Brown to Depart Bandits, Otten and Miller Join Front Office

Quad Cities River Bandits LogoPRESS RELEASE – The Quad Cities River Bandits announced on Tuesday that Executive Director of Modern Woodmen Park Stefanie Brown is concluding her work with the Class-A Midwest League club after playing an integral role in the front office the last six years.

Quad Cities River Bandits Stefanie BrownFollowing her 10th season in Minor League Baseball – including each of the first six years of the new River Bandits under the ownership of Main Street Baseball – Brown will conclude her work in the team’s front office at the end of October.

“After six seasons with the River Bandits, I know it is time to start the next chapter in my professional career,” Brown said. “I am very grateful to have had the opportunity to be with this wonderful organization, which has a great community that supports it. Throughout the years here, I have met a number of great people whom I will miss seeing at the ballpark. But I know I am ready to see the next challenge in store for me.”

Brown has been an integral part of the River Bandits’ day-to-day operation since joining the organization in December 2007 as director of community and client relations. She was promoted to assistant general manager after one season. In that role, she oversaw Modern Woodmen Park’s suite level, special events, promotions, merchandise and the team’s hosting of the 2011 Midwest League All-Star Game. She has three times been honored as the Midwest League’s Female Executive of the Year.

Following the 2011 season, Brown became the Midwest League’s youngest general manager and only female general manager. In her first year as general manager, the Quad Cities club welcomed 240,008 fans in attendance – its highest total since 1995. The total attendance of more than 1.3 million the last six seasons is the best such stretch in Quad Cities franchise history. In Brown’s season as Executive Director of Modern Woodmen Park, the River Bandits’ home was voted the “Best Minor League Ballpark” in a nation-wide vote this summer by fans and readers of 10Best.com and USA TODAY.

“Stefanie Brown is one of my most favorite people, and she has been an incredibly valuable part of the River Bandits and the Quad Cities community since Main Street Baseball bought the team six years ago,” said team co-owner Dave Heller. “She is the single best hire I have ever made. Her tremendous positive impact on this organization will become an enduring legacy, and we know her immense talent and remarkable character will carry her to great success in whatever she chooses to do. She will be greatly missed.”

PRESS RELEASE – The Quad Cities River Bandits introduced two new members of their front office leadership team Saturday, as team co-owner Dave Heller introduced new Assistant General Manager of Special Events Bridget Otten and new Finance Manager Dustin Miller at an afternoon press conference.

“The River Bandits make outstanding customer service our top priority, and Bridget Otten and Dustin Miller are exactly the type of people who bring that to the Quad Cities community,” said team co-owner Dave Heller. “We are excited to have them as part of an outstanding front office leadership team.”

Otten, a native of Rock Island, Ill., brings 10 years of experience in event management, weddings, fundraising and sales. Most recently, she has been the Catering Manager at the Radisson Quad City Plaza in Davenport the past three years. As the Assistant General Manager of Special Events, Otten will oversee all special events at Modern Woodmen Park, working with clients, vendors and community partners on the weddings, parties, reunions, business meetings, seminars and many other events year-round at the ballpark.

“I am extremely grateful to Dave Heller, Stefanie Brown and the entire River Bandits organization for allowing me the opportunity to join what promises to be such a great team!” Otten said. “I look forward to showcasing the phenomenal attributes of special events at what has proven to be the Best Minor League Ballpark in America.”

Miller, a native of Elkhart, Ind., and graduate of St. Ambrose University, has worked 16 years in finance and accounting, most recently with Martin Engineering in Neponset, Ill. As the Finance Manager, Miller will manage all financial aspects of the River Bandits and Main Street Baseball.

“I am extremely excited for the opportunity to work for a professional sports organization like the Quad Cities River Bandits, who are an important part of the Quad Cities community and provide fans with a fun and affordable entertainment option,” Miller said. “I am looking forward to joining the team and being part of the continued success and growth of the franchise.”

Both Otten and Miller will begin their work in the River Bandits front office on Tuesday, Sept. 3.

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