Portland, Maine- The Portland Sea Dogs have announced the hiring of four new front office employees to finalize the teams' staff heading into the 2014 season. Joining the Sea Dogs full-time staff are four native Mainers; Dennis Carter, Ashley Montgomery, Lindsey Oliver, and Justin Phillips. Sea Dogs Executive Vice-President & General Manager Geoff Iacuessa made the announcement.
The hiring represents the largest full-time hiring effort since the teams' inception. "The additional hires will allow us to further extend our reach in our community," stated Iacuessa. The additions bring the Sea Dogs full-time year-round staff up to 11 employees.
Dennis Carter has been hired as the teams new Ticket Office Manager and will be responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the Sea Dogs ticket office. Carter brings seven years of sports industry experience. He joins the Sea Dogs from the Maine Red Claws where he served as a Senior Account Executive. Prior to joining the Red Claws in 2011, he spent four seasons in Minor League Baseball with the Salt Lake Bees as an Account Executive. He began his career in the sports industry working for the Utah Jazz as an Inside Sales Representative after graduating form Weber State University with a degree in Technical Sales. He is actively involved as committee member with the Center for Grieving Children. Carter is originally from Levant and now resides in Brunswick with his wife and three children.
Ashley Montgomery will work as an Account Executive- Corporate Sales; she will be responsible for growing corporate advertising sales. She played Division I soccer at Bryant University in Rhode Island and returned home upon her graduation in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication. During her time as an athlete at Bryant she volunteered for the Rhode Island Special Olympics as well as clinics and day camps for the Bryant Women's Soccer program. She continues to remain active in athletics in southern Maine. Prior to joining the Sea Dogs, Montgomery worked at Spurwink and Preti Flaherty Beliveau & Pachios. Montgomery is originally from Hollis and now calls Portland home.
Lindsey Oliver has been hired as an Account Executive- Season Tickets/ Merchandise Manager. Among Oliver's duties will be souvenir store operations, servicing season ticket accounts, selling season tickets, coordinating mascot activities, and much more. Oliver served as an associate intern with the Sea Dogs during the 2013 season. A native of Sidney, Maine, Oliver graduated from Husson University with a B.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in Hospitality Management. While at Husson, she served as co-philanthropy chair, treasurer and president of her sorority and was the secretary of the Student Government. She most recently worked in sales, marketing and merchandising for a local jewelry company. Oliver currently serves as a commissioner on the Maine Commission for Community Service and resides in Portland.
Justin Phillips will serve as an Account Executive- Ticket Sales and will be responsible for selling group, individual, and season tickets along with several other duties. Phillips is a native of Brunswick and now resides in Buxton. He graduated from the University of Southern Maine with a degree in marketing. He served as an intern for the Maine Red Claws in the teams' inaugural 2009-2010 season where he ran game operations and occasionally served as the on-court emcee. Most recently, Phillips worked in sales for multiple industries around the greater Portland area.
"I believe we have hit a home run with these four hires," stated Iacuessa. "With their expertise and great personalities we will be able to build the Sea Dogs brand and continue to enhance the fan experience."
The Sea Dogs open the 2014 season on the road in Reading, Pennsylvania on April 3rd. The home opener is set for Thursday, April 10th at 6:00 PM against the New Britain Rock Cats. Individual tickets for the 2014 season will go on sale on Saturday, November 2nd at 9:00 AM.