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Front Office

Dell Diamond is located at 3400 East Palm Valley Boulevard, Round Rock, TX 78665. The ticket office, administrative office and Railyard Team Store are located on the first base side of Dell Diamond, across from the United Heritage Center.

To reach our administrative office, please call 512-255-2255 or email info@rrexpress.com. To provide general feedback to the Round Rock Express, please email feedback@rrexpress.com.



Administration

Chris Almendarez has served as the President of the Round Rock Express since October 2015. Prior to that, he was Assistant General Manager/Senior Vice President for one season and General Manager for two seasons. He joined the Express as a Senior Account Executive in October 2009.

As President, Almendarez oversees all business-related aspects of the club while serving as the team's liaison for Pacific Coast League matters. He also works closely with ownership to expand the Express' footprint in the Central Texas community and maintain the club's highly-respected standing in the baseball industry.

Chris was named the Pacific Coast League Executive of the Year in 2016 and during his leadership, the franchise was awarded Minor League Baseball's John Henry Moss Community Service Award as well as Baseball America's Bob Freitas Triple-A Organization of the Year Award. While Chris was honored to be named Executive of the Year, he is most proud of the work his staff has done to capture both the John Henry Moss and Bob Freitas Awards in 2016.

When he joined the team, Chris brought both pharmaceutical sales and entrepreneurial business experience with him. He was a Professional Sales Consultant for SkinMedica Pharmaceuticals. Before that, Chris was the Sales Manager for KEY Enterprises, a sports construction company. His earlier experience includes various positions with Novartis Pharmaceuticals and Team Sports Incorporated.

Active in his Alumni Association, Chris attended the University of Houston on a baseball scholarship and graduated in 1996 with a BA in Mass Communications. He participates in the annual University of Houston baseball alumni game. Prior to his time at Houston, Chris played baseball for two years on scholarship at Howard Junior College in Big Spring, Texas. He also served as the Student Body President during his time at HJC.

He and his family reside in Round Rock. His oldest son Chase plays baseball at the University of Houston-Victoria while his youngest son, Luke, attends Round Rock High School and plays on the baseball team. Chris is active in youth sports in the Round Rock area and has coached over 40 teams in last 12 years.

Walk-up song: Strong Tower - Kutless

Tim Jackson joined the Express staff in March of 2010. He was promoted to General Manager in October 2015 after serving as assistant GM, baseball operations for one season. In this role, will oversee the day-to-day business and baseball operations of the team. He'll also work closely with Almendarez on the Express' sales efforts.

Jackson came to Round Rock after four years at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, where he spent the last two years as director of baseball operations while earning his Master of Science degree in sport administration.

Prior to joining Baylor's staff, Jackson played two seasons for the Bears. A 2007 team co-captain, Jackson was named second-team CoSIDA/ESPN Academic All-District VI as a senior. He also earned first-team Academic All-Big 12 Conference honors in 2007 and was named to the Big 12 Conference Commissioner's Honor Roll five times. Jackson earned his undergraduate degree (communications) from Baylor in August 2008.

Jackson played two seasons at McLennan Community College in Waco, where he was named a 2005 Academic All-American, following a stellar prep career at Cedar Hill [Texas] High School.

Jackson married the former Patty Wine in December 2012. Besides enjoying the sites and sounds of Dell Diamond during the baseball season, the couple enjoys spending most of their free time with their dog Toby.

Walk-up song: Bad To the Bone - George Thorogood

Dave Fendrick retired from his position as president following the 2014 season after 15 years with the Express. He will continue to serve on the staff as adviser to the president and GM. He joined the Express as vice president and general manager from 2005 until he was appointed team president following the 2010 season.

A 39-year veteran of professional baseball, Fendrick began his baseball career as general manager of the Gastonia Rangers in the Class-A Western Carolinas League in 1974. The following season he moved to the Greenwood Braves in the same capacity for one season before moving to the Savannah Braves in the Double-A Southern League for three seasons. As general manager in Greenwood and again in Savannah, Fendrick was selected as "Executive of the Year" for the 1975 and 1977 campaigns, respectively.

In 1979, Fendrick was appointed director of group sales for the Texas Rangers. During his 18-year tenure with the Rangers, he served as director of promotions, director of corporate marketing and director of corporate relations. Fendrick was involved in the Rangers transition from Arlington Stadium to The Ballpark in Arlington and served as hospitality coordinator for the 1995 Major League All-Star Game hosted by the Rangers.

He left the Rangers in 1997 to become Associate Athletic Director for External Affairs at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, N.M., before accepting the position as assistant general manager of the Express in April 1999. He has enjoyed many accomplishments with the Express, including directing the 2001 Double-A All-Star Game that drew a record crowd of 12,046 at The Dell Diamond.

Fendrick is a 1971 graduate of Ohio University with a Bachelor of Science in physical education. He completed work on his master's degree in sports administration at Ohio University in 1973.

Fendrick is very active in the community. He is a board member of the Round Rock Serving Center and a member of the Georgetown Rotary Club. He and his wife Brenda, a University of Texas graduate and a tutor in the Round Rock Independent School District, currently reside in Georgetown.

Walk-up song: Ain't No Mountain High Enough - Marvin Gaye

Debbie joined the organization in June 2002 as the new controller. Originally from Burlington, VT, Debbie has 28 years of experience in accounting and administration.

Prior to moving to Round Rock seven years ago, Debbie lived in Vermont, North Carolina and New York. Her accounting career has spanned both public and private accounting with her most recent role as an accountant for Carpenter & Langford, PC.

Debbie resides in Round Rock with her husband, Perry, and their two sons, Bryan and Matthew.

Walk-up song: Sunny and 75 - Joe Nichols

Wendy (Gordon) Abrahamsen has been with the Round Rock Express since 1999 and is the first person you'll see when you walk into the Express offices.

She has three children: Brian, Jenny, and Scott, two daughters-in-law, Amanda and Miranda, and one son-in-law, Luis (Kiki). Brian played professional baseball for 17 1/2 seasons. He played for the Diamondbacks, Angels, Astros, Rangers, Phillies, Yankees and Oakland A's organizations, as well as for two teams in Korea. Brian and his wife Amanda make their home in Round Rock, and have 2 children. Their daughter, Finley Grace was born in '06, and their son, Riggs Ryan was born in '08. Jenny and Kiki also live in Round Rock, and Kiki serves our Armed Forces (SGM). They have two daughters; LeAnna Marie was born in '07, and Lena Lynnai was born in '10. Scott & Miranda live in Rowlett, TX and have a son, Grayson Scott, born in '11, and a daughter, Elizabeth Reese, born in '13. Scott works as a Fire Fighter with the Richardson F. D. He graduated from Concordia University in 2005 where he played baseball for four years. Miranda graduated with a Master's Degree from Texas A&M. Wendy's grandchildren are her pride-and-joy.

Wendy has lived in the Round Rock and surrounding area for over 29 years.

Walk-up song: Jesus Loves Me - Listener Kids

Sandy Tucker currently serves as an Accounting Assistant for the Round Rock Express, a post she has occupied since 2002. Prior to joining the Express, Sandy spent 10 years as a Wareroom Manager for HEB in Round Rock. Away from the office, the St. Paul, Minnesota native enjoys quilting and knitting during her free time.

Sandy and her husband of 25 years, John, have five children, Josh, Johny, Courtney, Megan, and Michael, as well as six grandchildren.

Walk-up song: All Things Possible - Mark Schultz

Auxiliary Staff

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Ballpark Operations

Sam Isham joined the Round Rock Express front-office staff in 2011. He serves as IT director, maintaining all network-related issues. Prior to his time with the Express, Isham spent eight years as a consultant with Phoenix IT in Austin. Previously, he worked at BMC Software as an information systems analyst, Dell Computer Corporation as a level 2 technical specialist, and Belcan Technical Services as a senior technician.

A native of Mexia, Texas, Isham and his wife, Jackie, have a son (Calvin Isham) and a daughter (Brandy Horton).

Walk-up song: Happy - Pharrell

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Aurelio has been working full-time for the Express since September 2001. He lives in Austin with his wife, Lori. Martinez has three children, Anthony, Angela, and Rebecca.

In his free time, Aurelio enjoys spending time with his family, going to the mall and trying out new restaurants.

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Mark Maloney began his journey with the Express in December 2000. Prior to becoming the Manager of Post-Event Cleaning in Round Rock, he spent 19 years with the Lower Colorado River Authority, starting as an electrician's helper before finishing as a planner and scheduler for high-voltage substation maintenance.

Mark resides in Austin with his 20-year-old African grey parrot Ruby and his three-year-old Terrier mix Rex.

Walk-up song: Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now - Luther Vandross

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Roger Calkins joined the Express in 2015 as a painter and maintenance technician. Roger served 23 years as paint supervisor for the Texas State Capitol Building and Governor's Mansion. A native of Delton, Michigan, he enjoys cycling long distances and collecting BMX cruzers.

Walk-up song: Anything rock and roll!

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Corporate Sales

Henry began his career with the Express at the beginning of the 2001 season in the group sales department. Although the Express is his first experience in professional baseball, it is not his first job in professional sports.

Henry is a former general manager and assistant general manager of two professional soccer clubs in New Orleans, the New Orleans Storm and the New Orleans Riverboat Gamblers. He also worked in the athletic department for his alma mater, Tulane University, as an external affairs officer and also in the areas of sales, marketing and promotion.

Henry received his Bachelor of Science in Sports Management degree from Tulane in 1992.

Walk-up song: Meant To Be - Bebe Rexha (feat. Florida Georgia Line)

Zach first joined the Express in February of 2012 as a ticket office intern. Zach was promoted to ticket office representative after the 2012 Season, and again to manager, ticket operations in November of 2013. Following the 2014 season, he was again promoted to client services.

A native of Belton, TX, Zach is a 2011 graduate of the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor with a B.S. in Sport Management.

His hobbies include watching college football and Texas Rangers baseball, hunting, fishing and golf. In the community, Zach is involved in his church and umpires for North Austin Little League. When not at work, Zach enjoys spending time with his family and friends. He resides in Round Rock, TX.

Walk-up song: Desperation - Eminem

Groups/Hospitality Sales

Stuart Scally joined the Express in October 2012 and currently serves as the Director of Ticket Sales. He previously held roles as Manager of Ticket Sales and Account Executive. He came to the Express after two seasons as a corporate account executive with the Sacramento River Cats, where he ranked first in the organization in premium sales. Previously, Scally spent four years with Enterprise Holdings in California. He is a 2006 graduate of the University of California, San Diego, with a Bachelor of Arts in history.

Walk-up song: True - Spandau Ballett

A veteran of Major League Baseball, Franke comes to Round Rock after spending ten years in the Texas Rangers front office. He finished his career with the Rangers as Assistant Director of Season Ticket Sales. Gary started his career in sports as an athletic director and coach after graduating from college. After seven years he left and became an assistant baseball coach at Western Illinois University in 1990. He then went to the University of Louisville from 1991-92 where he was an assistant marketing director.

A native of Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, Gary graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. He also earned a Master of Science degree from Western Illinois University. Gary now resides in Hutto with his wife Bobbi, and they have two children, Tara and Jared, as well as five grandchildren.

Walk-up song: More Than A Feeling - Boston

Scott Allen was promoted to senior director of the United Heritage Center following the 2012 season. Scott's responsibilities include marketing, booking and selling many of the various special events held at the 10,000-square-foot facility.

He is a native of Alvin, Texas and spent five years as an Assistant Director for the Humble County Civic Center. He also briefly worked for Inter-Tel Technologies before joining the Express in 2000. When Scott isn't at the UHC, he enjoys watching his kids play sports as well as spending time outdoors with his family.

A graduate of Texas A&M University, Scott received a Bachelor's Degree in Recreation, Parks and Tourism Science. Scott and his wife, Holly, have three children, Megan, Abby and Tucker.

Walk-up song: The Great Adventure - Steven Curtis Chapman

Ross started with the Express in September of 2001 for the final week of the regular season and the 2001 Texas League playoffs. Although this is his first job in minor league baseball, he is no stranger to the sports business industry, having worked in the professional ranks for more than 10 years.

Ross was previously the Director of Sales with the Birmingham Thunderbolts of the now defunct XFL. Prior to that he was the Director of Season Ticket Sales for the Southwest Sports Group and the Director of Sales with the Texas Rangers Baseball Club.

A 1981 graduate of the University of Alabama, he also toured the Pacific Rim for 10 years. Scott and his wife, Siobhan, have three boys, Pete, Jordan and Connor.

Walk-up song: Peace, Love, & Understanding - Elvis Costello and the Attractions

Alyssa joined the Express in January 2015 as an account executive. She was promoted to her current position of Senior Account Executive in January 2018. She was previously a member of the Houston Astros Grassroots Marketing Team from 2013-14. A graduate of Sam Houston State, Alyssa played softball while obtaining her Business Adminstration degree with a minor in marketing. She received her MBA with a concentration in management in December 2014.

Originally from Sealy, TX, Alyssa enjoys reading, especially the Harry Potter series, being outdoors, sports and spending time with her family.

Walk-up song: Electric Avenue - Eddy Grant

Oscar Rodriguez joined the Round Rock Express as an Account Executive in December 2016. He came to the organization after two years as an Inside Sales Representative with Office Deopt in Austin. Prior to that, he served two years as an Assistant Manager at Wal-Mart.

A native of San Pedro, Dominican Republic, Rodriguez spent a year with the Washington Nationals organization in his home country. Following his time with the Nationals, Rodriguez played second base at Western Nebraska Community College for two years before transferring to Huston-Tillotson University, where he continued to play baseball. He graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2013 with a degree in Marketing.

While not at the ballpark, Rodriguez enjoys watching, coaching and playing baseball, working out, and dancing Merengue, Bachata and Salsa.

2017 Community Service Award recipient

Walk-Up Song: Work remix - A$AP Ferg

Lucas Allison joined the Round Rock Express as an Account Executive in January 2016. Prior to joining the E-Train, Allison spent two years in the sales department for the San Diego Padres. He also spent time working for the Baylor University baseball team, assisting in the club's marketing efforts.

A Frisco, Texas native, Allison graduated from Baylor, where he was a member of the Bears football team. When not at the stadium, he enjoys playing the piano and spending time with his twin brother Logan.

Walk-up song: Spirit in the Sky - Norman Greenbaum

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Chaniel Nelson joined the Round Rock Express as an Account Executive in the summer of 2017. Prior to joining the team, she served as the Director of Operations for the volleyball team at the University of North Carolina. She also previously worked at ESPN Events in Charlotte, North Carolina.

A native of Charlotte, Nelson attended both the University of North Carolina, where she was an All-American on the volleyball team, as well as the University of Essex in the United Kingdom. While not at the ballpark, she enjoys coaching volleyball, traveling, eating and volunteering.

Walk-up song: Look Alive - Rae Sremmurd

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Aschley Eschenburg currently serves as the Coordinator of Season Memberships and Suite Services for the Round Rock Express. The Austin native graduated from Texas State University with a Bachelor's Degree in math with a minor in sports psychology.

Prior to joining the Express as a ticket office intern in 2013, Aschley spent five years in the sales department of the Texas State History Museum in Austin.

Walk-up song: Jungle - X Ambassadors

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Marketing

Laura Fragoso joined the Round Rock Express Baseball Club staff in 2001. As Senior Vice President, Marketing, she serves as the key lead in the overall vision of the public and marketplace image of the Round Rock Express and Dell Diamond. A 2011 finalist for the Rawlings Minor League Baseball Woman Executive of the Year award, she plans and executes all marketing, branding and promotional events and strategies for the Express and oversees the Marketing Department.

Laura serves on the Board of Directors for the Round Rock Area Serving Center and is an active member of St. Richard's Episcopal Church of Round Rock. She was recognized by Round Rock Living Magazine in 2017 as an honoree for the Women of the Rock for excellence and leadership in the field of sports.

Laura is a native of Dothan, Ala., known internationally as the "Peanut Capital of the World." She graduated from the University of Alabama in 2000 with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Information Sciences. Laura, her husband, Chris, their son Mac and daughter Lilla reside in Round Rock.

Twitter: @laurawfragoso

Walk-up song: Sweet Home Alabama - Lynyrd Skynyrd

Joe joined the Express in 2015, taking over all retail operations for the Round Rock Express and Ryan Sanders Entertainment events, including Big League Weekend, international soccer and rugby matches, and Reckless Kelly's Celebrity Softball Jam. Prior to joining the Express, Joe served as the specialty retail operations manager for the San Francisco 49ers and Centerplate from 2014-15. He got his start in retail merchandising as the gameday merchandise retail operations event manager for the Golden State Warriors, Cal Bears and Americas Cup in San Francisco from 2010-2014.

A native of Alameda, CA, Joe played on the baseball team at Monterey Peninsula College while persuing his degree.

When he's not helping outfit customers in the newest Express gear, Joe enjoys hunting and fishing and taking day drives to explore Texas. He's a fan of all things sports and loves watching games with his family, Brenley and daughter Jolee.

Walk-up song: Rock You Like a Hurricane - The Scorpions

Mike Capps serves as the Director of Broadcasting for the Round Rock Express and has been the voice of the Express since day one. An author, reporter and T.V. anchor, Mike brings over 25 years of news experience to the Express. He has been broadcasting baseball for the last 19 years, including three major league games with ESPN Radio, one in 2005 and two in 1998.

Mike has been a reporter, bureau chief and executive sports director for WFAA-TV Dallas / Ft. Worth, an assignments manager and deputy bureau chief for ABC news in St. Louis and also a weekend anchor for KPRC-TV in Houston. While working for CNN he covered the Gulf War, the Midwest Floods, the overthrow of the Haitian government and the siege in Waco.

In addition to his news and broadcasting experience, Mike also authored a book with legendary scout Red Murff entitled, "The Scout: Searching for the Best in Baseball." Murff was the scout that uncovered Express owner Nolan Ryan.

Mike has served on the Board of Directors of Central Texas Goodwill, performing volunteer work mentoring young adults in Goodwill's young adult GED program. He also belongs to the Rotary Club of Austin and has chaired the club's newsletter committee and currently serves on its Camp Enterprise committee. Mike has received numerous awards over his career including an Emmy Nomination and Cable Ace Award for the end of the Siege in Waco, the Alfred I. duPont Columbia Award, the George Foster Peabody Award and the Texas Headliners Award. He also won the Minor League News' 2006 & 2009 Minor League Broadcaster of the Year awards.

Mike has three daughters, Christa, Kelli and Karli. He also has six grandchildren--grandsons Grayson Lows of Mableton, Ga., Carter, Reece and Rex Wetsel of Plano, and granddaughters Avery Lows of Mableton, Ga., and Cameron Wetsel of Plano.

Walk-up song: Thunderstruck - AC/DC

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Steve re-joined the Express in January of 2015 as the director of ballpark entertainment, working with the marketing department to provide a fun and exciting environment for all fans who enter Dell Diamond. Steve previously spent one season with the Express as a ballpark entertainment intern in 2008. Before returning to Round Rock, he spent two years with the Houston Astros managing the club's grassroots marketing program and in-stadium promotions team. Prior to the that, he spent four seasons from 2009-12 as the director of ballpark entertainment for the Corpus Christi Hooks, the Astros' Double-A affiliate.

A native Texan, Steve was born in Austin and raised in Houston. He graduated with a degree in mass communications from Texas State University in San Marcos. A proud Houstonian, Richards is a die-hard fan of the Astros, Rockets and Texans, and he likes to stay active by running and playing basketball. His other hobbies include cooking, checking out local craft breweries, spending time in the Texas Hill Country, and is a self-proclaimed karaoke superstar. He and his wife, Amanda, live in Round Rock with their daughter Violet.

Walk-up song: This Is How We Do It - Montell Jordan

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Andrew Felts currently serves as the Communications Coordinator for the Round Rock Express after joining the organization as Communications Assistant in January 2016. His duties include preparing daily game notes, assisting with press releases and facilitating media credentials and interview requests. Prior to coming aboard, Andrew served as the Social Media Intern for the Texas Stars hockey team. He also interned in the communications department of the Austin Aztex soccer club.

A native of Overland Park, Kansas, Andrew attended Texas Christian University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Sports Broadcasting as well as a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance.

During his time in Fort Worth, he served as President of the TCU Sports Networking Club while also spearheading a student-run committee that assisted the TCU Athletic Department in marketing the men's and women's basketball programs. Through his time in the Sports Broadcasting program, Andrew also received the opportunity to work on the broadcast teams for countless TCU baseball, basketball, soccer and volleyball games on the FOX Sports family of networks.

Walk-up song: Friends in Low Places - Garth Brooks

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Julia Essington rejoined the Round Rock Express as Graphic Designer in November 2016 after a stint with the Street Team in 2013. She was promoted to Creative Marketing Coordinator in January 2018. In her new position, Julia works with the marketing department to carry out creative efforts both in the ballpark and abroad. She joined the Express after spending the last three years carrying out marketing and graphic design for a nonprofit in Austin.

A native of Lake Jackson, Texas, Julia attended the University of Texas, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Communications Studies with an emphasis on Corporate Communications. While at UT, she worked for the men's basketball team, providing administrative support to the coaching staff.

Outside of work, Julia enjoys running and spending time outdoors. Her love of baseball led her to become a volunteer with RBI Austin, an organization that she is very passionate about. Julia donates her time coaching softball during the summer while also serving as a mentor throughout the year.

Walk-up song: No Diggity - Blackstreet

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Casey Schnautz joined the Express in January of 2015 as part of the Street Team. At the end of season she was promoted to Grassroots Marketing Coordinator. She is responsible for carrying out the club's grassroots marketing efforts in the ballpark and the marketplace. Casey joins the Express after spending the 2013 season with the Gwinnett Braves (AAA-affiliate, Atlanta Braves) as part of their Promotions Team, and the 2014 season with the Portland SeaDogs (AA-affiliate, Boston Red Sox) as a Sales and Marketing Intern. Casey graduated cum laude from Piedmont College with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration with a concentration in Sports Marketing.

Casey is a Georgia native and a long time Braves fan. She enjoys playing pick-up volleyball, knitting, crochet, and is a self-proclaimed Martha Stewart level crafter.

2016 Community Service Award recipient

Walk-up song: Roar - Katy Perry

Glen joined the Express prior to the 2014 season and serves as the public address announcer at Dell Diamond. Prior to joining the Express, Glen spent 10 seasons as PA announcer for the Iowa Cubs (AAA-affiiliate, Chicago Cubs). Upon moving to the Austin area in 1998, he also served 10 years as the Director of Broadcasting, Media & PR with the Austin Ice Bats professional hockey team, handling both radio and PA duties for the team.

Originally from Kansas, Glen lives in Pflugerville with his wife Nicki and daughter Kennedy.

Walk-up song: A Feelin' Like That - Gary Allan

Ryan Sanders Baseball

Nolan Ryan is a member of the Ryan Sanders board of directors.

Elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility, Nolan Ryan was inducted on July 25, 1999 on 98.79% of the eligible ballots, a figure which remains the second highest in history. He is the only player to ever have his uniform number retired by three different teams with the Angels (#30) and Astros (#34) joining the Rangers.

Nolan compiled a 324-292 record with a 3.19 earned run average in 807 appearances in an unprecedented 27 seasons with the New York Mets (1966; 1968-71), California Angels (1972-79), Astros (1980-88), and Rangers (1989-93). The all-time leader in strikeouts (5714) and no-hitters (7), Nolan has owned or shared 53 Major League records. He is fifth in lifetime innings (5387.0), tied for seventh in shutouts (61), and tied for 13th in victories while his 773 starts are second only to Cy Young (815). An eight-time All-Star, Ryan also threw 12 one-hitters, tying Bob Feller for the most ever, and owns two of the top four single-season strikeout totals in Major League history, including an all-time best 383 K's with the Angels in 1973. He fanned 10 or more batters a ML record 215 times.

Retiring after the 1993 season, Ryan served as Special Assistant to the President under his personal services contract, assisting in the Rangers baseball, marketing, and public relations activities until January 2004. He is an inaugural member of the Texas Rangers Baseball Hall of Fame (2003) and is the only player to have his number retired by the club (#34). After leaving the Rangers, Ryan spent four years as Special Assistant to the General Manager for the Houston Astros assisting the baseball operations staff in a variety of areas on the major and minor league level.

He served as Chief Executive Officer of the Texas Rangers and was part of the team's ownership group, Rangers Baseball Express, which completed its purchase of the franchise on August 12, 2010. He oversaw the entire Rangers organization and was a member of the Board of Directors until 2013.

His most recent commitment as of February 2014 is to serve as Executive Advisor for the Houston Astros Baseball Club.

Baseball's all-time strikeout leader was named as the tenth President in Texas Rangers team history in February 2008 and added the title of CEO in March 2011. Ryan had a dramatic impact on the franchise in his five years on the job. Off the field, he instilled a renewed commitment to providing the best fan experience and making the Rangers a strong community partner. The Rangers had the highest per-game attendance increase in the majors from 2008 to 2009 and the third largest increase from 2009 to 2010. The club established single season home attendance records each of the last two years, surpassing the 3,000,000 mark for the first time in franchise history in 2012.

Ryan was just the third Hall of Fame player to serve as the President of a Major League Baseball franchise, joining John Montgomery Ward (1912) and Christy Mathewson (1923 and 1925), both with the Boston Braves, and the first to work for a World Series participant.

After his retirement as an active player, Ryan was able to pursue a number of business ventures. He is a Principal Owner of Ryan-Sanders Baseball, which owns and operates the Round Rock Express of the Pacific Coast League, a Texas Rangers affiliate, and founded (and recently sold) the Corpus Christi Hooks of the Texas League, a Houston Astros farm club.

For a number of years Nolan owned and served as Chairman of the Board of The Express Bank in Alvin and The Express Bank of Texas in Round Rock, and he currently serves on the Board of R Bank in Round Rock. He has several working cattle ranches in South Texas. In 1999, Nolan became a limited partner in Beefmaster Cattlemen, LP, a branded beef company that markets Nolan Ryan Tender Aged Beef.

The Nolan Ryan Foundation built the Nolan Ryan Center for Continuing Education at Alvin Community College, a facility which opened in 1996. He also sponsors the Nolan Ryan Scholarship Fund at Alvin Community College.

Nolan and his wife, Ruth, were married on June 26, 1967, and have three children: Robert Reid, Nolan Reese, and Wendy Lynn. Reid, who pitched at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth and for two years (1994-95) in the Texas Rangers' minor league system, is President of the Houston Astros and Reese, who also played at TCU, is CEO of Ryan Sanders Baseball. Nolan and Ruth have seven grandchildren.

If you are from Texas, especially Houston, you might know the name Don Sanders.

Don's humble nature comes from his small town roots - Mexia, Texas. In high school he fell in love with photography, capturing life in its most memorable moments. This love of photography and art helped finance his undergraduate degree from Sam Houston State University and his MBA from the University of Texas in Austin. His interest in photography and art previewed his later accomplishment of putting together one of the leading private art and photography collections in the country.

After graduation Don joined EF Hutton & Company as a trainee in 1959 and over 2 decades rose to become an Executive Vice President and a member of the Board of Directors, perhaps the most prestigious investment firm in the nation. Its famous phrase, "when EF Hutton talks, people listen", was coined during Don's leadership of Hutton.

In 1987 Don left Hutton to form Sanders Morris Mundy. Now more than 25 years later the successor to Sanders Morris Mundy is one of the most successful wealth management firms in the United States with 38 offices managing over $18 billion. Don, together with storied private equity firm Lee Equity Partners and other members of its management, is still a substantial owner of that fast-growing organization.

Don continues to express himself in other ways. In 1979 he became part owner of the Houston Astros which whetted his interest in sports and sports franchises. In 1999 he, along with Nolan and Reid Ryan founded Ryan Sanders Baseball which today owns the Round Rock Express (the Texas Rangers AAA Farm Club), the Corpus Christi Hooks, (the Houston Astros AA Farm Club), and other various baseball operations.

Although Don is well-known for his financial and sports expertise, he is equally well-respected as an active community leader. He is the founder of the Houston Police Foundation, was a Director of the Houston Police Pension System as well as serving on the Board of Regents of the University of Houston. He is currently a Trustee of the Museum of Fine Arts as well as a Board member of the Houston Texas Bowl and the Nolan Ryan Foundation.

Don has a long tradition of supporting area schools and has generously given to the KIPP Explore Baseball program as well as donating the Kinkaid School baseball field and facilities which bears his name. His tremendous love for animals led Don to Friends for Life, a No-Kill animal rescue and adoption shelter where he personally financed a state-of-the-art shelter and facility. Remembering his roots, Don donated and endowed a world-class baseball facility at his alma mater, Sam Houston State University where he was also inducted into the Hall of Honor. In addition, he funded a life-sized bronze statue in Cooperstown that commemorates the All-American Girls Baseball League.

From his business accomplishments to his dedication and love of sports, care of animals, and compassion for others, he continues to embrace life in the fullest.

Reid Ryan is the founder of Ryan Sanders Baseball, LP. A graduate of Texas Christian University, Ryan is credited with the idea of creating the Round Rock Express and Corpus Christi Hooks Baseball Clubs. Round Rock and Corpus Christi have been industry leaders, ranking at or near the top of minor league attendance, stadium satisfaction and franchise value. In May of 2013, Ryan was named president of business operations of the Houston Astros, leaving his post as CEO of the Express.

Recently, Ryan helped launch the first-ever baseball games played in San Antonio's Alamodome. The games, entitled "Big League Weekend," featured the Rangers and San Diego Padres in a two-game weekend set. Ryan is also involved in the leadership of minor league baseball, serving the industry on many levels. He's a trustee of the Texas League, a Pacific Coast League executive committee member and finance chairman for MiLB.

Ryan is involved in business outside baseball. Most notably he serves as a director and organizer of R Bank. Based in Round Rock, Texas, R Bank is a community bank founded with brother Reese and specializes in small- to medium-sized business.

Ryan enjoys giving back to both Central and South Texas. He has served on numerous non-profit boards and helped raise more than $500,000 for charity in the greater Austin and Corpus Christi markets. He currently serves on advisory boards for Big Brothers Big Sisters and the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute. Another rewarding outlet Ryan enjoys is coaching baseball and softball in the Round Rock area. He donates hundreds of hours annually helping kids learn the game while teaching them the value of achieving goals in a fun setting. Most days, if Reid is not at the Dell Diamond or Whataburger Field, you can find him at a select softball tournament or coaching baseball at Old Settler's Park.

Ryan and his wife, Nicole, are the proud parents of one son, Jackson, and two daughters, Victoria and Ella. The Ryans enjoy spending free time with family and friends at their South Texas ranch, watching sporting events and traveling.

Bret Sanders joined the club's ownership group in December of 2003.

Sanders currently is Director of NASDAQ Trading for Sanders Morris Harris, where he oversees over-the-counter trading for the Houston-based brokerage firm. He has been employed at Sanders Morris Harris since 1992. He also serves as a director and organizer of R Bank Texas, a community bank based in Round Rock, Texas. Sanders is a 1989 graduate of the University of Houston, with a Bachelor of Arts in political science.

Sanders is involved in several non-profit charities in the Houston area and serves as President and Chairman of the Board of HeartGift-Houston. He and his wife, Laurie, have chaired fundraisers for Cancer Counseling, Cystic Fibrosis, the University of Houston and Miracle League of Corpus Christi. He was a founding board member of Prepared 4 Life, a comprehensive after school program in the Houston ISD and annually hosts cancer patients from the Sunshine Kids organization at Hooks and Express games.

Sanders and his wife, Laurie, reside in Houston with their two children, Chris and Chelsea, but spend many weekends in Round Rock and Corpus Christi watching the Express and the Hooks. They both are avid sports fans and participate in numerous adventure races throughout Texas.

Reese Ryan serves as CEO of Ryan Sanders Baseball, ownership group for the Texas Rangers AAA affiliate, the Round Rock Express. The 37-year-old CEO is the brother of Express founder and Houston Astros President Reid Ryan and son of managing partner Nolan Ryan.

Active in his alumni association, Ryan is a 1999 graduate of Texas Christian University with a Bachelor of Science in Radio-Television-Film Production, as well as a graduate of the TCU Ranch Management program.

In addition to his duties with the Express, Ryan also is involved in real estate as a partner in Shope and Ryan Management, a real estate investment company based in Fort Worth. He also serves as Founder and Chairman of the Board for R Bank - a community bank in Round Rock - and is a partner behind the Texas expansion of Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf.

Ryan is a recognizable member of the non-profit community currently serving on the Board of YMCA of Greater Williamson County as well as the Board for HeartGift, a foundation whose mission is to provide lifesaving heart surgery to disadvantaged children living in developing countries where specialized medical intervention is scarce or nonexistent.

Ryan also serves on the board of directors for Nolan Ryan's Tender Aged Beef as well as The Nolan Ryan Foundation, located in his hometown of Alvin, Texas.

Ryan and wife, Alison, are the parents of two daughters, Caroline and Julia. The family resides in Austin, Texas, and spends their free time skiing, hunting, fishing and traveling.

Walk-up song: Fireman - George Strait

Brad Sanders, son of Round Rock Express Managing Partner Don Sanders, joined the club's ownership group in December 2003.

Mr. Sanders graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Arts in economics and then earned his JD from the University of Houston Law School. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas. Brad is currently managing various private investments and practicing law in the hospitality, real estate, banking and construction. He is also a director of R Bank, a community bank located in Round Rock, TX.

Mr. Sanders is involved in a numerous non-profit organizations and currently serves on the board of directors of the Small Steps Nurturing Center, a NAEYC-accredited early childhood program in Houston's first ward that strives to improve the lives of Houston's impoverished inner-city children.

Mr. Sanders and his wife, Margie, are the parents of daughters Sela and Quincy, and son Nolan. The family resides in Houston and he enjoys spending his free time hanging out with his family, playing sports and traveling.

Eddie Maloney serves as President of Cowboy Maloney's Electric City Appliance Centers, which operates appliance and video stores throughout Mississippi. He and his brother, Con, sold controlling interest of the Double-A Jackson Generals in 1999 to what is now Ryan Sanders Baseball. The team was moved to Round Rock where it began to play in the Texas League in 2000.

Maloney is the former President or Chairman of Jackson Prep School and Foundation, the Country Club of Jackson, the Business School Advisory Board at the University of Mississippi, St. Dominic Hospital Foundation, and the Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership.

An Ole Miss graduate, Maloney and his wife, Rhoda, have three daughters: Lindsey and her husband, Maj. Kevin O'Connell, and their daughters, Dolly and Colby; Leigh Anne Coleman and her husband, Bobby, and their sons, J.J., Bo and Smith; and Kelly and her husband, Tate Nations, and their daughter, Radley, and son,Tucker.

JJ Gottsch is the longest-tenured employee with Ryan Sanders Baseball and has played a key role in the development of both the Round Rock Express and Corpus Christi Hooks. He was promoted to his current position, COO of RSB, in January of 2015.

Gottsch helps oversee all business and stadium operations for the Express, along with supporting all divisions of RS3 (Ryan Sanders Sports Services). J.J. also oversees the Ryan Sanders Baseball Entertainment Division along with growing new areas of business and promoting sponsor and civic relations. He is also the Executive Director of Big League Weekend at the Alamodome in San Antonio, an annual two-game Major League Baseball spring training exhibition.

He's brought several marquee events to Round Rock and Corpus Christi as well. Portions of the movie "The Rookie" and TV show "The Simple Life 2" were filmed at Dell Diamond as well as the Jim Rome "World Tour" in 2003. Gottsch worked with Director Michael Meredith on the film, "The Open Road," starring Justin Timberlake, Jeff Bridges, Mary Steenburgen and Ted Danson. Timberlake portrayed fictional Hooks player Carlton Garrett, with portions of the film shot at Whataburger Field.

Gottsch has also been instrumental in bringing several concerts to Ryan Sanders Baseball venues including "The Bob Dylan Show," featuring Dylan, Willie Nelson and John Mellencamp, the Zac Brown Band, Charlie Daniels Band and several other festivals and post-game acts. Dell Diamond and Whataburger Field have also been host to several non-baseball sporting events including MLS Soccer, Top Rank Boxing, the Republic of Texas Triathlon, Conquer the Coast - a 65-mile cycling event around Corpus Christi Bay, and National Pro Fastpitch - the highest level of women's professional softball.

Gottsch serves on the Board of Directors for several organizations including Foster Angels of Central Texas, Austin Sports Commission, OM Foundation, Reckless Kelly Charitable Youth Foundation and is also a member of the Austin Saengerrunde.

Walk-up song: Be Thankful For What you Got - William DeVaughn

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Debbie Bowman began working for Ryan-Sanders Baseball during the 2003 season. She currently is the Executive Assistant for Reid & Reese Ryan.

After attending Texas A&M University she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications/Public Relations from the University of Texas at Tyler.

She is married to Lindsay Bowman, an Austin area golf pro, and has two children, Jacquelin and Nicklaus. She enjoys spending her free time being actively involved with the First Baptist Church of Round Rock's Music Ministry.

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RS3 Turf

Garrett Reddehase is in his third season as head groundskeeper at Dell Diamond. He received the Pacific Coast League's Presidential Commendation for groundskeeping in 2013. He was named the 2012 Pacific Coast League Turf Manager of the Year and received the PCL's Presidential Commendation for groundskeeping in 2011. He also serves as Director of Ryan-Sanders Sports Turf Services, which works to build and renovate sports fields throughout Texas.

Prior to joining the Express staff, Reddehase served as field superintendent with the Corpus Christi Hooks - the Double-A affiliate of the Houston Astros. He was involved with the grounds crew at Whataburger Field since the building of the facility in 2005; he served as Corpus Christi's head groundskeeper from October 2007 until joining the Express.

Reddehase was named 2009 Texas League Turf Manager of the Year, an award voted on by Texas League managers and umpires. Furthermore, Reddehase was awarded the 2009 Professional Baseball Field of the Year by the STMA, the highest honor awarded in the industry. During the Hooks' inaugural 2005 season, Reddehase and crew nurtured the league's best playing surface. In the interim, Whataburger Field was voted the second-best playing surface in the eight-team league in 2007 and 2008, and was also selected as the top field in the South Division.

A former junior college pitcher who gave up the game after Tommy John surgery, Reddehase graduated from Texas A&M-Corpus Christi with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Kinesiology Sports Management and a minor in Business. He is a member of the STMA, Coastal Conservation Association, and TTA Texas Turfgrass Association.

A three-sport letterman at Academy High School outside of Temple, Texas, Reddehase is married to the former Jenny Arnold of Calallen, Texas. The couple have a son, Fielder. During his spare time, Reddehase enjoys rooting for the Texas Longhorns, hunting, watching college sports and heading to Home Depot with Jenny.

Walk-up song: I Hold On - Dierks Bentley

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