Welcome back to the Crawdads Corner! We thought it would be fun to give you a little background on our staff and have them answer a couple of off the wall questions. We currently have 11 full-time staff members that all come from a various parts of the country and a variety of backgrounds.
Mark Seaman is our General Manager and has been with the team through eleven seasons. Mark is originally from Richmond, Virginia and graduated from the University of Tennessee.
Our Assistant General Manager is Charlie Downs, who says he has been with the organization for so long that he has lost track of how many seasons it has been. Charlie is a native of Hudson and graduated from Lenoir Rhyne University.
Our Business Manager is Donna White. She handles all of our finance and administration. Donna has been with the team through eleven seasons and resides in Taylorsville.
Douglas Locascio is our Executive Director of Sales & Merchandise. Douglas will be going into his tenth season with the Crawdads and is a graduate of Campbell University. In addition to managing the box office, Douglas also oversees the team store and corporate sales.
Our group sales department is made up of three members: Robby Willis, the Group Sales Director, and Group Sales Executives Daniel Barkley and John Ryan. Robby is getting ready for his fourth season with the team, and his third year as director. He is originally from Cornwall, New York and is graduated from Clemson University and got a master's degree from the University of South Carolina. John has been with the team for two seasons and lived in Ohio before coming to the Crawdads. He is a graduate of The Ohio State University. Daniel has been with the club for four season's total. He spent his first three seasons as a general intern and this past season as a group sales assistant after graduating from Gardner-Webb University in the spring. He was promoted to full-time staff member this fall.
The promotions department is led by our Director of Promotions and Community Relations, Chris Dillon. Chris has spent two seasons with the Crawdads, his first year as an intern and this past season as director. His hometown is New Rochelle, New York and he is an alumni of Tusculum University.
This past season, we welcomed a new Director of Creative Services and Media Relations, Ashley Salinas. Ashley made the trek to Hickory from Marin County, California and is looking forward to her second season with the team. She graduated from San Diego State University.
Skip Moser is the Operations Manager. Skip has spent a number of seasons with the Crawdads, with this past season being his first as a part of the full time staff. In addition to operations, Skip also helps out with corporate and group sales.
In 2018 we welcomed a familiar face back to the stadium as our head groundskeeper. Andrew Tallent oversaw the Crawdad's grounds crew from 2010-2013, and returned this past season. He resides in Morganton with his wife and their 2 year old son.
To help you get to know a little bit more about our staff members, we asked them a couple fun questions.
What hobby would you get into if time and money weren't an issue?
Donna: Traveling the world
Charlie: Politics or vintage car collecting
Skip: I would learn to fly a plane
Ashley: I would travel to all 50 states. I have made it to 33 states so far.
Mark: I would travel to stadiums all over the country. Mostly Major & Minor League Baseball, as well NFL and major college football stadiums.
John: Travel the world to attend music festivals and sporting events.
Andrew: Boating and vintage car collecting
Robby: Collecting old relics from the Revolutionary War
Chris: Become either a hot air balloon pilot or a deep sea explorer
Daniel: Become fluent in another language
If you could turn any activity into an Olympic sport, what would you have a good chance at winning a medal for?
Donna: Watching Hallmark movies
Douglas: Lawn darts
Charlie: Recliner racing (Put recliners on the luge track!)
Skip: Playing poker
Ashley: I would hands down win an Olympic medal for losing my balance and tripping over things.
Mark: I'm not good enough to medal in anything, but cornhole, darts and pool would be interesting Olympic sports.
John: Spending money
Andrew: Mowing field patterns
Chris: Misplacing and losing all of my belongings
Daniel: Finding Chris's lost items in my car
This Friday you can catch some of the staff along with Conrad and the Claw Club at the Hickory Christmas Parade. We look forward to seeing everyone at the parade and hope that everyone has a great Thanksgiving!
This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.