Last week, the Fort Myers Miracle announced several changes and additions to their front office staff for the 2009 season.
Current front office members Kris Koch, Terry Simon, Matt Bomberg and Steve Gliner have received promotions. Koch has been named as the Miracle Assistant General Manager, Simon as Senior Director of Corporate Sales and Marketing, Bomberg as Senior Director of Ticket Sales and Operations and Gliner has been elevated to Executive Vice President/General Manager.
A five-year veteran of the Miracle, Koch was appointed the team's Assistant General Manager after serving as Food and Beverage Director since 2006. Koch's leadership has led to substantial growth in the Food and Beverage operation of Hammond Stadium. The Charlotte, Fla. native is a graduate of Florida Gulf Coast University.
"Kris is one of the top talents in the Goldklang Group and we are fortunate to have him as part of our team," said Miracle General Manager Steve Gliner.
Koch began in professional baseball as an intern with the Miracle and quickly worked his way up from there to his current post.
Simon has been involved in marketing and sales with the Miracle since 2000. For the past 26 years, she has been a resident of Southwest Florida and is actively involved in the community.
Bomberg arrived in Southwest Florida last season, after nine years with the St. Paul Saints. He is directly involved with single game, season and group tickets. The Goldklang Group veteran is a native of Burnsville, Minn.
Gliner begins his sixth season with the Miracle and 20th as a member of the Goldklang Group. He joined the Miracle as General Manager in October 2003 after serving as President/General Manager of the Hudson Valley Renegades of the New York-Penn League since 1999.
The Miracle are also excited to welcome a few new faces to Hammond Stadium in 2009.
Rory Broome joins the Miracle from the Hickory Crawdads where she served as Food and Beverage Director for the Class A Chicago White Sox affiliate. The Binghamton, N.Y. native is a graduate of Ithaca College.
Life-long baseball fan Travis Easton is a new Account Executive for the Miracle. Easton formerly worked with the Cape Coral Daily Breeze in the same position. Easton is a die-hard fan of his hometown Kentucky Wildcats.
From full-time intern to Community Relations Coordinator is the route that Joy Donahue took in joining the Miracle. The recent graduate of Florida Gulf Coast University is a native of Grosse Ile, Mich.
Joe Livingston begins his first season with the Miracle as a Ticket Sales Account Representative. A native of Hanover, Pa. and a graduate of York College of Pennsylvania, he earned his degree in Sports Management with a minor in Marketing. Before working for the Miracle, he began his baseball career as an intern and then as an Account Executive with the Frederick Keys.
Joining the Miracle for the 2009 season are administrative assistants Natalie Platt and Josh Baumer. Baumer is currently a senior at Florida Gulf Coast University majoring in sports marketing. Platt, who joined the Miracle in the summer of 2008 as a game day intern, attends Indiana University as Journalism major.
Returning to the Miracle in 2009 is team President Linda McNabb, Director of Business Operations Suzanne Reaves, Promotions & Media Relations Director Gary Sharp, and in our Customer Relations department, Sue Pinola and Nicole Greer.
"I extremely excited about the experience and enthusiasm from our staff," added Gliner. "We have set the bar pretty high with the Miracle and I feel with these changes we will continue to keep Miracle Professional Baseball at the top."
The 2009 Fort Myers Miracle season begins on Thursday, April 9 at Charlotte. Opening night at Hammond Stadium is Friday, April 10 at 7:05 p.m. A spectacular fireworks show will follow.
For more information on Miracle season tickets, group outings, ticket plans, merchandise, sponsorship opportunities or any other inquiries, individuals and companies are encouraged to contact the Miracle at 239-768-4210 or by visiting www.miraclebaseball.com.