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Pelicans' Call and Cannella elevated to new roles

February 27, 2020

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (February 27, 2020) - The Myrtle Beach Pelicans are excited to announce the advancement of Kristin Call and Ryan Cannella to new roles within the organization.  On the heels of the club's stellar 2019 season, Call assumes the role of Associate General Manager and Cannella moves into the

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (February 27, 2020) - The Myrtle Beach Pelicans are excited to announce the advancement of Kristin Call and Ryan Cannella to new roles within the organization.  On the heels of the club's stellar 2019 season, Call assumes the role of Associate General Manager and Cannella moves into the role of Assistant General Manager of Sales.  

"I am excited to announce the promotions of Kristin and Ryan to senior leadership positions within the Pelicans front office," stated Pelicans General Manager Ryan Moore. "These promotions were not based solely on their work at the ballpark but, just as importantly, their commitment to the entire Grand Strand community. It's been extremely impressive to watch their growth both professionally and within the community during their time with the Pelicans. With our leadership team fully in place, the 2020 season is going to be a fun one for Pelicans fans!"
Call, who is entering her 15th season in MiLB, has been a leader within the Pelicans organization for the last six seasons. With a reorganized executive structure prior to the 2019 season, Call embraced her then new role in an ever increasing leadership position. She provided essential support to allow for a successful transition that saw the team reach heights never attained before.
In addition to her involvement with all aspects of running an organization, Callʹs core responsibilities fall under the marketing and promotions departments. Under Kristinʹs management, the Pelicans saw a 403% Return on Ad Spend in digital marketing.  She also leads by example in community giveback and serves the Grand Strand Community through a variety of organizations. She has also been recognized within the industry as the Female Executive of the Year for the Carolina League in 2019 and 2015, and also in 2012 when working in the South Atlantic League.
Cannella joined the Pelicans as an Account Executive in 2015 before being promoted to Director of Sales in 2018. Under his leadership the sales staff recorded franchise highs for sponsorship sales, suite ticket sales, and catered group sales, as well as the second best year in group ticket sales.  The club also recorded a top three finish in season memberships and mini plans.  
Prior to his arrival in Myrtle Beach he spent time with both the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association and Goodyear Ballpark, Spring Training home of the Reds and the Indians.   He is currently a member of the Myrtle Beach Chicora Rotary Club, and serves on the board of the Boys and Girls Club of the Grand Strand. Cannella is a graduate of the University of Colorado Colorado Springs where he earned a Business Degree with an emphasis in Sport Management.
The Pelicans' 2020 season will begin on April 9 against the defending Carolina League Champion Wilmington Blue Rocks.  The 2020 season marks the sixth year for the Pelicans as the Class A‐ Advanced affiliate of the Chicago Cubs. For tickets visit MyrtleBeachPelicans.com, call (843) 918‐ 6000, or visit the Pelicans Box Office.
ABOUT THE PELICANS: The Myrtle Beach Pelicans are the Class A‐Advanced affiliate of the Chicago Cubs and play their home games at TicketReturn.Com Field at Pelicans Ballpark in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Since being acquired by a group led by Chuck Greenberg during the 2006 season, the Pelicans have repeatedly set team attendance records and become known as one of Minor League Baseballʹs most innovative and creative franchises. The team and its employees have been dedicated to making a difference in the Myrtle Beach community, specifically giving back over $2.4 million in donations, fundraising proceeds, in‐kind services and community service since launching the Pelicans Play It Forward Community Initiative in 2013. TicketReturn.Com Field at Pelicans Ballpark has ranked in the top eight in all of Minor League Baseball by Stadium Journey in six of the last seven seasons. The same publication also placed the Pelicans in the Top 100 Stadium Experiences and the best in the Carolina League for six of the past seven seasons. In June 2017, the Pelicans won the 2017 TripAdvisor.com Certificate of Excellence award. On the field, the team has won four Mills Cup Championships, including claims to back‐to‐back titles in 1999 and 2000, and again in 2015 and 2016. The Pelicans have made 11 postseason appearances behind 13 half‐season Southern Division championships, including the first half of the 2015 season, the second half of 2016 and the first half of 2017. For more information on the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, please contact the Pelicans at (843) 918‐6000 or email [email protected].