuckers.com


Theo Bacot Corporate Sales Executive

Theo BacotThis is Theo's third season with the Shuckers. The Shuckers are the fourth baseball team that he has worked for. His first job in sports was with the Durham Bulls the summer of 2010. Theo also spent one year working for the Myrtle Beach Pelicans Baseball team and another year working in the CPL for the Wilmington Sharks.

Theo graduated from East Carolina University with a Sports Studies degree and Communications minor and is originally from Raleigh, NC. In his free time, he enjoys attending sporting events, attending concerts, golfing and kayaking. His favorite sport teams are the Biloxi Shuckers, East Carolina Pirates, Carolina Panthers, Charlotte Hornets, Carolina Hurricanes, and the North Carolina Tar Heels.

Email: tbacot@biloxishuckers.com


Kennedy Helms Ticket Sales Executive

Kennedy HelmsThis is Kennedy's third year with the Shuckers. Prior to the Shuckers, Kennedy served as the Operations Assistant for the 7th annual Mississippi Bowl, where he assisted the Bowl Chairman during all preparations. He also interned for the MGCCC Bulldogs, serving as the Game-Day Operations Assistant for football.

Kennedy graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi with a Master's in Sport Management. He received his Bachelor's from the University of South Alabama where he also lettered in football. He is originally from Gulfport, MS. In his free time he enjoys college football, watching Deven dunk on Chris Harris, and grilling.



Email: khelms@biloxishuckers.com


COMMUNITY RELATIONS

Jenifer Truong Community Relations & Promotions Coordinator

Jenifer TruongJenifer is in her third season with the Shuckers and first as Community Relations Coordinator. She served as Sales and Marketing Coordinator the past two seasons. Prior to the Shuckers, she spent three years working with the men's basketball team at Southern Mississippi. She created brochures and flyers for camps, clinics, and events, assisted with team travel, and coordinated ball kids.

Jenifer graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi with a degree in sport management, and is from Pass Christian, MS. In her free time, she enjoys traveling to different places, spending time at the beach, playing with her dogs Trixie, Ellie, Blaze and Prince.

This is her first experience in baseball.

Email: jtruong@biloxishuckers.com

Twitter: @JeniferTruong

Ashley Thrash Community Relations & Promotions Trainee

Ashley ThrashAshley begins her first season with the Shuckers. She previously served as a Sports Writer for the University of Southern Mississippi's school newspaper, The Student Printz, where she covered all sports at USM and produced numerous stories per week. She also managed the social media accounts (Twitter and Instagram) for the newspaper.

Originally from Ocean Springs, MS, Ashley graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi with a B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communications with an emphasis in Public Relations in May of 2016. In her free time, she enjoys running, watching sports, being outdoors, and spending time with family. Her favorite sports teams are the New Orleans Saints, Atlanta Braves, Chicago Bulls, and Southern Miss Golden Eagles.

Email: athrash@biloxishuckers.com


RETAIL OPERATIONS

Megan Ondrey Retail Manager

Megan OndreyMegan begins her fifth season in Minor League Baseball and second with the Shuckers. Megan is originally from Long Island, New York and still cheers for the Mets and the Jets every season.

She attended Methodist University in North Carolina and graduated with a degree in Business Administration and a minor in Sport Management. For the past three years she has worked for the Durham Bulls Baseball Club and spent last season as the Merchandise Assistant Manager.

To continue her love of sports she spent last off season working with the Carolina Hurricanes in the merchandise department as well as concerts like Taylor Swift and The Rolling Stones.

Megan is very excited to still be living in the south and near plenty of ocean once again.

Email: mondrey@biloxishuckers.com

 


COMMUNICATIONS

Chris Harris Director of Media Relations & Broadcasting

Chris HarrisChris will be entering his ninth season in Minor League Baseball and third with the Shuckers. Prior to the Shuckers, Chris served as Vice President of Communications and Broadcaster for the Jackson Generals for six seasons. In 2013, Chris was named Southern League Broadcaster of the Year. During his time with the Generals he was named the Southern League Broadcaster of the Year in 2013. Chris has appeared numerous times on Seattle Mariners' spring training broadcasts and also broadcasted regular season games in 2013 for them. Chris led PR efforts for the Shuckers' move into MGM Park after a 54-game road trip in 2015 and oversaw the national coverage of the historic beginning of the franchise.

Chris graduated from Bethel University with a business management degree in 2007 and is originally from Lexington, Tennessee. Chris played baseball through college, starting his career at Motlow State in Tennessee. Chris still holds Tennesssee state baseball records, ranking second in career RBI's with 208, fourth in home runs with 48 and sixth in batting average at .469.

In his free time, he enjoys traveling, watching sports and playing basketball and golf. His favorite sports teams are the University of Memphis Tigers, Memphis Grizzlies and his fantasy football team.

Chris' first job in baseball was for the West Tenn Diamond Jaxx in 2009 as Manager of Media Relations and Broadcasting.

Email: charris@biloxishuckers.com

Twitter: @CHarris731

 


Cristina CocaPrior to the Shuckers, Cristina served as a Graduate Assistant for Athletic Communications at Delta State University where she was the main contact for men's soccer, women's basketball, swimming and diving, and cheerleading the past two years. She also spent one season working for NASCAR Nationwide driver Scott Lagasse Jr. and his race team TeamSLR.

Cristina graduated from Delta State University with a Masters in Science in Sport Management and Administration and is originally from Tampa, Florida. In her free time, she enjoys playing soccer, talking sports, and watching sports. Her favorite sports teams are the Tampa Bay Lightning, Tampa Bay Rays and Tampa Bay Bucs.

Cristina is in love with her rescue pup, Riley, who is a Shepherd-Collie mix and wants to give a shoutout to her parents' German Shepherd, Jaeger.

Cristina's first job in sports was with the NASCAR Nationwide series and driver Scott Lagasse Jr. and his team "TeamSLR" in 2013.

Email: ccoca@biloxishuckers.com

Twitter: @Cristina_Coca22

 

Erik Bremer Media Relations & Broadcasting Assistant

Erik BremerErik joins the Shuckers for his first season in Biloxi. Prior to the Shuckers, Erik spent the 2016 season as an intern for the Minnesota Twins, assisting the baseball communications department in the production of official publications and collecting interviews for the Treasure Island Baseball Network. In 2015, he called games for the Wareham Gatemen of the Cape Cod Baseball League.

Erik is a 2016 graduate of Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, where he majored in Radio/Television/Film with a Certificate in Integrated Marketing Communications. While at Northwestern, Erik announced Wildcats baseball, basketball, football, softball and volleyball for 89.3 WNUR and the Big Ten Network.

Email: ebremer@biloxishuckers.com

Twitter: @erik_bremer

Amy Johnson Creative Services & Production Manager

Amy JohnsonAmy is entering her fourth season in Minor League Baseball and second with the Shuckers. She oversees the creative department of the Shuckers, including the video production and graphic design efforts, along with game entertainment. Amy began her baseball career in Texas with the Corpus Christi Hooks, where she started out as a Video Production intern and later became the Video Production Coordinator. Amy primarily produced, shot and edited a monthly television show for the team, along with contributing her creative efforts to the videoboard with video and motion graphics.

Born and raised in Round Rock, Texas, Amy is a proud graduate of the University of Texas at Austin where she majored in Journalism with a focus in sports and broadcast. While in Austin, she spent more time at UFCU Disch-Faulk Field cheering on the horns than she spent in class.

Away from MGM Park, Amy enjoys spending her time outside running, kayaking and playing with dogs, or checking out local breweries and concerts.

Email: ajohnson@biloxishuckers.com

Twitter: @johnson_amy14

Maka Rademakers Creative Services & Production Trainee

Maka RademakersMaka is currently in her final semester at the University of Southern Mississippi. She is pursuing a Media Production degree with a Psychology minor. She moved from New Zealand four years ago in order to play Volleyball at a collegiate level and gain a college degree. Her favorite sports to watch are Basketball and Rugby. Her favorite teams include: the Boston Celtics, Southern Miss Golden Eagles and the All Blacks rugby team. In her free time she enjoys the outdoors, playing sports and eating Chick-fil-A.

Maka is happy to be back with the Biloxi Shuckers after working as a Production Intern during the 2016 season. She looks forward to gaining more experience in the Sports Production field with her new role as a Creative Services and Production Trainee.

Email: mrademakers@biloxishuckers.com


STADIUM OPERATIONS / TURF MANAGEMENT

Trevor Matifes Director of Stadium Operations

Trevor MatifesTrevor begins his third season with the Shuckers in 2017. Prior to the Shuckers, Trevor served as the Stadium Operations Assistant with the Pensacola Blue Wahoos, where he assisted the Facility Manager with the general upkeep of Pensacola Bayfront Stadium along with managing the game day staff. He also spent a year working for the Kansas City T-Bones of the American Association.

Trevor graduated from the University of Saint Mary with a sport management degree and is originally from Alton, Illinois. In his free time, he enjoys watching St. Louis Cardinals baseball, going to the beach and spending time with friends and family. His favorite sports teams are the Cardinals, Rams and Blues.

Email: tmatifes@biloxishuckers.com

Twitter: @TMatifes

Geno Walton Stadium Operations Trainee

Geno WaltonGeno returns with the Shuckers for his third season. He has been working in stadium operations. He is excited for the chance to come back and gain more knowledge.

Originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Geno graduated from the University of Southern Miss with a B.S. in Sport Management in May of 2016. In his free time, he enjoys collecting shoes, playing and watching sports, and taking random trips. His favorite sports teams are the Los Angeles Lakers, Green Bay Packers, Milwaukee Brewers, and The Ohio State Buckeyes.

Email: gwalton@biloxishuckers.com

 


Will Lairamore Head Groundskeeper

Will LairamorePrior to the Shuckers, Will served as the Athletic Turf Supervisor at the USA Stadium in Millington, TN, where he was responsible for the upkeep of USA Stadium grounds along with four city recreational baseball and softball fields. He also spent five years working for Middle Tennessee State University baseball, being responsible for complete maintenance and upkeep of the MTSU baseball field and complex. Will also served as a grounds intern for the Double-A Jackson Generals in 2013 and Triple-A Louisville Bats.

Will graduated from Middle Tennessee State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Agriculture Business and is originally from Maryville, TN. Will and his wife Melanie were married this past October and now reside in Biloxi. In his free time, he enjoys watching football on the weekend, playing basketball and hanging out with his gorgeous wife and beagle, Brewer. His favorite sports teams are the Milwaukee Brewers, Tennessee Titans and Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders.

Email: wlairamore@biloxishuckers.com

 


Jim Dolan Home Clubhouse Manager

Steven Carter Visiting Clubhouse Manager

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Mike Brulatour General Manager

Mike BrulatourMike enters his third season with the Shuckers. Prior to joining the Shuckers, Mike served as Ovations General Manager for Autozone Park and the Memphis Redbirds. Over the years Mike has seen his signature ballpark favorites featured on The Food Network and Rachael Ray's Ballpark Cafe.

You are certain to find something delicious at MGM Park. Mike claims to of invented the peanut - who are we to argue.

Email: mike.brulatour@ovationsfs.com


Bob Barlow Chef

ADMINISTRATION

Lisa Turner Office Manager

Lisa TurnerLisa begins her third season with the Shuckers in 2017. Prior to the Shuckers, Lisa spent 19 years in Healthcare Administration.

Lisa graduated from Mississippi Gulf Coast Junior College with an Associate's degree in science and is originally from Gulfport (Orange Grove Area).

In her free time, she enjoys Florida beach trips, painting, and time with family and friends. Her favorite sports teams are Ole Miss softball and The Brew Crew. Lisa would like to give a shout out to her two children Katelyn Turner and Matthew Turner, both of whom serve in the National Guard with the 1108th TASMG.

Email: lturner@biloxishuckers.com


Jourdan Natale Administrative Assistant

Jourdan enters her second season with the Shuckers. She graduated from MGCCC with an Associate of Arts Degree and is originally from Gulfport, Mississippi.

In her free time she enjoys playing softball, shopping, and spending time with family and friends.

Her favorite sports are fast pitch softball and baseball.

This is Jourdan's first career in baseball and she is excited to be making history with the Biloxi Shuckers.

Email: jnatale@biloxishuckers.com