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Anthony "Tex" Simone - Executive Vice President/Chief Operating Officer
The 2004 season will mark the 44th year of Syracuse baseball for Tex. He previously served the team as Trainer, Business Manager, and 27 years as General Manager. Along with his duties for the SkyChiefs, Tex also serves as Vice President of the International League. Tex was inducted into the Greater Syracuse Sports Hall of Fame in 1991 and the Syracuse Baseball Wall of Fame in 2001. Email Tex

John Simone - General Manager
John is in his eighth season as the team's General Manager and 23rd season with the organization. During his tenure with the SkyChiefs, the Syracuse native has served as Director of Public Relations, Sales Director, Director of Operations, and Assistant General Manager. John also serves as the SkyChiefs representative as a League Director. Email John

Don Lehtonen - Assistant General Manager/Director, Finance
Don begins his eighth season with the team in 2004. The native of Mexico, NY oversees the organization's accounting department. Prior to joining the club, Don spent 23 years with the U.S. Navy and six years as controller for a local computer company. Email Don

H.J. Refici - Director, Operations
H.J. is in his tenth season with the SkyChiefs, having previously served the club as an intern, Assistant Director of Ticket Sales, and Director of Ticket Sales. The Cranberry Lake, NY native coordinates the day-to-day operations of the SkyChiefs at P&C Stadium. H.J. also presides over the SkyChiefs printing needs, using his Advertising/Graphic Design background to coordinate the team's print media. Email H.J.

Victor Gallucci - Director, Group Sales
The 2004 season is Victor's 28th with the club. A native of Providence, RI, Vic coordinates the pre-season coupon book campaign, along with overseeing the group sales department-including picnics, patio parties, and birthday parties.

Andy Gee - Director, Sales/Community & Media Relations
Andy is now in his seventh season with the SkyChiefs and eighth in professional baseball, having also completed an internship with the Rochester Red Wings in 1997. Andy assumed the role media relations director this season and he will continue to work on corporate sales and serve as the team's liaison with the community. Andy is responsible for scheduling player and mascot appearances throughout the year and handling all donation requests. A native of Wellsville, NY, Andy is a 1998 Ithaca College Graduate. Email Andy

Mike Voutsinas - Director, Promotions/Internet Technologies
Mike is in his fourth full season with the SkyChiefs, and his first in a new capacity, having previously served as the club's Director of Ticket Sales for three seasons. Mike is responsible for corporate sales, promotions, and maintaining SkyChiefs.com. Prior to joining the staff full-time, Mike was an intern in 1999 and a customer service representative in 2000. A native of Fayetteville, Mike is a graduate of Northeastern University and the Canisius College Sport Administration Master's Program. Email Mike

Jon Blumenthal - Director, Ticket Sales
Jon is the newest member of the SkyChiefs front office, having joined the club in February 2004. Before coming to Syracuse, Jon spent four seasons as the Assistant General Manager of the Batavia Muckdogs. Jon oversees every aspect of the SkyChiefs ticket office including season ticket sales and game day ticket sales. A native of Randolph, MA and a graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Jon has also worked for the Pawtucket Red Sox, Massachusetts Mad Dogs, and Newark Raptors. Email Jon

Wendy Shoen - Director, Merchandising
Wendy is in her seventh season as the SkyChiefs Director of Merchandising. The Syracuse native's duties include overseeing all aspects of the Stadium Souvenir Store and coordinating the SkyChiefs souvenir merchandise inventory. Visit the online store or contact Wendy at 315-474-7833 for specific merchandise information .

Jim Jacobson - Head Groundskeeper
Jim begins his fifth season as the Head Groundskeeper at Alliance Bank Stadium and seventh overall with the team's grounds crew. Jim is a long-time social studies teacher and former baseball, football, and wrestling coach as VVS High School. In 1999 as Head Baseball Coach at VVS, Jim was named the CNY and Mohawk Valley's Coach of the Year.

Priscilla Vendetti
"The Voice of the SkyChiefs," the Liverpool native is in her seventh season as the SkyChiefs front office receptionist. Priscilla has also spent time with the club in the ticket, merchandise, and customer service departments.

Ryan Abbott - Director, Clubhouse Operations