PRESS RELEASE – Marv Goldklang, Chairman and principal owner of the Charleston RiverDogs, has announced that Dave Echols has been promoted to President & General Manager of the club, effective immediately. Fomer club President Mike Veeck, who served as the RiverDogs’ president since 1997 and who guided the team during its most successful years, will continue his involvement with the team as President Emeritus.
“Dave has proven to be one of Minor League Baseball’s most talented and successful executives during his tenure as general manager and under his operational leadership, the RiverDogs have experienced unprecedented success,” said Goldklang.
“Dave is a true professional who has become an integral and influential member of the Charleston community outside the ballpark gates,” he added. “We have every confidence that his transition to this larger role will be seamless and result in ever-deepening ties between the team and the Lowcountry.”
Echols, who held the title of Executive Vice-President & General Manager for the past two years and served as the team’s general manager since 2004, will continue to oversee all operations of the club. Under Echols’ leadership, the RiverDogs have been honored with multiple industry awards for excellence in promotions, marketing and ballpark operations and in 2015, established an all-time attendance record as 292,661 fans passed through the Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park turnstiles. Echols twice has been named Executive of the Year in the South Atlantic League.
Echols enters his 25th season in professional baseball, a career that began in 1992 as an intern with the Fayetteville (NC) Generals of the South Atlantic League. During the course of his time in baseball, he has served in various capacities including that of director of marketing for the AAA Columbus (OH) team of the International League.