PRESS RELEASE – The Sugar Land Skeeters announced today that the organization has made several recent additions to their front office staff in the areas of marketing and communications, special events, event marketing and premium sales. The announcement was made by Skeeters President Matt O’Brien.
MJ Trahan has been named the club’s new marketing communications director. In her new role with Sugar Land, Trahan will oversee all media and marketing communications for the Skeeters. She will serve as the main liaison between the organization, Opening Day Partners and the media, while actively maintaining the club’s social media and marketing initiatives. Previously, Trahan served as the media relations coordinator with the Houston Astros for four seasons (2009-12).
Charlie Norton, also a former member of the Houston Astros, joined the Skeeters in July as the club’s special events director. Norton serves as the main contact for all non-baseball events at Constellation Field, including the upcoming Inaugural Rock-N-Roll Weekend featuring REO Speedwagon and ZZ Top, October 19-20. Norton has worked in professional baseball since 1999.
Paul Wallace, an 11-year veteran in professional sports, also joins Sugar Land as the director of premium services. He currently oversees ticket sales and services and customer service while working to improve the overall fan experience at Constellation Field. Wallace previously spent 10 years working in premium seating and customer service with the Tampa Bay Lightning of the National Hockey League.
Stefanie Nelson, a Sugar Land native and active member of the community, was named the Skeeters’ new event marketing manager last month. Nelson now represents the organization as a contact for season tickets, group tickets, sponsorship and customer service.
Adam Mettler also joined the Skeeters in August, now serving as the club’s customer service coordinator. Mettler comes to Sugar Land from Mobile, Alabama, where he worked as the box office manager for the Mobile BayBears Minor League Baseball Team for two seasons. In his current position with Sugar Land, the Indiana native assists Skeeters season ticket holders with renewal plans and game-by-game customer service.
“Adding these individuals to our staff is going to make a huge difference for the Skeeters,” said O’Brien. “Due to the success of the team and the demand for other non-baseball events at Constellation Field, we are acquiring people with valuable, professional sports experience and placing them in these key roles.”
Within Sugar Land’s front office staff, five individuals gained previous experience through internships or full-time positions with the Houston Astros. In addition, the club boasts former members of the NHL, the Houston Rockets, numerous other minor league teams and collegiate athletic programs.
About the Sugar Land Skeeters
The Sugar Land Skeeters, led by Manager and former Major League All-Star Gary Gaetti, play at Constellation Field, a $37 million stadium located at the intersection of State Highway 6 and U.S. Highway 90A in Sugar Land – just 20 minutes from downtown Houston.
The Skeeters play 140 regular season games (70 home, 70 away) in the Atlantic League, considered the highest level of Minor League Baseball. Atlantic League players are “Major League ready” and in the last 15 years, over 600 players have graduated from Atlantic League clubs to Major League organizations, making the League a preferred route for experienced players to be scouted by Major League Baseball.