Cal Ripken Jr. - Founding Owner and Chairman of Ripken Baseball
Bill Ripken - Executive Vice President
Jack Graham, General Manager, is responsible for overseeing the IronBirds as they enter the 2020 season, the IronBirds' 19th year in the New York-Penn League. A 2012 graduate of Kenyon College and former Orioles' minor league player, Graham first arrived in Aberdeen in 2013 as a catcher, helping the IronBirds to a McNamara Division Championship, the club's only playoff appearance. Following his retirement from professional baseball, Jack came back to Aberdeen to work for the Ripken Baseball organization, eventually taking over as Assistant GM of Operations and finally taking the helm as GM in August of 2019. In addition to overseeing the club's business operations, he also manages the IronBirds' relationship with the their big league parent club, the Baltimore Orioles, working closely with the club that drafted him in the 38th round.
Justin, a native of Brick, New Jersey, is a graduate of Towson University where he received a Bachelor of Science in Sport Management. He joined the Aberdeen IronBirds in May of 2016 as a Fan Relationship Specialist and has now become the Senior Manager of Membership Services. Prior to joining the IronBirds, he worked with the Baltimore Orioles, Towson Athletics, Towson Sport Properties, and Tech USA. In his spare time, Justin enjoys cheering on his painful to watch New York Mets and Giants, and spending time with family and friends.
Brian joins the IronBirds after spending the 2019 season with the Lakewood BlueClaws as Group Sales Manager and the previous two seasons with the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders as an Inside Sales Representative. He graduated from Saint Mark's High School in Wilmington, Delaware in 2012 and received a bachelor's degree in Communications from Alvernia University in 2016. He is currently working on receiving his Master's Degree in Sports Management from Wilmington University. In his free time, Brian enjoys going to the movies, playing video games and, of course, cheering on his Philadelphia Eagles! Brian currently resides in his hometown of Newark, Delaware.
Nat is originally from Cazenovia, New York and is a graduate of Washington College where he received a bachelor's degree in business administration. Nat joined the IronBirds as an intern in 2017 and has been overseeing the ticket operations since the 2018 season.
Micki, born and raised in Frederick, MD, has recently graduated from Towson University where she received a Bachelor of Science in Sport Management. Micki joins the team for 2020 as our new Membership Services Coordinator after interning with the IronBirds in the Box Office and Corporate Partnerships department this past season. She has had multiple internships in the sports industry with Towson Athletics, the Baltimore Orioles, and the Frederick Keys. Micki is an avid Orioles and Redskins fan, as she learned the words to "Hail to the Redskins" before she could walk. In her spare time, Micki enjoys shopping, specifically at Old Navy, doing puzzles, playing Candy Crush on her phone, traveling and is always finding a new TV show to binge-watch.
A native of Snellville, Georgia, Ryan joined the Aberdeen IronBirds in March of 2019 as the Director of Corporate Partnerships. Ryan earned a bachelor's degree in Sport Management and Business Administration from Bluffton University where he was also a 4-year starter for the football team. Before starting with the IronBirds, Ryan worked for the University of Akron, Arizona Coyotes and Tulsa Oilers. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with family and friends, golfing, playing adult league sports (hockey, softball and flag football) and watching sports especially the Ohio State Buckeyes.
Administration and Community Relations
Wayne Leonard joined the Aberdeen IronBirds in January 2019 as the Director of Finance and Administration. Prior to joining the IronBirds, Wayne served as a Financial Controller for JPMorgan Chase in Newark, DE. Wayne holds an MBA from the University of Delaware and a B.S. Degree in Finance and Economics from Elizabethtown College. Wayne resides in Bel Air, Maryland with his wife, Kathy and son, Brooks. In his free time, he enjoys cheering on all Philadelphia sports teams, playing softball and basketball, and spending time with his family and friends.
Amelia, or Amy Bird, began her tenure with the IronBirds in 2017, quickly gaining popularity with fans and her co-workers with her razor wit and leadership style. In 2018, to improve her skill set working in minor league baseball, Amelia signed up for a variety of classes at the King Henry School of Clowning and Magic. She's successfully completed core courses in improvisation, face-painting, uni-cycling, juggling and (a life-long dream) performing magic tricks!She hopes to take her new skills for a long-term project called "Magic Mondays with Amelia" online soon. When she isn't crime-fighting or competing in lumberjack contests, Amelia is a multifaceted manager; overseeing the team store, assisting in human resources and doubled our outreach with community relations. She is the proud mother of daughter, Cassie, a daughter, sister and a good friend to all. AMELIA STANDS FOR ABERDEEN!"
Operations and Facilities
Larry was born and raised in central New Jersey and after High School joined the United States Air Force as a Crash Rescue Firefighter. He was stationed at Dover AFB for four years where he began his career in the military as a professional firefighter. As a Veteran, Larry continued his firefighter career with the Federal Government, earned his degree in Fire Science Technologies and retired from the Perry Point VAMC after 33 years of service. With his unique work schedule as a professional firefighter, he also had a 30-year career as a Contractor and Operations Manager in the building and maintenance industries. Larry joined the Aberdeen IronBirds in 2014 as the Facilities Manager. Larry enjoys spending time with his wife, grown children, and two pet boxers. He also enjoys sports, playing softball and jogging.
Todd Bradley, born and raised in Harford County has been on the grounds crew since 2012. He took a full-time position as Assistant Sports Turf Manager in 2014. He took over as the Head Grounds Keeper for the Ironbirds in 2016. In his spare time, Todd enjoys a good book and spending time with his beautiful family Meg, Rae, and Jack. His favorite sports teams are the Ravens, Orioles, and Capitals.
Jessie is originally from Hernando, Mississippi. She attended Adrian College in Michigan where she completed both her bachelor's and master's degrees in Business and Sport Administration & Leadership. While at Adrian she played club ice hockey for the bulldogs and won a bronze medal as captain of the USA Women's National University hockey team. Since graduating she has worked for the Tulsa Oilers, and Staten Island Yankees. In her free time, she's a volunteer coach for Towson University's women club hockey team, loves traveling home to see family, and enjoys trying to pet every dog she sees.
Marketing and Game Production
A humble yet humorous man, Kevin (or KJ) has been creating new and fun concepts in baseball since 2000. He has received a national spotlight for his designs from ESPN, Sports Illustrated, eBay and even has a jersey in the National Baseball Hall of Fame. More an artist than he'd like to admit - KJ loves to write, occasionally creates Synthwave music, customize his cars, fix computers and watch a wide variety of genres from engaging documentaries to terrible B-movies.
In 2019, KJ celebrated his 20th season in minor league baseball - 18 of them with the Brooklyn Cyclones before joining the IronBirds in 2018. Born and raised in Queens, KJ had some adjusting to do since moving from the big city. To stay active and engaged, KJ is out and about Maryland in his "Lyft Machine". His mission; to fight injustice, to right that which is wrong and to serve all humankind (by offering bottled water and phone chargers to Lyft riders).
Tyler joined the IronBirds in July of 2017. Having "semi-local" ties growing up in Southern York County in Pennsylvania, Tyler used to attend IronBirds games as a kid with his father and even has a foul ball to prove it. Now, having the ability to work for the team is not something he takes for granted. Graduating from Liberty University in 2014 in Communication Studies while also working for the Baltimore Ravens since 2013 in seasonal opportunities, it took a lot of hard work and grit for Tyler to land a full-time job in professional sports. Starting off in group sales, moving to business to business marketing and now holding the position of Marketing Manager for the IronBirds has left Tyler very thankful and enjoys coming to work every day. Recently married in September of 2019, Tyler enjoys spending time with his wife, Hannah, playing video games, reading and writing, hunting and fishing with his Dad and hanging out with his church family. Tyler plans on graduating with a Master's Degree from Liberty University Online in Sports Marketing and Media in May of 2020 to help further his skills and professional development.