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Ownership & Ryan Sanders Baseball

Ownership/Ryan Sanders Baseball

Lynn Nolan Ryan Principal Owner  

Nolan Ryan

Nolan Ryan is a member of the Ryan Sanders board of directors.

Elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility, Nolan Ryan was inducted on July 25, 1999 on 98.79% of the eligible ballots, a figure which remains the second highest in history. He is the only player to ever have his uniform number retired by three different teams with the Angels (#30) and Astros (#34) joining the Rangers.

Nolan compiled a 324-292 record with a 3.19 earned run average in 807 appearances in an unprecedented 27 seasons with the New York Mets (1966; 1968-71), California Angels (1972-79), Astros (1980-88), and Rangers (1989-93). The all-time leader in strikeouts (5714) and no-hitters (7), Nolan has owned or shared 53 Major League records. He is fifth in lifetime innings (5387.0), tied for seventh in shutouts (61), and tied for 13th in victories while his 773 starts are second only to Cy Young (815). An eight-time All-Star, Ryan also threw 12 one-hitters, tying Bob Feller for the most ever, and owns two of the top four single-season strikeout totals in Major League history, including an all-time best 383 K's with the Angels in 1973. He fanned 10 or more batters a ML record 215 times.

Retiring after the 1993 season, Ryan served as Special Assistant to the President under his personal services contract, assisting in the Rangers baseball, marketing, and public relations activities until January 2004. He is an inaugural member of the Texas Rangers Baseball Hall of Fame (2003) and is the only player to have his number retired by the club (#34). After leaving the Rangers, Ryan spent four years as Special Assistant to the General Manager for the Houston Astros assisting the baseball operations staff in a variety of areas on the major and minor league level.

He served as Chief Executive Officer of the Texas Rangers and was part of the team's ownership group, Rangers Baseball Express, which completed its purchase of the franchise on August 12, 2010. He oversaw the entire Rangers organization and was a member of the Board of Directors until 2013.

His most recent commitment as of February 2014 is to serve as Executive Advisor for the Houston Astros Baseball Club.

Baseball's all-time strikeout leader was named as the tenth President in Texas Rangers team history in February 2008 and added the title of CEO in March 2011. Ryan had a dramatic impact on the franchise in his five years on the job. Off the field, he instilled a renewed commitment to providing the best fan experience and making the Rangers a strong community partner. The Rangers had the highest per-game attendance increase in the majors from 2008 to 2009 and the third largest increase from 2009 to 2010. The club established single season home attendance records each of the last two years, surpassing the 3,000,000 mark for the first time in franchise history in 2012.

Ryan was just the third Hall of Fame player to serve as the President of a Major League Baseball franchise, joining John Montgomery Ward (1912) and Christy Mathewson (1923 and 1925), both with the Boston Braves, and the first to work for a World Series participant.

After his retirement as an active player, Ryan was able to pursue a number of business ventures. He is a Principal Owner of Ryan-Sanders Baseball, which owns and operates the Round Rock Express of the Pacific Coast League, a Texas Rangers affiliate, and founded (and recently sold) the Corpus Christi Hooks of the Texas League, a Houston Astros farm club.

For a number of years Nolan owned and served as Chairman of the Board of The Express Bank in Alvin and The Express Bank of Texas in Round Rock, and he currently serves on the Board of R Bank in Round Rock. He has several working cattle ranches in South Texas. In 1999, Nolan became a limited partner in Beefmaster Cattlemen, LP, a branded beef company that markets Nolan Ryan Tender Aged Beef.

The Nolan Ryan Foundation built the Nolan Ryan Center for Continuing Education at Alvin Community College, a facility which opened in 1996. He also sponsors the Nolan Ryan Scholarship Fund at Alvin Community College.

Nolan and his wife, Ruth, were married on June 26, 1967, and have three children: Robert Reid, Nolan Reese, and Wendy Lynn. Reid, who pitched at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth and for two years (1994-95) in the Texas Rangers' minor league system, is President of the Houston Astros and Reese, who also played at TCU, is CEO of Ryan Sanders Baseball. Nolan and Ruth have seven grandchildren.


Don Sanders Principal Owner  

Don Sanders

If you are from Texas, especially Houston, you might know the name Don Sanders.

Don's humble nature comes from his small town roots - Mexia, Texas. In high school he fell in love with photography, capturing life in its most memorable moments. This love of photography and art helped finance his undergraduate degree from Sam Houston State University and his MBA from the University of Texas in Austin. His interest in photography and art previewed his later accomplishment of putting together one of the leading private art and photography collections in the country.

After graduation Don joined EF Hutton & Company as a trainee in 1959 and over 2 decades rose to become an Executive Vice President and a member of the Board of Directors, perhaps the most prestigious investment firm in the nation. Its famous phrase, "when EF Hutton talks, people listen", was coined during Don's leadership of Hutton.

In 1987 Don left Hutton to form Sanders Morris Mundy. Now more than 25 years later the successor to Sanders Morris Mundy is one of the most successful wealth management firms in the United States with 38 offices managing over $18 billion. Don, together with storied private equity firm Lee Equity Partners and other members of its management, is still a substantial owner of that fast-growing organization.

Don continues to express himself in other ways. In 1979 he became part owner of the Houston Astros which whetted his interest in sports and sports franchises. In 1999 he, along with Nolan and Reid Ryan founded Ryan Sanders Baseball which today owns the Round Rock Express (the Texas Rangers AAA Farm Club), the Corpus Christi Hooks, (the Houston Astros AA Farm Club), and other various baseball operations.

Although Don is well-known for his financial and sports expertise, he is equally well-respected as an active community leader. He is the founder of the Houston Police Foundation, was a Director of the Houston Police Pension System as well as serving on the Board of Regents of the University of Houston. He is currently a Trustee of the Museum of Fine Arts as well as a Board member of the Houston Texas Bowl and the Nolan Ryan Foundation.

Don has a long tradition of supporting area schools and has generously given to the KIPP Explore Baseball program as well as donating the Kinkaid School baseball field and facilities which bears his name. His tremendous love for animals led Don to Friends for Life, a No-Kill animal rescue and adoption shelter where he personally financed a state-of-the-art shelter and facility. Remembering his roots, Don donated and endowed a world-class baseball facility at his alma mater, Sam Houston State University where he was also inducted into the Hall of Honor. In addition, he funded a life-sized bronze statue in Cooperstown that commemorates the All-American Girls Baseball League.

From his business accomplishments to his dedication and love of sports, care of animals, and compassion for others, he continues to embrace life in the fullest.


Reid Ryan Founder & Member of Board of Directors

Reid Ryan

Reid Ryan is the founder of Ryan Sanders Baseball, LP. A graduate of Texas Christian University, Ryan is credited with the idea of creating the Round Rock Express and Corpus Christi Hooks Baseball Clubs. Round Rock and Corpus Christi have been industry leaders, ranking at or near the top of minor league attendance, stadium satisfaction and franchise value. In May of 2013, Ryan was named president of business operations of the Houston Astros, leaving his post as CEO of the Express.

Recently, Ryan helped launch the first-ever baseball games played in San Antonio's Alamodome. The games, entitled "Big League Weekend," featured the Rangers and San Diego Padres in a two-game weekend set. Ryan is also involved in the leadership of minor league baseball, serving the industry on many levels. He's a trustee of the Texas League, a Pacific Coast League executive committee member and finance chairman for MiLB.

Ryan is involved in business outside baseball. Most notably he serves as a director and organizer of R Bank. Based in Round Rock, Texas, R Bank is a community bank founded with brother Reese and specializes in small- to medium-sized business.

Ryan enjoys giving back to both Central and South Texas. He has served on numerous non-profit boards and helped raise more than $500,000 for charity in the greater Austin and Corpus Christi markets. He currently serves on advisory boards for Big Brothers Big Sisters and the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute. Another rewarding outlet Ryan enjoys is coaching baseball and softball in the Round Rock area. He donates hundreds of hours annually helping kids learn the game while teaching them the value of achieving goals in a fun setting. Most days, if Reid is not at the Dell Diamond or Whataburger Field, you can find him at a select softball tournament or coaching baseball at Old Settler's Park.

Ryan and his wife, Nicole, are the proud parents of one son, Jackson, and two daughters, Victoria and Ella. The Ryans enjoy spending free time with family and friends at their South Texas ranch, watching sporting events and traveling.


Reese Ryan Owner & CEO

Reese Ryan

Reese Ryan serves as CEO of Ryan Sanders Baseball, ownership group for the Texas Rangers AAA affiliate, the Round Rock Express. The 37-year-old CEO is the brother of Express founder and Houston Astros President Reid Ryan and son of managing partner Nolan Ryan.

Active in his alumni association, Ryan is a 1999 graduate of Texas Christian University with a Bachelor of Science in Radio-Television-Film Production, as well as a graduate of the TCU Ranch Management program.

In addition to his duties with the Express, Ryan also is involved in real estate as a partner in Shope and Ryan Management, a real estate investment company based in Fort Worth. He also serves as Founder and Chairman of the Board for R Bank - a community bank in Round Rock - and is a partner behind the Texas expansion of Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf.

Ryan is a recognizable member of the non-profit community currently serving on the Board of YMCA of Greater Williamson County as well as the Board for HeartGift, a foundation whose mission is to provide lifesaving heart surgery to disadvantaged children living in developing countries where specialized medical intervention is scarce or nonexistent.

Ryan also serves on the board of directors for Nolan Ryan's Tender Aged Beef as well as The Nolan Ryan Foundation, located in his hometown of Alvin, Texas.

Ryan and wife, Alison, are the parents of two daughters, Caroline and Julia. The family resides in Austin, Texas, and spends their free time skiing, hunting, fishing and traveling.

Walk-up song: Fireman - George Strait


Eddie Maloney Principal Owner  

Eddie Maloney

Eddie Maloney serves as President of Cowboy Maloney's Electric City Appliance Centers, which operates appliance and video stores throughout Mississippi. He and his brother, Con, sold controlling interest of the Double-A Jackson Generals in 1999 to what is now Ryan Sanders Baseball. The team was moved to Round Rock where it began to play in the Texas League in 2000.

Maloney is the former President or Chairman of Jackson Prep School and Foundation, the Country Club of Jackson, the Business School Advisory Board at the University of Mississippi, St. Dominic Hospital Foundation, and the Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership.

An Ole Miss graduate, Maloney and his wife, Rhoda, have three daughters: Lindsey and her husband, Maj. Kevin O'Connell, and their daughters, Dolly and Colby; Leigh Anne Coleman and her husband, Bobby, and their sons, J.J., Bo and Smith; and Kelly and her husband, Tate Nations, and their daughter, Radley, and son,Tucker.


Bret Sanders Principal Owner  

Bret Sanders

Bret Sanders joined the club's ownership group in December of 2003.

Sanders currently is Director of NASDAQ Trading for Sanders Morris Harris, where he oversees over-the-counter trading for the Houston-based brokerage firm. He has been employed at Sanders Morris Harris since 1992. He also serves as a director and organizer of R Bank Texas, a community bank based in Round Rock, Texas. Sanders is a 1989 graduate of the University of Houston, with a Bachelor of Arts in political science.

Sanders is involved in several non-profit charities in the Houston area and serves as President and Chairman of the Board of HeartGift-Houston. He and his wife, Laurie, have chaired fundraisers for Cancer Counseling, Cystic Fibrosis, the University of Houston and Miracle League of Corpus Christi. He was a founding board member of Prepared 4 Life, a comprehensive after school program in the Houston ISD and annually hosts cancer patients from the Sunshine Kids organization at Hooks and Express games.

Sanders and his wife, Laurie, reside in Houston with their two children, Chris and Chelsea, but spend many weekends in Round Rock and Corpus Christi watching the Express and the Hooks. They both are avid sports fans and participate in numerous adventure races throughout Texas.


Brad Sanders Principal Owner  

Brad Sanders

Brad Sanders, son of Round Rock Express Managing Partner Don Sanders, joined the club's ownership group in December 2003.

Mr. Sanders graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Arts in economics and then earned his JD from the University of Houston Law School. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas. Brad is currently managing various private investments and practicing law in the hospitality, real estate, banking and construction. He is also a director of R Bank, a community bank located in Round Rock, TX.

Mr. Sanders is involved in a numerous non-profit organizations and currently serves on the board of directors of the Small Steps Nurturing Center, a NAEYC-accredited early childhood program in Houston's first ward that strives to improve the lives of Houston's impoverished inner-city children.

Mr. Sanders and his wife, Margie, are the parents of daughters Sela and Quincy, and son Nolan. The family resides in Houston and he enjoys spending his free time hanging out with his family, playing sports and traveling.


JJ Gottsch Chief Operating Officer

JJ Gottsch

J.J. Gottsch is the longest-tenured employee with Ryan Sanders Baseball and has played a key role in the development of both the Round Rock Express and Corpus Christi Hooks. He was promoted to his current position, COO of RSB, in January of 2015.

Gottsch helps oversee all business and stadium operations for the Express, along with supporting all divisions of RS3 (Ryan Sanders Sports Services). J.J. also oversees the Ryan Sanders Baseball Entertainment Division along with growing new areas of business and promoting sponsor and civic relations. He is also the Executive Director of Big League Weekend at the Alamodome in San Antonio, an annual two-game Major League Baseball spring training exhibition.

He's brought several marquee events to Round Rock and Corpus Christi as well. Portions of the movie "The Rookie" and TV show "The Simple Life 2" were filmed at Dell Diamond as well as the Jim Rome "World Tour" in 2003. Gottsch worked with Director Michael Meredith on the film, "The Open Road," starring Justin Timberlake, Jeff Bridges, Mary Steenburgen and Ted Danson. Timberlake portrayed fictional Hooks player Carlton Garrett, with portions of the film shot at Whataburger Field.

Gottsch has also been instrumental in bringing several concerts to Ryan Sanders Baseball venues including "The Bob Dylan Show," featuring Dylan, Willie Nelson and John Mellencamp, the Zac Brown Band, Charlie Daniels Band and several other festivals and post-game acts. Dell Diamond and Whataburger Field have also been host to several non-baseball sporting events including MLS Soccer, Top Rank Boxing, the Republic of Texas Triathlon, Conquer the Coast - a 65-mile cycling event around Corpus Christi Bay, and National Pro Fastpitch - the highest level of women's professional softball.

Gottsch serves on the Board of Directors for several organizations including Foster Angels of Central Texas, Austin Sports Commission, OM Foundation, Reckless Kelly Charitable Youth Foundation and is also a member of the Austin Saengerrunde.

 

Walk-up song: Be Thankful For What you Got - William DeVaughn


Debbie Bowman Executive Assistant

Debbie Bowman

Debbie Bowman began working for Ryan-Sanders Baseball during the 2003 season. She currently is the Executive Assistant for Reid & Reese Ryan.

After attending Texas A&M University she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications/Public Relations from the University of Texas at Tyler.

She is married to Lindsay Bowman, an Austin area golf pro, and has two children, Jacquelin and Nicklaus. She enjoys spending her free time being actively involved with the First Baptist Church of Round Rock's Music Ministry.


Jacqueline Bowman Administrative Assistant

Jackie Bowman

 


Desa Swaim Executive Director, Nolan Ryan Foundation