PRESS RELEASE – The Lowell Spinners, Class-A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox, are happy to announce 2011 All-Star Game intern Leslie Herrmann has been named the 2011 New York-Penn League Joann Weber Female Executive of the Year, one-year after the award was won by Spinners’ Vice President and Controller Priscilla Harbour.
A native of Modesto, Calif., Herrmann first came to the Spinners as a Media Relations and Promotions intern in 2009. Following her season in Lowell, she returned to Holy Cross, where she completed additional internships while finishing her degree in History and Spanish.
With the Spinners hosting the 2011 NYPL All-Star Game, Herrmann rejoined the organization with a dedicated focus on the execution of the All-Star festivities.
Herrmann was tasked with coordinating the All-Star planning from the pre-game “All-Star Monday Night” event, as well as the planning and execution of the All-Star Game and All-Star luncheon the day of the game itself. As a liaison to the teams, Leslie impressed not only the front office staff of the Spinners, but the decision makers across the league to earn this impressive nomination.
“This is a well deserved honor for Leslie,” said Spinners’ President and General Manager Tim Bawmann. “As an intern, Leslie became an extension of our full-time staff and her countless hours ensured our All-Star Game went off without a hitch. She has an extremely bright future in this industry and we are sure this honor is the first of many to come in her career.”
The award itself has special meaning within the Spinners organization, as it is named in honor of Joann Weber, the late Spinners owner. Wife of Spinners owner Drew Weber, Joann was known as the “Queen of the Ballpark,” consistently working to ensure everyone was having the best time possible at LeLacheur Park. Joann lost a lengthy battle with pancreatic cancer in 2006, and the Female Executive of the Year Award was named in her honor in 2009.
Herrmann, who is now eligible to win the overall Minor League Baseball Awards, will be honored at the 2011 Baseball Winter Meetings in Dallas.
A previous intern of the California League’s Modesto Nuts, Herrmann accepted a full-time position in the Office of the Commissioner of Major League Baseball where she will work on contract negotiation and salary arbitration.