A Coastal Plain League team in Macon is owned and operated by a guy who has had years of experience running major and minor league teams. Meet Steve DeLay, a guy that likes to have fun at the old ballpark.
Previously, he helped managed a slew of minor league teams as well as teams in the NBA and the NHL. In each case they created attendance records. For instance, the Dayton Dragons, Single-A baseball, have sold every ticket to every game for 16 years! The Frisco RoughRiders have led the Texas League in attendance every year since they joined the league.
The reason for these attendance records is because it’s fun to go to their games. Simple as that.
Steve has been very picky on who they have hired for the Macon Bacon. They have hired people who love to work hard, love going to baseball games and love creating the fun family entertainment. Here they are:
Brandon Raphael is in his third season as team president of the Macon Bacon. He is entering his 21st year in the sports and entertainment industry.
In 2020, Brandon led the efforts for the Bacon to play during the COVID-19 pandemic in front of fans – one of only approximately 15 teams in the entire country to do so. The 2020 campaign also brought Macon its first championship baseball team since the 1962 Macon Peaches, as the Bacon captured the Southern Southern Ball Series. In 2019, the Bacon posted the team's best record in franchise history, advanced to the Championship Series and raised more than $50,000 for local organizations. Brandon was rewarded for his efforts and named the 2019 Coastal Plain League Executive of the Year.
Before the Bacon, he has more than 18 years of experience in various roles in sports including the Senior Associate Athletic Director of Development and Ticket Sales at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Brandon previously worked with the Bacon's owner, DeLay, at the Frisco RoughRiders and the Las Vegas 51s. Overall, Raphael has made stops in Minor League Baseball, Major League Soccer and collegiate athletics.
He is from St. Louis and attended Maryville University where he also played baseball.
Brandon is married to his wife, Kimberly and has two children: Caden (12) and Brooklyn (11). It's a family affair for the Raphaels at the ballpark and there's a good chance you'll see them all welcoming the fans at the games.
Nicholas Green is going into his third season with the Macon Bacon.
Nicholas was a main influencer of the "Load the Bacon Menu" at Luther Williams Field, which is the team's Bacon themed food menu. Along with created the teams most iconic menu item: The Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon Sandwich.
Nicholas is a graduate of Central Michigan University majoring in Sports Management. He spent the 2017 and 2018 summers with the Kalamazoo Growlers as a Ballpark Operations Intern.
Nicholas is from Howell, Michigan and is a fan of the Tigers and the Redwings. He showed up on his first day wearing shorts saying, “50 degrees is shorts weather."
DAVIS WARREN - GROUP SALES ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE
Davis Warren is in his second season with the Bacon.
Davis is a graduate of Stephen F. Austin State University (SFA) with a bachelors degree in marketing and a minor in sports business. Yes, they did beat Duke on the basketball court, which is a big deal.
He is from Mount Pleasant, Texas, and is a big fan of the Washington Football Team and SFA athletics. His favorite baseball player of all-time is Hunter Dozier.
He has been to over 60 NASCAR races, so he has mastered the left-hand turn.
|Steve DeLay||Owner||[email protected]|
|Brandon Raphael||President||478-803-1791||[email protected]|
|Tony Baldwin||Vice President, Marketing||478-803-1796||[email protected]|
|Nick Green||Senior Director of Operations||478-803-1794||[email protected]|
|Austin Karp||Director of Ticket Operations/|
Inside Sales Manager
|Joe Hanson||Director of Group Sales||478-803-1797||[email protected]|
|Davis Warren||Group Sales Account Executive||478-803-1982||[email protected]|
|Shannon Walsh||Manager of Partner Activation||478-803-1792||[email protected]|