Indianapolis Indians Add Two Board Members

PRESS RELEASE – The Indianapolis Indians have announced that Vice President & General Manger Cal Burleson and Vice President of Corporate Development Bruce Schumacher will bring their 67 years of combined Indians’ staff experience to the Indianapolis Indians Board of Directors.

“Cal and Bruce are excellent additions to the Indians Board of Directors, ” says Indians President & Chairman of the Board Max Schumacher. “Both have been conscientious and effective Indians employees for many years, and have been key contributors in the development of our franchise to the success level it now enjoys.”

Burleson, who enters his 38th year with the Indians in 2012, joined the franchise in 1975 as a ticket manager and after serving in a variety of roles, including business manager, publicity director and assistant general manager, took on his current title of general manager in 1998. Along with overseeing and promoting the team’s successful move from Bush Stadium to Victory Field in 1996, Burleson also earned International League Executive of the Years honors in 2000 and led the effort for Victory Field to host the 2001 Triple-A All-Star Game.

The Ohio University graduate is also highly involved in the Indianapolis community as he was elected to the Board of Directors for the Indiana Chamber of Commerce in 2009, serves as chairman of the board for the America Red Cross of Greater Indianapolis and is a member of the Rotary Club of Indianapolis.

Bruce Schumacher, who is now in his 29th year with the Indians’ organization, began his tenure with the franchise in 1983 when he was hired as ticket manager. Along with his current title as Vice President of Corporate Development, Schumacher has also held the position of Director of Special Projects and served as the team’s public address announcer from 1987-2009.

The Indiana University graduate, who is a licensed real estate broker and member of the Metropolitan Indianapolis Board of Realtors, also currently serves on the Metropolitan Development Commission, the Mapleton Fall Creek Community Development Corporation Housing Committee and the Concord Development Corporation Board.

Jim Devellano, Max W. Hittle Jr., Kent Lebherz and Milton O. Thompson were re-elected and will continue their service on the Indians Board of Directors. President and Chairman of the Board Max Schumacher summed up the Board additions by noting that “Cal and Bruce’s viewpoints as senior members of the staff will nicely complement the counsel that is provided by the other 11 members, who have 252 years of combined service as Indians Directors.”

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