The Tucson Padres (Class AAA; Pacific Coast League) announced the 11 investors in the team, joining Mike Feder in Tucson AAA Baseball LLC.
“When I finalized a management agreement with North County Baseball LLC and formed Tucson AAA Baseball LLC for the business operation of the Tucson franchise, I knew we needed local people with deep roots in Tucson,” said Mike Feder, VP & General Manager of the Tucson Padres. “Almost all of our investors attended high school here so they have experienced Triple-A baseball most of their lives. They have seen the economic and social importance of what Minor League Baseball provides. These are all people that I have had great relationships with over the years and saw that they understood that the future wasn’t all about profit and loss but rather assisting us (Tucson Padres) in helping achieve success in keeping Triple-A baseball for more than two years.”
Jerry Carbonari: Jerry moved to Tucson in 1979 from Detroit and opened the A.B. Dick Products Company in April of 1979. His business provided copiers, fax machines and printers to the Tucson and Southern Arizona market. Jerry has been very active with the Arizona Small Business Association; he was the first Tucson member to ever be on the Phoenix board, serving as their President. He is a current board member of the Fiesta Bowl Committee in Phoenix.
Bill Cox: Bill has been in the gas station business in Tucson since 1980. His family business, Coxco Fuel, now has three locations in Tucson plus a Dairy Queen at the Oracle/Rudasill location. A native Tucsonan, Bill attended school at Sunnyside and the University of Arizona. His family has been very active with Angel Charity for Children.
Corey Cox: A 47-year-old Tucson native and Amphi High School graduate, Corey Cox currently is involved with the family’s Coxco Corporation and he also has a construction company. His investment in the Tucson Padres isn’t his only role in baseball; Corey coaches club baseball teams and his son’s Little League team.
Jack Furrier Tire & Auto Care: Jack Furrier opened his first store on East Speedway Blvd. in Tucson in 1960. Named Western Brake and Tire, it came along after a few of his earlier entrepreneurial adventures in Tucson, where he arrived as a young pilot stationed at Davis Monthan Air Force Base in the late 1950’s. Today Jack, Mike, Rick, Jeff, Tim, and Sean Furrier do business as Jack Furrier Tire & Auto Care. They are very active in the Tucson community.
Glenn Garrett: A fourth generation Arizonian, Glenn has lived in Tucson since 1952, attending Roskrudge Junior High School, Tucson High School and the University of Arizona. Now retired, Glenn worked as an owner and operator for the McDonald’s Corporation and is now retired.
Amy Hammarstrom: A former volleyball player at the University of Arizona, Amy is the Vice President of General Rubber Corporation. She serves on area boards including the Tucson Police Foundation and the Tucson Fiesta Bowl Committee. The Tucson native graduated from Rincon High School.
Larry Johnson: Larry has been the President of Dependable Health Services since 2002 and has served as the Vice President of Carondelet Health Network and President of Arizona Medical Supply. He is a current board member of the Fiesta Bowl Committee in Phoenix. Larry has lived in Tucson since 1987 and has owned University of Arizona basketball season tickets for 24 years.
Joe Knisley: Joe moved to Tucson in 1974 and graduated from Canyon Del Oro High School in 1982. He is currently the Assistant to the Director of Reimbursement for Radiology Ltd. and has been with the company for 19 years. Joe has always been a Tucson baseball fan, attending professional baseball games in Tucson as long as he can remember.
Brent Kyte: Brent now owns 35 Pizza Hut locations in Arizona and many others in the western United States. A Tucsonan since 1967, he is also a partner and shareholder of six Jerry Bob’s Family Restaurants. He participates in numerous non-profit organizations such as Parent Aid (a child abuse prevention center), United Way and Tanque Verde Schools Educational Enrichment Foundation.
Bill Oetting: Bill Oetting was born at St Mary’s Hospital in Tucson almost 60 years ago. He graduated from Catalina High School in 1970. Now, his business entities include Blue Sierra Inc. and Sierra Woodworks LLC, among others. He is part of multiple Tucson-area associations, including Caballeros Del Sol.
Mike Wilson: Mike started Automated Presort Service in 1995, sorting two thousand mail pieces per day. The company has now grown to sort 50,000 pieces of mail per day. Mike has served on several boards, including as Chairman of the Better Business Bureau for four years. He is from Tucson and attended Canyon Del Oro High School.
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