ValleyCats Named One of Business Review’s Best Places to Work

There’s no doubt that every full-time member of the ValleyCats front office loves what they do, given the amount of effort and time we all put in to create an experience at “The Joe” that is affordable, fun and entertaining. On Friday, that was proven when the Tri-City ValleyCats were one of 30 workplaces to be presented with the Business Review’s Best Places to Work award.


The awards luncheon took place at the Crowne Plaza in Albany and was hawaiian themed. Each person was given leighs to wear and we all wore the team’s red batting practice jerseys to be uniform and stand out from the crowd.


Media Relations Manager Chris Chenes and Account Executive Mike Johnson
SouthPaw with Box Office Manager Jess Kaszeta and Business Development Manager Joel Pagliaro


A research firm compiled the results of anonymous employee surveys that were sent to nearly 125 companies and those with the highest scores were named “Best Places to Work.” The winners were broken down into five categories by company size. The ValleyCats won the award in the category for 10-25 employees along with the Bouchey Group of Companies, CMJ LLP, Community Resource Federal Credit Union, MAC Source Communications and Robert C. Parker School. All of the winning business were in attendance for the awards luncheon.

500 people attended the event at the Crowne Plaza in Albany

Many are friends and partners of the ‘Cats including Blueshield of Northeastern New York, CAP COM Federal Credit Union, DeCrescente Distributing, First Niagara Bank, Key Bank, NBT Bank and Sunmark Federal Credit Union. Each are outstanding companies and excellent examples of all of the great places to work in this region. SouthPaw made the rounds at the event to say hello to some of his friends!

SouthPaw with CAP COM Federal Credit Union President/CEO Paula Stopera (L), Business Development Manager Carie Sala (R) and many more of the CAP COM team.
Lee and Jessica Aiezza from DeCrescente Distributing.
Key Bank President Jeff Stone
More Key Bank employees
Southpaw having fun the Sumark FCU Communications Associate Rich Meddaugh
Schenectady ARC

SouthPaw even had a spot reserved at our table and was able to enjoy the great lunch that was served!


Along with the award, we were presented with a banner to hang up in the office and found a perfect spot right in our conference room under Johnny Evers!

Biz Review Banner

It’s truly an honor to be named one of the Best Places to Work in the Capital Region, and it’s even more of an honor being able to all work towards the same goal of providing Capital Region residents with something fun and exciting to enjoy during the summer. We can’t wait ’till June!

A full list of “Best Places to Work” winners and a slideshow of the event be found here.

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