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Memphis' Weiss Named Pacific Coast League Executive of the Year09/20/2012 6:08 PM ET
MEMPHIS, TN - Memphis Redbirds General Manager, Ben Weiss, has been named Pacific Coast League Executive of the Year. The award is voted on by other Pacific Coast League General Managers.
"This comes as no surprise to those of us who watch Ben in operation", said Ray Pohlman, President of the Memphis Redbirds Foundation. "Ben brings great energy and commitment to our enterprise and we are proud to join his colleagues in recognizing his leadership and accomplishments."
Weiss, 35, was named General Manager in August of 2009. This past season showed an increase in ticket sales for the second straight year. He has shown a strong focus on the fan experience. This season, the Redbirds introduced an increase in premium giveaways and events including an Elvis® bobblehead, St Louis Cardinals World Series replica ring and two World Series Trophy appearances. Weiss also played an integral part in the process to install the largest videoboard in Minor League Baseball during the winter of 2012.
Prior to his move to Memphis, Ben was an Event Manager and Assistant General Manager at the Global Spectrum managed Sun National Bank Center. In 2007, he was promoted to General Manager at the Mullins Center on the University of Massachusetts campus in Amherst, MA. He was named to Billboard's "Top 30 Under 30" list for the sports and entertainment industry in 2007.
"Ben has done a tremendous job of creating an outstanding fan experience, enhancing the team's community presence, and leading our efforts in Memphis," said Global Spectrum Chief Operating Officer John Page. "We are particularly proud of Ben and his entire staff. This is a most-deserving honor."
"I am truly honored and humbled to receive this award. This recognition is a result of all the hard work and dedication put forth by our staff," said Weiss. "I consider myself very lucky to work with the best front office in minor league baseball."
Global Spectrum (global-spectrum.com) manages the Memphis Redbirds, as well as nearly 100 other public assembly facilities around the world. Nearly 20-million people attended more than 11,000 events in Global Spectrum venues last year. Based in Philadelphia, PA, Global Spectrum is part of Comcast-Spectacor, one of the world's largest sports and entertainment companies. Comcast-Spectacor also owns the Philadelphia Flyers of the National Hockey League, Ovations Food Services, a food and beverage services provider, New Era Tickets, a full-service ticketing and marketing product for public assembly facilities, Paciolan, the leading provider of venue establishment ticketing, fundraising and marketing technology solutions, Front Row Marketing Services, a commercial rights sales company, and Flyers Skate Zone, a series of community ice skating rinks. In a partnership with Disson Skating, Comcast-Spectacor annually produces eight nationally televised figure skating spectaculars on NBC-TV.