Two Years Ago Today…

Welcome back to the Knight Fever blog!

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Today is a special day on a number of levels. First, I sent out a press release about the Knights new partnership with the DoubleTree by Hilton Charlotte. The stunning Uptown Charlotte hotel signed on with the Knights to become the host hotel. It’s exciting!

So what does that mean?

It means Homer the Dragon gets to answer phone calls!

Okay — seriously — it means all of the visiting teams in the International League will stay there when they come to Charlotte. It also means they will enjoy delicious cookies too!

On Wednesday, I made the trip to the beautiful hotel with Homer the Dragon, to take a look at what the players will have when they check in. Homer felt right at home — answering phones, posing with fans for numerous pictures, and eating some of those delicious cookies!

It was a lot of fun to walk around the hotel. I’m very excited about our partnership! The official host hotel of the Charlotte Knights beginning in 2014 will be the DoubleTree by Hilton Charlotte. Here is my official release: Knights Announce Host Hotel.

On a personal note, two years ago today, I stepped foot in Knights Stadium for the first time ever. In fact, two years and a day ago, I stepped foot into Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina — for the first time ever too! knights stadium

Today (November 21) is the two year anniversary of when I was hired by the Charlotte Knights. Two years ago today, I walked into Fort Mill, sat down for an interview, and was later offered the job as Director of PR/Media Relations. It was a day I’ll never forget.

For those of you that don’t know, I was born in Brooklyn, NY and grew up there for a good part of my life. Then, my family moved to the Poconos. I ended up spending a lot of years in Pennsylvania. I lived in the Poconos, Hazleton, State College, Allentown, Bethlehem, and Kutztown. It sounds like that Johnny Cash song — “I’ve been everywhere man…” — but just in PA, NY, & probably NJ. It was time to move on and the Carolinas have always been somewhere I could see myself living!

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In fact, here’s a fun story… I was always a huge Hootie and the Blowfish fan. Loved them! The first concert I ever saw was Hootie and the Blowfish at Hershey Park in 1996. I’ll never forget it.

Being that they were from South Carolina, it always sounded like an awesome place to be. They made me want to move to South Carolina one day. They definitely made me want to travel to SC to see them in concert too. This past August — I got to do that! I saw Hootie and the Blowfish in concert in Charleston — it was amazing! Charleston is a great spot too!

Anyways — back to my interview — on November 21.

Once I came out of the interview, I knew this was where I wanted to be. Vice President of Marketing Mark Smith (he interviewed me) and the rest of the staff were so kind.

While it was far away from my family and friends, I knew it was a place that I could thrive in. It was a struggling franchise on the cusp of greatness. A new ballpark in its future — and tons of hope for something great! How could I pass that up?

In the two years since, a lot has happened in my life — but I wouldn’t change it for a second! I’m very excited to see what the next two years will bring. As Thanksgiving nears, I’m very thankful for all that I have in my life.

Through the good times and the bad…

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