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Brian Paupeck General Manager info@kmets.com

Brian Paupeck

Paupeck enters his 17th year a part of the Mets organization and is set to begin his sixth season as the General Manager of the Kingsport Mets. As the General Manager, Paupeck oversees the day-to-day operations of the team while also holding a key role in the advertising and marketing campaigns for the organization. During his time at the helm of the Kingsport Mets operations, Paupeck was named the Appalachian League General Manager of the Year in 2013 and oversaw two clubs who made trips to postseason play during his first five years.

 

In five years in Kingsport, Paupeck's main objective has been to enhance the fan experience at the ballpark and has been able to do that with sponsorships, promotions and improved concessions. His work has been noticed as the K-Mets increased their attendance 25 percent since the 2013 season due to the good efforts. The General Manager has also made it a point to be more involved with the community and the City of Kingsport with multiple player and personal appearances around the community each season.

 

Hunter Wright Stadium has also seen significant changes during the time of Paupeck's leadership. With the help of the city and the Kingsport Convention & Visitors Bureau, the 28-year-old stadium has witnessed the expansion of the player's clubhouse, seat renovations and countless other projects that enhance the ballpark experience. With one of the better venues in all of the Appalachian League, Paupeck works with various colleges, high schools and baseball affiliations from around the region in hosting tournaments at the friendly confines.

 

Originally from Long Island, N.Y., Paupeck spent a portion of his childhood in Marietta, Ga. before attending and graduating from Georgia Southern in 2002. Starting as an intern for the Mets in Port St. Lucie right after graduation, Paupeck was hired on full-time in 2003 and has since held positions as Administrative Assistant to the Manager, Director of the Food & Beverage Department and of course, the Kingsport Mets General Manager.

 

Paupeck resides in Kingsport with his wife, Bethany.


Josh Lawson Sales/Marketing info@kmets.com

Josh Lawson

Lawson enters his fifth season a part of the Kingsport Mets front office staff and leads both the Sales and Marketing teams. Over the course of his time with the K-Mets, Lawson has been instrumental in the growing relationship of the Mets and the City of Kingsport, in thanks to an aggressive marketing campaign. One of Lawson's key roles for the organization is orchestrating city appearances for the players and Kingsport staff to ensure the city of Kingsport what the K-Mets are all about.

 

With both Dobyns-Bennett and Northeast State Community College diplomas, Lawson was born and raised right here in the heart of the City of Kingsport. Prior to joining the front office staff for the 2013 season, Lawson worked for American Lighting Company as an outside sales representative for 12 years.

 

When Lawson is not at the ballpark, he enjoys working as the Youth Minister with his Wife April at Oakwood Forest Christian Church in Kingsport, where he has held the same position for six years. As a leader in the church, he has traveled numerous times taking Youth to New Orleans to aid in the Katrina relief efforts and to the Tennessee Christian Teen Convention on a yearly basis held in Gatlinburg. He has lead several retreats over the years and has been a quest speaker at numerous venues, speaking on Faith Hope and Love. He also loves spending time Traveling & Antiquing with his Wife April. Lawson meet his wife April(whom is the love of his life)in the 3rd Grade while they were attending Andrew Jackson Elementary School in Kingsport in 1984. They were married at a private ceremony in Gatlinburgh on Dec 23rd of 2017 surrounded by their loving Family & Friends.

 

Lawson resides in Kingsport with his wife, April. They have four Children Daniel, Ryne, Aaron & Laiken. Lawson also has 4 Grandchildren Jackson, Mia, Mason and Shaun.


Zeke Newton Operations/Media Relations  

Eric Cain

Cain returns for his second season as the Lead Voice and Media Relations representative for the Kingsport Mets in 2017. A season prior, the broadcaster provided the play-by-play call for all but 10 games, including every home game. A part of the Kingsport Mets Baseball Network, Cain can be heard live at kmets.com, the TuneIn application and on MiLB's First Pitch application for the 2017 season.

 

Kingsport's broadcaster has three years of baseball experience under his belt while also serving as a freelance softball, soccer, basketball and football broadcaster for Carson-Newman's Eagle Sports Network from the years 2015-2017. As a Sports Information Director in the C-N Athletic Department, Cain acted as the lead media relations representative for the cross country, tennis, beach volleyball and track & field teams.

 

A graduate from Carson-Newman University in the spring of 2015, Cain obtained a communications degree while balancing a four-year football career under legendary head coach, Ken Sparks. A two-year captain for the Eagles, Cain played linebacker while also serving as the team's representative on the South Atlantic Conference Student-Athlete Committee.

 

Following the Bachelor's degree, Cain worked as a Sports Writer for the Standard Banner and covered prep and collegiate sports in the East Tennessee area. In the fall of 2016, Cain began his freelancing television career, making several appearances on Friday Night Gridiron covering high school football, and Packman Productions for Carson-Newman and Lincoln Memorial Basketball.

 

Just prior to the start of the 2017 Kingsport Mets season, Cain received a Master's in Business Administration from Carson-Newman.


Bailey Griswold Merchandise/Tickets Intern  

Eric Cain Media Relations Consultant  


Game Day Operation


Teddy Arnold Head Groundskeeper

Dakota Taylor Assistant Groundskeeper

Carlos Martell Clubhouse Manager

Mike Ezekiel Public Address Announcer

Tom Taylor Broadcaster

Zeke Newton Official Scorer


Basic Information


Facility Hunter Wright Stadium

Address 800 Granby Rd. Kingsport, TN 37660

Phone Number (423) 224-2626

Fax (423) 224-2625

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