Bowling Green, KY - The Bowling Green Hot Rods, Class A Affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays welcomed a new member to the Hot Rods family on Monday. Adam Nuse was named the team's General Manager and Chief Operating Officer, filling the position that was opened when former General Manager Ryan Gates left to pursue other opportunities following the 2013 season.
Nuse joins the Hot Rods after serving as the Vice President of Sales for the Corpus Christi Hooks (Double A Affiliate of the Houston Astros). Adam was a member of the Hooks' inaugural staff in 2004 as an account executive and quickly worked his way up the ranks, serving as the team's Director of Group Sales, before being promoted to his last position as Vice President of Sales in 2009.
"I am excited to join the Katzoff family in their vision for the future of Hot Rods baseball," said Nuse. "I have long admired their Reno (Nevada) operation as they have helped revolutionize the way Minor League Baseball is operated."
A Texas native, Nuse began his career in baseball as an intern for the Round Rock Express in 2001. After receiving his BBA in Marketing from the University of Oklahoma in 2003, he pursued his Master's degree in Sports Administration from Wichita State University, where he also worked in the Shockers' athletic department as a marketing associate and group sales director.
"Adam is a perfect fit for the city of Bowling Green and Hot Rods baseball," said Stuart Katzoff, owner of the Hot Rods. "He has a history of being very engaged in the community and will be a great asset to the city."
In addition to the hiring of Adam Nuse, the Hot Rods also announce the following front office promotions and hires.
Ken Clary, former Assistant General Manager of Operations, has been elevated to Senior Vice President of Operations. Clary, a member of the Hot Rods inaugural front office staff, enters his sixth season with the team after previously serving as the General Manager of the Columbus Catfish.
Promotions Manager, Jennifer Johnson, has been appointed as the new Director of Marketing and Promotions. Johnson enters her sixth season with the Hot Rods after previously serving as an intern during the team's inaugural season and as the team's office manager.
Matt Ingram has earned a promotion to Box Office/Season Ticket Manager after joining the Hot Rods front office staff as an account executive during the 2013 season.
Eric Leach joins the Hot Rods as the Director of Sales. Leach brings a wealth of knowledge to the team after previous stops with the Fort Wayne Wizards, Lexington Legends, and Omaha Royals.
Don DiBastiani and Connor King have also been added to the Hot Rods staff as Group Sales Manager and Account Executive respectively.
Citizens First Opening Night is Thursday, April 3, 2014 at Bowling Green Ballpark when the Hot Rods take on the South Bend Silver Hawks (D-backs) at 7:05 PM. Call the Hot Rods at (270) 901-2121 or visit BGHotRods.com to secure your seats.