C.J. was named President and General Manager of the Winston-Salem Dash in October, 2017. In Johnson's first year at the helm, the Dash were selected as the Freitas Award winner by Baseball America as the top organization among 60 Class A teams, marking the first time Winston-Salem won this award. Winston-Salem has led High-A baseball in attendance both seasons under C.J.'s direction.
C.J.'s nearly two decades in Minor League Baseball began with a five year stint with the Hagerstown Suns, starting out as an intern and working his way up to Assistant General Manager. He also worked in the business development department for the Trenton Thunder, a New York Yankees affiliate, and later as the Vice President of Ticket Sales for the Winston-Salem Dash.
A native of Cumberland, Md., C.J. received a B.A. in journalism with a minor in history from West Virginia University in 2003. He currently resides in Clemmons with his wife, Jaci, their daughters, Allison and Avery, and their Labrador retriever Barkley.
The 2020 season will mark Amanda's second season in Minor League Baseball but the first with the Dash. As the Marketing and Social Media Coordinator, Amanda is responsible for all social media content, advertisements, and marketing aspects of the Dash. Amanda also spent time working with the Round Rock Express (AAA, Houston).
Originally from Round Rock, Texas, Amanda graduated from Texas State University in May of 2018 with a major in Public Relations and a minor in Sports Psychology. Before joining the Dash, Amanda worked as a Chiropractic and Marketing assistant at Impact Family Chiropractic in Round Rock, TX where she served as the head of all community marketing programs.
In her spare time, Amanda enjoys traveling, taking in a good country concert, and attending sporting events. She currently resides in Winston-Salem.
The 2020 season will mark Ayla's fifth season in Minor League Baseball and with the Winston-Salem Dash. As the Director of Corporate Partnership Services, Ayla is responsbile for the fulfillment of all sponsorship assets including elements of branding, business development, community outreach and employee and customer appreciation.
Ayla was chosen as a participant in the inagural class of Minor League Baseball's LIFT (Leaders Inspiring Future Talent) program, a program designed to build continuious lines of communication and support for female professionals in Minor League Baseball. She was also nominated for the 2020 Front Office Sports Rising 25 Award by her colleagues, and the 2020 Triad Business Journal's 20 in their 20's.
Ayla is originally from Catawba, N.C. and a graduate of Wake Forest University. In 2019, she completed an online Masters degree in Sports Administration from the University of Miami, Florida. In the fall of 2020, she will once again be attending Wake Forest to become a Double-Deac through the evening Masters of Business Administration program.
In her spare time, Ayla enjoys cooking, reading, traveling and spending time with friends and family. She currently resides in Winston-Salem with her cat Oliver who can sit, shake, play dead and play tag!
Jessica joined the Dash in August of 2016 as the club's Director of Entertainment, and now she serves as the team's Director of Ballpark Experience and Branding. In this role, Jessica oversees gameday entertainment, graphic design and merchandise. She also contributes to the Dash's community relations efforts and organizes staff development opportunities. In 2018, Jessica was named a recipient of the Women in Baseball Leadership Event Scholarship through Minor League Baseball.
Thanks to a nine-year stint with the Dayton Dragons (Low-A, Cincinnati), Jessica is no stranger to Minor League Baseball. She contributed to the Dragons as a member of their "Green Team," mascot performer and Entertainment Assistant. A graduate of the Disney College Program, Jessica enjoys cooking, reading and attending other sporting events. After growing up in Dayton, Ohio, Jessica currently resides in Winston-Salem with her 1 year old Pointer/Collie mix, Emmitt.
Originally from Yakima, Washington, Mark was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. He attended the University of Oregon and graduated in 2015 with a degree in journalism with a focus on broadcast and digital media. While at Oregon, Mark had the pleasure of covering the Oregon Ducks athletic program, which culminated in covering the inagural College Football Playoff National Championship Game from the press box for his own publication.
After college, Mark founded a satirical sports news site before transitioning into a career as a freelance graphic designer in 2017. In his spare time, Mark is a fan of Japanese anime and operates multiple sites that incorporate the hobby along with managing the largest curated sports logo mood board online. Mark is excited to join the Dash and lend his unique perspective to the sport of Minor League Baseball; a sport he grew up watching.
Kurt, a CPA, who joined the team in March 2003, is responsible for all aspects of company accounting, financing, financial analysis and budget and forecasting. He also handles human resource, information technology and business insurance activities for the Dash. Originally from New City, N.Y., Kurt also serves as the liaison to Legends Hospitality Management, the team concessionaire, on all financial activity and reporting.
Prior to joining the Dash, Kurt worked with Blue Rhino Corporation in Winston-Salem and Coopers & Lybrand (CKA PriceWaterhouseCoopers) in their offices in NYC and Greensboro, N.C.
A graduate of the University of Connecticut, Kurt and his wife, Jackie, reside in Greensboro with their three sons, Ryan, Greg and Kevin.
Amanda joined the Dash in July of 2013 as the club's Staff Accountant and was promoted to the position of Accounting Manager in February of 2016. She assists the rest of the Accounting Department in accounting, financing, financial analysis and budget preparation.
This is Amanda's second stint with the organization after spending 10 years with the Warthogs from 1998-2008 as an Office Manager. She has also worked with Allegacy and Co-operative Payroll Solutions.
Originally from Des Moines, Iowa, Amanda enjoys reading, going to movies and listening to live music. She is also a diehard Cleveland Indians fan. Amanda currently resides in Winston-Salem.
Kit, a native of Winston-Salem, became the General Manager for Legends Hospitality Management at Truist Stadium in November of 2011.
In this role, Kit is responsible for all food, beverage and merchandise services at the stadium. Prior to assuming this role, Kit was the concourse supervisor at Truist Stadium since it opened in 2010. Before joining Legends Hospitality, Kit has 15 years of experience in the food service industry. He has worked in a variety of food service establishments including family-owned, chain restaurants, and special event catering.
A graduate of Mount Tabor High School, Kit also attended Campbell University. He resides in Winston-Salem with his wife, Aimee, and daughter, Abby.
Beverly has been the Catering Manager for Legends since October of 2012. She joined the Legends' team in 2010 as a suite attendant. In her current role, Beverly helps to execute the 250-plus non-gameday events that take place at Truist Stadium each year.
Before her time with Legends, Beverly worked with the NFL's Carolina Panthers, Charlotte Motor Speedway and Farmington Country Club in Virginia. In her free time, she enjoys decorating, sewing, and spending time with the family. Beverly is originally from Hampton, Va., and attended Virginia Tech. She currently resides in Advance with her husband Reynolds, daughter Laura and two dogs. Beverly also has a daughter in Wilmington, N.C., and a son in California.
Ryan, a native of Winchester, Va., will begin his 23nd season in professional baseball in 2020 and his 22nd with the Winston-Salem franchise.
After graduating from West Virginia University in 1998, he completed an internship in group sales with the Richmond Braves. Ryan joined the Winston-Salem staff in 1999 as a group sales associate and was promoted to General Manager of Baseball Operations after the 2003 season.
Ryan is responsible for all functions relating to running and maintaining Truist Stadium and oversees team operations, facility management, stadium operations and grounds keeping.
Ryan's contributions were recognized in 2010, when he was voted the winner of the Calvin Falwell Executive of the Year Award, becoming the first Winston-Salem executive to win the award in its 24-year existence. Voting is done by Carolina League managers, general managers and club owners.
Joining the Dash in April of 2019, Corey took the role of Head Groundskeeper. In this position he maintains the field to make sure the playing surface is up to professional standards for the Dash players.
Before working for the Dash, Corey was the Head Groundskeeper for the Hickory Crawdads in 2017 then the Assistant Superintendent on the grounds staff at Prestonwood Country Club in 2018.
As a graduate from Catawba Valley Community College with a degree in Turfgrass Management, this Hickory, N.C. native enjoys any outdoor activities and spending time with his black lab, Emmylou. He currently resides in Winston Salem and looks forward to coming to work every day.
Jeff joined the Dash as the Director of Facility Management in May of 2016. In this role, Jeff works to keep Truist Stadium operational for Dash games and other non-gameday events.
Before joining the Dash, the North Davidson High School alumnus owned and operated J&M Pawn in Kernersville.
Jeff and his wife Lynn currently reside in Kernersville, and they have two children. Their son Michael works for Royalty Finance, and their daughter Kristen is a flight attendant for American Airlines.
Becoming part of the Grounds Crew in May 2019, Emmylou fit right in with the environment. Emmylou grew up on a baseball field with starting her career in Hickory as part of the Grounds Crew for the Hickory Crawdads in 2017. She was 2 months old! Later, she became a part of the Grounds Staff at Prestonwood Country Club in 2018, taking on the golf course on the weekend shift.
Born in Morganton, N.C., she moved to Hickory to be with her dad, Corey, and mom, Savannah. In Hickory, she received her Master's Degree in Baseball Chewing with a minor in Sprinkler Head Operation Checking. She currently resides in Winston Salem and enjoys coming to work with her dad.
As the Dash's Vice President, Corey oversees all aspects of Dash, ACC and other external ticket sales, and he assists the corporate partnership team with executing their plan to achieve our sponsorship goals.
Corey joined the Dash's Front Office as Director of Stadium Operations before Truist Stadium's Inaugural Season of 2010. During his tenure with the Dash, Corey helped start up our sister company, Rhino Sports and Entertainment, before joining the Corporate Partnerships team in the Fall of 2013. Prior to obtaining his current position, Corey was the team's VP of Corporate Partnerships.
Corey previously spent two years working in a variety of roles for the Lehigh Valley IronPigs, with whom he helped open Coca-Cola Park in 2008. He also spent two seasons in the front office of the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees and Red Barons. Corey is a Duquesne University graduate, where he majored in Business and was a member of the Dukes baseball team. He currently resides in Kernersville with his wife Kristine and his daughter Audrey. Corey also owns a black lab named Brady.
Mario is from King, NC. He recently graduated from East Carolina University with a B.S. in Sports Studies with a minor in Business Administration. He worked as a Club Sports Site Supervisor at ECU and also played for the Club soccer team there. He did an internship with the Dash as a Ticket Sales intern, and, after working as a Ticket Sales and Service Representative for the ACC Championships, he is now a Box Office Assistant. In his free time, he enjoys watching the Jets, Mets and the Knicks. He also enjoys playing soccer and disc golf.