Kyle Krebs has been hired as the vice president of ticket sales. Eric Anastasi joins the organization as facilities manager. Cameron White has been named media relations manager, while Levi Palmer has been hired as manager of ticket operations.
"We are proud to announce that we have added four great individuals to our organization, all of whom are college graduates with proven records," said Drive co-owner and president, Craig Brown. "The experience our fans have when they come to the ballpark is key to them returning often, and these four people, individually and collectively, will allow the Drive to build on the warm and friendly environment we provide to our fans."
Krebs joins the Drive after spending the past three seasons as a senior sales executive with the Lexington Legends, the South Atlantic League affiliate of the Houston Astros. While a member of the Legends' organization, he was heavily involved in corporate marketing, group events and ticket plans, and he served as group ticket sales manager with the team this past season. Prior to his time in Lexington, Krebs spent three years with the Birmingham Barons organization, the Double-A affiliate of the Chicago White Sox. He is a 2007 graduate of Samford University where he majored in business management with a concentration on finance.
As vice president of ticket sales with the Drive, Kyle will be responsible for the management of all aspects of the organization's ticketing operations, including season ticket and group sales and developing close relationships with all members of the Drive ticket holder community.
"Kyle is a talented, dynamic professional who will lead by example and challenge and drive our team to continue to innovate and enhance the Drive's unique customer experience," said Brown. "Kyle brings impressive credentials, and as a result of his commitment to excellence and top-flight customer service, we are very pleased that he is joining our organization."
Anastasi joins the organization after graduating from Curry College in 2012 with a degree in management with a concentration on sports management. He also served as the equipment manager for the college's ice hockey team. As facilities manager, he will be responsible for maintaining the ballpark to the utmost quality to provide fans with a great ballpark experience, not only during Drive games, but for the many community events that occur at Fluor Field over the course of the year.
"We are very excited to bring Eric into the organization to assist with our facilities", said Drive general manager, Mike deMaine. "We believe Fluor Field is a first-rate facility, and we know Eric will maintain and improve our facility so our fans enjoy a quality experience each and every night at the ballpark."
White joins the Drive full-time after spending the past two summers as an intern in the team's media relations department. A 2012 graduate of Catawba College with a communication arts degree, White will be responsible for all aspects of media relations, including producing content for the team website and Drive Magazine, and serving as the liaison between Drive players and the local community and media. While at Catawba, White was a member of the Indians baseball team as an outfielder, advancing all the way to the Division II College World Series in 2012.
"Cameron has done a terrific job as a media relations intern for us the past two seasons, and we are pleased that he is joining us in a full-time capacity," said deMaine. "We know he will continue to produce high-quality content on our website, our social media pages and in our award-winning Drive Magazine."
Palmer comes to the Drive organization after spending three-and-a-half years with the Philadelphia Eagles of the NFL in the Premium Services Ticket Operations department. With the Eagles, he assisted in the season ticket retention and renewal efforts and handled the needs of the team's VIP clientele.
Levi graduated from the State University of New York at Cortland with a degree in sports management and a minor in communications in 2009. As manager of ticket operations for the Drive, he will be responsible for assisting in all ticketing and database operations, including season ticket and group sales, and ticket plan holder communications and loyalty initiatives.
"Levi's track record and experience speaks for itself, and we're happy to have him on board," said Brown. "The Philadelphia Eagles are known for consistently exceeding customer expectations and Levi will bring that expertise to Greenville. He will play an important role in our continuing efforts to bring fans to Fluor Field on a nightly basis."