Chris Jones - President & General Manager - Email
Chris is entering his sixth season as President of the Hillcats. Prior to the Hillcats, Chris served as the General Manager for the Sugar Land Skeeters from 2013 to 2015. He worked for the Advanced-A Lake Elsinore Storm for 12 years, including eight as the General Manager. During his time with the Storm they were awarded the Bob Freitas award in 2007 and the Larry MacPhail Award in 2011. He also spent time in roles with the Dallas Cowboys, High Desert Mavericks, and Staples Center.
A native of Houston, TX, Chris was awarded the California League Executive of the Year in 2008 and then won the Carolina League Executive of the Year in 2017. He is avid fan of all Houston Sports and was extremely happy to see the Houston Astros win the World Series. Chris has a wife, Anna, and three boys, James (22), Tanner (16) and Bryce (14). He also has three dogs, Dooney, Queso and Bud.
Matt Ramstead - Vice President - Email
Matt is entering his fourth season with the Hillcats, and second in the role as Vice President. Prior to Hillcats, Matt worked for the Helena Brewers from 2016-2018. While in Helena, Matt served as the Director of Group Sales & Marketing but also served as the Director of Food & Beverage.
In his free time Matt enjoys playing golf, skipping the gym, and exploring the historical sites in the region. Matt and his wife Mercedies have a dog, Lucy.
Adam Matth - Assistant General Manager - Email
Adam is entering his second season with the Hillcats after spending five years as Assistant GM of the Vermont Lake Monsters. Prior to that stint in Vermont, Adam completed one year with the Houston Astros in their ticket department for the 2015 season. Before Houston, he was the Lake Monsters Box Office Manager in 2012-2013 and Director of Ticket Operations in 2014. While with the Lake Monsters he won the Sam Nader Executive of the Year in 2018.
Adam graduated from Baldwin Wallace University with a major in Sport Management in 2010 and then received his masters in Sport Management from West Virginia University. He is originally from Sheboygan, Wisconsin.
Jeff Kent - Manager of Marketing & Creative Services - Email
Jeff is entering his first season with the Hillcats after spending two years as Director of Marketing and In-Game Entertainment for the Vermont Lake Monsters. Prior to his time in Vermont, Jeff worked as an Inside Sales Representative for the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Jeff graduated from Syracuse University in 2018 with a degree in Sport Management and a minor in Event Management.
Roderick Williams Jr. - Director of Concessions - Email
Roderick "Rod" Williams Jr, is entering his second season with the Hillcats as the Director of Concessions. Rod spent the 2019 season with Tri-City ValleyCats as a community relations and fan engagement intern. Following that season Rod spent the early portion of the 2020 season with the Peoria Chiefs as a promotional and fan engagement assistant. Rod is getting his first taste of working in Food & Beverage operations.
Rod graduated from Bethel College in North Newton, Ks in 2018, where he played four years for the Threshers football team. In his free time, Rod enjoys going on adventures, playing sports, grabbing a drink, and playing dominoes.
David Ingemi - Director of Accounting and Finance - Email
David is entering his first season with the Hillcats as their Director of Accounting and Finance after working as an accounting intern for the team the previous year. David is a recent graduate of Liberty University, where he majored in both Finance and Economics, and minored in Accounting.
In his free time, David enjoys hiking, traveling, and watching Boston sports.
Tyler Bergin - Head Groundskeeper - Email
Tyler started his career in the US Army. Following those years he worked at Liberty University as a groundskeeper. Tyler is married to his high school sweetheart Ellison. Tyler and Ellison have a daughter, Sage, and a golden retriever named Fisher. In his free time Tyler enjoys fishing.
Ryan Henson - Clubhouse Manager - Email
Ryan is entering his fourth season as the Hillcats Clubhouse Manager. Prior to the Hillcats, Ryan graduated from Lynchburg College where majored in Political Science and minored in Sport Management while playing on the baseball team.
In his free time Ryan enjoys traveling, going to sporting events, and watching Netflix with his wife, Haleigh.
Southpaw - Director of Fun!
Southpaw was adopted from the Lynchburg Humane Society in January of 2017. With the legacy that his retiring predecessor left behind, Southpaw instantly had HUGE shoes to fill. Luckily for us, Southpaw has big feet....and awesome blue chucks! He has fit in puuurfectly here by adding to the excitement of Bank of the James Stadium. This lovable, green, giant can be seen dancing on dugouts, driving around on his four wheeler, entertaining birthday parties, taking photos with fans,and of course cheering on his number one team!
Outside of the stadium, you can see Southpaw making a difference and lending a hand in the community, hanging out with students during the Hillcats' Hit the Books Reading program,and volunteering for numerous non-profits. Southpaw graduated from Feline Training Academy and received a masters in Mascoting with a minor in Cathletics. Southpaw spends his free time watching Animal Planet and BASEBALL, hanging out at the scratch post with furry friends, and believe or not he is a pretty talented meowsician (he plays puurrcussion). Southpaw wants his fans to know that he thinks they are all PAWsome!**