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River Bandits add to front office

Quad Cities River BanditsThe Quad Cities River Bandits (Low Class A; Midwest League) announced several additions to the team’s front office, as ownership ramps up for another strong season at Modern Woodmen Park.

“As the River Bandits continue to grow, the size and quality of our front-office team also grows to ensure that we keep Modern Woodmen Park the friendliest ballpark in America,” said team owner Dave Heller. “Just like the players on the field, we are always trying to get better, and we are so excited and proud to be able to attract so many top quality baseball people from across the country to come here to the Quad Cities. The word is out in minor league baseball that we are building something really special here, and that’s reflected in the number of first-rate people we’ve been able to hire.”

During the offseason the Bandits hired four new full-time employees and issued promotions to five existing full-time employees.

Headlining the changes to the staff for the 2011 season is the hiring of a new assistant general manager, Jamie Jarrett. Jarrett comes to the Quad Cities after working as the general manager for the Palm Beach Cardinals (High Class A; Florida State League). He has also worked as the assistant general manager for the Daytona Cubs (High Class A; Florida State League), director of sales for the Missouri Valley Conference and started his career in baseball as a corporate sales account executive for the St. Louis Cardinals.

Other new hires include Shelley Heward as the marketing and promotions manager, Whitney Campbell as the community relations/merchandise manager and Andrew Demsky as the production manager.

Heward, a native of Evanston, WY, joins the Bandits staff after an internship with the Richmond Flying Squirrels (Class AA; Eastern League). Campbell, originally from Rawlins, WY, comes to Quad Cities after spending two seasons with the Casper Ghosts (rookie; Pioneer League). While in Casper, she spent a year as an intern before being promoted to box office and merchandise manager. Demsky, from Long Island, NY, joins the Bandits after an internship with Binghamton Mets (Class AA; Eastern League).

In addition, Shawn Brown, Matt Tangen, Kyle Brudos, Andrea Nolan and Mickey Kirk were all promoted following the 2010 campaign. Brown was hired in 2009 as the executive director of corporate partnerships. He is now the vice president of sales. Tangen, a Bandits employee since October of 2008, was hired as an account executive before being promoted to director of group sales. Brudos was hired on as an intern for the 2009 season before receiving full-time employment as the stadium operations and groundskeeping assistant for the ’10 season. He has since been promoted to head groundskeeper and director of stadium operations. After interning for the River Bandits in ’09, Nolan became the special events manager in January of 2010. She now holds the title of director of special events. Kirk interned in the River Bandits box office in 2010 and now becomes a full-time account executive.

”From our first day operating the River Bandits, we had a clear goal of assembling the best front office staff in Minor League Baseball, and these additions are evidence of that,” said general manager Kirk Goodman. “The River Bandits have developed a strong reputation for being a positive place to work and working to help our employees reach their career goals and we are extremely proud of the staff we have assembled for the 2011 season. I feel like we picked up four number one draft choices this winter.”

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