Jane Schwechheimer is the majority General Partner of the Wichita Wind Surge. A native of Rhode Island and an alumna of St. John’s University, Jane is a life-long believer in the power of sports. She has been involved in athletics in a variety of roles throughout her life, with sports organizations ranging from youth to professional.
During her time at St. John’s, Jane was a four-year letter winner on the women’s basketball team and served as captain during the team’s 1988 Big East Championship run. She earned a BS degree in Sports Management from St. John’s where she received several academic honors, including being named to the Big East All-Academic team, the prestigious Mariann Noonan and Rickard McSwiney Awards, and the Outstanding Student Achievement Medal. She was also a member of the President’s Society, the highest honor society at St. John’s.
After receiving her Master of Science degree in Higher Education from the University of Rhode Island, Jane worked in academic advising for student athletes, student life, commuter services, internship programs and student judicial services.
Jane’s involvement in Minor League baseball began in the summer of 1986 when she took an internship with the Pawtucket Red Sox. There she met PawSox General Manager Lou Schwechheimer whom she married in 1991. Throughout their 29-year marriage she observed firsthand the impact a Minor League team can have on a community.
Jane has also been involved in the X Games and has coached both basketball and lacrosse at multiple levels. She has been inducted into the Warwick Veterans Memorial High School, Rhode Island Interscholastic League and the New England Basketball Hall of Fames.
Jane and Lou’s daughter, Jenn, is a member of the Wind Surge staff.
Jane is committed to continuing the vision of her late husband in making the Wind Surge an integral part of the City of Wichita, Riverfront Stadium a community center, and providing opportunities for children and underserved members of the community though the Schwechheimer Family Foundation for decades to come.
Mr. Carney is Senior Vice President at Janney. He has had a 30-year career in investment management, currently managing nearly half a billion dollars in assets. He was instrumental in the debt-free acquisition of the Caribbean Baseball Initiative's (CBI) New Orleans Baby Cakes and Port Charlotte Stone Crabs franchises. He spearheaded the funding and building of a regional amateur baseball facility in Rhode Island and has organized, funded and participated in Rhode Island's first goodwill tour of games vs. the Irish National Baseball team. Mr. Carney has been recognized by On Wall Street Magazine as one of America's Top 50 Financial Advisors.
Jordan Kobritz is a Partner and Senior Advisor to CBI Investors Limited Partnership, the parent company of the Wichita Wind Surge.
Jordan graduated from the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University, Washington, D.C., with a B.S. degree in accounting and earned a Doctor of Jurisprudence from Cornell University Law School. He passed the Certified Public Accounting exam while in law school and was a practicing attorney, assistant county prosecutor and CPA in his hometown of Bangor, Maine for ten years prior to embarking upon a career in sports.
Over a 20-year period, Jordan owned and operated two Minor League Baseball teams, the Maine Guides, a Triple-A team in the International League, and the Daytona Cubs, a Single-A team in the Florida State League. He also developed a minor hockey league and operated baseball fantasy camps.
Jordan's 'third career' has been in academics. After graduating from law school, Jordan began teaching business law at Husson University in Bangor and the University of Maine in Orono. He continued teaching while moving around the country, first to Florida, then Arizona and ultimately, upstate New York. He has taught Sport Management and Sport Law at St. Cloud State University, Eastern New Mexico University, Saint Leo University, Northern Arizona University and the University of Wyoming.
In 2006, Jordan became a full time Professor of Sport Management and Sport Law at Eastern New Mexico University. Since 2012, he has been a Professor at the State University of New York at Cortland, where he also served two terms as Chair of the Sport Management Department, overseeing approximately 500 students and 17 faculty members. Jordan has published numerous academic articles on various topics related to sports business and presented at conferences in the U.S. and abroad.
In addition to his teaching, Jordan authors a weekly sports business column, "Sports Beyond the Lines," in which he comments on financial, marketing, management, legal, media/public relations, political, labor and ethical issues in the world of sports. The column is published in newspapers around the country, posted on numerous websites and is available on the blog he maintains of the same name. Jordan is a frequent commentator on sports business related issues. He has been quoted in media outlets in this country and around the world, including The New York Times, Boston Globe, USA Today, Saint Pete Times, The Daily Express (London), The Guardian (UK), The Independent UK), San Antonio Express, El Paso Times, Associated Press, Agence France-Presse, ABC, NBC and on blogs and websites such as BizofBaseball.com, ESPN.com, sportsonearth.com, and fosxsports.com.
Jordan currently serves as the Director of the Charlotte Stone Crabs, the Single-A Florida State League affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays, which is owned by CBI. He has traveled extensively to Cuba on behalf of SUNY Cortland and CEBF, the Caribbean Educational and Baseball Foundation, a 501(c)(3) entity.
Jordan and his wife Debbie have two sons, two horses and several cats.
Mr. White is the Chief Operating Officer of CBI, overseeing the day-to-day operations of the Charlotte Stone Crabs and the Wind Surge. He is responsible for the activities of 40 full-time and 400 seasonal staff members, team travel and Player Development Contracts with CBI's Major League affiliates. A Certified Public Account, Mr. White was previously employed by Arthur Andersen LLP, in Boston and served as the Chief Financial Officer of the Pawtucket Red Sox for 15 years before his promotion to COO. He received an MBA from the University of Rhode Island and was a past board member of the Pawtucket Red Sox Charitable Foundation and the San Miguel School in Providence. Now serving as CEBF's Treasurer, Matt traveled to Havana to attend the historic papal mass of Pope Francis in 2015.
A 10-year veteran of Minor League Baseball, Katie joined the Wind Surge in 2021 after three seasons with the Lancaster JetHawks, most recently serving as Assistant General Manager. In her current role with the Wind Surge, Katie will oversee outbound marketing efforts, community partnerships and charitable programs, as well as digital & social media, promotions and giveaways.
During her tenure with the JetHawks, Katie’s marketing initiatives helped the team increase their in-park attendance more than 11% between 2018 and 2019, and she was instrumental in the success of the team’s Copa de la Diversión program, with a focus on creating fun, authentic events tailored to the local Hispanic community. The 10 Copa de la Diversión events increased Friday attendance at The Hangar by more than 30% from the year before, as fans enjoyed new music, food and entertainment at the ballpark. In part due to the success of the team’s Copa program, Katie was named 2019 California League Woman Executive of the Year.
Prior to her time with the JetHawks, Katie spent seven seasons with the Everett AquaSox, where she was promoted from Community Relations Manager to Community Relations Director, and then to Assistant General Manager. She was twice named Northwest League Female Executive of the Year, both in 2013 and 2015.
A native of Bellingham, Washington, and graduate of California State University, Northridge, Katie enjoys exploring new restaurants, ballparks, and cities, and is excited to become a part of the community here in Wichita.
Graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from Fresno State University, California, in 2008, Bob then began working for a casual luxury retailer. Although he worked up to a management role, where he was leading a team of 1,000+ workers, after eight years with the company, Bob decided to make a major career change. In 2013, Bob took an internship with the California League, Colorado Rockies affiliate, Modesto Nuts. In this position, he was responsible for many different responsibilities including developing of the Nuts' social media, marketing, and advertising platforms.
In fall of 2016, Bob joined the then named New Orleans Zephyrs as the team embarked on a complete rebrand, transforming into the Baby Cakes. The Baby Cakes rebranding was hugely successful, resulting in over three-quarters of million dollars in merchandise revenue, in a little over one year. Following the 2017 season, Bob was promoted to assistant general manager. In this role, he was responsible for marketing; social media; and all game day responsibilities, employees, training, and the internship program. Thanks to his previous experience in the retail management and internet marketing industries, Bob was able to apply his versatile skills to many aspects of his baseball responsibilities.
Bob moved once again from New Orleans to Wichita as he excitedly joined in the process to aid in the building of the Wichita Wind Surge brand. Now, as Sr. Manager of Fan Experience, he is currently responsible for the many aspects of the business as it relates to the fan experience.
Ben grew up in Smithville, Missouri. Ben's love for maintaining a baseball field came long before college. Ben played baseball for 16 years including through college. Once in high school he started to fall more in love with maintaining the field than playing on it. Ben's first job was on a local golf course on the grounds crew at the age of 15 and that's where it all began to start.
Majoring in Turfgrass Management from Iowa Central in 2017 Ben jumped right into the sports turf world. He took an internship with the Kansas City T-Bones on the Grounds Crew the summer after graduating which led to a fall internship on the Grounds Crew with the Houston Astros. Ben got to be a part of the 2017 World Series run of the Houston Astros. It's tough the way that team will be remembered but was still an incredible experience getting to work at such a high level during the playoffs.
In 2018 Ben stayed on with the Astros and became a game day grounds crew member. While working game days he also was an assistant superintendent at a 27-hole country club in Houston. Often working from 4am-3pm at the golf course then would get to the ballpark and work from 4pm-11pm at the ballpark.
At the start of 2019 Ben took a new role as the Assistant Groundskeeper for the Round Rock Express just outside of Austin, Texas. The Dell Diamond is known for its unique events outside of baseball and this became an incredible learning opportunity to host all events plus a 90-baseball game schedule at a higher role in management. Ben was a part of Rugby, Football, Soccer, Bull Riding, multiple concerts, CrossFit games, plus the state championship of Texas High School Baseball and a full minor league season. Through the 2020 Covid season Dell Diamond still put on socially distance, safe events. Ben played a role in helping those events happen.
At the start of March of 2021, the Head Groundskeeping job for the Wind Surge was brought to Ben's attention, just a few weeks later Ben accepted his first Head Groundskeeping job with the Wind Surge. He is very excited to be a part of a great organization, a great company, a great city and a special year as they kick off their inaugural season. Ben's goal is to bring to light what takes place in the turf industry. He would love to answer any questions you have, just remember to stay off the grass.
2020 will mark Andrew's fifth season in Minor League Baseball. Andrew joins the Wind Surge as the Stadium Operations Manager for the inaugural season . Prior to his time with the Wind Surge, Andrew worked with the Tennessee Smokies in 2016 as their Stadium Operations Trainee and the Charlotte Stone Crabs as their Stadium Operations Manager from 2017 through the 2019 season.
Originally from Newport, Tennessee, Andrew graduated with a degree in Sports Management and Business from Guilford College in Greensboro, North Carolina where he also played baseball. In his free time, Andrew likes to golf, explore the downtown area, watch baseball and football, and travel to the beach.
Veteran broadcaster Tim Grubbs is in his 26th season in Minor League Baseball. He joined the team after eighteen seasons in New Orleans with the Zephyrs/Baby Cakes. He has also spent three years as the broadcaster for the Tennessee Smokies, Winston-Salem Warthogs and a season with the Hickory Crawdads. Grubbs was named the Southern League Broadcaster of the year in 2001. He broadcast the longest game in PCL history in 2006 when the Zephyrs defeated the Nashville Sounds in 24 innings.
Outside of baseball, Tim has also broadcast football, basketball, hockey, and beach volleyball on Cox Sports Television, ESPN3, and The American Digital Network. He has also done broadcast work for the Tulane Green Wave, and Wake Forest Demon Deacons.
Tim handles the broadcasts, team travel and corporate sales.
He is a proud native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and alumnus of Robert Morris University. He lives in Wichita and enjoys spending time with his wife, Emily, their daughter Katie and their beagle Winnie.
Adam joined the front office of Wichita Baseball as Director of Ticket Operations in May 2019 after spending the past seven years with the Sugar Land Skeeters.
Adam, a native of Fort Wayne, Indiana, graduated from the University of Saint Francis with an undergraduate degree in Sports Management and an MBA in Organizational Development. He started his career with his hometown Fort Wayne TinCaps while finishing up school before moving to Mobile, Alabama as the Box Office Manager. After 2 seasons in Mobile, he was hired as a Customer Service Manager with the Sugar Land Skeeters where he has worked the past 7 years before coming to Wichita.
Jenn Schwechheimer joins us as a Marketing Associate starting in September of 2019. Her prior experience includes serving as a Merchandise Intern for the New Orleans Baby Cakes in the summer of 2017.
A Native of South Kingstown, RI, Schwechheimer graduated from Roanoke College in 2019 with a degree in Sport Management. During her time there she served as a captain of the Women's Lacrosse team where she set several scoring records, was named First Team All-ODAC, Second Team All Chesapeake Region and was a member of the ODAC All-Academic team.
When she isn't cheering on the Wind Surge, she is rooting for the New England Patriots, Boston Red Sox, Boston Bruins, and the Boston Celtics. She enjoys spending her free time hanging out with friends, family and dogs, traveling to the beach and checking out local restaurants.
Prior to joining the Wind Surge staff, Nick was an expatriate in the Dominican Republic for Major League Baseball, where he worked in international operations. Nick has also worked for Major League Baseball in the Commissioner’s Office in New York, and in Mesa, Arizona with the Arizona Fall League. Nick graduated from Eckerd College in 2017 with a degree in International Business and Sports Administration. While at Eckerd, Nick spent four years working for the Minor League Baseball National Association in St. Petersburg, FL. Nick also has experience working at the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympics, both in Rio de Janeiro. Nick is a die-hard Iowa Hawkeye and Chicago Bears fan.
Chance begins his first year with the Wichita Wind Surge after 3 years with the former High A affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays, The Charlotte Stone Crabs.
A Florida native, Chance is originally from Miami and attended high school at Christopher Columbus High. He graduated from Florida Gulf Coast University in 2017 where he received a bachelor’s in mass communications and a minor in graphic design. In his free time, he enjoys activities involving the ocean including boating, rafting, fishing, and swimming. Chances favorite sport is basketball and he always tries to find time to shoot some hoops.
As a brand new Kansan, Jake joins the Wind Surge after spending the 2020 season with the Indianapolis Indians, Triple-A Affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates. During his time in Indy he served as the Merchandise Assistant and even with no 2020 season being played helped the Tribe post their best year in online sales in franchise history! Before joining the Indians, Jake spent the 2019 season in Jupiter, Florida working for the Miami Marlins/St. Louis Cardinals Spring Training facility. He is a University of Southern Indiana alum with a degree in Sport Management.
When not selling Surge gear to all the new fans at Riverfront Stadium, Jake enjoys playing golf, trying new, tasty beverages at local restaurants and keeping up with his Chicago Cubs, Indiana Pacers, Indianapolis Colts and Indiana Hoosiers.
Randy comes to Wichita with a wealth of experience in the Food and Beverage Industry. Starting as concessions supervisor at Auburn University, Randy worked his way to Assistant Concessions manager. Over the next decade of his career he had stops at locations such as Lambeau Field in Green Bay Wisconsin, Potomac Virginia and Charlottesville with the Virginia Cavaliers. Then he moved on to Open buildings such as Sprint Center in Kansas City and re-opened Alex Box Stadium at the Famed Alex Box Stadium home of the LSU baseball Tigers. His Most Recent Stop is as the Director of Concessions at Boise State University. Randy has passion for food and has worked events such as the 130th and 133rd Kentucky Derby, Nascar. He has been involved in concerts ranging from Elton John, Garth Brooks, Metallica and many more. Randy brings along his family which consists of his wife of 16 years Tara Taylor and two amazing children Taylor age ten and Lily age seven.
Maggie begins her first season with the Wind Surge after working in the hospitality industry over the last eight years and graduating in 2020 with her master’s in Sports Management from Southern New Hampshire University.
From Albany, NY, Maggie has worked in various hospitality positions from serving, event management, sales, and event planning. Over the last two years, she was the Sales & Catering Manager at Empire City Casino by MGM Resorts in Yonkers, NY before transitioning to Restaurant Manager at Long Island National Golf Club in Riverhead, NY.
When Maggie isn’t working the hospitality areas during games, she’ll be cheering for her favorite teams - New York Mets, New York Giants, New York Islanders, and St. John’s Basketball.