The RubberDucks put a lot of emphasis hiring from within, which includes the ticket sales associate positions and the summer internship program. This year two sales associates, Mark Carlozzi and Jenna Reed, were hired on as full-time Ticket Sales Executives. Carlozzi is from Poland, Ohio, and attended Gannon University where he majored in sports marketing and management, and earned a master’s in business administration. Reed is a graduate of Kent State University with a degree in sports administration. Joining them from the 2014 intern class is Colin Tulley, who interned in the food and beverage department. He will join the staff as a Assistant Director, Food and Beverage.. Tulley is a native of Euclid, Ohio, and a graduate of Xavier University.
“We take a lot of pride in our ticket sales associate and internship programs. Our goal is to help individuals grow and learn to help them in their careers, but to also identify difference-makers who can keep our team at the top of its game. Mark, Jenna, and Colin did a tremendous job this season and we’re honored to add them to our full-time staff,” said RubberDucks General Manager Jim Pfander.
There are two more front office additions. Taylor Myers joins the staff full-time as a Graphic Designer after working in that capacity in a part-time roll during the 2013 and 2014 seasons. Myers is from Alliance and studied graphic design at the Columbus School of Art and Design. Also joining the team is Missy Dies, who will be the Office Manager and Executive Assistant to Owner and Chief Executive Officer, Ken Babby. Dies is an Akron native who is heavily involved with operation of the West Akron Baseball League (WABL).
Staff promotions include Pete Nugent moving from ticket sales executive to Box Office Manager and bookkeeper Leslie Wenzlawsh, who is a native of Mogadore, is now taking on the role of Controller. Nugent, a Tarentum, Pa. native, started with the RubberDucks in 2013 as a ticket sales associate. He is a graduate of Robert Morris University where he earned a degree in business administration. Wenzlawsh came on board for the 2014 season and oversaw both the finances of the RubberDucks and the new The Game Grill + Bar.
Some staff are moving into new roles for 2015. Akron native and University of Akron graduate Sam Dankoff, who started with the franchise in 2013 as the assistant food and beverage director, is now the Manager of Suites and Picnics. Hartville native Brock Cline is taking over the role of Community Relations and Special Events Manager. Cline is a graduate of the University of Akron where he majored in exercise physiology and is expecting to complete his master’s from there in sports administration in December. Cline was the box office manager in 2014 after starting as a ticket sales associate in 2013.
The Akron RubberDucks are the Double-A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians. The 2015 season will be its 19th since moving to Canal Park and its second since becoming the RubberDucks. The team begins its season in Akron at Canal Park on Thursday, April 9 vs. Binghamton Mets at 6:35 p.m. For more information, go to www.AkronRubberDucks.com or call 330-253-5151. The Akron RubberDucks are on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AkronRubberDucks and Twitter at @AkronRubberDuck.