Nashville Sounds Baseball Club officials have announced five promotions and three additions to the front office staff.
Jason Franke (pictured), who has served as the Sounds' director of corporate partnerships since December 2011, has been promoted to assistant general manager of sales and marketing. Prior to joining the Sounds, Franke spent 12 seasons with the PGA Championship, Tampa Bay Lightning, Utah Jazz, and Detroit Pistons.
“Jason's sponsorship and entertainment management experience combined with his successful first year in Music City will provide a solid base for leadership. I am excited to elevate him to this key position on our corporate team,” Sounds General Manager Brad Tammen said in a release.
Other internal promotions for the Sounds include the following:
Drew Himsworth has been elevated to the team's director of group sales and hospitality after serving as sales and sports marketing manager since joining the team in January 2009.
AJ Rockwell and Kevin Samborski, who have worked in the club's ticket sales department, have each been promoted to senior account executives.
Brandon Yerger has been promoted to corporate partnerships and promotions manager.
The three new full-time members of the Sounds' front office staff are Alex Wassel, media relations manager; Josh Barnes, account executive; and Justin Webster, account executive.
Wassel will oversee the team's publications, website, social media, and graphic design efforts while acting as the primary media liaison for baseball information. Prior to joining the Sounds, the Middle Tennessee native and University of Tennessee graduate spent three seasons with the Class A Great Lakes (Mich.) Loons, most recently as director of communications.
Barnes and Webster will be responsible for season ticket and group sales at Greer Stadium.
Barnes graduated from Lambuth University with a business administration degree.
Webster received a sport management degree from Ohio University.