The Quad Cities River Bandits welcomed a new general manager to the team.
On Thursday, October 24, 2013, Assistant General Manager, Andrew Chesser, was announced as the Midwest League club’s new General Manager. The announcement came from River Bandits co-owner Dave Heller at Modern Woodmen Park in Davenport.
Chesser is taking the place of the Bandits’ longtime General Manager, Stefanie Brown, who joined the River Bandits in 2007 as the director of community and client relations.
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.
“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.”
Heller said Brown was an “incredibly valuable part” of the organization.
Chesser is moving into the position after having been the team’s assistant general manager for two years. He has ten years of experience in Minor League Baseball.
“Andrew Chesser is the ideal person to continue the unprecedented growth of the River Bandits,” said Heller. “He is incredibly smart, diligent, thorough, and hard-working, and most importantly, he is completely committed to providing outstanding customer service to the best fans in the country.”
The Connecticut native spent eight seasons with the Lynchburg (Va.) Hillcats, the advanced Class-A affiliate of the Atlanta Braves in the Carolina League. He started as an intern with stadium operations and became the full-time stadium operations director. Chesser, who graduated from Lynchburg College, moved to the director of information technology and creative services, and for his last five seasons with the Hillcats he was the director of group sales and creative services.
“I am extremely excited about taking on the role of General Manager of the River Bandits,” Chesser said. “This organization has already established that it has the best team in the league, the best ballpark in America, and what I believe is the best community in the country.”
Chesser and his wife, Susan, live in Davenport.
According to a spokesperson from the River Bandits, within the past two seasons, the Midwest League club saw its highest single-season attendance since 1995, the franchise’s sixth Midwest League Championship, a Golden Bobblehead Award for the Best Charity Promotion or Event in Minor League Baseball, and Modern Woodmen Park won a nationwide vote by 10Best.com and USA TODAY dubbing the ballbark the Best Minor League Ballpark.