PRESS RELEASE – After four years of service, River Bandits general manager Kirk Goodman is stepping down and will be replaced by current assistant general manager Stefanie Brown. At the age of 28, Brown becomes the youngest general manager (and only the second female general manager) in the Midwest League and one of the youngest in all of Minor League Baseball. The transfer of responsibility will be a process beginning immediately and will continue through the end of November.
“Kirk Goodman has been an outstanding general manager, a terrific champion of the Quad Cities, a great advocate for the River Bandits, and a trusted friend,” said River Bandits owner Dave Heller. “The contributions that he has made to this organization and this community are numerous and invaluable. He is as good as they come, and we’ll all miss him. That said, we are so fortunate to have someone such as Stefanie Brown already here to step in and take over. Stefanie is immensely qualified and more than ready for this opportunity. She is a rising star – smart, talented, dedicated, and incredibly capable. I know the organization will remain in great hands and we won’t miss a beat as we continue to work to make the River Bandits the finest organization in the entire Midwest League.”
During Goodman’s tenure as general manager of the River Bandits, annual attendance increased by more than 1,000 fans a game from where it was when Main Street Baseball took over after the 2007 season. Corporate sponsorships and season ticket and group sales have also flourished under his leadership as the team emphasized improved customer service and fan-friendly incentives. He led a talented front office that repeatedly achieved national recognition through innovative promotions, stadium improvements and successful marketing innovations.
One of Goodman’s most notable accomplishments is the relationship he helped foster with the City of Davenport. Through that partnership, numerous improvements were made to Modern Woodmen Park over his four years with the club. Upgrades included the addition of a high-definition ribbon board in right field, the tiki village beyond the right field fence, a new kids concession stand, a brand new kids playground, four new loge boxes along the third base concourse, a state-of-the-art high definition video board, the recently completed sky deck party area and many other fan-friendly amenities.
“I am very proud of what this franchise has been able to accomplish over the past four seasons,” said Goodman. “The progress that has been made since Main Street Baseball took over operation in 2007 is remarkable. I am very appreciative to Dave Heller and Bob Herrfeldt for giving me the opportunity and freedom to run this organization the best way I knew how. It’s always difficult to leave such a great team, staff, ownership and community, but knowing that Stefanie is taking over makes it a decision I am extremely comfortable with. She is a great leader and I’m thrilled to turn the reigns over to such a deserving person. There is no doubt in my mind that she will continue to grow the level of excellence fans have come to expect from the River Bandits over the past four years.”
Since joining Main Street Baseball for the 2008 season, Brown has proven to be an integral part of the day-to-day operation of the River Bandits. She started as director of community and client relations, but after just one season was promoted to assistant general manager. Over that time she has had a hand in every aspect of the organization. Her biggest responsibility came during the current season when she was instrumental in the success of the 2011 Midwest League All-Star Game held at Modern Woodmen Park in June. Her involvement in the two-day event ranged from coordinating accommodations to planning details of each of the events that made up the two-day showcase of the Quad Cities and the River Bandits. Stefanie has also been twice awarded the Midwest League’s Female Executive of the Year.
“Words can’t describe how thrilled I am to have the opportunity to take over responsibility of the day-to-day operations of this wonderful organization,” said Brown. “The knowledge I have gained by working with Kirk Goodman for the past four seasons is immeasurable. I look forward to the challenge of the new position and can’t wait to continue to serve the great fans we have here in the Quad Cities.”
Brown’s experience in baseball dates back to her years as an intern with the Erie SeaWolves in 2005. From there she went to State College where she served for a year as the community relations manager for the Spikes. In February of 2007, she went to work for the Jacksonville Suns as the director of community relations before joining Goodman in his move from Jacksonville to the River Bandits.
Brown is expected to assume full responsibilities as River Bandits general manager in early December.
UP NEXT:The River Bandits are back in the playoffs for the second straight year. Ticket prices for postseason games remain the same as regular season tickets. Playoff tickets can be purchased online, in person or by phone at (563) 3-BANDIT. Regular season group rates still apply for postseason games. Call a River Bandits group representative to lock-in your group night with playoff flavor.
ABOUT THE BANDITS: After three years of ballpark improvements, the River Bandits and the City of Davenport have just unveiled some of the most impressive enhancements to Modern Woodmen Park yet. A brand new, state of the art, high definition 20′ x 35′ video board went live on June 7 and the newly enclosed glass Sky Deck on the suite level of Modern Woodmen Park was just completed last month. Those improvements, in addition to new flood protection, a new front plaza, and a new parking lot directly across the street from the ballpark, are quickly making Modern Woodmen Park one of the premier facilities in all of Minor League Baseball.