Staff News: Altoona | Ballpark Digest
Lots of new faces in the Altoona curve (Double-A North-East) front office, including the announcement of Nate bowen as the new CEO, becoming the sixth CEO in franchise history.
He replaces Derek martin, which moves to the P&C insurance division of Leavitt Group – LR Webber Associates. Martin will step down from his day-to-day responsibilities at Curve and take on the role of Senior Advisor where he will assist Nate in his new role as well as developing corporate partnerships for the 2022 season.
Season 2022 will mark Bowen’s tenth season as a front office member of Altoona Curve after spending the past three seasons as an assistant general manager. He first joined Altoona as a communications and broadcast assistant in 2013 before moving up the ranks of ticket sales, he was appointed deputy general manager in fall 2018.
“Nate has been an integral part of our team here for a long time. He has helped our organization in countless ways throughout his career, and we all think he’s ready for this next challenge, ”said David Lozinak, COO of Curve, in a press release. “Nate has extensive experience in all aspects of our operation, so he’s just not a pretty voice most people have heard on the radio; he is an extremely intelligent person who is very familiar with minor league baseball. He’s Derek’s natural successor as Nate has been his right-hand man for three and a half years, and we hope he excels with Derek’s help along the way.
A native of Fremont, Ohio, Bowen received a bachelor’s degree in broadcasting / mass communications / public relations from Baldwin-Wallace University in 2009 and began his career in professional baseball as a broadcast and relations representative. media with the Princeton Rays (Rookie; Appalachian League), Durham Bulls (Triple-A; International League) and Northwest Arkansas Naturals (Double-A; Texas League).
Bowen’s time in the broadcast booth at Altoona spanned five seasons which included the winner of the 2017 Eastern League Championship, the 2014 Eastern League All-Star Game as well as the 2017 Eastern League All-Star Game. ‘Pirates vs. Altoona Curve exhibition at PNG Field in 2013.
The Curve has also made the following personnel announcements.
Jess knott was appointed Director of Corporate Partnerships after having served as Director of Ticketing at Curve since the fall of 2018. Knott began her career in Curve, Pa., as a box office intern in 2014 and has hired as a full-time associate in 2015 before being appointed Box Office Manager from 2017. A peerless basketball player at Altoona Area High School, where she graduated in 2010, Jess played two seasons of college basketball at Lycoming College before completing his commerce degree at Penn State in 2015.
Ed Moffett returns to Curve after spending three seasons with Altoona as Senior Ticket Account Manager. As Director of Box Office, Moffett will oversee all ticket sales and operations. A native of Bernville, Pa., Moffett is a Penn State graduate and spent three seasons with the Reading Fightin Phils (Double-A; Eastern League) before joining the Altoona front office in the fall of 2016.
Joining the ticket office full time means Austin Finochio as a ticket manager, Maddie Shetrom, Rebekah Grainer and Reagan mckeon as Ticket Account Managers.
A native of Hollidaysburg, Finochio joined the Curve in the 2021 season after graduating from Indiana University in Pennsylvania with his sports administration degree. While at the IUP, Austin was a member of the Kappa Theta chapter of the Kappa Sigma fraternity and held several different leadership positions and a member of the IUP Sports Management Club. Prior to coming to The Curve, Austin completed athletic facility internships with the Kiski School and served as the athletic director of the Indiana County YMCA.
Shetrom also joined the Curve in the 2021 season after graduating from Le Moyne College in Communications where she was a member of the women’s basketball team after playing at Altoona Area High School. A member of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee as she competed for the dolphins, Shetrom is thrilled to be back home to work for the team she grew up watching.
Grainer is originally from Richmond, Va., And attended James Madison University before joining Curve for the 2021 season as a sales intern. While graduating in Sports Management and Recreation Management with a minor in Business, Grainer worked with the local County Parks and Recreation Department where she helped manage the after-school program at local elementary and high schools. and spent the 2019 season as a match day ticket sales representative. with the Richmond Flying Squirrels (Double-A; Eastern League).
A native of McKees Rock, Pa., McKeon graduated from Penn State one semester in early December 2020 with a degree in Advertising and Public Relations. She comes to The Curve from York Revolution where she did a two-season internship in Marketing and Box Office. Reagan grew up in Northern Virginia, while at Penn State she was part of the Alpha Delta Pi sorority and the John Curley Center for Sports Journalism.
The Curve also hosted Ryan long to full-time staff as a dealership assistant. Long is from Center Hall, PA and graduated in 2021 from Penn State with a degree in Management and Marketing and a minor in Entrepreneurship. During his studies, he was a member of the Sheetz Fellows Entrepreneurship Program, which allowed him to travel and network. Through the program, he met Curve CEO Derek Martin, who became Ryan’s mentor.
In the Creative Services Department, Morgan ebersole joined the team as Creative Services Assistant. Originally from Martinsburg, Pa., Ebersole worked as a front office intern for Curve in 2019 and graduated in Graphic Design from Pennsylvania College of Technology in May 2021 and joined the team during the 2021 season for the production and support. the creative services department.
Within the Ballpark Operations department, Matt clark was hired as an assistant field goalkeeper after spending the 2021 season assisting the chief field goalkeeper, James petrella. A native of Wadsworth, Ohio, Clark received his sports administration degree from the University of Louisville. Clark worked as a member of the Gameday Grounds team with the Akron RubberDucks (Double-A; Eastern League) for the 2017 and 2018 seasons before joining the Louisville Bats (Reds, Triple-A) as an operations intern. of the stadium. Clark then spent the 2020-21 academic year working with the University of Louisville Athletics as a stadium operations and facilities assistant.