Organization also announces promotions for three front-office staff members
ALTOONA -- Curve Baseball LP, which owns and operates the Altoona Curve (Double-A/Eastern League) and State College Spikes (Class A Short-Season/New York-Penn League) in Central Pennsylvania, today announced the addition of a new Chief Financial Officer, as well as promotions for three members of the franchise's front office staff.
John Donley has joined Curve Baseball LP as the new Chief Financial Officer, while Derek Martin has been promoted to Director of Altoona Ticket Sales and Chris Phillips to Director of State College Ticket Sales. Matt Hoover has been promoted to the position of Director of Promotions. The announcements were made by Curve Baseball LP President and Managing Partner Chuck Greenberg.
"We are very pleased to welcome Central Pennsylvania native John Donley to the Curve Baseball Family and to add his 16 years of experience in the area of finance to our hard-working front office staff, which continues to grow and set higher goals and expectations for the future," said Greenberg. "We are also grateful to Derek, Chris and Matt for the dedication and leadership which they have shown in previous seasons and we're looking forward to seeing their careers continue to blossom in their expanded roles with our two franchises."
Donley will direct the daily financial operations for the Curve and Spikes, including financial reporting, banking relationships, budgeting and accounting. He will oversee each of those areas in support of Altoona Curve General Manager Todd Parnell and State College Spikes General Manager Rick Janac.
John joins Curve Baseball LP after spending the past eight years as the Finance Manager for Altoona-based Cookson Electronics' Industrial Division, where he was responsible for the overall management of the general accounting functions, including preparation of financial statements and budgets, cash management of the operations and the administration of all financial management systems. He was born and raised in Houtzdale, graduated from Moshannon Valley High School and is a 1990 graduate of Penn State University. John and his wife, Pam, currently reside in Logan Township with their two daughters, Lauren and Sarah.
Martin completed his fourth season with Curve Baseball LP in 2006. In his new role as Director of Ticket Sales for the Altoona Curve, the Clarion, Pa., native and Slippery Rock University graduate will direct the Curve's regional ticketing and group sales efforts. Derek first joined the Curve prior to the 2003 season as a Ticket Account Manager before being promoted to the position of Associate Director of Ticket Sales in 2005.
Phillips, a native of State College and graduate of Penn State University, will oversee the regional ticketing and group sales efforts for the Spikes at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park. Chris recently completed his fourth season working in ticket sales for Curve Baseball LP. He started his career in 2003 as a Ticket Account Manager before becoming Associate Director of Ticket Sales in 2005.
Hoover has been promoted to the position of Director of Promotions after serving as the franchise's Assistant Director of Promotions during the 2006 baseball season. His responsibilities include coordinating the promotional and giveaway schedules for both the Curve and Spikes, booking pre- and in-game entertainment and overseeing all on-field contests and promotions. Matt, a 2005 graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania, first joined the Curve as a Marketing and Promotions Intern in 2005.
"I am personally very proud of Derek, Chris and Matt for the continued commitment and leadership they have shown during their time with our franchises and we felt that it was time to reward them for their hard work," said Curve General Manager Todd Parnell. "I have had the pleasure of watching each of them grow both professionally and personally and they each embody the type of people that we want to have, not only leading our front office staffs, but interacting with the communities in Altoona and State College."