Front Office Friday: Started from the bottom now he’s here … Chris Chenes!

The #CatdownIsOn! Two weeks from tonight, we’ll be hosting 4,500 of our closest friends on Opening Night at “The Joe!” We can’t wait to see all of you down here to open our 2014 season. We’ve made several announcements about our new concession area, Vamos Tacos (which is awesome!), a new mobile app (which is awesome!) and our brand new, state-of-the-art LED video board (which is AWESOME!!!). So come on down Friday, June 13 with first pitch set for 7 p.m. to check out all the new additions to “The Joe.” But be in your seat early … our 2013 Championship Celebration will take place prior to the game and we want you there!

With all that said, it’s time for another Front Office Friday. Today, we feature a Troy native who loves his hometown team. Chris Chenes is our Media Relations/Production Manager and handles most duties within the media and marketing departments. Those fancy pocket schedules you’ve seen around the Capital District? Chris designed them. The web content, videos and everything else multimedia related? Chris probably produced those too. That new video board you’ll see this summer? He’s running all the graphics that pop up throughout the games.

Working hard or hardly working? When your job is to study the Astros Media Guide, it can be considered both!

This season will be Chris’ fifth in his current role. He’s been involved with the ValleyCats since our inaugural season in Troy doing a little bit of everything – literally starting from the bottom. He’s sold programs, run the music, been an usher … about the only area he hasn’t been involved in is Food & Beverage, and even then he helped redesign the signs over the concession areas.

Chris developed his skills while attending Hudson Valley Community College, where he received his Associate’s Degree in Communications. He later earned his Bachelor’s in Communications from The College of Saint Rose and continued to learn all the ins and outs of the media and production business. In fact, as a part-time gig, Chris runs the music during the Siena & UAlbany basketball games in his spare time.

And speaking of spares, he’s usually working on turning those into strikes at Olympic Lanes bowling alley. Chris is quite the bowler, but also enjoys spending time with his family and friends, golfing and traveling – your typical baseball employee hobbies.

Let’s get to know a little bit more about Chris…

Q) If you weren’t working for the ValleyCats, what would you be doing?
A) Working in the media industry in some capacity.

Q) Who is your favorite MLB team?
A) The New York Yankees.

Q) What is your favorite sport other than baseball and who is your favorite team in that sport?
A) My second favorite sport is football, and my favorite team is the New York Jets.

Q) What are some of your hobbies?
A) I’ve been bowling since I was 13, love playing golf, poker, and traveling.

Q) What’s your favorite genre of music?
A) I love all kinds of music. One minute I’ll be listening to Zac Brown Band, the next Frank Sinatra, and the next Jay-Z.

Q) What’s your favorite meal to eat?
A) Has always been chicken parm. Also, homemade Pastichio (Greek lasagna)

Q) What’s your favorite pet or an ideal pet?
A) Definitely a dog, man’s best friend.

Q) What’s your favorite movie?
A) I don’t watch many movies, but anything with Denzel Washington, Martin Lawrence, or Clint Eastwood.

Q) What’s been your favorite moment at “The Joe?”
A) Many moments stand out, so I have to name two of them, and both took place in 2010. First, a walk-off home run from Kike Hernandez with his family in town visiting from Puerto Rico. The other moment is when the power went out during a game, and the players and promo team kept the fans entertained with giveaways and autographs. The fireworks were also shot off during the delay.

Q) If you could have one super power, what would it be?
A) To fly.

Q) What position would you play if you played for the ValleyCats?
A) Who’s on First? Nobody? Okay, then first base. I don’t have much range, nor a strong arm.

Q) What’s your favorite quote?
A) We live by quotes here in the office, and many of my favorites come from Walt Disney. One of them is, “The only way to get started, is to quit talking and begin doing.”

Chenes represents the ValleyCats even while bowling in his free time! (Photo courtesy of J.S. Carras/The Record)

Q) Who is your all-time favorite baseball player?
A) It used to be Alex Rodriguez, but not any longer. I’d have to say any of the core four…Derek Jeter, Andy Pettite, Mariano Rivera, and Jorge Posada.

Q) If you could have dinner with three people, living or dead, who would they be?
A) Derek Jeter, Donald Trump, and Johnny Evers.

Q) If you won the lottery, what would you do with the money?
A) Buy a condo in New York City, a house on the beach in Florida & Long Island, a new car, travel, donate to non-profits, possibly buy a professional sports franchise, and give a bunch to my parents & family. I would make sure to leave some for the future of my family, but would spend most of it while I’m living…because as my father always says, you can’t take it with ya!

Thanks for all you do, Chris! We appreciate the hard work and the time spent putting together everything from game notes to marketing brochures.

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