We have some personnel news to report from the Indianapolis Indians (Class AAA; International League) and the Salem Red Sox (High A; Carolina League).
In Indianapolis, the Indians have announced that Charlie Henry is their new director of communications. His appointment was effective January 2.
In this role, Henry will provide strategic guidance and oversight for the organization’s communications, broadcasting, and community relations efforts. He will also serve as the primary media contact for all organizational, corporate, and front office news and information.
Henry comes to the Tribe by way of Borshoff, an Indianapolis-based public relations and advertising agency. There he led accounts with Eli Lilly and Company, Downtown Indy, Inc., and the NFL. His career also includes stops at Purdue University, American Structurepoint, and Pacers Sports & Entertainment.
The Michigan City, Ind., native is an active member of the Public Relations Society of America and volunteer with Indiana Sports Corporation. He completed both his undergraduate and graduate degrees at Purdue, earning a bachelor’s degree in communications (’07) and master’s degree in recreation and sport management (’09).
He and his wife, Tracy, currently reside in Fishers, Ind., with their two children, Evie and Isaiah.
In Salem, the Red Sox have named Ben Gellman-Chomsky their new director of broadcasting and media relations.
Team president and general manager Ryan Shelton noted Gellman-Chomsky’s broadcast talent, media relations experience and versatile skillset as critical points that made him the clear choice for the Salem front office.
“We are exceedingly pleased to have found Ben and to bring him HOME to the Red Sox.” Shelton said. “In the short time we’ve known each other, Ben feels like a part of the family. I am confident our fanbase will welcome him just as we have.”
Gellman-Chomsky will bring live coverage of all 140 Salem Red Sox games to fans on SalemSox.com. He will oversee the media relations department and production of game notes and program stories, administer the operation of the press box at LewisGale Field, and contribute in social media and website maintenance.
With five years of escalating media relations and broadcast duties, Gellman-Chomsky adds an experienced and tested voice to the Salem front office. His background includes extensive writing and editing, running media relations departments for multiple teams, website and social media management, ticket sales, and many years of on-air work at both the professional and collegiate levels.
“I’ve admired the fantastic work of the Salem front office for many years,” Gellman-Chomsky said. “I’m honored to join a terrific group of people, and to work for the organization that I’ve rooted for my whole life in the Boston Red Sox. I can’t wait to meet the Salem fans in person and open the 2017 season.”
Most recently, Gellman-Chomsky worked for the New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Class AA; Eastern League) in 2015 and 2016 as a broadcaster, ticket sales account executive and media relations coordinator. He was the lead voice for the Fisher Cats on the road, and filled in on various duties at home games. Previously, Gellman-Chomsky served as the lead broadcaster and media relations officer for the Clearwater Threshers (High A; Florida State League) in 2013, the broadcaster and media relations contact for the Hudson Valley Renegades (Short Season A; NY-Penn League) in 2012 and the broadcast assistant for the Hickory Crawdads (Low A; Sally League) in 2011.