Front Office Friday: Developing Fans for Life – it’s Michelle!

With five weeks remaining until Opening Night, the action around “The Joe” is officially into high gear! Tonight, we host the final two high school baseball games of our Friday Night Lights series. Troy and La Salle square off at 4 p.m. and Guilderland takes on Columbia in the night cap. Proceeds from ticket sales tonight go toward the Coaches vs. Cancer fundraiser and both games will be broadcast on Time Warner Cable Sports Channel.

We have some exciting news that we’ll be announcing shortly, so stay tuned to for the latest on-goings.

Michelle’s smile is recognized by all fans who have visited our Fan Service Center.

One person who has been extremely busy is Michelle Skinner, our Fan Development and Community Relations Manager. Each spring, stacks of paper find their way to her desk. These stacks consist of donation requests, community appearances and merchandise order forms. Somehow, Michelle sifts through it all and fulfills as many requests and orders on a daily basis as she can.

Michelle joined the ValleyCats front office prior to the 2010 season after spending two years in Nashville, Tenn., where she was the Operations Assistant at Nashville Superspeedway. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Sport Administration from Ball State University in 2007. Michelle also completed an internship with New York-Penn League rival Vermont.

One of the great qualities about Michelle is she’s always thinking of others. She is a member of the Troy Kiwanis and International Service Sorority – Epsilon Sigma Alpha. She runs several races throughout the year, typically fundraising for charity and exemplifies all that the ValleyCats strive to be in the community.

Michelle is a big sports fan and follows her favorite Indiana sports teams. She’s a diehard Ball State Cardinals football fan and cheers on the Indianapolis Colts and Indiana Pacers. She grew an affinity for the NHL’s Nashville Predators during her time in Music City. And yes, she’s a country music fan too!

Here’s a little more about Michelle…

Q) If you weren’t working for the ValleyCats, what would you be doing?
A) If I wasn’t working for another sports team, I would want to work for a nonprofit like St Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Event Planning and Fundraising.

Q) Who is your favorite MLB team?
A) I never really had a favorite baseball team. Growing up I liked the Cleveland Indians, but went to White Sox and Reds games. Now I’d say the White Sox, but I mostly follow the Astros. If I keep going to Yankees games, I might mess around and become a Yankees fan…

Q) What is your favorite sport other than baseball and who is your favorite team in that sport?
A) My favorite sport was always basketball, I am a big Indiana Pacers fan. My other favorite teams are the Nashville Predators, Indianapolis Colts, and my Ball State Cardinals!

Q) What are some of your hobbies?
A) I like to travel, go to concerts (Aerosmith is my favorite), “run” half marathons, and visit other ballparks. I’ve been to 25 Minor League parks and 10 Major League parks so far.

Q) What’s your favorite genre of music?
A) I like most kinds of music, but my favorites are Classic Rock (especially 80s Hair Bands) and Country.

Q) What’s your favorite meal to eat?
A) A classic steak, baked potato, and corn on the cob.

Q) What’s your favorite pet or an ideal pet?
A) I would like to have a Golden Retriever or Great Dane.

Q) What’s your favorite movie?
A) I can’t pick just one, so I’ll give you my top six. I watch these over and over and they are good every time! Tin Cup, A Night at the Roxbury, Prime, Dirty Dancing, Pretty Woman, and Christmas Vacation. Honorable Mention: Gone in 60 Seconds.

Q) What’s been your favorite moment at “The Joe?”
A) There have been a lot of great moments over the past 4 seasons, but the one that really stands out was last year on Veterans Night. It gave me chills to see the Patriot Guard motorcycles and flag lines on the field during pregame.

Michelle recently completed a half-marathon as a St. Jude Hero in Nashville, Tenn.

Q) If you could have one super power, what would it be?
A) It isn’t a unique answer, but I would want to fly. That would really cut down my travel expenses.

Q) What position would you play if you played for the ValleyCats?
A) I would like to be the catcher, but trust me, they wouldn’t want me.

Q) What’s your favorite quote?
A) “Success has nothing to do with what you gain in life or accomplish for yourself. It’s what you do for others.” – Danny Thomas

Q) Who is your all-time favorite baseball player?
A) I never followed baseball close enough to have a favorite. My all-time favorite athlete is Reggie Miller.

Q) If you could have dinner with three people, living or dead, who would they be?
A) Steven Tyler, Cher, and Danny Thomas

Q) If you won the lottery, what would you do with the money?
A) I would want to travel the world, share with my friends and family, and donate to causes that mean a lot to me.

Thanks for all your hard work Michelle and for keeping the ValleyCats top of mind in the Capital District!

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