KINGSPORT, Tenn. -- Kingsport Mets general manager Brian Paupeck has been named the 2013 Appalachian League Executive of the Year.
This is Brian's first year as GM of the Kingsport Mets and his 12th year with the New York Mets organization.
As general manager, he oversees all aspects of the business operations of the Kingsport Mets including marketing, sales, ticketing and concessions. This past season, the New York Mets took over the day-to-day operations at Hunter Wright Stadium allowing for vast improvements in the entire on- and off-the-field operations. The Kingsport Mets saw a significant increase in both season ticket holders and in-house attendance.
"Brian started a foundation in a very professional manner, and it was a pleasure to go to the ballpark," said Lee Landers, president of the Appalachian League.
Over the course of the season, Brian increased the Mets involvement in the community with player appearances at local businesses, church events and the local Boys & Girls Club. The Kingsport Mets also contributed to various local non-profit organizations as well as supporting the local blood bank in honor of a former team physician.
From 2003-2012, he was the manager of Food & Beverage Operations at Tradition Field Sports Complex in Port St. Lucie, Fla. for New York Mets Spring Training and the Florida State League affiliate St. Lucie Mets.
After graduating from Georgia Southern University in 2002, Brian began working for the St. Lucie Mets as a game-day intern. He is a native of Northport, N.Y..