For the Lake Monsters, Joe Doud has been promoted to general manager, becoming the sixth GM in the New York-Penn League team’s 22-year history. Doud, who has served as the team’s assistant general ganager for the past four seasons, will focus on the organization’s day-to-day operations.
Nate Cloutier, who has been the team’s general manager for the past five seasons and been an integral part of the organization since 2002 will now shift his focus on the continued growth of the business and the brand, as the executive director of sales and marketing.
“I am very excited for Joe and the Vermont Lake Monsters,” said Lake Monsters Vice President Kyle Bostwick. “This is a great opportunity for Joe and Nate to focus on their strengths as we continue to provide the best in summertime entertainment.”
Over the past couple of seasons, the Lake Monsters have seen steady growth, due in part to privately-funded facility improvements to the tune of over $2-million, a successful team rebranding, and a strong organizational nucleus that will remain intact throughout these organizational changes.
Doud will work closely with Bostwick, along with the rest of the organization to continue the growth of the organization with a goal to provide affordable, family entertainment in the Vermont area.
Doud, a Colchester High School graduate and 2009 graduate of Colby-Sawyer College is entering his sixth season with the Lake Monsters, climbing his way through the organization since his beginnings as a summer intern in 2008. After completing a season as a Group Sales Representative, Doud was promoted to the Assistant General Manager in September of 2010.
Doud has been active in the community during his time with the Lake Monsters. He currently sits on the board of directors for Everybody Wins! Vermont, a reading mentorship program and is also the Chair of Membership & Development for the Burlington Young Professionals. In 2013, Doud was named a ‘Rising Star’ of 40 professionals under age 40 in the state of Vermont by Vermont Business Magazine.
“The leadership structure from Kyle and Nate has allowed the organization to take the next step. I am very excited for this opportunity and am looking forward to sharing our continued successes with the great people I work with in the office as well as our fans in the community,” Doud said.
In Moosic, the RailRiders additions include Felicia Adamus as the director of ticket operations; Morgan Andreas, Mike Harvey and Matt LaFrennie hired as regional group sales managers; Amanda Lance brought on as an inside sales representative; Barry Snyder hired as director of marketing & promotions; and Josh Dilts slotted as a corporate partnerships executive.
The promotion saw Rachel Mark, who originally joined the organization in March of 2013, lifted from manager to director of community relations.
“All of our changes enhance our status as NEPA’s top destination for affordable, family entertainment,” said RailRiders president/GM Rob Crain. “We have the best front office in minor league baseball and I can’t wait for the 2015 season.”
Prior to joining the RailRiders, Adamus spent three and a half years with the Frederick Keys of the Carolina League. Her first look at minor league baseball came as a game-day staffer for her hometown team, the Erie Seawolves. After seven seasons in Erie, she moved on to become a ticket sales assistant with the Lakewood BlueClaws during their second consecutive championship season in 2010. She earned a B.A. in business with a concentration in sport business management in 2007 from Mercyhurst University. In 2010 she received a master of sport administration from Canisius College in Buffalo, N.Y. She is an avid sports fan and enjoys spending time with family and friends.
Andreas graduated from DeSales University in May of 2014 with a B.A. in sport communication. Prior to joining the RailRiders she spent two consecutive seasons with the Triple-A affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies, the Lehigh Valley IronPigs. She entered minor league baseball as a game day intern at Coca-Cola Park and later served in a full-time internship as a ticket sales associate for the 2014 season. In her off time, she enjoys cheering on her favorite sports teams and spending time with friends and family.
Dilts, an alumnus of Temple University’s Fox School of Business, majored in business management with a concentration in marketing. Before attending Temple he received his associate’s degree in business administration from SUNY Broome in Binghamton, N.Y. He began his career working for XFINITY Live! Philadelphia in the marketing department. After deciding to move closer to his hometown of Carbondale, Pa., he began working as an account executive for Entercom Communications’ radio conglomerate. The nature of his work lead him to his current career in sports marketing and the position of corporate partnership executive creating customized marketing packages for national, regional and local brands using PNC Field/SWB RailRiders assets.
Harvey joined the RailRiders as a ticket operations intern for the inaugural 2013 season and later rejoined the team as a regional sales coordinator. The local product is a 2014 Keystone College graduate where he received a bachelor’s degree in sport and recreation management. The NEPA native has enjoyed coming to see baseball games at PNC Field for many years and has seen all three incarnations of SWB baseball. He was born and raised in Fleetville, Pa.
LaFrennie graduated from McDaniel College in 2013 with a degree in communications. Prior to joining the RailRiders he spent two years in sales with the Advanced-A Daytona Cubs and one year in sales with the Advanced-A Bradenton Marauders. He grew up in Longmeadow, Mass. and currently resides in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. He likes to spend time with friends and family and watching sports, specifically baseball, hockey and football.
Lance graduated from Penn State University in 2010 with a B.S. in commercial recreation and tourism management. Prior to joining the RailRiders, the Throop product was a ticket sales intern with the Florence Freedom, an independent team in Florence, Ky. Following her internship, she was brought on board as a season and group sales account executive at Penn State University. As a lifelong resident of Northeastern Pennsylvania, she has been a fan of the SWB franchise her entire life.
Snyder has been with the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre franchise for eight seasons dating back to the final year of the Red Barons. “B-Ray” has been the on-field emcee for just as many seasons, entertaining the masses alongside CHAMP, Quills, Mr. Incrediball and the renowned Pinstripe Patrol.