Lew Chamberlin holds the positions of Managing Partner and Chief Executive Officer for Whitecaps Baseball. Lew was instrumental in bringing the Whitecaps to West Michigan; he began the process of bringing a minor league franchise to the area in 1987 and didn't rest until the team's inception in 1994. The Whitecaps have set the all-time Class A attendance record three times and have drawn over 7.5 million fans to Fifth Third
Ballpark over the last eighteen years. The Whitecaps also received the Bob Freitas Award for Class A Minor League Franchise of the Decade from Baseball America in 1999.
A native of Grand Rapids, Lew remains an active participant in the West Michigan community and has served on the boards of numerous community organizations. He currently serves on the board of the Grand Rapids/Kent County Convention and Visitor Bureau and also serves as one of the seven members of the Convention/Arena Authority, the quasi-public board that owns and operates the VanAndel Arena and DeVos Place. More recently, Lew has been serving as a member of the First Steps Commission whose goal is to help build a comprehensive system of support for Kent County's youngest children ages zero to five. In support of his early childhood work Lew was appointed by Governor Granholm to serve on the Executive Board of the Early Childhood Investment Corporation and also sits on the Children's Leadership Council of Michigan, a statewide group of business leaders advocating for early childhood investment.
Chamberlin was presented the Warren Reynolds Lifetime Achievement Award by the Grand Rapids Sports Hall of Fame in 2003. He was also Michigan's Entrepreneur of the Year in 1996.
Dennis Baxter's lifetime love of baseball and the desire for a place to take his children to see a professional baseball game inspired him to look into bringing a team to West Michigan. Without realizing it, Lew Chamberlin and Denny were attempting to do the same thing independently. They joined forces in 1986 and successfully brought the Whitecaps to West Michigan in time for the 1994 baseball season. Prior to becoming the Whitecaps Chief Financial Officer, Denny held the position of President of West Michigan Baseball Development. As CFO, Denny's responsibilities include managing the accounting department before, during, and after Whitecaps games.
Denny graduated with high honors from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting and began his career as a practicing CPA. Prior to working full-time with the Whitecaps, Denny held numerous financial and managerial positions in West Michigan.
A native of Muskegon, Michigan, Denny live there with his wife Rhonda and children Rachel and Eric. His daughter Tara is a teacher, living and working in Grand Rapids.
Denny is also the founder and president of Blue Cap Entertainment, which promotes sports and entertainment activities throughout the country. Denny also founded Rock the Rapids, a non-profit musical festival located in Grand Rapids, Michigan
Hometown: Muskegon, MI
Walk-Up Song: "Running on Empty" by Jackson Browne
Joe Chamberlin was introduced to the business of Minor League Baseball working as an Operations Intern for the West Michigan Whitecaps in 2005. After a hiatus away from professional sports Joe rejoined the team for their 2013 season as the team's Director of Finance. While away from baseball Joe served in a wide range of HR and Finance related roles with Ally Financial, a Fortune 500 financial services company headquartered in Detroit MI. In his current position with the Whitecaps Joe leads all Finance and Accounting activity for the team and their charitable partner the Whitecaps Community Foundation.
Joe earned his Bachelor's degree in Business Economics from The College of Wooster where he was a four year varsity letter winner in tennis and holds a Masters degree in Human Resources and Labor Relations from Michigan State University. Active in the community Joe currently serves as a board member for both the Whitecaps Community Foundation and the Lake Michigan Academy. Joe is native to Grand Rapids and currently resides in Cascade with his wife Dana and their sons Crawford and Becker.
Steve McCarthy got his start in the sports industry working as an Operations Intern for the West Michigan Whitecaps in 1995, followed by internships at Van Andel Arena and The Palace of Auburn Hills. From 1997 through 2001, he worked for the Detroit Pistons at the Palace of Auburn Hills as a ticket sales account representative and eventually the Director of Group Sales for the team. Steve returned to the Whitecaps in December 2001 as the Director of Ticket Sales and was promoted to Vice President of Sales in October 2005. He currently oversees the sales and marketing efforts for the Whitecaps, and is involved in planning the non-baseball events at Fifth Third Ballpark.
As an alumnus of the University of Michigan, Steve is a life-long Wolverine fan. He also enjoys baseball, running and music. Steve is native to Grand Rapids and currently resides in Ada with his wife Kelli, daughter Liza and son Sawyer.
Hometown: Grand Rapids, MI
Walk-Up Song:"The Music Never Stopped" by Grateful Dead
With 27 years of experience in professional baseball, Jim Jarecki has helped make the vision of the West Michigan Whitecaps a reality starting with the team's inaugural year (1994). As Vice President of Whitecaps Professional Baseball, Jim is responsible for creating and upholding the "Fifth Third Ballpark Experience," which includes fun and exciting family entertainment-for each and every fan that enters through the gates. He has facilitated numerous events at Fifth Third Ballpark, including the 1995, 2003 and 2014 Midwest League All-Star Games, six Midwest League championship series, the Detroit Tigers exhibition game in 1999, Fantasy Camps and facility events.
Prior to the 2006 season, Jim oversaw the $1.4 million dollar renovations at Fifth Third Ballpark of the suite level and outfield bleachers. At the conclusion of the 2006 season, Jim received the Midwest League Executive of the Year award, which was voted on by league owners and General Managers. During the 2008-'09 off-season, Jim oversaw the $1.5 million renovation to the ballpark which included playing field, new box seats, ballpark roof, backstop netting, structural repairs to concrete and asphalt, and suite renovations.
The Whitecaps received the Bob Freitas Award for Best Franchise of the Decade from Baseball America in 1999. In 1998 and 2000, Jim and the Whitecaps were recognized with the Midwest League Stadium Operations Award. After the 2007 season, the Whitecaps were awarded the Midwest League's Larry MacPhail Promotional Trophy for best promotion of baseball and entertainment. Following up the Midwest League award, the Whitecaps took it one more step in December and accepted the Promotional Trophy for the entire Minor Leagues at the Winter Meetings in Nashville. In addition, the Whitecaps were named MiLB's Team of the Year following the 2007 MWL Championship.
Jim's experience in professional baseball and includes operations, marketing, ticket and sponsorship sales, promotions and media relations. He started with the Chicago White Sox in telemarketing and his minor league experience has included working with the Oklahoma RedHawks as an intern and the Beloit Snappers as Assistant GM. Jim is a 1989 graduate of Northern Illinois University and holds a Bachelor's Degree in Communications. In 2003, and again in 2005, he was named to the Grand Rapids Business Journal's "Top 40 Under 40 Business Leaders" and is currently on the Comstock Park DDA board, Wolverine Worldwide YMCA board, Midwest League Schedule committee, Midwest League Logo Committee, the Davenport University Sports Management Advisory Committee and MiLB's Licensing Committee.
A native of Woodridge, Illinois, Jim remains a Chicago sports fan to the end and has lived to see the Cubs with the World Series. He continues to play and coach youth basketball in the off-season and attempts the great game of golf when time permits during the season. Jim resides in Grand Rapids with his wife Christine, daughters Addison and Kelsey and son Carson.
Hometown: Woodridge, IL
Walk-Up Song:"Dirt" by Florida Georgia Line
Dan grew up in Grand Rapids and started his professional career with the West Michigan Whitecaps. Hired as the team's first intern during their inaugural season in 1994, he worked in various capacities including ticketing, operations and sponsorship sales. Leaving the Whitecaps in 2000 to help oversee the sales and marketing efforts for a family owned business in Tampa, Florida, Dan returned to the Whitecaps for the 2019 season to assume the Vice President of Sales role.
A graduate of Indiana University, Dan is a die-hard Hoosiers basketball fan. His free time is spent with family which includes his wife Kim, son Nathan and daughter Lucie. He also enjoys golfing, basketball and of course baseball.
Hometown: Grand Rapids, MI
Walk-Up Song: "Uptown Funk" by Bruno Mars
Marketing & Promotions
Steve joined the Caps after the start of the 2019 season. He spent 35 years in operations, human resources, marketing, and public relations in the retail and movie exhibition industries. Steve is an avid baseball fan and when he's not at the park you'll find him working in his barn or on his property in Rockford with his wife, Wendy. Steve is a fan of Seinfeld and his favorite movie is Moneyball. Just ask him for a quote from either and he's happy to oblige!
Walk-Up Song: "Looking East" by Jackson Browne
Elaine joined the Whitecaps full-time in October, 2013 after working promotions for two years. She graduated from Alma College (Go Scots!) where she played soccer and graduated with a degree in New Media Studies with a Marketing & Graphic Design emphasis. In her spare time she enjoys camping, people watching and crafting.
Jack started with the Whitecaps in 2019. He graduated from Grand Valley State University with a degree in Graphic Design in April of 2018. A big baseball fan, Jack has been very excited to join a team that deals directly with the sport itself. An avid listener to music, he would have his walk up song be "Kashmir" by Led Zeppelin.
Ben joined the Whitecaps in 2019 after spending 6 seasons with the State College Spikes. Originally from Grand Rapids, Ben is a graduate of Central Michigan University and in his free time enjoys being outside and almost anything sports related.
Alex joined the Whitecaps in 2019 and is living out one of his childhood dreams being part of a baseball organization. Sure, he thought it'd be on the field, but his total lack of hand-eye coordination got in the way. He graduated from Northern Illinois University with a major in Media Studies, and in his spare time likes to write screenplays and scroll through social media feeds.
Walk-Up Song: Weird Al - White and Nerdy
Ernie joined the Whitecaps in 2006. He is a proud MSU grad. He worked 7 out of the first 8 Whitecaps' seasons on the suite level as a suite prep, runner, and server. He lives in Hudsonville with his wife Katie and their four children.
Steve joined the Whitecaps in 2007 after 27 years in radio, 23 of which were in West Michigan. He lives in East Grand Rapids with his wife Audrey and three children, Michael, Connor and Erika.
Dean joined the 'Caps in '08 as a Ticket Sales Consultant and moved into Advertising Sales in '11. He is a Calvin College grad and previously interned with the Toledo Med Hens. He lives in Jenison with his wife Michelle and sons, Tyler, Caleb and Logan.
JD graduated from Calvin College in 2009 and went on to receive his Master's Degree in Sports Management from Western Michigan University. He started with the Whitecaps as an intern in 2011 and was hired on full time at the completion of that season. He lives in Grand Rapids with his wife, Jess, and their two sons, Eli and Zeke. In his spare time, JD enjoys camping, reading and most things sports related.
Leah has been with the organization since 2013, starting as the Box Office Assistant, and moving up to the Partnership Coordinator position for the 2015 season. Leah has graduated from Grand Valley State University, with a degree in Sports Management. She enjoys working out, riding motorcycles, and healthy eating with her family! If she had a day to herself, she would spend it going on adventures with her family and friends.
Tickets & Events
Chad was hired in the fall of 2003 after one season with the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers. He was named Director of Ticket Sales in 2007 after serving as a Ticket Sales Consultant and Group Sales Manager prior to that. He is responsible for overseeing all facets of the Whitecaps Ticket Sales Department, including single game, group, and season tickets.
Chad is a graduate of Central Michigan University and hails from beautiful Munising, MI. in the Upper Peninsula. Chad currently resides in the "city of two rivers", Portland, MI, with his wife Jaclyn, daughter Avery and son Langston. In his spare time, Chad enjoys camping, hiking, and rooting on the Packers, Tigers, and Chippewas.
Drew originally hails from Jackson, MI and started with the Whitecaps in October 2005 after earning his degree in Organizational Communication and Hospitality from CMU. He is a soccer coach for one of his daughters and also serves on the AYSO Board of Directors in Georgetown Township. Drew's career with the Whitecaps seemed inevitable. Growing up, he was always around sports, as both his parents were officials for most high school and collegiate level sports.
Fire up Chips and Go Blue!
Shaun completed the Ticket Achievement Internship during the 2009 season and joined the staff full time in October 2009. He is a 2009 Central Michigan University graduate. 2009 was a good year for him.
Shaun got married in October of 2013 and he, his wife Meghan, their son and daughter live in Grand Rapids.
Mike Joined the Whitecaps just before the start of the 2017 season as the Ticket Operations Coordinator. He started in sports as a Guest Relations intern at TD Garden in Boston during the 2013 - 2014 Bruins and Celtics season. After graduating from Davenport University in 2014, with a Business Management Degree, Mike interned with the Grand Rapids Griffins and the Lansing Lugnuts. He Returns to West Michigan after working in direct sales for the St. Louis Cardinals. Mike is a sports fanatic and when not working can be found cheering on his Boston sports teams!
Dru joined the Whitecaps in 2014 season following his graduation from Central Michigan University with a Master's Degree in Sport Administration. Dru enjoys a good laugh and a cold microbrew with his friends. He is a devoted Michigan State University athletic supporter and when not cheering on the Spartans, he is spending time being outnumbered with his wife Amber, daughters Lexi and Zoe, and dog Izzo.
Chris Graduated from Cornerstone University in 2015 with a degree in sports management. He was hired full time by the Whitecaps after finishing up as the Ticket Achievement Programs Intern for the 2015 season. His perfect day would be attending a game at Spartan Stadium or the Breslin Center.
Joe is a 2016 graduate of Grand Valley State University. Prior to joining the Whitecaps full time in October of 2018, Joe spent two seasons in the Box Office as an Administrative Assistant. He lives in Grand Rapids and is originally from Calumet, home of the Copper Kings.
Joe enjoys attending concerts, sporting events and traveling. He is an avid sports fan and big supporter of everything Detroit sports and the University of Michigan.
Hometown: Calumet, MI
Walk-Up Song: Seven Nation Army - The White Stripes
Mike joined the Whitecaps organization in November 2007. He previously worked as a Berlin Raceway Operations Intern. Mike is a graduate of Central Michigan University and enjoys watching sports and fishing in his spare time.
Alanna joined the Whitecaps in 1999 after working at The Van Andel Arena. She also worked at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, GA. Her position focuses on facility events including company picnics, meetings, holiday parties and weddings. She, and her husband Rich, live in Grand Rapids and have two kids, Isabelle and Nathan.
Abby first began her journey, years ago, with Whitecaps as a Suite Food Runner and Server and worked through her time at Aquinas College. After a few years hiatus from the ballpark, working for local venues, most recently at New Holland - The Knickerbocker as a bartender and Assistant Event Manager, she came back to the Whitecaps at the start of the 2019 season as their Event Coordinator. In her free time, she will most likely be found hanging in her hammock and reading with a cup of coffee.
Jess started full-time with the Whitecaps in 2013 and has a B.A. in Public Relations and a M.A. in Communications. When not at the ballpark you can find Jess attending comedy shows, concerts, and volunteering within the Grand Rapids community. Some also consider Jess a bandwagon Warriors fan after Kevin Durant joined the squad.
Lori came to the Whitecaps in the beginning after spending 1993 with the Madison Muskies and '91-'92 with the Chattanooga Lookouts. She lives in Ada with her husband Brent, daughter Sydney and son Brady.
Food & Beverage
Matt began as the Concessions Assitant at the Berlin Raceway in 2001. He moved over to the Whitecaps full-time in 2003 as Director of Food & Beverage and managed both venues until Berlin Raceway sold in 2009.
Amanda joined the full-time crew in October, 2010 after two seasons as an intern. She is a Hospitality graduate of GVSU. After two season as Ticket Operations Coordinator, she is excited to utilize her experiences as Hospitality Coordinator.
Libby is a native to the Grand Rapids area with her hometown being in Rockford, MI. She first started working at The Whitecaps back in 2011 as a Cashier. Since then she has worked a Concessions Supervisor, Food and Beverage Coordinator and now she is the Food and Beverage Special Events Manager. She comes from a family of 6 kids where she is the only girl amongst 5 brothers. In her spare time you can find her camping, sitting around a bonfire, attending a country music concert or hanging out with friends.
Facility & Operations
Not a stranger to the organization, Brett was an Operations Intern during the 2018 season. He is a graduate of Davenport University with his BBA in Sports Management. Brett also has prior experience with the United Shore Professional Baseball League in Utica, MI during the 2017 season
Mitch is a graduate of Mississippi State University with a degree in Agronomy with an emphasis in Golf and Sports Turf Management . He spent the 2016 season with the Beloit Snappers as the Heads Groundskeeper and also has worked in grounds with the Toledo Mud Hens, The Detroit Tigers, The Nashville Sound, and Kannapolis Intimidators. In his spare time he likes to spend time with his wife Emily, daughter Madalyn and dog Dixie. #hailstate
Kipp joined the team in 2018 with over 15 years of experience in construction, remodeling along with owning a residential and commercial painting and retail fixture installations business. In Kipps' spare time he enjoys fishing and spending time with his family. He currently resides in Coopersville with his wife Patty and their 3 children.
Scott came to the Whitecaps from a background in plumbing and school facility maintenance in February 2012. He and his wife Cindy live in Grandville with their two sons.
Dave grew up in West Michigan and started full-time with the Whitecaps in Spring of 2019. He earned his B.B.A in Accounting and Finance from Grand Valley and holds a M.S in Information System and well as a M.B.A from Western Michigan. Dave is responsible for the overall accountability and management of the day to day finance and accounting functions. He currently resides in Ada with his wife Mandy, their sons Braedon and Jack, and daughter Claire. When not at the ballpark he enjoys relaxing at the lake, camping, hiking, serving the community as a board member for local non-profits, and coaching his kids' youth sports.
Scott became a full-time staff member in April of 2001 after starting the season as the Group Sale Intern. He had been a Staffing, Inc. employee at Fifth Third Ballpark since 1994. He, his wife Angie and their two daughters live in Comstock Park.
Chris started with the Whitecaps in March of 2006. She comes to us from the furniture industry and has an extensive background in customer service.
She resides in Comstock Park with her husband, Chuck, and three daughters.
Lisa lives in southeast Grand Rapids with her husband, Gene, and three daughters. She most recently worked as the Administrative Assistant/Secretary at a local elementary school. She is a graduate of Central Michigan University.
Dan Hasty joined the Whitecaps in early 2015 after spending his four previous years working in Detroit Sports radio at 97.1 The Ticket. While there, he served as a producer for Stoney, Bill & Sara Mornings, co-hosted talk shows, and served as the Pregame, Halftime and Postgame Show Host for the Detroit Lions Radio Network. Dan and his wife Angelina reside in Lansing.
Ticket Sales Intern: TBD
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Community Relations Intern: TBD
Promotions Intern: TBD
Hospitality Intern: TBD
Operations Intern: TBD
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Groundskeeping Intern: TBD
2019 Field Staff
Manager: Lance Parrish
Pitching Coach: Willie Blair
Hitting Coach: Bill Springman
Coach: Eddie Dennis
Athletic Trainer: Chris Vick
Strength and Conditioning Coach: Phil Hartt
Video Staff: Aron Salzberg
Radio & Game Information
Radio Announcers: Dan Hasty and Mike Coleman
No. of Games Broadcast: Home-70, Away-70
Flagship Station: WBBL-FM 107.3, WJRW-AM 1340
PA Announcer: Michael Newell
On-Field Host: Bob Wells
Official Scorers: Mike Dean, Don Thomas and Joey Sutherlin
Stadium Name: Fifth Third Ballpark
Location: MAP U.S. 131 North from Grand Rapids to exit 91 (West River Drive).
Standard Game Times: April: Mon.-Sat. 6:35pm, Sun. 2pm; May-September: Mon.-Sat. 7:05pm, Sun. 2pm
Visiting Club Hotel: Crowne Plaza Hotel, 5700 28th St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546, (616) 957-1770