Some changes in MiLB front offices: Ryan Cook is the new GM of the High Desert Mavericks (High Class A; California League), while several have been promoted at Roger Dean Stadium.
Cook brings with him more than a decade of pro sports experience to the California League club, including stints with the NBA’s Los Angeles Clippers, New Orleans Hornets and Sacramento Kings. With both the Hornets and the Clippers, Cook set new records for monthly revenues for ticket sales and new business development. Cook also has pro baseball experience, having worked for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Most recently, he has worked as an agent specializing in action sports for the Sports Syndicate in Newport Beach, California.
“Ryan Cook is an incredibly impressive individual, who brings with him at tremendous sense of discipline, dedication and ability, along with a sincere commitment to outstanding customer service,” said team owner Dave Heller. “Ryan is committed to maintaining exceptional client relationships and implementing innovative ideas and concepts, all while providing the highest level of customer service. He and his team will not only change the culture at Mavericks Stadium, they will make it the premier gathering space in the High Desert not only for baseball games, but for various athletic events, community gatherings and affordable, family-friendly fun.”
An All-American Water Polo player himself, Cook led the effort to develop an Olympic division at the Sports Syndicate, cultivating relationships with Olympic USA volleyball players, Team USA water polo players, Team USA swimmers, and USA water polo, the sport’s national governing body.
“This is a great opportunity; one which I have been working toward my entire life. I plan on taking the knowledge from my experiences as both an athlete and a front office executive and using them to lead the Mavericks into a new era of outstanding customer service,” Cook said. “I believe in the High Desert market and I’m determined to ensure the Mavericks wow our fans with outstanding in-game entertainment and new and exciting non-baseball events. It’s going to be a new day in the High Desert.”
At Roger Dean Stadium, home of the Jupiter Hammerheads and Palm Beach Cardinals (both High Class A; Florida State League), Lisa Fegley (assistant general manager, general manager of the Palm Beach Cardinals and director of group ticket sales) will be leaving the organization. To fill her numerous positions, internal promotions have been made. Alex Inman will continue in his current position of event services manager, along with filling two key roles: assistant general manager and general manager of the Palm Beach Cardinals. Inman, a Rhode Island native, began his career at Roger Dean Stadium in 2009. Taking over Fegley’s director of group ticket sales responsibilities will be Jason Cantone. Cantone, the current ticket office manager, hails from Virginia and will be completing his sixth season at the ballpark.
Ryan Moore has been hired as the other assistant general manager position and the general manager of the Jupiter Hammerheads. Moore will also be the director of corporate partnerships. Moore has spent the last four years working for the Gwinnett Braves (Class AAA; International League) as the director of ticket sales.
Several other internal promotions have been made to the Roger Dean Stadium front office. Ralph Perrone, from West Palm Beach, has been promoted to work under Moore as the corporate partnership account manager. Perrone will undergo his third season in 2014. After completion of his 2013 event services internship, Michigan native Drew Moomey has been named assistant ticket office manager. Additionally, Cory Wilder has been promoted to the assistant director of grounds. Wilder, from Nebraska, has just finished his fourth season on the grounds crew.
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