It is a name synonymous with fun at the ballpark. Veeck continues to blaze new trails every baseball season. After all, who else would hire a dog or pig to deliver baseballs to the umpire, a Roman Catholic nun to give massages, mimes to perform instant replays or lock fans out of the stadium to set an all-time attendance record for fewest people at a game. The Veeck family started in baseball nearly a century ago when Veeck's grandfather was president of the Chicago Cubs. Veeck's father, Bill, was a Hall of Fame owner with the St. Louis Browns, Cleveland Indians, Chicago White Sox and the then-minor league Milwaukee Brewers. Bill Veeck will always be remembered for signing Larry Doby, the first black man to play in the American League.
Serving to put fun back into baseball while proving his ideas are not specific to sport, Veeck has spoken and entertained groups at companies such as the NBA, 3M, General Mills, and NASCAR. His first book was released in 2005, entitled "Fun is Good," describing how the simple approach of putting "fun" back into the workplace brings out the best in your employees and keeps your customers coming back for more. He has taken the "Fun is Good" way of life and helped his teams routinely reach attendance and customer service milestones, while receiving national publicity and awards for innovative promotions. He has made appearances on 60 Minutes, HBO Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel, NBC Nightly News and ESPN Sportscenter.
Since moving to the Twin Cities in 2004, Sharrer continues to make the St. Paul Saints one of the more successful minor league baseball teams in the country. His hard work and dedication has been rewarded the last three years, receiving Executive of the Year honors in the American Association from 2015-17. He oversaw the opening of CHS Field in what was an historic record breaking year for the organization. The record breaking first year was topped in 2016 when the Saints finished seventh in all of minor league baseball in average attendance and number one in percent capacity at 117%. They have topped minor league baseball in percent capacity three straight seasons, averaging 115% capacity over that time.
Upon beginning his career in Fort Myers, FL with the Goldklang Group’s Florida State League franchise, the Whiteland, IN native rose through the ranks of the Miracle quickly, ascending to the GM’s chair in 1997. As part of the job there, he worked extensively with the Miracle’s parent team – the Minnesota Twins – during spring training. The Miracle consistently bucked the trend of poor Florida State League attendance and led in that department under Sharrer.
In 2001, he moved to Charleston, SC. The RiverDogs, a Tampa Bay affiliate at the time (they are currently linked with the Yankees) in the Class A South Atlantic League, set attendance records every year Sharrer was there. With the help of such interesting promotions as Nobody Night (when fans weren’t allowed into the ballpark until it was an official game), the Riverdogs drew a team record 259,007 fans in 2003. Charleston mayor Joe Riley thought so much of Sharrer that he helped organize a special day in his honor before he left to join the Saints.
The days in St. Paul have been just as magical, leading a staff that has come up with promotional ideas that have gained national attention. Everything from Bud Selig ties, to the Michael Vick Chew Toy, to the incredible Bobblefoot, to the World Record Pillow Fight in 2015.
“St. Paul is a special place to live and work – particularly if work is minor league baseball,” Sharrer said. “The Saints’ tradition – thanks primarily to our fans – was established long before I arrived. I’m just thrilled to be a continuing part of it.”
Sharrer resides in Woodbury with his wife Kandice, sons Sullivan and Lawson. “My family and I have thoroughly enjoyed our time here,” he said. “We are looking forward to many more years to come.”
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The St. Louis, MO native is a recovering attorney whose baseball career began accidentally in 1992 when he sold an outfield wall billboard, program ad, and four season tickets to the general manager of a moving company as they stood on the courthouse steps following a hearing.
From 1993-98, he served as the Saints’ Director of Operations and Assistant General Manager.
He spent two seasons as the Director of Corporate Sales for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays before joining the Goldklang Group in January 2001. He was principally involved in the start-up of the Can-Am League’s Brockton Rox and the construction of a new baseball stadium and conference center in the Boston suburb in 2002. A year later, he was on hand when the Rox won the league championship.
In August 2002, he returned to the Saints, assuming his current position as Executive Vice-President responsible for business development and was one of the instrumental people in making CHS Field a reality. He purchased an ownership interest in the Saints in 2005. He lives in Lino Lakes with his wife, Kathleen. Three grown children live in a galaxy far, far away. Whaley is the 2018 Board Chair for the St. Paul Area Chamber of Commerce.
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This season will mark Chris’s 15th in baseball, all with the Goldklang Group. This White Bear Lake native received his Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from Minnesota State University.
In 2004, he started as a game day intern during the Saints championship season. Following that season, he moved to Sioux Falls and began working with the Canaries. Chris had many rolls with “The Birds” including Promotions Director, Box Office Manager, Director of Sales, and Assistant General Manager. 2008 was a banner year for Schwab and the Canaries, while breaking attendance records, the Canaries brought home their first ever championship.
Following the 2009 season, Schwab found his way back home to St. Paul. He works heavily in the ticket and sponsorship sales area and can be heard every game night telling fellow staff members “smiles everyone.” Chris knew that sales was in his blood when, in 1993, he set the Minnesota Cub Scout record in nut roll and Christmas wreath sales! “When you have the opportunity to work with people like Tom, Derek, Mike, Marv and Bill, it makes the 14 years go by quickly”.
Schwab resides in Blaine with his wife Jocelyn, their son Hudson and their family dog Charlie.
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Sean Michael Aronson was born Jose Tariq O'Shansky on May 13, 1977 on a farm in the Virgin Islands. He along with his peasant parents, made their way to the United States as part of the witness protection program where young Jose had to change his name to Sean. They moved to the mountains in Montana where Sean grew up wrestling bears and chasing wolves in the middle of the night. He lived a life of hard ship owning one pair of torn pants and and shoes made from card board. He vowed to "make it big" and give back to his parents who had 5 jobs each just to make ends meet. Sean left the country side of Montana for bigger things in LA where he was a cast member on the original Real World. It was there that he was discovered and came up with the idea of Survivor selling the rights to Mark Burnett. He made his first million at the age of 17 and made it to the Fortune 500 at the age of 19. He got into broadcasting as a hobby at the age of 23 and got his first broadcasting job at 24. Two years later he landed a job with the Miracle and after four years in Fort Myers, Sean wanted to move to a place with cold winters and below freezing temperatures to toughen him back up as he felt he became too soft living in 80 degree weather each day. He is now the broadcaster for the Saints and fans can find him shoveling snow on the highways, in the middle of the night, in nothing but shorts. His E True Hollywood Story titled "From the Outhouse to the Penthouse" is due out early next year.
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Sierra Bailey started off as a Saints game-day intern in 2009 while she was attending the University of Minnesota, earning her degree in Sport Management. From there, she went on to work for the Minnesota Twins, Timberwolves, and Lynx, finally making her way back to the Saints in 2013. In her words, the best things in life are laughing, family, and making up words. She enjoys all sports, and is confident that Coach K will be president some day. GO SAINTS!
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Anna started with the St. Paul Saints in 2015 after a 4-year stint at the Saints Sports Academy in Lakeville, MN.
As the Event Manager, Anna oversees all events held at CHS Field that aren't Saints games: corporate events, fundraisers, amateur baseball, Cat Video Festival, as well as festivals and concerts.
Anna graduated from UW-River Falls with a BS in Exercise and Sport Science, and from the University of Minnesota with an M. Ed. in Sport Management.
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If it happens at CHS Field, Curtis is the man that will oversee it. From sporting events, to concerts and everything in between that CHS Field will hold this is the man who will make sure it all runs smoothly. Curtis joined the Saints in 2005 and was the Director of Food and Beverage until the closing days of Midway. Curtis attended the University of Wisconsin where he majored in Computer Science and Business. He started up the food chain as a stand manager at the Metrodome in 1987. During his time there, he worked in nearly every facet of the operation, spending time in such exotic ports at Columbus, OH and Tinley Park, IL. He served as Concessions/Assistant General Manager when he left in 1999 for a three-year stint as the Food and Beverage Director at St. Croix Meadows Track in Hudson, WI.
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The 2021 season will be Eddie's fifth season with the Saints as Director of Community Partnerships and Fan Services. The New Jersey native graduated from Georgetown University in Washington, DC with a business degree in Marketing and played four seasons for the Georgetown Football team. Eddie's professional career began at the NFL Players Association followed by his initial baseball role with the Baltimore Orioles as a baseball operations assistant. He later accepted a position with ScoutAdvisor Corporation enabling a move to St. Paul where his first son was born in 2007 before relocating back east to join the New York Yankees staff in 2008. Eddie's time with the Yankees technology department included the opening of the new Yankee Stadium and a World Series championship 2009 season. Four seasons with the Yankees included the birth of triplet boys in 2011 resulting in a return to the Twin Cities. During Saints games, you will find Eddie around the Fan Services desk (Section 105) or walking the concourse conversing with guests and fan services staff. Eddie resides in Arden Hills with his superhero wife Airika, sons Fletcher (13), Cooper, Hudson and Nathan (9).
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Gina is in her sixteenth season working for the Saints. She began her career with the Saints working in the first base concession stands with other parents from her children's hockey association. Now in her tenth year in the Saints front office, Gina represents the Saints as their office manager and the main contact regarding non-profit fundraiser donations.
Gina and her husband Glenn reside in the Como Park area of St. Paul along with their seven children; all of whom have worked with the Saints at some capacity as well! When not at the stadium, Gina can be found cheering on one of her many children at a local baseball field, football field, or hockey arena.
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Krista takes the reins as Business Manager just in time for the Saints’ 23rd season and our first at CHS Field. She brings nearly 20 years of varied accounting experience, four years of league management experience with Minnesota RollerGirls, and a brand new shiny B.S. in Sport Management from California University of Pennsylvania. A transplant to Minnesota, Krista has wholeheartedly embraced life on the frozen tundra. She enjoys skating, fishing, and working on her 130 year old house in Dayton’s Bluff that she shares with her black cat, Loki and standard poodle, Daisy.
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Marcus is a 2016 University of Minnesota-Crookston graduate in Turf Management and has spent the last two years with the Saints as the assistant groundskeeper overseeing the grounds crew interns, field maintenance and landscape around CHS Field.
Campbell came to the Saints from the Baltimore Orioles spring training site in Sarasota, Florida. From late summer of 2016 until the spring of 2017 he spent his time in Sarasota rebuilding pitching mounds, and primarily worked on the Major League spring training stadium.
William (Will) Harris joined the Saints Front Office as a full-time Corporate Partnerships intern in 2018. Following the season, Harris finished up in the top three "Saints Intern All-Time Power Rankings" before heading back to Collegeville, Minnesota to finish up his Bachelor's degree in Philosophy at St. John's University. Harris joined the Front Office staff as an Account Executive / Supervisor of Team Morale in 2019.
If there's one thing that describes Will, it's his energy. Positive vibes consistently flow from him and his Twitter account throughout the season. If you're lucky, you'll see some dance moves on the concourse during Saints games.
When not at CHS Field, Will likes to spend time hiking, dominating cribbage tournaments, and reading.
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