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Executives

Rusty Meeks- Executive Vice President/CEO

Rusty is entering his 14th season in Minor League Baseball. He was an intern for the Travelers from 2006-2009. In 2010, he was an intern for the Northwest Arkansas Naturals. He returned to the Travelers as an intern in the summer of 2011 and was hired shortly after as the Director of Merchandise/Account Executive and later, Assistant General Manager. Rusty is now the CEO and Executive Vice President of the Travelers.

Rusty graduated from the University of Arkansas in 2011 with a degree in Communications. Rusty lives in Little Rock with his wife, Jessica, and daughters Abigail and Maggie Ruth. They also have a chocolate lab, Otey, named after everyone’s favorite Travelers mascot. He and his family are involved with and attend Immanuel Baptist Church in Little Rock. Rusty enjoys spending time hunting, fishing, golfing and, of course, being an avid Razorbacks and Philadelphia Eagles fan.

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Brad Eagle- Chief Financial Officer

Brad was hired in 2014 and currently serves as the Chief Financial Officer for the Arkansas Travelers. He graduated from the University of Arkansas in 2011 with a degree in Accountancy. In July of 2011, Brad took his first job as a Medicare Specialist with Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue shield. In July of 2012, Brad left Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield to become a Tax Accountant for Dillard's. During his time at Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield and Dillard's, Brad attended the MBA program at UALR where he graduated with his Masters in Business Administration.

In 2017 Brad was issued his CPA license from the Arkansas State Board of Public Accountancy which he maintains to this day. Brad was born and raised in Star City, Arkansas. Outside the office he loves spending time with his wife Katie and playing with their little girl Valie. When he isn’t enjoying family time and cheering on the Razorbacks, you can find him deer hunting in the woods or duck hunting in the fields.

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Paul Allen- General Manager

The 2021 season marks Paul's 17th year in Minor League Baseball. He started his career with the Travelers in 2005 at Ray Winder Field as a Stadium Operations Intern. The 2006 season found Paul in Birmingham Alabama where he accepted a position with the Birmingham Barons (AA-affiliate of the Chicago White Sox). Paul then returned to Central Arkansas in the fall of 2006 to help open Dickey-Stephens Park as the Director of Group Sales. By the fall of 2008, Paul was named Assistant General Manager/Director of Sales.

Paul was honored with the position of General Manager of the Travelers in 2013. He oversees all aspects of business conducted at Dickey-Stephens Park and the Arkansas Travelers. Paul is a native of Las Vegas, Nevada, and a graduate of the University of Nevada-Las Vegas. In his spare time, he volunteers as a member of the Optimist Club of Greater Little Rock. He resides in North Little Rock with his wife, Evelyn, and is a proud father of two sons, Bo and Owen.

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Lance Restum- Assistant General Manager

Lance joined the Arkansas Travelers in 2006, just in time for the last season at historic Ray Winder Field. After several years as the on-field emcee and Director of Marketing and Public Relations, Lance is now the Assistant General Manager, and oversees sales and sponsorship. On game days you will see Lance on the mic as he emcees between innings. He’s always throwing, spinning, running, and acting crazy as contestants compete to win great prizes.

Lance has degrees in Marketing and Broadcast Technologies from the University of Houston where he spent the first part of his life before moving to Arkansas in 2005 to be close to family and friends in Benton, Bryant and Hot Springs. He lives in Bryant with his wife Jennifer, daughters Mallory and Molly, and their 190lb English Mastiff, Diesel. Lance has been active on the Broadcast Team at Fellowship Bible Church in West Little Rock since 2010, where he and his family are members and attend. Outside of the Travelers, Lance serves on the University of Arkansas Pulaski Technical College Foundation Board.

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Sophie Ozier- Assistant General Manager

Sophie joined the Arkansas Travelers in 2017 as a Corporate Event Planner and is now the Assistant General Manager. Sophie graduated from Webster University in St. Louis, earning a degree in Public Relations with a minor in Media Communications. During her time in St. Louis, Sophie interned with Fox Sports Midwest, St. Louis Blues and the River City Rascals.

Sophie was born and raised in a small town in central Illinois called Cerro Gordo. Sophie spends her free time cheering on the St. Louis Cardinals and Kansas City Chiefs. She also volunteers as a member of the Optimist Club of Greater Little Rock.

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Stadium Operations

Greg Johnston- Park Superintendent

Greg is responsible for the upkeep and maintenance at Dickey-Stephens Park including the playing surface. As one of the longest serving employees in Travelers history, Greg was the Superintendent at Ray Winder Field for over 30 years and was instrumental in the supervision of the construction of Dickey-Stephens Park. If something breaks or isn't working at the ballpark, Greg is always the first person called to help.

Greg is a native of North Little Rock and graduated from old Main High School in 1982. He lives in North Little Rock and enjoys traveling the state in his RV with his son Cody, daughter-in-law Elaine and Dizzy.

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Reggie Temple- Assistant Park Superintendent

Reggie has been with the Travelers since 1983 and is best known as the Travelers cleaning specialist! Not only does "Reasonable Reggie" detail the stadium, but he lays claim to the best car detail service in all of Central Arkansas, providing Traveler fans a unique opportunity to have their car detailed while they are watching the game!

Reggie's favorite words are "Gimme your keys!"

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Taylor Woelfel- Assistant Grounds Manager

Taylor started at the Arkansas Travelers in 2019 as a Stadium Operations Intern and was hired full-time in 2019 as the Assistant Grounds Manager. Taylor graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Parkside in 2018 with a degree in Sports Management. Prior to coming to the Travelers, Taylor was a Baseball Operations Intern with the Fond Du Lac Dock Spiders in the Northwoods League.

Taylor was born and raised in Chilton, Wisconsin. While interning at the Travelers, he met Lindsey, and found a job, fiance and home in Arkansas. Taylor and Lindsey are members of Immanuel Baptist Church in Little Rock. When he’s not with Greg and Dizzy keeping the ballpark running, you can find Taylor watching any and all Wisconsin sports or playing golf. Go Pack Go!

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Jean Belken- Receptionist

Jean Belken joined the Arkansas Travelers in 2015 and has been the pleasant hello at the end of the phone and a smile as you walk in the office ever since. She is responsible for guest reception, managing phone calls and fan information. Jean is a registered nurse and served 10 years in the Army, a proud veteran.

Jean has been married to her husband John over 40 years, and has two sons, two daughter-in-laws and 2 granddaughters. She and her family are members of Immanuel Baptist Church in Little Rock. From growing up in Dallas,Texas, Jean is a Dallas Cowboys fan, and now, of course, an Arkansas Razorback fan as well. When she’s not at the front desk and cheering on the Travelers, she enjoys cooking, gardening and hiking. Jean also volunteers for a local re-entry facility as a mentor for women.

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Dizzy Johnston- Ballpark Pup

Dizzy Johnston was handpicked to be the "Ballpark Pup" by Marissa, from Heart of Gold Retrievers. This English Cream Golden Retriever belongs to Dickey-Stephens Park Superintendent, Greg Johnston. His favorite treat is anything from Chick-Fil-A. His daily food is The Honest Kitchen and he has an infatuation for baseballs. You will find Dizzy at any Travelers game cruising around the ballpark with a baseball in his mouth, hoping to play fetch with any fan that’s willing. Dizzy has many nick-names including "Bugs,” "Bug-Bug,” "Bugs Little,” "Bugster" and "Bugster Little.”

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Finance

Patti Clark- Director of Finance/ Corporate Assistant Secretary

Patti Clark is a Texan by birth, but an Arkansan by the grace of God! She is a Sylvan Hills alum, mother to one son, and grandmother to two beautiful young boys. As a lifelong Travelers fan, she remembers the crazy antics of Ray Winder Field, including the San Diego Chicken, the infamous Morganna, and serving time as part of the third base bleacher crew.

Patti Clark joined the Arkansas Travelers in 2013 as the Director of Finance after serving over 30 years in the legal field, 20 of which were at the same firm. Patti is responsible for many financial aspects of the baseball club. Patti's daily duties include payroll, cash operations, and accounts receivable, as well as many other financial transactions.

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Marketing & Sales

John Sjobeck- Director of Tickets

2020 marks John's fifth season with the Arkansas Travelers and first as the Director of Tickets. Prior to that he was a Corporate Event Planner for two years after spending 2016 as a stadium operations intern and 2017 as Director of Stadium Operations at Dickey-Stephens Park. John graduated from the University of Missouri with a degree in Sports Management. While in college, John had internships with the United States Golf Association and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. With the USGA, he was a Merchandise Intern for the 2015 U.S. Open at Chambers Bay. John spent two summers with the Bucs as a Team Operations Intern during their training camp months.

John was born and raised in St. Paul, Minnesota. He enjoys both playing and watching sports. John loves watching all Minnesota and Mizzou sport teams. Outside of work, he can be found playing basketball and golf.

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Michael Johnson- Director of Luxury Suites

Michael joined the Arkansas Travelers in 2020 as the Director of Luxury Suites. Michael came to the Travelers following a stint as Assistant Director of Development for the University of North Florida Athletic Department in Jacksonville, Florida. Prior to UNF, he was Assistant Director of Ticket Sales for the University of Arizona Athletics and he spent time as a Senior Account Manager for IMG Learfield Ticket Solutions at the University of Wyoming.

A 2014 graduate of Ole Miss with a degree in Marketing, Michael was a long snapper for the Rebel football team. Michael is a native of Little Rock. In his free time, he follows the Ole Miss Rebels, the Arkansas Razorbacks and the Dallas Cowboys. He also enjoys fishing the lakes and rivers of Arkansas along with his Golden Retriever, June.

Lindsey Chaplin- Director of Merchandise & Marketing Assistant

Lindsey started at the Arkansas Travelers in 2018 as the Social Media and Marketing Intern. After graduating from the University of Central Arkansas with a degree in Public Relations, Lindsey was hired as the Director of Merchandise and Marketing Assistant in 2021. While at UCA, Lindsey was a member and president of the Public Relations Student Society of America. During her senior year, Lindsey was part of Facebook Career Connections and interned at the Venture Center in Little Rock, furthering her experience in social media and marketing.

Lindsey is a Little Rock native and met her fiance, Taylor Woelfel, during the summer of 2019 while they were interning at the Travelers. They are both looking forward to getting married in Fairhope, Alabama, this October. Taylor and Lindsey are members of Immanuel Baptist Church in Little Rock. Lindsey serves on the Public Awareness and Fundraising Committee for Keep Little Rock Beautiful and enjoys playing tennis and golf when she’s not cheering on the Packers with Taylor.

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Montag Genser- Corporate Event Planner

Montag was hired in 2019 as a Corporate Event Planner. Before coming to the Travelers, he interned with the Brewster Whitecaps in the Cape Cod Baseball League as an MLB Scout Liaison. Montag graduated in 2018 from Bowling Green State University with a degree in Sports Management. While in college, he worked in the athletic department for a variety of teams.

Montag has lived all over the United States. Born and raised in California, attended school in Kentucky and now resides in North Little Rock, Arkansas. When he’s not traveling, he enjoys playing basketball and softball, creating new recipes in the kitchen and watching every sports game possible.

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Cameron Jefferson- Corporate Event Planner

Cameron was hired in 2020 as a Corporate Event Planner. In 2019, Cameron interned with the Asheville Tourists, a single-A team in the South Atlantic League as a Promotions and Event Intern. He graduated from Coastal Carolina University in the summer of 2019 with a degree in Recreation and Sports Management. While at Coastal, Cameron worked with the women's basketball team, Chanticleer Athletic Foundation, and intramural sports. He started working in Minor League Baseball while in high school with the Durham Bulls (AAA-affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays) as a Recreation Assistant.

Cameron was born and raised in Raleigh, NC and now resides in Little Rock, Arkansas. Outside of work he enjoys playing hockey, spending time outdoors, cheering on the North Carolina Tar Heels, Coastal Carolina Chanticleers, Chicago Cubs and Carolina Hurricanes. Did we mention he’s a North Carolina fan?

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Tommy Adam- Director of In-Game-Entertainment/IT Guru

Tommy has handled the IT responsibilities for the Travelers since 2000. Tommy is the Director of Entertainment and Broadcast Producer at Dickey-Stephens Park. He worked the Ray Winder Field video board from 2000 through 2006 and joined the team full-time once Dickey-Stephens Park opened in 2007. Before the Travelers, Tommy worked in local radio & television for a sports show.

In the years before his television days, Tommy was a Club DJ, Talent Buyer and Light Technician for Martina McBride, Ugly Kid Joe, and the Ramones, just to name a few. Tommy serves on the Advisory Board of Directors for the Multimedia Journalism Program at Arkansas State University’s Department of Media. Tommy and his wife Mindy have two four legged kids, Kitty Marie and Bella, a 100 pound Weimaraner/Cane Corso dog. Outside of the ballpark he finds himself building and remodeling, and has a 1978 MGB in the garage.

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Food & Beverage

Ben Hornbrook- Director of Food & Beverage

Ben is entering his eleventh season as a Travs employee and his eighth season as the Director of Food and Beverage. Before starting with the Travelers, Ben worked in the restaurant industry, pipeline construction, and in management of contract utility work. If Ben was not working for the Travelers, he would be sitting in the stands with a beer and a hot dog watching the game.

Ben lives in North Little Rock with his wife Heather and their three dogs; a German Shepherd named Remmi, a Bernese Mountain Dog/Australian Shepherd mix named Tank, and a Golden Retriever named Cooper.

Ben is a Russellville, Arkansas native who grew up going to Travs games as a kid. His favorite Ray Winder memory was attending the Fernando Valenzuela game in 1991. In addition to the Travelers and the Mariners, Ben also roots for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Los Angeles Angels, Los Angeles Kings, and the Denver Broncos.

In his spare time, you might see Ben shopping at Lowe's as he works on another of his self-inflicted and endless home projects.

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Hunter Johnston- Assistant Director of Food & Beverage

Hunter is entering his seventh year with the Travs and third as Assistant Director of Food and Beverage. Prior to this season, Hunter assisted Ben Hornbrook with day to day activities around the ballpark. Hunter has had experience working in every single concession stand at Dickey Stephens Park!

Hunter is a native of Arkansas, born in Forrest City. He graduated from Beebe High School and currently lives in Jacksonville, Arkansas with his wife Halie. Hunter and his wife just had a baby boy named Thomas this past September. In his free time he enjoys hunting, fishing, and playing with his two dogs, Maverick and Raleigh. Hunter is also an Arkansas State Red Wolves and St. Louis Cardinals fan.

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Broadcasting & Video Content

Steven Davis- Broadcaster "Voice of the Travs" 

The 2020 season will mark Steven's 17th year calling baseball and 11th in the minor leagues. Steven spent six years (2008-2013) with the Travs Northern Division rivals, the Northwest Arkansas Naturals (Royals), preceded by three years (2005-2007) with the Idaho Falls Chukars (Royals). Over the past three years (2014-2016) Steven has called baseball for the University of Kansas on both TV and radio. The past ten years (2008-2018) Steven has spent his winter months as the voice of UMKC (University of Missouri-Kansas City) Kangaroo basketball. Steven has also done substitute play-by-play for several organizations including the Kansas City Royals and the Arkansas Razorback basketball team. He also called the NAIA Division 2 basketball championship on TV in March of 2018.
  
Steven is at DSP when the Travs are home and on the road with the team. Tune in to Steven for every game on The Sports Animal AM920 or listen on-line!

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