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Executives

Lew Chamberlin holds the positions of Managing Partner and Chief Executive Officer for Whitecaps Baseball. Lew was instrumental in bringing the Whitecaps to West Michigan; he began the process of bringing a minor league franchise to the area in 1987 and didn't rest until the team's inception in 1994. The Whitecaps have set the all-time Class A attendance record three times and have drawn over 7.5 million fans to Fifth Third

Ballpark over the last eighteen years. The Whitecaps also received the Bob Freitas Award for Class A Minor League Franchise of the Decade from Baseball America in 1999.

A native of Grand Rapids, Lew remains an active participant in the West Michigan community and has served on the boards of numerous community organizations. He currently serves on the board of the Grand Rapids/Kent County Convention and Visitor Bureau and also serves as one of the seven members of the Convention/Arena Authority, the quasi-public board that owns and operates the VanAndel Arena and DeVos Place. More recently, Lew has been serving as a member of the First Steps Commission whose goal is to help build a comprehensive system of support for Kent County's youngest children ages zero to five. In support of his early childhood work Lew was appointed by Governor Granholm to serve on the Executive Board of the Early Childhood Investment Corporation and also sits on the Children's Leadership Council of Michigan, a statewide group of business leaders advocating for early childhood investment.

Chamberlin was presented the Warren Reynolds Lifetime Achievement Award by the Grand Rapids Sports Hall of Fame in 2003. He was also Michigan's Entrepreneur of the Year in 1996.

Dennis Baxter's lifetime love of baseball and the desire for a place to take his children to see a professional baseball game inspired him to look into bringing a team to West Michigan. Without realizing it, Lew Chamberlin and Denny were attempting to do the same thing independently. They joined forces in 1986 and successfully brought the Whitecaps to West Michigan in time for the 1994 baseball season. Prior to becoming the Whitecaps Chief Financial Officer, Denny held the position of President of West Michigan Baseball Development. As CFO, Denny's responsibilities include managing the accounting department before, during, and after Whitecaps games.

Denny graduated with high honors from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting and began his career as a practicing CPA. Prior to working full-time with the Whitecaps, Denny held numerous financial and managerial positions in West Michigan.

A native of Muskegon, Michigan, Denny live there with his wife Rhonda and children Rachel and Eric. His daughter Tara is a teacher, living and working in Grand Rapids.

Denny is also the founder and president of Blue Cap Entertainment, which promotes sports and entertainment activities throughout the country. Denny also founded Rock the Rapids, a non-profit musical festival located in Grand Rapids, Michigan

Walk-Up Song: "Running on Empty" by Jackson Browne

Joe Chamberlin was introduced to the business of Minor League Baseball working as an Operations Intern for the West Michigan Whitecaps in 2005. After a hiatus away from professional sports Joe rejoined the team for their 2013 season as the team's Director of Finance. While away from baseball Joe served in a wide range of HR and Finance related roles with Ally Financial, a Fortune 500 financial services company headquartered in Detroit MI. In his current position with the Whitecaps Joe leads all Finance and Accounting activity for the team and their charitable partner the Whitecaps Community Foundation.

Joe earned his Bachelor's degree in Business Economics from The College of Wooster where he was a four year varsity letter winner in tennis and holds a Masters degree in Human Resources and Labor Relations from Michigan State University. Active in the community Joe currently serves as a board member for both the Whitecaps Community Foundation and the Lake Michigan Academy. Joe is native to Grand Rapids and currently resides in Cascade with his wife Dana and their sons Crawford and Becker.

Steve McCarthy got his start in the sports industry working as an Operations Intern for the West Michigan Whitecaps in 1995, followed by internships at Van Andel Arena and The Palace of Auburn Hills. From 1997 through 2001, he worked for the Detroit Pistons at the Palace of Auburn Hills as a ticket sales account representative and eventually the Director of Group Sales for the team. Steve returned to the Whitecaps in December 2001 as the Director of Ticket Sales and was promoted to Vice President of Sales in October 2005. He currently oversees the sales and marketing efforts for the Whitecaps, and is involved in planning the non-baseball events at LMCU Ballpark.

As an alumnus of the University of Michigan, Steve is a life-long Wolverine fan. He also enjoys baseball, running and music. Steve is native to Grand Rapids and currently resides in Ada with his wife Kelli, daughter Liza and son Sawyer.

Walk-Up Song: "The Music Never Stopped" by Grateful Dead

Email: [email protected]

With 29 years of experience in professional baseball, Jim Jarecki has helped make the vision of the West Michigan Whitecaps a reality starting with the team's inaugural year (1994). As Vice President and General Manager of the Whitecaps, Jim is responsible for creating and upholding the "LMCU Ballpark Experience," which includes fun and exciting family entertainment-for each and every fan that enters through the gates. He has facilitated numerous events at LMCU Ballpark, including the 1995, 2003 and 2014 Midwest League All-Star Games, six Midwest League championship series, the Detroit Tigers exhibition game, Fantasy Camps and facility events.

Prior to the 2006 season, Jim oversaw the $1.4 million dollar renovations at LMCU Ballpark of the suite level and outfield bleachers. At the conclusion of the 2006 season, Jim received the Midwest League Executive of the Year award, which was voted on by league owners and General Managers. During the 2008-'09 off-season, Jim oversaw the $1.5 million renovation to the ballpark which included playing field, new box seats, ballpark roof, backstop netting, structural repairs to concrete and asphalt, and suite renovations. After LMCU Ballpark experienced a devastating fire in January 3, 2014 which destroyed half of the ballpark, Jim was part of the management group that oversaw the re-build and got to Opening Day--an incredible 95 days--without missing a game.

The Whitecaps received the Bob Freitas Award for Best Franchise of the Decade from Baseball America in 1999. In 1998 and 2000, Jim and the Whitecaps were recognized with the Midwest League Stadium Operations Award. After the 2007 season, the Whitecaps were awarded the Midwest League's Larry MacPhail Promotional Trophy for best promotion of baseball and entertainment. Following up the Midwest League award, the Whitecaps took it one more step in December and accepted the Promotional Trophy for the entire Minor Leagues at the Winter Meetings in Nashville. In addition, the Whitecaps were named MiLB's Team of the Year following the 2007 MWL Championship.

Jim's experience in professional baseball and includes operations, marketing, ticket and sponsorship sales, promotions and media relations. He started with the Chicago White Sox in telemarketing and his minor league experience has included working with the Oklahoma City 89er as an intern and the Beloit Brewers as Assistant GM. Jim is a 1989 graduate of Northern Illinois University and holds a Bachelor's Degree in Communications. In 2003, and again in 2005, he was named to the Grand Rapids Business Journal's "Top 40 Under 40 Business Leaders" and is currently on the Comstock Park DDA board, West Michigan Sports Commision board, Midwest League Schedule Committee, Midwest League Logo Committee, Davenport University Sports Management Advisory Committee and MiLB's Licensing Committee.

A native of Woodridge, Illinois, Jim remains a Chicago sports fan to the end and has lived to see the Cubs with the World Series. He continues to play basketball in the off-season and attempts the great game of golf when time permits during the season. Jim resides in Ada, MI with his wife Christine and kids Addison, Alex, and Carson.

Walk-Up Song: "Dirt" by Florida Georgia Line

Email: [email protected]

Dan grew up in Grand Rapids and started his professional career with the West Michigan Whitecaps. Hired as the team's first intern during their inaugural season in 1994, he worked in various capacities including ticketing, operations and sponsorship sales. Leaving the Whitecaps in 2000 to help oversee the sales and marketing efforts for a family owned business in Tampa, Florida, Dan returned to the Whitecaps for the 2019 season to assume the Vice President of Sales role.

A graduate of Indiana University, Dan is a die-hard Hoosiers basketball fan. His free time is spent with family which includes his wife Kim, son Nathan and daughter Lucie. He also enjoys golfing, basketball and of course baseball.

Walk-Up Song: "Uptown Funk" by Bruno Mars

Email: [email protected]

Marketing & Promotions

Lynn joined the Whitecaps in 2023 as Director of Marketing and brings a love for baseball that runs as deep as her love of people. With more than 20 years in consumer marketing, she is passionate about the Whitecaps fan experience. From the field to the suites, the media to the fans, she covers all the bases to ensure that our brand knocks it out of the park.

Before joining our team, Lynn led top consumer brands, developed products, and championed award-winning consumer partnerships, all the while earning a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Business from Marquette University and Roosevelt University respectively.

A native of Wheaton, Illinois, Lynn is the consummate Chicago sports superfan. She and her husband, Eric, live in Grand Rapids and enjoy time with sons Andrew, Nick, Zach and Christopher. When she’s not hanging with her five guys, Lynn loves travelling to baseball stadiums around the country, strolling the lake front in search of beach glass and whipping up her famous chocolate chip cookies. Trust us, they’re delish.

Walk-Up Song: "Warriors" by Imagine Dragons

Email: [email protected]

Ben joined the Whitecaps in 2019 after spending 6 seasons with the State College Spikes. Originally from Grand Rapids, Ben is a graduate of Central Michigan University and in his free time enjoys being outside and almost anything sports related.

Walk-Up Song: "The Show goes on" - Lupe

Email: [email protected]

Kelly started her adventure with the Whitecaps in March of 2022. She graduated from Central Michigan University with a degree in Marketing and a minor in Music. Being apart of the marching band for many years, being in the stands is nothing new to her! During her freshman year, Kelly created the brand identity for her hometown ice cream shop and maintained their social medias. This is where ultimately she fell in love with Marketing. She also became CMU’s 4th Vlogger for their YouTube series. In her free time, she loves spending time with loved ones, keeping up with the MCU, teaching and playing music, and playing board or card games. #fireupforever

Walk-Up Song: "Danza Kuduro" by Don Omar, Lucenzo

Email: [email protected]

Jessica became a member of the Whitecaps team in March 2023. She completed her education at Grand Valley State University in 2022, earning a degree in Advertising and Public Relations along with a minor in Digital Studies. She grew up in Rockford, MI, just a short drive away from the ballpark! During her free time Jessica loves scrapbooking, spending time with her five nieces and nephews, keeping up to date on the latest in the Star Wars universe, and unwinding with a good TV show.

Walk-Up Song: "Bang!" By AJR

Email: [email protected]

Kaylah Owens joined the Whitecaps in 2023 after graduating from the University of Michigan with her BA in Film, Television, and Media Studies. After teaming with her local boxing gym to capture high energy photos and videos, Kaylah sought to find similar opportunities in her home state. When she’s not snapping content at the ballpark, Kaylah enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and boyfriend, as well as boxing, binge-watching The Sopranos, and cuddling with her cat Omen.

Walk-Up Song: "When the Levee Breaks" by Led Zeppelin

Email: [email protected]

Corporate Partnerships

Leah has been with the organization since 2013, starting as the Box Office Assistant for two years, and then moving up to the Partnership Coordinator position. Leah has graduated from Grand Valley State University, with a degree in Sports Management. She is an avid fitness enthusiast and loves spending time with her husband and two kids.

Walk-Up Song: "Legends are Made" By Sam Tinnesz

Email: [email protected]

JD graduated from Calvin University in 2009 and went on to receive his master's degree in sports management from Western Michigan University. He started with the Whitecaps as a box office intern in 2011 and was hired full time at the completion of that season. He has been part of the sponsorship team since 2016. JD lives in Grand Rapids with his wife, Jess, and their two sons, Eli and Zeke. In his spare time, JD enjoys camping, traveling, playing with his kids, and most things sports related.

Walk-Up Song: "Africa" by Toto

Email: [email protected]

Ernie was part of the Whitecaps seasonal staff as a Suite Runner, seven of the first eight seasons. Becoming part of the front office staff in September of 2006. Working with various clients and building long term relationships with them is the highlight of his job, it rarely feels like work.

Ernie grew up in the Wyoming area, graduating from Godwin Heights High School (1996). Attended Michigan State University - graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a minor in Kinesiology (2001). He currently resides in Byron Center with his beautiful children (Xavier, Zoe, Knox & Nash).

Walk-Up Song: "Flower" – Moby

Email: [email protected]

Brittney received her Bachelor’s degree in Sport Management from Davenport University and has worked in the sports industry for over 15 years. She attended Whitecaps games frequently growing up and still resides in the West Michigan community with her husband, Andrew, and their three Australian Shepherds – Roger, Toby & Bandit. In her spare time, she loves camping, cooking, reading, and spending time exploring the beautiful state of Michigan.

Walk-Up Song: "Your Love" - The Outfield

Email: [email protected]

Tickets & Events

Shaun started as an intern with the Whitecaps in January 2009 and joined the staff full time in October 2009 after graduating from Central Michigan University. He’s held every position in the Ticket Department during his time with the team and now leads it. Shaun was born and raised in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. He currently lives in Grand Rapids with his wife Meghan, son Grady and daughter Mya.

Walk-Up Song: "The Baseball Song" by Corey Smith

Email: [email protected]

Mike returns to the Whitecaps after a brief hiatus. Previously, he served as the Ticket Operations Coordinator and Box Office Manager. A 2014 graduate of Davenport University, Mike has ample experience in professional sports. Prior to his time in West Michigan, he interned at TD Garden in Boston, with the Grand Rapids Griffins and Lansing Lugnuts, and did direct sales for the St. Louis Cardinals.

When not at LMCU Ballpark, Mike can be found hanging out with his silver lab, Onyx, and cheering on his Boston sports teams!

Walk-Up Song: "Loud and Heavy" by Cody Jinks

Email: [email protected]

Emily is a 2018 graduate of Grand Valley State University. Prior to joining the Whitecaps full time, she completed the 2018 Ticket Sales Internship and spent the 2019 season as an Administrative Assistant. She grew up in Kalamazoo and spent many Sundays in the car going to and from Minor League Baseball games.

When not at LMCU Ballpark, Emily can be found exploring other stadiums, attending country music concerts, or doing something creative. Some of her favorite things include Crocs, the great state of Texas, and a nice room temperature beverage.

Walk-Up Song: "Earnhardt Fast" by Dawson Edwards

Email: [email protected]

After graduating from Central Michigan University (Fire Up!), Kaitlyn started her ticket journey with the National Cherry Festival, Muskegon Lumberjacks, and Lansing Lugnuts before finding her way to the Whitecaps in 2021. As the most nonathletic person you’ll ever meet, you wouldn’t expect her to end up working for a sports organization, but she has truly made the box office her home. During the season, you can find her updating a good spreadsheet and eating cheese quesadillas six days a week. Outside of the box office, she enjoys anything Disney and collecting an obscene number of coffee mugs. Born and raised in Muskegon, Kaitlyn currently lives in Grand Rapids with her husband, Will, and their three cats (yes, she’s a cat lady).

Walk-Up Song: "The Greatest Show" from The Greatest Showman

Email: [email protected]

Riley is joining the team with experience from the Great Lakes Loons, Central Michigan University Athletics, and the Iowa Cubs. He is a 2017 Sport Management graduate from Central Michigan University (Fire Up!) and is originally from Port Huron, MI.

Outside of work you will find him at the bowling alley, scootering around downtown GR, or keeping up with the Lions and the rest of the Detroit sports teams.

Walk-Up Song: "Sicko Mode" by Travis Scott.

Email: [email protected]

Nick is joining the team with experience from the OKC Energy SC and FC Dallas. He is a 2017 Sport Marketing & Media graduate from Full Sail University and is originally from Port Huron, MI.

Outside of work you will find him at the dog park with Mayday his Australian Shepherd, Making homemade pizzas or keeping up with the Red Wings and the rest of the Detroit sports teams.

Walk up Song: "Sweetness" by Jimmy Eat World

Email: [email protected]

Brandon graduated from Grace Christian University with a bachelors in business while also playing soccer. He kickstarted his career at the 'Caps as an Operations Intern in 2017. He then spent three years with the Whitecaps operations department in various roles including Operations Assistant and Operations Coordinator, all before joining the ticket department full time in October of 2021. Brandon loves being a Dad to his son Jackson and spending time with his family. In his free time, he enjoys with golfing and watching sports especially the Lions!

Walk-Up Song: "Till I Collapse" – Eminem

Email: [email protected]

Tyler is a 2022 graduate of Central Michigan University (Fire Up!) with a degree in Sport Management and Business Administration. Before joining the front office team full time, he completed the Ticket Sales Internship focusing on reimagining the River Rascal Rookies kids club program. Prior to joining the Whitecaps, Tyler interned at the Legacy Sports Complex in Brighton.

No stranger to a playing field, Tyler played rugby at CMU and served as the team president for 2 years. In 2022 he was invited to and participated in the Major League Rugby combine in Colorado and was MLR draft eligible! When not at the ballpark, Tyler can be found spending time with friends, hanging out with his cat Luna, and hoping that the Detroit Lions will finally have their year.

Walk-Up Song: "Day N Night" - Kid Cudi

Email: [email protected]

Special Events

April is thrilled to be a part of the Whitecaps, joining the team in 2021. She brings a vast knowledge of the events and entertainment industry and loves blending the two to create unique experiences for the community. She has a degree in Hospitality & Tourism Management from GVSU and has spent time working in food service, event management, and movie exhibition before joining the Caps.

In her free time, you can find April hanging out with her husband and two boys (probably cheering on the Whitecaps on the first base line) or catching up on her true crime podcasts. She also enjoys rock painting, eating local food, and anything Paul Rudd does.

Walk-Up Song: "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now" by Starship

Email: [email protected]

Community

Nate joined the Whitecaps in 2023 as their Community and Media Relations Manager and brings with him over 10 years of experience of developing corporate partnerships throughout West Michigan. With his passion for community, relationship building and of course baseball, Nate believes that bringing those elements together can create positive opportunities and experiences for every resident in West Michigan.

Nate is a graduate of Bethel University (IN) and was a four-year varsity track and field athlete for the Pilots, specializing in the 400m dash. In other words, he’s a glutton for punishment and is always finding ways to fine tune his approach to life.

Nate lives in the Creston neighborhood with his wife Sarah and two children, Elijah and Claire. Aside from baseball, the family enjoys downhill skiing, exploring new restaurants in GR, and swimming in Lake Michigan any chance they get.

Walk Up Song: "Flash Gordon" - Talib Kweli

Email: [email protected]

Merchandising

Lori came to the Whitecaps in the beginning after spending 1993 with the Madison Muskies and '91-'92 with the Chattanooga Lookouts. She lives in Ada with her husband Brent, daughter Sydney and son Brady.

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Email: [email protected]

People Operations

Courtney joined the Whitecaps at the close of the 2019 season, after ten years of HR roles in various (much less exciting) industries. When she's not at the ballpark, she stays busy by starting art projects she'll never finish, willing the Cleveland Browns to win a Superbowl, and making really phenomenal tacos. She loves good music, good books, good vibes, and good wine (don't let her fool you; she loves subpar wine too).

Walk-Up Song: Midnight City by M83

Email: [email protected]

Abby’s journey with the Whitecaps as a People Operations Coordinator started in February of 2022. Following her graduation from Central Michigan University, she made the bold decision to delay the transition to adulthood and instead join the Walt Disney World Company in Florida. After leaving Michigan for some time and the urge for seasons and closeness to family, Abby returned to Grand Rapids where she landed a job at the Whitecaps.

One aspect Abby enjoys most about her role with the company is the commitment to the community. She takes pleasure in volunteering, exploring new destinations through travel, indulging in her love for all things Disney, and making memories with friends and family.

Abby's journey to finding the People Operations role aligns with personal values and aspirations. She hopes to make a great impact on the community and help provide to the team's success in and out of season!

Walk-Up Song: "Run the World (Girls)" - Beyonce

Email: [email protected]

Joining us in February 2022, James swiftly became an asset to our team. Equipped with a degree from Baker College and fueled by an unwavering passion for sports, he brings a dynamic energy to his role. James's exceptional communication skills complement his extensive background in coaching various sports throughout the years. When he's not immersed in his professional responsibilities, he finds comfort on the basketball court and immerses himself in the excitement of live games.

Adding a delightful twist to his story, it's worth noting that James's Whitecaps journey marks his inaugural encounter with a Whitecaps game. Despite baseball not being his primary sport of interest, he finds enjoyment in the theme nights, the team’s rivalries, and the sense of community that these games provide. This newfound connection highlights his ability to appreciate the broader scope of sports culture and the bonds they create.

James's dedication shines through not only in his passion for sports but also in his commitment to the people he interacts with, showcasing his dedication. As he seamlessly merges his personal enthusiasm with his professional endeavors, we eagerly anticipate the continued evolution of his journey within the Whitecaps organization.

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Email: [email protected]

Food & Beverage

Matt began as the Concessions Assistant at the Berlin Raceway in 2001. He moved over to the Whitecaps full-time in 2003 as Director of Food & Beverage and managed both venues until Berlin Raceway sold in 2009.

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Email: [email protected]

Amanda is a graduate of Grand Valley State University with a degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management with an emphasis in Meetings and Events. She started her hospitality career at the young age of 12 years old working in her parent’s ice cream shop and has worked in a customer service environment ever since! After holding several roles within the organization, Amanda took on the newly created role of Hospitality Manager in 2013 and oversees the suite level, group picnic areas, 4topps tables and anything involving group hospitality experiences!

When not at the ballpark, Amanda is either deep into a home DIY project, reading or is squeezing in as much time with her niece as she can.

Walk-Up Song: “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” - Whitney Houston

Email: [email protected]

Danielle joined the Whitecaps full-time in 2020 after two seasons working as a Concession Stand Supervisor and the Food and Beverage Coordinator. Originally from the East Side of Michigan, Danielle realized the West Side is the best side not only because of the West Michigan Whitecaps, but also through attending Grand Valley State University and working with Gilda's LaughFest for 6 festivals. Baseball has always been her favorite sport to watch, and she has played on the diamond herself since t-ball. If she's not at the ballpark or catching up on her long list of shows - you can likely find her making lists, color coding something, or creating a spreadsheet for something that probably doesn't need a spreadsheet.

Walk-Up Song: Victory by Hunter Hayes

Email: [email protected]

Travis started working at the ballpark in 2007, working the popcorn stand and became the vending supervisor in 2012. He worked in vending for 10 years before becoming the Food and Beverage coordinator.

Graduated from Comstock Park in 2011 and then from Grand Rapids Community College in 2017 with a Computer Science degree.

When not working, hobbies include playing video games, watching the lions, and playing softball.

Walk-Up Song: "Wonderwall" by Oasis

Email: [email protected]

Matt joined the food and beverage team in the winter of 2020. He started his culinary career in the small town of Prescott Arizona. He met his wife Meryll and moved to Oregon where he spent the next ten years. Looking for a new adventure they moved to Michigan and Matt soon after started working for the Whitecaps. When Matt is not working he enjoys sports, paddle boarding, traveling and exploring.

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Email: [email protected]

Facility & Operations

Not a stranger to the organization, Brett was an Operations Intern during the 2018 season. He is a graduate of Davenport University with his BBA in Sports Management. Brett also has prior experience with the United Shore Professional Baseball League in Utica, MI during the 2017 season

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Email: [email protected]

Jacob has held various roles at West Michigan. Starting off his career with the whitecaps in 2021 as an usher and parking attendant. Then joining the operations team in 2022 as an assistant. Jacob has now taken over the role of operations coordinator for the 2023 season. Jacob is a student at Michigan State studying Kinesiology with a double minor in coaching and Sports management. When Jacob isn’t at the ballpark he enjoys working out and watching sports. Go green!

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Email: [email protected]

Nicolas joins the West Michigan Whitecaps as their Ballpark Operations Coordinator, making this his sixth season with the ‘Caps! Nic started out as a suite runner and moved to suite kitchen expeditor and Operations Intern during the seasons he worked at the ballpark. In the 2021-2022 season he stepped away to further pursue his degree in Operations Management at Grand Valley State University and to also become the Assistant General Manager at the Main Street Pub in Allendale.

Using his preexisting knowledge of the Whitecaps paired with the skills and experienced he has attained through managing, serving, and bartending, Nic hopes to become a true asset to the Operations Team and the Whitecaps in general!

If Nic isn’t at the ballpark, he likes to spend his free time on the golf course, usually in the rough, or spending time with friends and family outdoors, jet skiing, fishing, or taking long walks on the beach while watching the sunset!

Walk-Up Song: "Till I Forget About You" - Big Time Rush

Email: [email protected]**

A native of Newport, MI, Hooten recently completed his seventh season as the Head Groundskeeper for the West Michigan Whitecaps in 2023. He was named the 2019 and 2021 Midwest League Groundskeeper of the Year. Hooten was also named as the 2019 Single-A Groundskeeper of the Year during the winter meetings in San Diego, CA (Winter 2019).

Before joining the Whitecaps in 2017, Hooten graduated from Mississippi State University with a degree in Agronomy with an emphasis in Golf and Sports Turf Management. While attending school he interned for the Toledo Mudhens and the Detroit Tigers. Upon graduating he went on to work for the Nashville Sounds, and the Kannapolis Intimidators. In 2016 he became the Head Groundskeeper for the Beloit Snappers, now the Beloit Sky Carp of the Midwest League.

While being the Head Groundskeeper of the Whitecaps, Hooten is currently the President of the Michigan Sports Field Managers Association and is also on the Board of Directors for the Michigan Turfgrass Foundation representing Sports and Institutional Turf. In his spare time, he likes to spend time with his wife Emily, and daughters Maddy, Charlee, and Hayden. #hailstate

Walk-Up Song: "Who Let The Dogs Out" - Baha Men

Email: [email protected]

Kipp joined the team in 2018 with over 15 years of experience in construction, remodeling along with owning a residential and commercial painting and retail fixture installations business. In Kipps' spare time he enjoys fishing and spending time with his family. He currently resides in Coopersville with his wife Patty and their 3 children.

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Email: [email protected]

Office Administration

Dave grew up in West Michigan and started full-time with the Whitecaps in Spring of 2019. He earned his B.B.A in Accounting and Finance from Grand Valley and holds a M.S in Information System and well as a M.B.A from Western Michigan. Dave is responsible for the overall accountability and management of the day to day finance and accounting functions. He currently resides in Ada with his wife Mandy, their sons Braedon and Jack, and daughter Claire. When not at the ballpark he enjoys relaxing at the lake, camping, hiking, serving the community as a board member for local non-profits, and coaching his kids' youth sports.

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Email: [email protected]

Brendan was born and raised in Grand Rapids, and grew up going to Whitecaps games. He graduated from Western Michigan University in 2019 with a B.B.A. in Accounting, and completed his M.S.A in 2020. He is returning to the Whitecaps after a stint from 2016-18, where he entertained fans as Franky the Swimming Pig and a member of the Promotions team. This experience enabled him to land the role of Buster Bronco from 2018-2020 during his time at Western.

In his free time, you can find Brendan swimming and running, obsessing over everything Disney-related, or performing with the Grand Rapids Opera company.

Walk-Up Song: “Kickstart My Heart” by Motley Crue

Email: [email protected]

Scott became a full-time staff member in April of 2001 after starting the season as the Group Sale Intern. He had been a Staffing, Inc. employee at Fifth Third Ballpark since 1994. He, his wife Angie and their two daughters live in Comstock Park.

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Email: [email protected]

Kyle began his first season with the Whitecaps in 2007 as a part-time game day employee. He worked primarily in the Suite level as a food runner for the 2007-2010 seasons and then transitioned to a Suite cook for the 2011-2018 seasons.

In 2015 he began working part-time in the Front Office as the IT Assistant. During this time, he also attended GRCC part-time and graduated with a degree in Network Administration. At the onset of the 2019 season he was hired in full-time as the IT Assistant.

In 2018, Kyle and his then-fiancée Kristen, bought their first house together in the same neighborhood where they both grew up, right here in Comstock Park. They married in October of 2019, and live happily with their two dogs, Sammy and Max.

Walk-Up Song: "Higher Ground" - Red Hot Chili Peppers

Email: [email protected]

Receptionist/Admin

Introducing Ashley, a member of the Whitecaps team since 2018. She has worn many hats in several different departments such as Food and Beverage, Operations, Administration, and People Operations. When she's not busy making waves in the world of baseball, Ashley enjoys unwinding with board and card games, as well as soaking up quality time with her family at their cottage and indulging in some retail therapy. Ashley currently calls Byron Center home, where she resides with her husband, Larry, and her 2 adorable miniature dachshunds, Phoebe and Nala.

Walk-Up Song: “Stadium Rave" - Spongebob Squarepants

Email: [email protected]

Brian joined the Whitecaps front office in March of 2023. He is a 2022 graduate of Grand Valley State University with a Bachelor of Science in Sport Management and is currently obtaining his master's degree in Communications from GVSU. During nearly all of his undergraduate experience, he was an intern in the Marketing and Fan Development department of GVSU Athletics along with other departments across campus.

During his free time, he enjoys spending time outside, listening to music, and going to sporting events. Brian is originally from Franklin, Michigan and currently resides in Grand Rapids with his partner, Marissa.

Walk-Up: "Kiwi" - Harry Styles

Email: [email protected]

Radio Play-By-Play

Dan Hasty joined the Whitecaps in early 2015 after spending his four previous years working in Detroit Sports radio at 97.1 The Ticket. While there, he served as a producer for Stoney, Bill & Sara Mornings, co-hosted talk shows, and served as the Pregame, Halftime and Postgame Show Host for the Detroit Lions Radio Network. Dan and his wife Angelina reside in Grand Rapids with their daughter.

Email: [email protected]

2024 Interns

For more information, contact Mitch Hooten at [email protected]

Details and Application will be available soon!

Details and Application will be available soon.

Details and Application will be available soon.

Details and Application will be available soon.

Ryan is a 2024 upcoming Central Michigan University graduate (Fire Up!) with a sports management and business administration degree. Before joining the front office team as an intern, he placed second in his Pistons ticket sales project. He helped bring up to 20,000 dollars in donations and food to the Isabella community soup kitchen for a service project during school.

In his free time, you can catch Ryan either gaming up a storm in Fortnite, overwatch, or watching and participating in baseball and basketball. He also enjoys playing guitar and is beginning quite the collection.

Walk-Up Song: "FE!N" by Travis Scott

Email: [email protected]

Radio & Game Information

Radio Announcers: Dan Hasty and Nate Wangler
No. of Games Broadcast: Home-66, Away-66
Radio Streaming: Click Here
PA Announcer: Michael Newell
On-Field Host: Bob Wells
Official Scorers: Joey Sutherlin, Aaron Sagraves and Jesse Campbell
Stadium Name: LMCU Ballpark
Location: MAP U.S. 131 North from Grand Rapids to exit 91 (West River Drive).
Standard Game Times: Tues.-Sat. 6:35pm, Sun. 2pm
Visiting Club Hotel: Hampton Inn Grand Rapids North, 500 Center Drive NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49544, (616) 647-1000