Thunder Announce Front Office Promotions

(PR) TRENTON, N.J. –The Trenton Thunder, the Double-A affiliate of the New York Yankees, have announced several promotions and additions to the front office staff in preparation for the 2011 season that will begin on April 7 on the road at the New Hampshire Fisher Cats.
“The Thunder are lucky to have quality people on staff that work hard to be promoted,” said Thunder general manager, Will Smith. “The people that work here make up the best staff in professional baseball, and their tireless efforts make us all proud to be part of the Thunder organization.”

The promotions begin with Bordentown, N.J., native Ryan Crammer being elevated from director of stadium operations to vice president of operations. Crammer, who is entering his eightth season with the Thunder oversees the daily operation of Waterfront Park and the internship program.

C.J. Johnson has been promoted from director of business development to vice president of business development. Johnson, a native of Maryland, joined the Thunder last season, and oversees all aspects of ticket package, group and suite sales.

In the Groups Sales Department, Krysten Hardifer and Chad Heidel have been promoted to group sales managers. Both were formerly group sales account executives, and will now assist the VP of business development in developing a group sales business plan and structuring a strong group sales staff. They will sell various group and hospitality options to businesses and community groups. Both Hardifer, from Lawrencville, N.J., and Heidel, from Gettysburg, Pa., are entering their third year with the team.

Former Thunder game-day employee, intern and most recently an account executive, T.J. Jahn has taken on a new role as a group sales account executive. The College of New Jersey graduate will sell various group and hospitality options to businesses and community groups.

The Thunder promoted several front office members in the Ticket Sales Department. Texas native Erin Leigh has been elevated to ticket sales manager. Erin is entering her fourth year with the Thunder after serving as a ticket operations assistant and a ticket sales account executive. She will assist the VP of business development in developing a ticket package business plan and structuring a strong ticket sales staff, while actively selling new group and ticket packages.

Anna Rosenblatt and Bobby Picardo, both formerly account representatives, are now ticket sales account executives, and will actively sell new group and ticket packages. Rosenblatt, who is entering her third season with the Thunder, also oversees our popular birthday party packages. Picardo, a Thunder intern in 2009, will coordinate our very successful Baseball Camp & High School Baseball programs.

Rounding out the front office personnel moves in the Ticket Office is Deana Ditri, who was rehired for a second season. Ditri, from suburban Philadelphia, handles the processing and printing of all ticket orders and assists the director of ticket operations, Matt Pentima.

The Thunder are pleased to welcome group sales representative, Nate Schneider to the staff. Nate joins the Thunder after spending last season working for the Reading Phillies. The native of Pottsville, Pa., will sell various group and hospitality options to businesses and community groups.

Also joining the Group Sales Department is group sales coordinator, Beth Ann Clyde. Clyde, who hails from Somerset, N.J., will assist the Group Sales Department in processing group orders and providing unsurpassed customer service.

The final new addition to the Ticket Sales staff is business development executive, Bill Hezel. The Bushkill, Pa., native will focus on selling season tickets, ticket packages and group outings to local businesses.

The 2011 Trenton Thunder season will begin on Thu, April 7 at New Hampshire with the home opener set for Thursday, April 14 versus Harrisburg. Season Tickets, Group Tickets, Pic-A-Plans and Mini Plans are all on sale now at

The Trenton Thunder, Double-A affiliate of the New York Yankees, are located in Trenton, N.J., and play in the 12-team Eastern League. The Thunder have drawn more than 7 million fans in 17 years, and have won the three major awards that Minor League Baseball teams can win; the Johnson Trophy for the “Nation’s Best Franchise” (2005), the Larry MacPhail Trophy for Outstanding Club Promotion (2003), and the Bob Frietas Award for Long-Term Success (1998). The team has given back more than $4 million worth of goods, services and monetary donations to the community through Trenton Thunder Charities, under the Grand Slam We Care Foundation umbrella. The Thunder can be found online at,, on by searching “AATrentonThunder”.


4 Responses to “Thunder Announce Front Office Promotions”

  1. cleo Says:


  2. Dave S. Staten Island Says:

    Congrats Erin on your well deserved promotion !!!

  3. Says:

    Hey Mike, Did you die and forget to tell us? Seems like we did not know you fell off the planet. Miss your posts and the stories you promised us. It has been a cold snow filled winter at the shore, are you lost in a snow drift?

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