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Pirate City
1701 27th Street East                                      
Bradenton, FL 34208                                       

1611 9th Street West
Bradenton, FL 34205

Phone: 941-747-3031

Email: [email protected]

Bradenton Marauders Front Office

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Phone Ext: (941) 538-5163

Jeff Podobnik has worked for the Pittsburgh Pirates since 1988, joining the club immediately after his graduation from Slippery Rock University. He moved into his current position, his third stint leading the organization's Florida Operations, following the 2019 season. After serving as Director of Florida Operations throughout the 1990s, Jeff returned to Pittsburgh to help open and operate PNC Park as Director of Security & Contract Services. In addition to being a member of the Stadium Managers Association, Jeff has worked at the 1994, 2002, 2005, 2006, and 2008 MLB All Star Game. His extensive community service record includes sitting on the board for the Boys & Girls Clubs, Manatee School Foundation, and the Manatee Chamber of Commerce Executive Board. Jeff resides in Parrish with his wife, Amy, and son Josh. His adult sons, Tyler and Cooper, were born in Manatee County during Jeff's first stint in Florida. Jeff and Amy welcomed their first grandchild, Sadie Ann, in 2018.

Favorite Food: Steak

Favorite Movie: Foot Loose / Road House

Favorite Singer/Band: AC/DC / Eagles

Favorite Book: American Sniper

Favorite Athlete: Jay Bell

Favorite Sporting Event Attended in Person: 2013 Wild Card Game Pirates Vs. Reds

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Phone Ext: (941) 538-5174

Craig Warzecha joined the Pirates and Marauders in 2015. As General Manager, he oversees sales & marketing efforts for Pirates Spring Training and the Marauders while also playing an integral role in the daily operations of LECOM Park. A native of South Amboy, NJ, Warzecha moved to Florida to attend the University of Tampa. His career in baseball has included stints with the Lakewood Blue Claws, Minor League Baseball headquarters in St. Petersburg, and the Philadelphia Phillies and Clearwater Threshers. Craig graduated from Leadership Manatee in 2017 and is the past-chairman of the Manatee Young Professionals. Currently, Craig is on the Manatee Chamber of Commerce Downtown Redevelopment Committee. He also serves on the Realize Bradenton Board and the CareerSource Suncoast Board. Away from the ballpark, Craig enjoys reading, exercise, traveling, and taking advantage of the Florida sunshine at the nearest pool or beach. He resides in Bradenton.

Favorite Food: Chicken Parm

Favorite Movie: The Town

Favorite Singer/Band: Avicii

Favorite Book: Outliers

Favorite Athlete: Tino Martinez

Favorite Sporting Event Attended in Person: MLB Futures Game in 2008

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Phone Ext: (941) 269-4424

Rebekah Rivette joined the Pirates and Marauders in 2019. In her current role, she oversees marketing efforts, the LECOM Park video board, in game entertainment, and media relations for Florida Operations. She previously worked for the Northwest Arkansas Naturals, the double-a affiliate of the Kansas City Royals in the Texas League. She is originally from Hyde Park, NY, and graduated from Queens University of Charlotte. She resides in Parrish and is in the 2023-24 class of Leadership Manatee. When she's not at the ballpark, Rebekah enjoys playing with her dog, traveling, soaking up the Florida sunshine, and going to Disney.

Favorite Food: Steak and potatoes

Favorite Movie: Moneyball

Favorite Singer/Band: Cole Swindell or the Jonas Brothers

Favorite Book: The Bookshop of Yesterdays

Favorite Athlete: Derek Jeter

Favorite Sporting Event Attended in Person: 2012 ALCS Series in NY

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Phone Ext: (941) 538-5165

Haley joined the team at the start of the new year of 2022 as the Sales & Marketing Assistant. She now has the title of Coordinator, Fan & Community Engagement. As the Fan & Community Engagement Coordinator, she oversees all aspects of the Community Commitment Program, player appearances, and donation requests. Previously, she's worked with the New York Yankees, USF Athletics, and Super Bowl LV. She is originally from Cedar Grove, New Jersey and earned her Bachelor's degree from the University of Tampa. She fills most of her free time by working out, spending time with friends, watching sports, and visiting family. Haley currently resides in Tampa.

Favorite Food: Buffalo Wings

Favorite Movie: Lord of the Rings

Favorite Singer/Band: Luke Combs

Favorite Book: Ready Player One

Favorite Athlete: Derek Jeter

Favorite Sporting Event Attended in Person: Super Bowl LV

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Phone Ext: (941) 269-4790

Nolan Bialek joined the Pirates and Marauders in 2016. As Manager, Tickets Sales and Services, Nolan oversees group sales, single game tickets, ticket packages, and the day to day box office operations. A native of Naperville, Illinois, Nolan moved to Florida to attend The University of Tampa and graduated in 2016. His career in baseball has included working for the New York Yankees Spring Training and the Toronto Blue Jays/Dunedin Blue Jays. He enjoys golfing, watching baseball, and visiting the local beaches. Nolan resides in Tampa.

Favorite Food: Tacos

Favorite Movie: The Replacements

Favorite Singer/Band: Eric Church

Favorite Book: Jack Ryan series

Favorite Athlete: Derek Jeter

Favorite Sporting Event Attended in Person: 2019 ALCS Yankees vs Astros Game 5

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Phone Ext: (941) 538-5172

Sara joined the Pirates and Marauders in 2023. Her career started in the box office during Spring Training, and she now has a full-time position at the Coordinator, Ticket Operations. As Coordinator, she oversees ticket office operations, ticketing systems, and supports ticketing components at the ballpark. She graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2022 with her B.S. in Kinesiology. Originally from Timonium, MD, a suburb of Baltimore, she currently resides in St. Petersburg. In her free time, Sara enjoys traveling, going to concerts, and spending time with family and friends.

Favorite Food: French Fries

Favorite Movie: Pride and Prejudice

Favorite Singer/Band: Morgan Wallen / The Beatles

Favorite Book: The Giver

Favorite Athlete: Jason Kelce

Favorite Sporting Event Attended in Person: University of Maryland Basketball Flash Mob

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Phone Ext: 941-538-5170

Travis joined the Pirates and Marauders in 2022. As an Account Manager, he oversees group outings and hospitality areas. Travis is a West Virginia native who has been involved with professional, collegiate, or high school athletics for the past 15 years. Before joining the Marauders, he worked within the Data Operations Department of MLB. He graduated from Marshall University with both his bachelors and masters degree while also securing a second masters degree from the American College of Education. In his free time away from LECOM Park, Travis enjoys working out, time with family and friends, and catching as many “Cannonball coming!” calls from Greg Brown as he can on MLB.TV. Travis and his family currently reside in Parrish, Florida.

Favorite Food: Blackened Grouper

Favorite Movie: We Are Marshall

Favorite Singer/Band: Mac Miller

Favorite Book: Moneyball by Michael Lewis

Favorite Athlete: Dan Marino

Favorite Sporting Event Attended in Person: The day/night "Rob Mackowiak Double Header" against the Cubbies. Energy was insane that night!

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Phone Ext: (941) 269-4352

Tyler Skipper joined the Pirates and Marauders in 2020 after graduating from Southeastern University in 2019. As Stadium Operations Coordinator Tyler oversees setup and tear down of any games or events at LECOM park and any other day to day operations at LECOM Park. Originally from Brooksville, Florida, Tyler attended Southeastern University, served on the School of Honors Leadership Team and work on the game operations team. Tyler also worked for the Leesburg Lightning, a member of the Florida Collegiate Summer League. While not in the ballpark, Tyler still enjoys watching other sports including other baseball games, football, and hockey. Tyler also enjoys golfing during his free time

Favorite Food: Bacon

Favorite Band: Imagine Dragons

Favorite Sporting Event Attended: 2018 NHL Eastern Conference Final Game 7

Favorite Athlete: Vinny Lecavlier

Favorite Movie: The Avengers Movies

Favorite Book: The Adventures of Bobby Pendragon

Ray Morris Manager, Florida Operations [email protected]

Phone Ext: (941) 538-5167

Ray Morris joined the Pirates and Marauders following the 2012 season. He oversees the operations of Pirate City, one of the busiest facilities in professional baseball. His responsibilities include managing transportation needs for players and executives to and from the facility and coordinating use of the facility by several internal and external groups. Ray is a lifelong resident of Bradenton and a graduate of Manatee High School, where he starred for the Hurricanes football team. Ray graduated from the University of South Florida. He resides in Bradenton.

Favorite Food: Baked Ziti

Favorite Movie: Top Gun

Favorite Singer/Band: Luke Bryan

Favorite Book: Quiet Strength by Tony Dungy

Favorite Athlete: Peyton Manning

Favorite Sporting Event Attended in Person: College Football

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Phone Ext: (941) 538-5164

Meet our Sarasota native with a heart for sports and giving back. Kyle joined the Pirates and Marauders following the 2022 season as a Ticket Sales Representative before moving into his new role in March of 2023. Born and raised in Florida, Kyle has always been passionate about sport business. Since starting college, he has been working in the sport and hospitality industries and have gained invaluable experience. However, his love for sports is not just limited to work; he also enjoys experiencing games in his free time, typically in new environments. In addition, he has dedicated his time to volunteering with several organizations focused on cancer awareness, using his platform to make a positive impact in his community.

Favorite Food: Pizza

Favorite Movie: Interstellar

Favorite Singer/Band: Beach House

Favorite Book: Calico Joe by John Grisham

Favorite Athlete: Albert Pujols

Favorite Sporting Event Attended in Person: Super Bowl LV

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Phone Ext: 941-357-6267

Amanda has been with Sodexo or the Pirates organization at LECOM Park for the last four years as a lead during Pirates Spring Training and Marauders Season as well as providing support for special events. As General Manager of food, beverage and retail at LECOM Park, she oversees concessions and the Marauders store both in the ballpark and online. In addition to her employment with Sodexo, for the past 8 years she worked in HR and Talent Administration. Prior to that she spent 10 years in back-office banking overseeing the night operations for remittance, forward check collection and statement printing. Growing up in Maine she became a fan of New England sports following the Red Sox, Bruins and Patriots. In an effort to get away from the snow and cold, in 2015, Amanda moved to Florida. Still avid sports fans, Amanda and her 15-year-old daughter have added the Pirates, Lightning and Buccaneers to their team allegiances! They also enjoy playing trivia and everything living in Florida has to offer.

Favorite Food: Grilled steak smothered in mushrooms and onions

Favorite Movie: The Green Mile

Favorite Singer/Band: I can't choose, I love all music!

Favorite Book: Fern Michaels Sisterhood Series

Favorite Athlete: Tom Brady & David Ortiz

Favorite Sporting Event Attended in Person: Bringing my daughter to her first Professional Baseball game - Rays vs Red Sox at Tropicana Field in 2015. We sat behind the left field camera man and could see the Lightning Playoff game from his secondary screen.