PRESS RELEASE – The Brockton Rox of the Can-Am League announced on Wednesday that CEO Chris Carminucci has named Michael Canina the club’s president. Canina was also named the president of The Shaw’s Center, the 15,000 square-foot catering and banquet facility adjoining Campanelli Stadium.
Previously, Canina had been the executive vice president of the Brockton Rox and The Shaw’s Center since 2005, overseeing a baseball club that welcomes more than 100,000 fans per season. In 2003, Canina was recruited by Brockton Professional Baseball’s management team to help build The Shaw’s Center, directing the facility’s catering company and overseeing the Campanelli Stadium food and beverage operation.
“I’m excited and proud to be a part of this great organization and fortunate to be surrounded by an exceptional staff that is dedicated to the success of the complex. I’m looking forward to the challenge of the new role, but feel it’s one I’m ready for, having been mentored by Chris Carminucci and Jack Yunits,” Canina said. “The Rox and The Shaw’s Center have established a great presence in the area, and we have so many positives to build on.”
From 2000 to 2002, Canina led all divisions of Special Events Catering, a company that also included the South Shore County Club in Hingham, Mass.; Leighton’s Clambakes and Barbecue; and Special Events, a high-end off-premise catering company. There, he led the company to its highest revenues and profitability, and secured clients such as the Kennedys, the Shriver family, Best Buddies, and the Figawi yacht race. The company was also a preferred caterer at venues such as the Science Museum in Boston and the John F. Kennedy Library.
“Michael has been with us a long time and has been doing so much for the Rox and The Shaw’s Center, he was the logical choice to fill the role,” Carminucci added.
A native of Weymouth, Mass., and currently a Brockton resident, Canina began his management career in 1998 at the age of 24, when he was named the general manager of the Ridder Country Club in East Bridgewater, Mass. He managed the day-to-day operations of the 1.8-million dollar catering division at the country club, and led it to double-digit growth in each of his first two years.