Getting to CHS Field

Saints Staff


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The St. Louis, MO native is a recovering attorney whose baseball career began accidentally in 1992 when he sold an outfield wall billboard, program ad and four season tickets to the general manager of a moving company as they stood on the courthouse steps following a hearing.

From 1993-98, he served as the Saints' Director of Operations and Assistant General Manager.

He spent two seasons as the Director of Corporate Sales for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays before joining the Goldklang Group in January 2001. He was principally involved in the start-up of the Can-Am League's Brockton Rox and the construction of a new baseball stadium and conference center in the Boston suburb in 2002. A year later, he was on hand when the Rox won the league championship.

In August 2002, he returned to the Saints, assuming his current position as Executive Vice-President responsible for business development. He lives in Lino Lakes with his wife, Kathleen and their three children – Ruth, a Senior at Loras College, Tom, a Freshman at De Paul Univeristy and Jack, Saints bat boy. He is a minority owner in the team.

twhaley@saintsbaseball.com
651-288-9873 

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It is a name synonymous with fun at the ballpark. Veeck continues to blaze new trails every baseball season. After all, who else would hire a dog or pig to deliver baseballs to the umpire, a Roman Catholic nun to give massages, mimes to perform instant replays or lock fans out of the stadium to set an all-time attendance record for fewest people at a game. The Veeck family started in baseball nearly a century ago when Veeck's grandfather was president of the Chicago Cubs. Veeck's father, Bill, was a Hall of Fame owner with the St. Louis Browns, Cleveland Indians, Chicago White Sox and the then-minor league Milwaukee Brewers. Bill Veeck will always be remembered for signing Larry Doby, the first black man to play in the American League.

Serving to put fun back into baseball while proving his ideas are not specific to sport, Veeck has spoken and entertained groups at companies such as the NBA, 3M, General Mills, and NASCAR. His first book was released in 2005, entitled "Fun is Good," describing how the simple approach of putting "fun" back into the workplace brings out the best in your employees and keeps your customers coming back for more. He has taken the "Fun is Good" way of life and helped his teams routinely reach attendance and customer service milestones, while receiving national publicity and awards for innovative promotions. He has made appearances on 60 Minutes, HBO Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel, NBC Nightly News and ESPN Sportscenter.


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Just one month prior to the start of the 2004 season Derek Sharrer headed north from Charleston, SC. The Saints fourth championship would come just a few months later, but more importantly the stands at Midway Stadium were filled. In his time with the Saints the ballpark has been over 100% each year and the Saints have ranked first or second in attendance including a franchise record 103% in 2008.

Upon beginning his career in Fort Myers, FL with the Goldklang Groups Florida State League franchise, the Whiteland, IN native rose through the ranks of the Miracle quickly, ascending to the GM's chair in 1997. As part of the job there, he worked extensively with the Miracle's parent team – the Minnesota Twins – during spring training. The Miracle has consistently bucked the trend of poor Florida State League attendance and has led in that department now for several years.

In 2001, he moved to Charleston, SC. The RiverDogs, a Tampa Bay affiliate at the time (they are currently linked with the Yankees) in the Class A South Atlantic League, set attendance records every year Sharrer was there. With the help of such interesting promotions as Nobody Night (when fans weren't allowed into the ballpark until it was an official game), the Riverdogs drew a team record 259,007 fans in 2003. Charleston mayor Joe Riley thought so much of Sharrer that he helped organize a special day in his honor before he left to join the Saints.

The days in St. Paul have been just as magical, leading a staff that has come up with promotional ideas that have gained national attention. Everything from Bud Selig ties to the Michael Vick Chew Toy to the incredible Bobblefoot in 2008.

"St. Paul is a special place to live and work – particularly if work in minor league baseball," Sharrer said. "The Saints' tradition – thanks primarily to our fans – was established long before I arrived. I'm just thrilled to be a continuing part of it."

Sharrer resides in Woodbury with his wife Kandice, sons Sullivan (9) and Lawson (7). "My family and I have thoroughly enjoyed our time here," he said. "We are looking forward to many more years to come."

dsharrer@saintsbaseball.com
651-288-9874 

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The 2017 season will mark Chris's 14th in baseball, all with the Goldklang Group. This White Bear Lake native received his Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from Minnesota State University. In 2004, he started as a game day intern during the Saints championship season.Following that season, he moved to Sioux Falls and began working for the Canaries. Chris had many rolls with the "Birds" including Promotions Director, Box Office Manager, Director of Sales, and Assistant General Manager. 2008 was a banner year for Schwab and for the Canaries, while breaking attendance records, the Canaries brought home their first ever championship. Following the 2009 season, Schwab found his way back home to the Saints and Midway Stadium. He works heavily in the ticket and sponsorship sales area and can be heard every game night telling fellow staff members "smiles everyone." Schwab resides in Blaine with his wife Jocelyn, their son Hudson and their family dog Charlie. 

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Krista takes the reins as Business Manager just in time for the Saints’ 23rd season and our first at CHS Field. She brings nearly 20 years of varied accounting experience, four years of league management experience with Minnesota RollerGirls, and a brand new shiny B.S. in Sport Management from California University of Pennsylvania. A transplant to Minnesota, Krista has wholeheartedly embraced life on the frozen tundra. She enjoys skating, fishing, and working on her 130 year old house in Dayton’s Bluff that she shares with her black cat, Loki and standard poodle, Daisy.

kschnelle@saintsbaseball.com

651-288-9871


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Sean Michael Aronson was born Jose Tariq O'Shansky on May 13, 1977 on a farm in the Virgin Islands. He along with his peasant parents, made their way to the United States as part of the witness protection program where young Jose had to change his name to Sean. They moved to the mountains in Montana where Sean grew up wrestling bears and chasing wolves in the middle of the night. He lived a life of hard ship owning one pair of torn pants and and shoes made from card board. He vowed to "make it big" and give back to his parents who had 5 jobs each just to make ends meet. Sean left the country side of Montana for bigger things in LA where he was a cast member on the original Real World. It was there that he was discovered and came up with the idea of Survivor selling the rights to Mark Burnett. He made his first million at the age of 17 and made it to the Fortune 500 at the age of 19. He got into broadcasting as a hobby at the age of 23 and got his first broadcasting job at 24. Two years later he landed a job with the Miracle and after four years in Fort Myers, Sean wanted to move to a place with cold winters and below freezing temperatures to toughen him back up as he felt he became too soft living in 80 degree weather each day. He is now the broadcaster for the Saints and fans can find him shoveling snow on the highways, in the middle of the night, in nothing but shorts. His E True Hollywood Story titled "From the Outhouse to the Penthouse" is due out early next year.

saronson@saintsbaseball.com
651-288-9882 

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Sierra Bailey started off as a Saints game-day intern in 2009 while she was attending the University of Minnesota, earning her degree in Sport Management. From there, she went on to work for the Minnesota Twins, Timberwolves, and Lynx, finally making her way back to the Saints in 2013. In her words, the best things in life are laughing, family, and making up words. She enjoys all sports, and is confident that Coach K will be president some day. GO SAINTS!

sbailey@saintsbaseball.com
651-288-9885 



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tjeffers@saintsbaseball.com
 651-288-9891 


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mjeffrey@saintsbaseball.com

651-288-9893 

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zheinselman@saintsbaseball.com
763-703-5217 

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Darion Fletcher graduated from the University of Minnesota Duluth in 2016 with a degree in Marketing. At UMD Fletcher was also a member of the football team where he was an all conference player (1st team) and also holds three career records for the Bulldogs (pass break ups in a career, season, and game). Prior to being hired full time as the Ticket Office Manger Darion was the Group Sales Intern for the Saints during the 2016 season. When not at CHS Field he's either hanging with family, friends, or his Old English Bulldog named Uno.

651-288-9880
dfletcher@saintsbaseball.com

ckoopman@saintsbaseball.com
651-288-3573 

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 If it happens at CHS Field, Curtis is the man that will oversee it.  From sporting events, to concerts and everything in between that CHS Field will hold this is the man who will make sure it all runs smoothly.  Curtis joined the Saints in 2005 and was the Director of Food and Beverage until the closing days of Midway.  Curtis attended the University of Wisconsin where he majored in Computer Science and Business. He started up the food chain as a stand manager at the Metrodome in 1987. During his time there, he worked in nearly every facet of the operation, spending time in such exotic ports at Columbus, OH and Tinley Park, IL. He served as Concessions/Assistant General Manager when he left in 1999 for a three-year stint as the Food and Beverage Director at St. Croix Meadows Track in Hudson, WI.

curtis@saintsbaseball.com
651-288-9876 

Kelly Hagenson graduated from Concordia University St. Paul in 2013 with a degree in graphic design. Immediately after graduating she was hired as a marketing intern for Make-A-Wish MN and shortly after completing her internship she joined the St. Paul Saints as their Marketing Services Manager. Kelly can be found updating the website, designing ads, or running the videoboard during the game. When she's not working you can find her at the nearest golf course or at the local bar cheering on all of the Minnesota sports ball teams. 

khagenson@saintsbaseball.com
651-288-9872

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Gina is in her sixteenth season working for the Saints. She began her career with the Saints working in the first base concession stands with other parents from her children's hockey association. Now in her tenth year in the Saints front office, Gina represents the Saints as their office manager and the main contact regarding non-profit fundraiser donations.

Gina and her husband Glenn reside in the Como Park area of St. Paul along with their seven children; all of whom have worked with the Saints at some capacity as well!  When not at the stadium, Gina can be found cheering on one of her many children at a local baseball field, football field, or hockey arena.

 

gina@saintsbaseball.com
651-288-9870 

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Figuring stuff out since 1992. 

jlynn@saintsbaseball.com
651-288-9884
 

Nick Baker is a graduate of Iowa State University in Horticulture and Turf Management. He is no stranger to the well-manicured grounds of sports venues in the Twin Cities.  Baker spent 2012-14 on the grounds crew at Target Field under the guidance of Larry DeVito. Prior to his time at Target Field he got his hands dirty by working on the grounds crews at both Citi Field, the home of the New York Mets and Principal Park, home of the Triple-A Iowa Cubs. He spent the last six months as the Assistant Groundskeeper at the University of Minnesota. He worked on TCF Field, the football practice fields and maintained the softball and baseball fields. Now Nick will be in charge of developing and maintaining a first rate playing surface for CHS Field's many users.  He will also be responsible for the care of the field's many landscape highlights in and around the ballpark.

nbaker@saintsbaseball.com
651-288-9892 

agutknecht@saintsbaseball.com
763-703-5216

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ecoblentz@saintsbaseball.com

651-288-9888