Talking Baseball – Winter Meetings
Throughout the offseason, keep an eye out for my new series titled “Talking Baseball”. I’ll spend a few minutes each week talking to current and former baseball players about the game of baseball and much more.
Welcome to the sixth edition of Talking Baseball. This edition is special as it was recorded on the final day of the Winter Meetings in Nashville, TN. It was a great week for members of the Charlotte Knights front office staff, who had a terrific opportunity at a learning experience like no other.
The Winter Meetings are different for everyone. For myself, I enjoy the opportunity to be in the media room and listen to press conferences. I enjoy seeing people that I work with from throughout the year, including GMs, Scouts, PR Directors, and many others. Of course, there are also meetings that I attend.
For Matt Millward, Philip Norvell, and Ryan Petrere, there is much more to the Winter Meetings. The trio of Charlotte Knights staff members spent most of their days in seminars, meetings, and walking the Trade Show floor to find new items and ideas to bring back to Charlotte. I thought it would be interesting to hear from them.
Matt Millward is the Charlotte Knights Director of Ticket Sales. Matt is one of the hardest working people you will ever meet in MiLB. His ideas are innovative and he always gives 110%.
Interesting Fact about Matt: Matt and I both interned with the Lehigh Valley IronPigs in 2009. Matt was a big reason for me getting the job with the Charlotte Knights in 2012. We are both Penn State University graduates!
Philip Norvell is the Charlotte Knights Promotions Manager.He spent the 2015 season as the team’s Community Relations Associate and recently moved on to handle all of the team’s promotional nights.
Interesting Fact about Philip: Nicknames are “Uncle Phil” or “Dr. Phil” or sometimes “Philly Cheesesteak”… okay, I just made that last one up (I actually made all of them up).
Ryan Petrere is the newest member of the Charlotte Knights front office staff. Ryan is the team’s Merchandise Manager and handles everything related to the team’s store — the Armor Shoppe.
Interesting Fact about Ryan: His last name is Petrere, which rhymes with canary. That’s all I got, he’s new!
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