(UPTOWN CHARLOTTE, NC) -- With just 30 days remaining until Opening Knight (April 6th) at BB&T Ballpark for the team's 30th season in franchise history, the Charlotte Knights are pleased to announce a new offseason initiative as the season nears. Over the next 30 days, the team will be releasing 30 new exciting items of note in preparation for the team's historic 30th season. Fans can follow along with all of the new announcements via the team's social media platforms and join in on the fun by using hashtag #Knights30.
Today's first announcement is in regard to a number of new front office staff additions for the upcoming 2017 season. Starting with the hiring of Rob Egan, the team's new General Manager of Baseball Operations, in October, the Knights have added 13 new front office members during the course of the offseason. Along with the 13 new staff, the team has also added nine seasonal associates, and a new Food and Beverage provider, Professional Sports Catering, giving the team 30 new front office employees for the franchise's 30th season.
In the sales department, the Knights have hired eight new members. Executives Mark Dacko (Business Development Executive) and Alain Lillie (Corporate Sales Executive) bring the team a long track record of sponsorship and marketing sales. In the ticket department, the Knights have added six new sales representatives headed by Samantha Davis (Director of Group Sales) and including Otto Loor (Ticket Sales Account Executive), Shea Maple (Sr. Ticket Sales Account Executive), Ethan Samarel (Ticket Sales Account Executive), Nathan Tessler (Ticket Sales and Business Operations Analyst), and David Woodard (Ticket Sales Account Executive).
As the Knights continue to work within the community, the team has welcomed a new Community Relations Director for the 2017 season, Rachel Mark. Along with Mark, the Knights have also hired Promotions Manager Courtney Wright. Rounding out the new front office staff members are Amanda Bullard (Front Desk Receptionist) and Tim Johnson (Grounds Assistant).
"We are very pleased to welcome all of these important new members to our front office staff," stated Knights Chief Operating Officer, Dan Rajkowski. "As we enter our fourth season in Uptown Charlotte, we're continuing to grow, and expanding our staff was vital to our success. We look forward to continuing to provide a great experience for our fans during the upcoming season."
In addition to the new staff, the Knights have also promoted the following individuals since the fall: David Ruckman (Vice President of Entertainment), Yogi Brewington (Sr. Ticket Sales Account Executive), Kevin Hughes (Sr. Ticket Sales Account Executive), and Megan Smithers (Business/Community Relations Coordinator).
"The promotions of several staff members are a reflection of their knowledge and experience," added Rajkowski. "As they grow, we're pleased to promote them to new positions within their departments and in relation to our overall operation."
The Charlotte Knights open the 2017 season -- their 30th as the Knights -- at BB&T Ballpark on Thursday, April 6th. Single-game tickets, as well as season tickets, and partial season ticket plans for the 2017 season, are on sale now and can be purchased in person at the BB&T Ballpark Ticket Office, online at CharlotteKnights.com, or by phone at 704-274-8282. Tradition Never Ends!
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