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Legends Front Office Staff

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LEXINGTON LEGENDS CORE VALUES

Everything we do revolves around the Legends Fan experience; respect the value of the ticket and everything it stands for.

Give the community more than they expect.

Focus on face-to-face experiences instead of texts and emails.

Equality, integrity, honesty.

Family is always more important.

Whitaker Bank Ballpark
207 Legends Lane
Lexington, KY 40505

Legends Ticket Office: 859-422-RUNS (7867)
Legends Administrative Offices: 859-252-HITS (4487)

 

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Front Office Staff


Andy Shea President & CEO Legends Logo

Andy Shea

Andy Shea started with the Legends as a Ticket Sales Representative and parking attendant during the 2005 season and later served as General Manager for four years, from 2008 to 2011. He served as President and Chief Operating Officer from 2011 to 2014 before becoming CEO.

Andy graduated from Boston College in 2004 with a degree in marketing and human resources. During his time as a Golden Eagle, Andy played catcher and center fielder for the men's baseball team.

Andy currently serves on the board for LexArts. He served on the board for Junior Achievement from 2007 to 2017. Since March 2009, he has built relationships with 10 little brothers through Big Brothers Big Sisters, 3 of whom were groomsmen in his wedding. He was also the 2013 and 2015 champion of Dancing with the Lexington Stars, which supports the Rotary Club Endowment Fund and Surgery on Sundays. In 2016, Andy won the American Diabetes Association's Kiss-A-Pig Campaign Individual Winner award for his fundraising efforts towards curing and preventing diabetes. In 2017, he was honored to receive the Distinguished Philanthropist Award from the Association of Fundraising Professionals - Bluegrass Chapter for his significant contribution to the Central Kentucky community through his acts of kindness and charitable giving.

Andy is a native of Philadelphia, PA and is a proud fan of the Phillies and Eagles.

Email: ashea@lexingtonlegends.com


Sue Martinelli Shea Secretary and Principal Legends Logo

Sue Martinelli Shea

Sue is the baseball loving mother of Andy and Steve Shea, her greatest accomplishments.

She is also the president and founder of Dancing with the Students, a 501c-3 non-profit organization which teaches ballroom dancing, manners and respect to inner city students in and around Philadelphia. Her former career as a special education teacher spanned fifteen years and five states. Sue is a proud graduate of Boston College and holds a masters degree from Johns Hopkins University.

Email: ashea@lexingtonlegends.com


Gary Durbin Executive Vice President & General Manager Legends Logo

Gary Durbin

Core Job Function: Managing the upkeep of the facility, security & police, parking, special events and general ballpark aesthetics.

A Lexington native, Gary joined the Legends in April 2001. Gary spends his days dealing with issues such as managing the upkeep of the facility, security & police, parking, special events and general ballpark aesthetics. Prior to joining the Legends staff, this all-around sports enthusiast enjoyed a 16-year career in hospital operations at a large successful hospital in Lexington. Gary lives in Lexington with his wife, Lynne, and their children, Brett and Lynley. In his spare time, he enjoys watching his kids compete in their respective sports, enjoys playing golf, and spending time with family and friends.

Email: gdurbin@lexingtonlegends.com


Shannon Kidd Director of Stadium Operations & Human Resources Manager Legends Logo

Shannon Kidd

Core Job Function: Overseeing a variety of areas including purchasing, retail and merchandise branding, volunteer program, college internship program and overall the staffing for the Legends.

Shannon has been with the Legends since they made their debut in the great city of Lexington in 2001. She started her sports career with the Lexington Legends and with her positions, Shannon oversees a variety of areas including purchasing, retail and merchandise branding, volunteer program, college internship program and overall the staffing for the Legends. She was honored to receive the 2015 SAL Female Executive of the year. Before coming on board with the Legends, Shannon was a District Manager with Blockbuster Video. Shannon is originally from Hazard, KY but calls the great town of Lexington home. In her spare time she enjoys golfing, walking her dog Bailey, and spending time with her wonderful family and friends.

Email: skidd@lexingtonlegends.com


Anne Mapson Special Projects Manager Legends Logo

Anne Mapson

Core Job function: Advertising sales, planning and executing stadium projects and running large events at Whitaker Bank Ballpark!

Anne joined the Lexington Legends in 2014 as a Corporate Sales Executive, and was promoted to Special Projects Manager after the 2015 season. She began her career in sports in 2011 with the Tri-City Dust Devils Minor League Baseball team in Pasco, WA, where she worked in both ticket sales and sponsorships until 2014.

Anne was born and raised in New York, NY and attended college at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, OH. She graduated in 2010 with a B.S.E in Sports Management and a minor in General Business. Anne moved to Lexington in 2014 with her husband Brian and dog, Poncho. Anne enjoys exploring Lexington (preferably on foot), traveling, cheering on the New York Giants and warily, the New York Mets.

Email: amapson@lexingtonlegends.com


Kyle Hargrove Ticket Sales Manager Legends Logo

Kyle Hargrove

Core Job Function: Providing an stress-free group outing event while creating the best possible baseball experience

Kyle joined the Lexington Legends in August 2014 as an Account Executive and was promoted to Ticket Sales Manager after the 2016 season. He currently oversees the Box Office, Ticket Sales internship program, and season ticket accounts as well as planning Group events for local organizations. Kyle began his career in sports working with the Nashville Sounds during summer internships in 2007 & 2008. After college, Kyle worked in the front office in 2013 for his favorite team, the Atlanta Braves. He also worked in Ticket Sales with the Atlanta Falcons in early 2014.

Kyle was born and raised in Hendersonville, TN. He attended the University of Tennessee and graduated with a B.S.E. in sport management in 2010, as well as a Masters in business administration (MBA) and Masters in sport management in 2012. Kyle moved to Lexington in July 2014 with his wife Nikki. They had a little girl Abby in 2016 who has already attended dozens of Legends games. Kyle's hobbies include playing softball, fantasy sports, and traveling. He also maintains a collection of over 2,500 bottle caps.

Email: khargrove@lexingtonlegends.com


Leslie Taylor, CPA Accounting & Business Operations Manager Legends Logo

Leslie Taylor

Leslie started with the Legends in 2017 and oversees the accounting and business operations. Leslie has spent the last 12 years as an accounting manager/senior accountant in the oil and gas industry. She is a 1993 graduate of Western Kentucky University and earned her Certified Public Accounting Certification in 1996. Leslie resides in Richmond with her husband Craig and two sons Connor and Cole. Her hometown is London, KY and she enjoys playing tennis and spending time with her family, boating, camping and attending soccer and baseball games.

Email: ltaylor@lexingtonlegends.com


Ty Cobb Creative Marketing Director Legends Logo

Ty Cobb

Core Job Function: Marketing, Graphic Design, Branding, Signage, Media Buying, Media Relations

Ty joined the Lexington Legends front office staff in the fall of 2009 and currently serves as the Creative Marketing Director. Ty began his professional baseball career serving as the Marketing/Community Relations intern in 2008 with the Omaha Storm Chasers (formerly Royals). While in Omaha, Ty had a successful internship that featured among other things, a promotion in honor of him, rare for an intern. 'Ty Cobb Night' was a night to honor the intern who shares the name, and was born on the same day as the famous baseball Hall of Famer, Ty Cobb of the Detroit Tigers. The promotion gained national attention, being featured on ESPN's First Take as well as being selected as a winner of one of the Veeckies in ESPN the Magazine, an annual award celebrating the best promotions in Minor League Baseball.

Ty played an integral part in leading the revitalization of the Legends new branding during the 2013 offseason and continues to build the Legends brand. Ty is originally from Humboldt, IL and it is there where he found his true passion for baseball by hitting balls into cornfields and throwing baseballs against horse barns. He attended Central College in Pella, Iowa graduating in 2007 with a B.A. in Art and also earning a varisty letter in tennis. He is an avid University of Illinois Fighting Illini, Chief Illiniwek, Chelsea FC and St. Louis Cardinals fan who enjoys watching TV shows and attending sporting events such as Talladega Superspeedway and Eldora Speedway with members of his family every year. In 2010, he met his wife, Christine, at the ballpark and they married in Lexington during the 2014 offseason. They enjoy traveling, photography and visiting historic places, and currently reside in Lexington.

Email: tcobb@lexingtonlegends.com


Jesse Scaglion Director of Corporate Sales Legends Logo

Jesse Scaglion

Core Job Function: I help businesses grow with the Legends through valued partnerships and marketing opportunities. I specialize in branded plastic cups and awkward photos.

Jesse joined the Lexington Legends in October 2015 as a Senior Corporate Sales Executive, and was promoted to Director of Corporate Sales after the 2016 season. Prior to joining the Legends, Jesse spent 7 seasons with the Binghamton Mets (AA) as a Special Events Coordinator and the Binghamton Senators (AHL) as an Account Executive.

Jesse was born and raised in New York City and enjoys traveling the world, cooking and supporting a number of sports teams including the Yankees, NY Rangers, NY Giants and yes, even the New York Knicks.

Email: jscaglion@lexingtonlegends.com


Mike Allison Director of Group Sales Legends Logo

Mike Allison

Core Job Function: Corporate Events, Suite Rentals, Family Functions, Church Outings and To Create Memories one pitch at a time!

Mike Allison, or Mykraphone Mike, as commonly referred to while on-field, has come back home to the Lexington Legends and Whitaker Bank Ballpark. Mike started his Lexington Legends tenture during the 2001 season in the gift shop then was promoted to inside sales in the Group Sales Department. For the next thirteen years, he would return every summer as a gameday employee and display his talents on the field every night serving as the on-field personality.

Returning to a full-time capacity in 2014 as an Account Executive within the Group Sales Department, he was promoted to Director of Group Sales after the 2015 season. Originally from Lexington, he attended Lafayette High School and is a graduate of Indiana Wesleyan University with a degree in business marketing. Mike and his son, Miles, live in Lexington and love experiencing everything together.

Email: mallison@lexingtonlegends.com


Danny Franklyn Director of Food & Beverage Legends Logo

Danny Franklyn

Core Job Function: Making sure the concession stands run properly

Danny joined the Lexington Legends in 2016 as the Food & Beverage Manager, and was promoted to Food & Beverage Director during the 2017 season. Danny was born July 20, 1988 in Providence, Rhode Island. He grew up in St. Louis and attended Westminster College where he majored in Sports Management. While at Westminster, he played football for the Blue Jays. He can pretty much can quote any movie and he is an avid St. Louis sports fan. He previously worked for the Lakewood BlueClaws and the Birmingham Barons.

Email: dfranklyn@lexingtonlegends.com


Ron Borkowski Sr. Corporate Sales Executive Legends Logo

Ron Borkowski

Ron Borkowski is a Senior Corporate Sales Executive for the Lexington Legends. Borkowski was formerly the President of the Lexington Horsemen, National Champions of the National Indoor Football League and Chief Operating Officer for the Kentucky Thoroughblades, a member of the American Hockey League and an affiliate of the San Jose Sharks. He has over 34 years of executive management with Sears, including corporate positions of National Human Resource Director and National Business Manager.

Ron was named the South Atlantic League Sales Executive of the Year during the 2005 season. Ron is a proud graduate of the University of Notre Dame and is a veteran of the United States Army, Quartermaster Branch. He and his wife Carol have raised five children and currently reside in Lexington.

Email: rborkowski@lexingtonlegends.com


Luke Lancaster Corporate Sales Executive Legends Logo

Stephen Mortley Corporate Sales Executive Legends Logo

Dominique Neel Community & Fan Development Manager Legends Logo

Dominique Neel

Core Job Function: Build relationships, sell tickets and plan awesome Legends birthday parties!

Dominique has worked at Whitaker Bank Ballpark since 2006 in various capacities, starting with the Legends in the winter/spring of 2014 as an Inside Sales Intern then the Group Sales Intern that season. She then officialy joined the Legends in a full-time position after the 2014 season as an Inside Sales Representative, to currently being an Account Executive in the Group Sales Department. Born and raised in Lexington, KY, she attended the University of Kentucky and graduated in 2014 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Corporate Communication and a Minor in Business. Throughout her time at UK she was an active member of Phi Mu Fraternity as well as the Baptist Campus Ministries where she held positions on both executive boards.

In her free time away from the ballpark, she loves to hang out and watch Netflix with her husband Drew, play with her pup Oakley and spend as much time on the beach as she can. Like any other UK grad she is an avid follower of the UK Basketball, along with being a Cincinnati Reds fan.

Email: dneel@lexingtonlegends.com


Colin Dodd Account Executive - Ticket Sales Legends Logo

Colin Dodd

Core Job Function: Building and maintaining relationships while providing groups, season ticket holders, and all fans with an awesome ballpark experience!

Colin began his career in sports in early 2016 as an Inside Sales Intern and rose quickly to become the Box Office Intern for the Legends 2016 season. He worked in the Box Office for all Legends 70 home games and various special events throughout the season, such as the 2016 KHSAA State Baseball Tournament, 2016 SAL All-Star Game and the 2016 Red, White & Blue Festival. Upon his graduation from the University of Kentucky in December, Colin enters his second season with the Legends as as Account Executive in the Group Sales Department.

Originally from Mission Viejo, CA in Orange County, Colin moved to Lexington in the fall of 2014 and graduated from UK with a Bachelors in Business Management. Colin enjoys playing basketball in his free time, as well as talking and watching sports, taking road trips and will always miss the beach. He is a huge fan of Kentucky athletics, Cincinnati Bengals (football), Anaheim Ducks (hockey) and the Phoenix Suns (basketball)

Email: cdodd@lexingtonlegends.com


Donny Green Account Executive - Ticket Sales Legends Logo

Jillian Waitkus Executive Assistant to the President/CEO Legends Logo

Jillian Waitkus

Core Job Function: To assist the president in all facets of the Legends as well as support the Corporate and Group Sales staff, manage the team's social media platforms and coordinate non-Legends events at Whitaker Bank Ballpark.

Jillian began her career in sports in 2015 as an intern for the University of Kentucky Athletics Department. In January 2016, she accepted a position as the Marketing & Special Events Intern for the Legends. During this internship, Jillian assisted in the planning and execution of the 2016 South Atlantic League All-Star Game that was held in Lexington. Upon college graduation, she was hired onto the Legends front office staff full-time as the Executive Assistant to the President & CEO. She is currently in her third season with the Legends.

Jillian graduated from the University of Kentucky in May 2016 with a B.B.A. in Marketing and a minor in Spanish. She was born in Cincinnati, OH and grew up in Louisville, KY. Jillian enjoys cooking, yoga, hiking, horror movies and traveling. She is also a devout Cincinnati Reds and Cincinnati Bengals fan.

Email: jwaitkus@lexingtonlegends.com


Jeff Reno Marketing Strategy Coordinator Legends Logo

Emma Tiedemann Broadcaster & Media Relations Legends Logo

Emma Tiedemann

Core Job Function: Paint a picture for fans listening to the broadcast

Emma joined the Lexington Legends staff in 2018 as the 'Voice of the Legends' as well as handling media relations. In addition to play-by-play duties, Emma will be hosting Facebook Live streams before games to engage fans and players before first pitch. Prior to the Legends, Emma was the Broadcast and Media Relations Assistant for the St. Paul Saints, an independent baseball team. She spent 2015 and 2016 in Medford, Oregon as Broadcast and Communications Manager for the Medford Rogues, a collegiate summer team. In 2014, she was part of the broadcast duo for the Mat-Su Miners in Palmer, Alaska.

Born and raised in Dallas, she is a proud Texan. Emma ventured outside the Lone Star State for college and graduated from the University of Missouri in 2015 with a Bachelor's degree in Secondary Education and a minor in History. She is looking forward to living in SEC country again and catching a few horse races.

Email: etiedemann@lexingtonlegends.com


Jonny Youngblood Head Groundskeeper Legends Logo

Jonny Youngblood

The 2018 season will be the second season for the Legends Head Groundskeeper, Jonny Youngblood. The Lexington native grew up playing baseball, graduating from Lafayette High School and is a graduate from the University of Tennessee with a degree in Turfgrass Management.

Email: jgroundskeeper@lexingtonlegends.com


Steve Moore Facility Specialist Legends Logo

Steve Moore

Steve Moore has been working for the Lexington Legends as the facilities specialist at Whitaker Bank Ballpark since 2001. When not working at Whitaker Bank Ballpark, Steve is a passionate professional football fan. A Lexington native, Steve attended Henry Clay High School and has resided in the area his entire life. He is a very proud parent of two children and currently resides in Lexington.

Email: smoore@lexingtonlegends.com


Dr. W. Ben Kibler, MD, FACSM Head Team Physician Legends Logo

Dr. W. Ben Kibler MD FACSM

Dr. W. Ben Kibler has been with the Lexington Legends since their inaugural season in 2001. He is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in sports medicine and shoulder and elbow conditions with the Lexington Clinic. Dr. Kibler has been involved in spring training medical education for all levels of the Houston Astros' sports medicine staff. He currently lectures nationally and internationally on shoulder injuries and has been active in research efforts to improve treatment of shoulder and sports injuries. A fellow in the American College of Sports Medicine, Dr. Kibler is also a member of the American Shoulder & Elbow Society and The American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine. Dr. Kibler received his M.D. from Vanderbilt University, where he additionally did his residency. A star on and off the field, Dr. Kibler was an All-SEC outfielder for the Commodore baseball team, while in school. You can reach his office at 859-258-8575.

Email: admin@lexingtonlegends.com


Dr. David C. Dome, MD, ATC Team Physician Legends Logo

Dr. David C. Dome MD ATC

Dr. David Dome has been a team physician for the Lexington Legends since their inaugural season. He is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon for the Lexington Clinic and completed a fellowship in sports medicine. Outside the practice, Dr. Dome lectures on shoulder injuries and sports medicine topics and is active in research efforts to improve treatment of the shoulder. He is the Head Team Physician for the Lexington Horsemen and for various high schools and universities across central Kentucky. He maintains his athletic training certification and is a reviewer for the Journal of Athletic Training. A member of American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine and the National Athletic Trainers' Association, Dr. Dome is a supporter of Medical Education. Dr. Dome, himself, received his M.S. at Marshall University and his M.D. at the University of Kentucky. To contact his office, call 859-258-8575.

Email: admin@lexingtonlegends.com


Dr. Peter W. Hester, MD Team Physician Legends Logo

Dr. Peter W. Hester MD

Dr. Pete Hester has been a team physician for the Lexington Legends since joining the Lexington Clinic in 2002. He is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon and completed fellowship training in sports medicine. Outside the practice, Dr. Hester lectures on sports medicine topics and is involved in research efforts to improve treatment of shoulder pathology. In addition to the Legends, Dr. Hester is the team physician for Transylvania University, Asbury College, Union College, Lexington Youth Lacrosse Association, Lexington Catholic High School and Bourbon County High School. Dr. Hester got his M.D. from the University of Kentucky, and additionally did his residency and his fellowship at UK. You can contact his office at 859-258-8576.

Email: admin@lexingtonlegends.com


Dr. Trevor W. Wilkes, MD Team Physician Legends Logo

Dr. Trevor W. Wilkes MD

Dr. Trevor Wilkes is a team physician for the Lexington Legends. He is board-certified in orthopedic surgery and is fellowship-trained in Sports and Shoulder through the Cincinnati Sports Medicine Center and since 2009, has been practicing with Lexington Clinic. He completed a residency in orthopedic surgery at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and received his medical degree from the University of Kentucky College of Medicine. He enjoys spending time with his family and friends and coaches youth soccer, basketball and baseball. He is also an avid hiking and camping fan. To contact his office, call 859.258.8576.

Email: admin@lexingtonlegends.com