PRESS RELEASE – The Green Bay Bullfrogs have announced that Derek McCarty has been promoted to become the team’s General Manager. McCarty has spent the last two seasons with the Bullfrogs as a Corporate Account Manager and has made a significant impact on the business and community. In two seasons with the Bullfrogs, McCarty has led the ticket sales department as the Bullfrogs have increased attendance 55% since taking over the franchise from the previous ownership group in late November 2013.
“I am very excited and thankful to be part of this organization and to receive such a great opportunity,” said McCarty, “I look forward to continuing to build on the foundation that has been started, and continuing to create something special in the Green Bay community.”
McCarty will be taking over for Liz Kern as General Manager. Kern will be taking a position with the parent group to the Bullfrogs, Big Top Baseball, to work with the company’s Northwoods League franchises in Kenosha, Wisconsin Rapids, Madison and Green Bay. Kern will relocate to Madison to begin her role within Big Top Baseball.
McCarty started his career as an intern for the Bullfrogs in 2011. After graduating college in 2012, he spent a year as part of a successful ticket sales staff for the Cincinnati Cyclones, a minor league hockey team that is part of the ECHL. Following his time in Cincinnati, McCarty was hired by Legends, a sports ticket sales and consulting company founded by the New York Yankees and Dallas Cowboys, to be a part of a record setting ticket sales staff for the University of Nevada-Reno.
McCarty is a St. Norbert College graduate and was a member of the St. Norbert College football team. He is originally from Rapid River, Michigan. McCarty currently resides in Green Bay and is committed to continuing to build the Bullfrogs brand in the greater Green Bay area.
“We are excited for Derek and for the future of the Bullfrogs,” Bullfrogs Chief Operating Officer and Managing Partner, Conor Caloia said. “The community has really embraced our product since we took over the franchise in late 2013. After a record setting attendance season this year featuring 17 sellouts, we are confident the best days for baseball in Green Bay are ahead of us. Derek’s energy and passion for providing affordable, family entertainment to the community make him the right person to now lead the organization.”
Kern and McCarty have been working together over the last two months to transition McCarty into the General Manager position. McCarty will assume the General Manager title effective immediately.
The Bullfrogs are coming off the best season in team history and look to continue to grow in the 2016 season. 2015 featured the most people to ever walk through the gates in Bullfrogs history, with a total season attendance of 48,165 fans and 17 games that featured sold out crowds. The 2015 season also featured the two largest crowds in Bullfrogs history, with crowds of 2,801 and 2,490 people.