PRESS RELEASE – With the 25th Anniversary Season right around the corner, the Colorado Springs Sky Sox are proud to announce they have bolstered their Front Office lineup, welcoming 12 new additions to the staff for the 2012 season as well as a change of position for a key player.
The Sky Sox have acquired three power hitters in the Sale Department with Chris Phillips, Alec Shepherd and Ben Stewart joining the team for their first season in Colorado Springs. Phillips is the team’s new Director of Corporate Sales, and is a veteran in Minor League Baseball with the 2012 season marking his tenth year in the industry. Phillips started his baseball career with the Altoona Curve, and was Assistant General Manager for the State College Spikes for four seasons before joining the Sky Sox.
Alec Shepherd also joins the Corporate Sales staff for the 2012 season, and is the hometown hero of the Sky Sox Front Office as he is a native of Colorado Springs and grew up attending Sky Sox games. Shepherd is no stranger to Minor League Baseball, as he played seven seasons in the minors as a pitcher reaching Double-A before injuries cut his career short. He will combine his knowledge of the game along with his experience as an Account Executive for Cumulus Media, the second largest broadcasting company in the United States.
New Group Sales Manager Ben Stewart is a rookie to watch on the Sky Sox Sales staff, with this season marking his first season in Minor League Baseball. Stewart earned a Master’s Degree in Business from the University of Alabama-Birmingham, where he worked as a Graduate Assistant in the school’s Sales and Development department for one year before coming to the Sky Sox.
Every successful team needs an everyday starter to act as the utility player, and this season Jon Eddy will be asked to play multiple positions for the 2012 Sky Sox Front Office. Eddy begins this season as the new Director of Marketing and Promotions and will combine this with his existing duties as Director of Community Relations, a position he has filled for five years with the team.
Top prospects are what Minor League Baseball is all about, and the Sky Sox have acquired nine up-and-comers in the industry hailing from all over the United States. Andrew Mitchell joins the team as the Public Relations Assistant from Washington state along with fellow Great Northwesterner Alyce Bofferding from Oregon, the new Ticketing Assistant. Two assistants come to the Sky Sox from Texas, with Josie Drago acting as the Promotions Assistant and Liz Sundland assisting with Community Relations. Rounding out the front office assistants are Operations Assistant Jesse Hickey from Ohio and Group Sales Assistant Sean Smalley from Iowa.
In addition to the up-and comers in the Front Office, three of the nine new assistants will be working with Vice President of Stadium & Field Operations Steve DeLeon on the Grounds Crew. All are local products of areas close to Colorado Springs with Drew Davidson from Highlands Ranch, Erik Ingvalson from Littleton and Damian McDonald from right here in the Springs.