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That’s His Ticket!

Today, I caught up with one of our first winners in our FanTastic 40 promotion: Mark Stinebrink from Lake Geneva, WI.

If you don’t know Mark, you will soon. That’s because, for one game during the 2013 season, Mark’s photo is going to be printed on a Brewers season ticket!

Mark Stinebrink

Mark showed up at our offices this afternoon ready for the shoot. He was greeted with quite the entourage– Jeff Harding, our Senior Graphic Designer, who will be designing the tickets; Brittany Luznicky, our Marketing & Promotions Coordinator was on hand to supply props (a cap, a bat, etc.); Jason Massopust, his Account Executive; Billy Friess, Senior Director of Ticket Sales, and me, covering the shoot for the blog, as we escorted him to his shoot with Scott Paulus, our team photographer

Mark has been a Season Seat Holder on his own since 1998 and has been coming to games well before that. His seats are on the Field Level near the Visitors’ dugout..

The shoot lasted about 20 minutes and Mark was a great sport. It was great to see this prize going to such a loyal Brewers fan.

“I think this is a really neat prize,” he said. “Everyone says, how come you are so lucky? I say, ‘I’m not lucky, I’m just blessed.’” 

Note: I've deliberately obscured Mark's face here. You're just going to have to wait until Sunday, July 21, 2013 the date Mark's chosen to have his image appear on his very own season ticket!

Note: I’ve deliberately obscured Mark’s face here. You’re just going to have to wait until Sunday, July 21, 2013 the date Mark’s chosen to have his image appear on his very own season ticket!

Season Seat Holders can look forward to seeing Mark’s finished ticket when their tickets arrive in late March. He’s chosen Sunday, July 21 as the date that he would like his image to appear on the ticket. That date, we’ll be hosting the Miami Marlins at 1:10pm.

Mark said he picked that date because that was a convenient date for his family and friends to come out and celebrate together.

While we know that July 21 is too early to be a date that the Brewers might do something like clinch the division (that’s what happened on the date the 2011 winner chose!), with baseball, you never know what might happen, so let’s hope that ticket is another keepsake for our fans! I know it will be for at least one no matter what.

And the FanTastic 40 promotion–40 Days, 40 drawings, 40 unique prizes and experiences, all for our Season Seat Holders–is just beginning!  

There’s still time to get in the game and, the sooner you get in, the more scoring opportunities you’ll have.  So visit brewers.com/fan40 for more information, including complete rules and regulations!

-CAIT

johnandcait@brewers.com

That’s His Ticket!

Today, I caught up with one of our first winners in our FanTastic 40 promotion: Bob Sarsfield.

If you don’t know Bob, you will soon. That’s because, for one game during the 2012 season, Bob’s photo is going to be printed on a Brewers season ticket!

Bob showed up at our offices this afternoon ready for the shoot. He was greeted with quite the entourage– Jeff
Harding, our Senior Graphic Designer
, who will be designing the tickets; Kelly Candotti, our Marketing & Promotions Coordinator was on hand to supply props (a cap, a bat, etc.); Jason Massopust, his Account Executive; Billy Friess, Senior Director of Ticket Sales, me, covering the shoot for the blog, and cameras from several local television stations–as we escorted him to his shoot with Scott Paulus, our team photographer

Bob has been a Season Seat Holder on his own since 1989, but he has been a fan and had tickets with friends long before that. In fact, since the Brewers have been in Milwaukee, Bob has only missed one Opening Day: Tuesday, April 10, 1973. The reason he remembers it so clearly is because  April 10 is his birthday, and that year, the game against the Boston Red Sox was snowed out, the result of a snowstorm of 13 inches the night prior. In fact, the snowstorm was so bad that the team didn’t end up opening their season at home until that Friday, April 13, winning 2-0 over the Baltimore Orioles.

You never know what might happen when you go to a baseball game and Bob’s witnessed many other memorable moments over the years. Some of those highlights include:

    • Rickey Henderson breaking Lou Brock’s single-season stolen base record at County Stadium on August 27, 1982
    • Nolan Ryan’s 300th win at County Stadium on July 31, 1990
    • Robin Yount’s 3000th hit at County Stadium on September 9, 1992
    • Trevor Hoffman’s 600th save at Miller Park on September 7, 2010
    • The Brewers clinching their first-ever National League Central Division Title on September 23, 2011 at Miller Park
    • And much, much more!

Note: I've deliberately obscured Bob's face here. You're just going to have to wait until Sunday, July 15, 2012, the date Bob's chosen to have his image appear on his very own season ticket!

The shoot lasted about 25 minutes and Bob was a great sport. It was great to see this prize going to such a loyal Brewers fan.

“I’m very excited, this was completely out of the blue,” he said.

Season Seat Holders can look forward to seeing Bob’s finished ticket when their tickets arrive in late March. He’s chosen Sunday, July 15 as the date that he would like his image to appear on the ticket. That date, we’ll be hosting the Pittsburgh Pirates at 1:10pm.

Bob said he picked that date because it is his sister’s birthday and Jennie’s a big Brewers fan, just like him.

While we know that July 15 is too early to be a date that the Brewers might do something like clinch the division (that’s what happened on the date last year’s winner chose!), with baseball, you never know what might happen, so let’s hope that ticket is another keepsake for our fans! I know it will be for at least one no matter what.

And the FanTastic 40 promotion–40 Days, 40 drawings, 40 unique prizes and experiences, all for our Season Seat Holders–is just beginning!  

There’s still time to get in the game and, the sooner you get in, the more scoring opportunities you’ll have.  So visit brewers.com/fan40 for more information, including complete rules and regulations!

-CAIT

johnandcait@brewers.com

Talk About a Souvenir Ticket…

Today,
I caught up with another winner in our FanTastic
40
promotion: Derrick Iseler of Security Insurance Services.

If you don’t know Derrick, you will soon. That’s because, for one
game during the 2011 season, Derrick’s photo is going to be printed on a
Brewers season ticket
!

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Derrick showed up at our offices this afternoon, decked out in his
Brewers gear for the shoot. He was greeted with quite the entourage– Jeff
Harding, our Graphic Designer
, who will be designing the tickets; Kelly
Candotti, our Marketing & Promotions Coordinator
was on hand to supply
props (a cap, a bat, etc.); Nate Hardwick, his Account Executive; Billy
Friess, Director of Season Tickets
and me, covering the shoot for
the blog–as we escorted him to his shoot with Scott Paulus, our team
photographer
.

Derrick’s company, Security Insurance Services, has been a
Season Seat Holder since 1979.  Before Derrick was a Season Seat
Holder through his business, he was one of the Brewers original Season Seat
Holders, signing on with the Club in 1970.  It was great to see this prize
going to such a loyal Brewers fan who has been with us through thick and thin!

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Note: I’ve deliberately obscured Derrick’s image here–you’re going to have to get your hands on a season ticket to the Brewers vs. Marlins game on September 23 to see the final result!

The shoot lasted about 15 minutes and Derrick was a great sport.
When it was over, we asked him if there was a specific game date that he’d like
to have his photo on.

“Hmmm…I don’t know.” Derrick said.

“When’s your birthday? Is it during the season?” Kelly suggested.
It is, but we’re not home that day.

“What about your anniversary? When is that?” she tried again.

“Now you’re testing me!” Derrick joked. “No, it’s September 23.”

On Friday, September 23, we are playing at home against the
Florida Marlins, the date of his 33rd wedding anniversary to his
wife, Cyndi.
 It was settled. The perfect date for his photo to grace the
ticket.

“That works out great, we’ll celebrate at the ballpark,” Derrick
said, “and the Brewers will be leading the division then, or they’ll be right
there!”

You heard it here, folks. Let’s hope Derrick and his wife have a
very happy anniversary!

Although we’re over halfway
through, there is still time to get in on our FanTastic 40 promotion–40 Days, 40 drawings, 40
unique prizes and experiences, all for our Season Seat Holders!

The sooner you get in, the
more scoring opportunities you’ll have. You can’t score if you’re not in the
game, so visit brewers.com/fan40 for more information, including complete rules
and regulations!


-CAIT

johnandcait@brewers.com

The Myth of the Offseason, Continued

Now that we’re well into November and John is back from his trip to Arizona, I thought I’d revisit the  “There is No Offseason For…” series that I started last year about this time.

 

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In case you’re new to the blog or you’ve forgotten, this series stems from what John and I called “The Myth of the Offseason” in our very first post last November. (It is hard to believe this blog is almost one year old!)

 

Links to last year’s stories can be found here:

Gary Vanden Berg, Director of Grounds

Aleta Mercer, Vice President Broadcasting & Entertainment

Billy Friess, Director of Season Ticket Sales

Miller Park Tours

Brewers Enterprises

 

And now, loyal readers, my next installment is in your hands!

 

Whose “offseason” do you want me to write about next?

Chris Barlow, Director-Group Sales

Cecelia Gore, Executive Director, Brewers Community Foundation

Jeff Harding, Senior Graphic Designer

Diny Hurwitz, Data Analyst

Karl Mueller, Director of Video Scouting and Baseball Research 

Other (Got someone else in mind? Let me know!)

 

Vote by posting your comments below. I’ll feature the member of the front office with the most votes in my next story later this month!

 

-CAIT

johnandcait@brewers.com

 

 

Brewers Athletes Off the Field

This past weekend, five people from our office competed in the Men’s Health Urbanathlon in Chicago. For those of you who aren’t familiar with this event, it is basically a 15K race with a crazy obstacle course mixed in, ending with a stair climb at Soldier Field. 

Jennacy Cruz, Manager of Event Services for Stadium Operations participated in the event, as did Jason Hartlund, VP-Brewers Enterprises. From the Consumer Marketing Department (my department), Chris Barlow, Director of Group Sales; Billy Friess, Director of Season Ticket Sales; and our VP, Todd Taylor, all completed the Urbanathlon.

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L-R: Chris, Jason, Todd and Billy, geared up for the Urbanathlon.

Because Chris, Billy and Todd are in my department, I had heard a lot from them about the race and the training leading up to it. I was curious: How do you train for obstacles involving concrete barriers, monster truck tires, police barricades, marine hurdles, cargo nets and stadium steps? (Okay, for these guys the last one was pretty easy.)

Hearing about the race this weekend really got me thinking. Over the years, as guys like Ryan Braun, Casey McGehee and Corey Hart have had 100-RBI seasons or guys like Prince Fielder have hit 50 home runs, my other colleagues — the athletes off the field — have accomplished some pretty amazing things as well.

Basically, what it comes down to is that in working in sports, you often find that the athletes aren’t just on the field. Because people who work in sports tend to like sports, consequently they also tend to participate in sports as well.

At the risk of accidentally leaving someone out, here’s a small sample of some of our achievements:

Did you know that we have an Olympian on staff? Dave Tamburrino, Director of Corporate Marketing, was a member of the U.S. Olympic Speedskating Team in 1994 (Lillehammer, Norway) and 1998 (Nagano, Japan). Dave also finished 5th overall at the 1995 World All Around Speedskating Championships in Baselga Di Pine, Italy and was a member of the US National Speedskating Team (1988-1998) and the World All Around Speedskating Championships Team (1994-1998). Wow! I wonder if the rest of the Corporate Marketing department finds it hard to keep up with him. Currently, Dave plays hockey for the Cans Lumberjacks adult league team at the Pettit Center.


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How cool is Olympian Dave Tamburrino? Ice cold!

Diny Hurwitz, our Data Analyst, is a cyclist. His first long distance bicycle trip was an 800-mile ride from Rochester, New York, to Bar Harbor, Maine, two months before he turned 16. He’s biked across the United States from Yorktown, Virginia to Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. He’s also traveled from south to north through Oregon along the Pacific Coast and rode a 500-miles loop over three mountain passes through the Colorado Rocky Mountains, reaching an altitude of 12,095 feet at Independence Pass. He’s even accidentally biked on the Autobahn in the Czech Republic during his trip to Central Europe (don’t ask!).

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Diny Hurwitz, on a bike trip to Oregon (seen here sporting his Brewers Kickball t-shirt!).

It’s been said that the baseball season is a marathon, not a sprint and it seems like a lot of our staff has taken that quite literally. We’ve got lots of runners in our ranks and it would be really interesting to know how many miles in races we’ve logged collectively. Here are some highlights: Sarah Holbrook, Director of Corporate Marketing, has completed three marathons in Noank, CT, Minneapolis, MN, and Amsterdam, Holland. Teddy Werner, Director of Business Operations, has also run three marathons: Boston, New York City and Chicago. Maggie Aliota, Group Event Coordinator, has completed one full marathon, four half-marathons and one sprint triathlon. Prior to the Urbanathlon, Jennacy, Chris, Jason and Billy had all run numerous races, too.

This summer, I completed my first half-marathon as well (although, my main passion is yoga; I’m proud to say I’ve finally mastered the 8-Angle pose!) and last summer, my boss, Kathy Schwab, Senior Director of Marketing, and I participated in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure, a 60-mile walk over the course of three days in Chicago. We were proud of ourselves for not only completing the event, but for also raising over $5000 for the charity.

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Here I am with my boss, Kathy (right) and our mascot, a pink Brewers monkey (appropriately dubbed “Pink Monkey”) after finishing the Breast Cancer 3-Day last August.

In February and March, many people on our staff find themselves down at Spring Training in Arizona, but just because we’re away from home, it doesn’t mean we’re on vacation. We’re still working and our exercise regimens do not take a hiatus. In fact, some members of our front office put themselves through their own version of spring training with extra-tough pre-season workouts. If you take a trip down there to see the Crew, plan to climb Camelback Mountain and you’ll likely see lots of people wearing Brewers gear. I’m proud to say that I conquered Camelback-and my fear of heights-as I climbed the mountain for the first time myself this year.

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Camelback Mountain, Phoenix, Arizona: The climb was worth it for this view!

Not counting the experience on the Baseball Operations side, we’ve got semi-pro baseball players in our MIS and Suites Departments. There are company softball games against other local businesses. A kickball team comprised of people who work on the Loge Level. Volleyball and bowling leagues. A men’s pickup basketball league.

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This kickball team, comprised of many people from our Loge Level, is playing for the championships next week.

Mention the words “P-90X” and you’ll have no trouble finding someone who’s been there, done that. And although we’re pretty busy during most of Wisconsin’s best golfing weather, there’s a good number of people (including me) who take advantage of any time they have to hit the links. We’ve got a former basketball coach on staff and people into dance, tennis and snowboarding.

Again, these are just the things I’m aware of. If I did an official office poll, I’m sure I’d find some more surprises.

So there you have it. The Brewers athletes off the field, a pretty competitive bunch!

What about you, readers? Comment below and let us know what cool feats you’ve accomplished!

-Cait
johnandcait@brewers.com

 

There is No Offseason for… Billy Friess

For my next installment of “There is No Offseason for…” I chose to interview Billy Friess, Director of Season Ticket Sales. In 2010, Billy will be entering his 12th Season with the Club and I don’t think he’s had an off day, much less an offseason. This guy has tremendous work ethic and a great dedication to his job.

And given his background, it’s no surprise that Billy has a strong passion for his work.

“I grew up with baseball as a huge part of my life and I’m so fortunate to call baseball my job,” Billy said yesterday, when we sat down to discuss what his calendar looks like from October through March.

Billy’s father, Jack Friess, has been coaching baseball at Cedarburg High School for over 30 years. Jack is a Wisconsin Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Famer and even once played in the White Sox organization.

Billy was coached by his own father at Cedarburg High School and went on to play shortstop at Marian University in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, where, after some coaxing, he admitted that he’s still 10th all-time in hits.

Billy majored in Sport and Recreation Management at Marian and started his career in the minors with an internship with the Milwaukee Brewers’ now-Single-A affiliate, the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers. From there, he went on to start out with the Brewers as a Telephone Service Representative (TSR) in the fall of 1998.

“I started out as a TSR in the basement of County Stadium with a computer, keyboard and phone in a 24″ x 36″ cubicle. The first calls I made were to 1994 – the strike year – canceled accounts,” Billy recalls fondly.

Billy continued his climb through the ranks. Shortly after the 1999 Season, Billy was promoted to Account Executive and then, with the move to Miller Park in 2001, he became a Senior Account Executive. Then, in 2003, he became the Manager of Season Ticket Sales before being promoted to Director of Season Ticket Sales in 2007, the position he holds today.

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As Director, Billy oversees ten Account Executives and six TSRs.

“My job is to give our ten Account Executives and six TSR’s all the tools they need to be put in a position to succeed each and every sales campaign,” Billy explained.

In keeping with our “no offseason” theme, Billy said the busiest time for his staff is August through Opening Day.

Marketing, Ticket Operations and Ticket Sales all fall under the Consumer Marketing umbrella here at the Club. This means that I am fortunate to get to work with Billy on many of his offseason projects, such as Season Seat Holder renewal packets and the advertising campaigns for his small plans, like our Holiday 4-Packs and our 9-Packs.

“In June and July we start gearing up for our selling season, putting together as attractive a renewal package as possible for our customers from a benefits end. We always try to incorporate something special as an incentive to get people to renew early.”

This year, every Season Seat Holder (SSH) who paid in full by November 20 has the option to receive a commemorative 40th Anniversary poster-size Milwaukee Brewers print and for the Full SSH’s who renewed by the deadline, there will be a special meet-and-greet with Robin Yount next summer, where he’ll personally sign those prints.

Over the years, Billy has rewarded renewal customers with various renewal benefits such as the opportunity to take batting practice at Miller Park, the opportunity to throw out the First Pitch, private autograph sessions with current players including Ryan Braun, recognition as the “Season Seat Holder of the Game” and more.

After the renewal process is well underway, Billy works with the fine folks in the Marketing Department ( :) ) to launch our Holiday 4-Pack campaign. The Holiday 4-Packs start at just $60 and include a ticket to four great games, including an all-fan giveaway game.  Plus, for every pair of 4-Packs one buys within the same plan, he or she will score a free Klement’s Famous Racing Polish Sausage ornament. There are five exciting plans to choose from and for the past four years, 4-Packs have been popular holiday gifts for Brewers fans.

 

Holiday 4-Pack.gifDid you ever wonder who came up with your 4-Pack “Matinee Plan” or “Weekend Plus Plan”? That’s Billy Friess. Billy works with his department to carefully determine which games will be included in each different plan type.

“We try to create different types of packages to appeal to the masses,” Billy said.

The 4-Packs and the 9-Packs (which will go on sale in January 2010) are smaller introductory packages, so while there are some benefits, it’s not until you move up to the 20, 40 and Full Season plans that the benefits really increase.

Most 20, 40, and Full Season SSH’s enjoy benefits such as a significant savings off the standard gate rate, flexible ticket exchange options, the opportunity to purchase individual game tickets before they go on sale to the general public, priority seating for the Postseason, a complimentary Metavante Club Membership, savings on Preferred Parking and Suite rentals and more. There are also special events for Season Seat Holders throughout the year.

In addition to making sure that SSH’s are taken care of with these cushy benefits, Billy also tries to create new Season Ticket offerings.

“This is a very value-conscious market, so we try to create offerings like the Terrace Ticket Treat and the Loge Level Double Play,” Billy said, referring to two popular SSH deals.  The Terrace Ticket Treat is four seats in the Terrace Reserved section for every Brewers home game.  The price breaks down to just $6 per ticket, making it a winner with families. New for 2010, the Loge Level Double Play is also a great deal and sure to be just as popular. Essentially, it’s a buy-one-get-one free Loge Level Season ticket package that applies to Sections 210 and 227.

“We also aren’t afraid to try new things like offering Opening Day for Free with our 9-Packs. Anything with value is going to appeal. We try to think out of the box, stay fresh and not just give a carbon copy of what we did the previous year,” Billy said.

Starting at just $135, Brewers 9-Packs include nine great games, plus the home opener on April 5 vs. the Colorado Rockies-for FREE.  Other benefits of the 9-Packs include regular pricing on Marquee games, a guaranteed seat location and more, making them uber-popular among fans.

“The 9-Packs with Opening Day for Free are probably my favorite plan that we offer.  The packages that are the most marketable are the ones that I like the best. The Fan’s Choice Plan, where you pick the 20 games you want, is also an easier sell and meets the needs of a lot more people; plans with lots of value and flexibility, those things are what I like the best,” Billy said.

Billy’s such a good salesman, he’s even sold himself. 

“Billy, if you weren’t working here, would you buy Season Tickets?” I asked.

Without missing a beat, Billy answered, “Absolutely!”

He even had his seats picked out.  “I’d probably buy a Fan’s Choice 20-Game Plan in the Terrace Box.”

Besides selling tickets, Billy says he also likes to spend the offseason focusing on coaching his staff by listening to their phone calls and providing feedback and also, through providing an intense sales training program.

“At the end of October, we kick off our campaign with sales training. We bring in a local trainer who does a great job of customizing his training to fit our needs, identifying what our challenges are going to be and helping us to overcome any objections that we might get this upcoming season,” Billy said.

In addition to the week of training, Billy’s staff stays on top of their game with weekly learning tracks filled with ideas, sales techniques and the like. 

All of the training has certainly paid off as Billy led his staff to achieve a franchise-record season ticket base in 2009.

“I truly believe we have the best sales staff in all of baseball – a very dedicated staff that works well as a team and genuinely cares about our department and organization,” Billy said.

As we were wrapping up, Billy’s phone rang and his attention immediately turned to the person on the other line.

 


Billy Friess 2.JPG“What can I do for you?” Billy asked. After typing away at his keyboard, I heard him say, “Section 216? You got it.”

I backed slowly out of his office, leaving him to finish his call with another satisfied customer, no doubt.

-Cait

For more information on Brewers Season Ticket Packages, please call (414) 902-4100, or click here.

Is there someone you’d like to see profiled in this feature?  E-mail us at johnandcait@brewers.com.

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