She was in, then out, then in again – and now acting general manager Stefanie Brown is leaving the Quad Cities River Bandits.
Brown joined the River Bandits as director of community and client relations in late 2007. She became assistant general manager the next year and was promoted to general manager after the 2011 season.
Citing urgent family responsibilities, Brown resigned from the position in January 2013. She continued to work as executive director of Modern Woodmen Park.
After just four months at the helm, Harold Craw departed as the team’s general manager and Brown returned to operating the River Bandits.
A day after the team completed regular-season play, they announced Brown was leaving the club at the end of October 2013.
“After six seasons with the River Bandits, I know it is time to start the next chapter in my professional career,” Brown said. “I am very grateful to have had the opportunity to be with this wonderful organization, which has a great community that supports it.”
Team co-owner Dave Heller said Brown was an “incredibly valuable part” of the organization. The organization set attendance records and was voted “Best Minor League Ballpark” in the U.S. during Brown’s leadership tenure.
She is the single best hire I have ever made. Her tremendous positive impact on this organization will become an enduring legacy, and we know her immense talent and remarkable character will carry her to great success in whatever she chooses to do. She will be greatly missed,” Heller said.
The River Bandits were scheduled to begin the playoffs with a home game Wednesday evening, September 4.