The Northwest League announced that Allan Benavides, the Eugene Emeralds' General Manager, has been named the 2016 Executive of the Year. Benavides, who started with the team in 2010, has helped continue the Emeralds' tradition provide the best in family entertainment in the Emerald Valley.
Since his time with the team, Benavides has been at the forefront of multiple Emeralds projects including the move to PK Park in 2010 and the team's rebranding in 2012. He has also been at the helm for the last six of the team's nominations for the Larry McPhail Award, given to teams that best demonstrates outstanding and creative marketing efforts throughout the season.
"While I am honored to receive this award, I would be remiss not to recognize all of the staff that have worked here the last seven seasons and have helped make Emeralds Baseball one of the top organizations in Minor League Baseball," Benavides said. "Our staff works harder than anyone I know to make sure every Emeralds' home game is a great place for everyone."
The Emeralds are coming off a record-setting 2016 season. The team welcomed a total of 121,587 fans through the gates of PK Park, an overall record for the Emeralds since their move to PK Park. The Emeralds were also thrilled to host over 3,500 fans for all four of the team's playoff games.
The last Emeralds front office staff member to win the award was Bob Beban in 2005.