PRESS RELEASE – For a second consecutive year, the South Atlantic League presented its Female Executive of the Year Award to a member of the Lexington Legends’ front office team. Anne Mapson, special projects manager, won the award for the 2016 season. Shannon Kidd, director of stadium operations and human resources manager, was the winner in 2015.
The honors reflect a focus on opportunities for talented women in leadership roles.
At the top of the organizational chart is Susan Martinelli Shea, secretary and principal of Stands, LLC, the company that owns the Legends.
“Our Legends staff is filled with strong women,” she said. “Shannon and Anne have taken the Legends organization and made it greater. I am so proud of these women, and I am sure that the Legends will have more great female executives to come.”
“It is a true honor to work for a woman-owned company and to work in an office where five of the nine managers are females,” said Legends President/CEO Andy Shea, who is the son of Susan Martinelli Shea. “It is a beyond-words pleasure to be able to work with my mother. Strong and smart women, including my 85-year-old grandmother, have helped sculpt my life, and on a daily basis make me and the Legends better. Having back-to-back South Atlantic League Female Executives of the Year on our staff is simply amazing and shows not only the positive impact they have on our office and community, but also in our league and in our industry.”
Sarah Bosso, who recently returned to Lexington after two seasons as assistant general manager of the High Desert Mavericks of the California League, is now the Legends’ vice president of business development. She will oversee several areas with the Legends, including promotions, fan experience, community relations, special events, merchandising, marketing and social media. Before moving to California, Bosso had served as the Legends’ director of community relations. Leslie Taylor is manager of accounting and business operations. April Smith is a senior corporate sales executive, Dominique Neel and Haley Wilson are ticket sales executives, and Jillian Waitkus serves as executive assistant to the president/CEO.
In all, nine of the 25 full-time positions with the Legends are held by women.
“Having two women, two years in a row, from our staff win the South Atlantic League Female Executive of the Year award is amazing,” Bosso said. “We’re making strides, and women do have a lot to offer this sport. Just because we’re not on the field playing the game doesn’t mean we don’t have the business sense and business smarts to add to this industry, and that’s being shown nationwide.”
Mary Marandi, Assistant Director of Corporate Communications for Minor League Baseball, agreed.
“It is truly remarkable the positive impact women have made and continue to make in not only the baseball industry, but all sports industries,” said Marandi, who organizes the Women in Baseball Leadership Event at baseball’s annual winter meetings. “In Minor League Baseball, we see women holding key positions in the industry, including league president, general manager, assistant general manager, president, vice president, legal counsel and others. There’s no denying that women have carved out a place in baseball, and it is my hope that we are only getting started.”
The next leadership event will take place at the winter meetings December 4-8, in National Harbor, Maryland, near Washington D.C. The Legends routinely send several employees to the winter meetings.