Railriders president/general manager speaker for annual event

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Rob Crain
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Atty. Joseph D. Burke, president of the Greater Pittston Chamber of Commerce, announced Rob Crain will be the principal speaker at the 94th Annual Dinner Meeting to be held on Thursday, June 26, at PNC field in Moosic. The dinner will be in the Railriders Clubhouse with registration and cocktail hour beginning at 5:30 p.m. Crain is president and general manager of the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Railriders, the Triple-A franchise of the New York Yankees.

Springfield College alumnus Rob Crain double majored in sport management and business management with a concentration in Marketing. The Burlington, Mass. native also pitched for the school’s baseball team.

He began his career in sports as a summer intern with the Concord Quarry Dogs, a New England Collegiate Baseball League team. His next opportunity was with the National Football League’s Houston Texans as an operations and scouting intern.

Crain’s first job in affiliated baseball led him to Battle Creek, Mich. to become a group sales representative with the Southwest Michigan Devil Rays (Class-A/Tampa Bay).

In September of 2006, he moved to Omaha, Neb. to work for the Omaha Royals (Triple-A/Kansas City). There he worked his way up through the ranks including a 2009 promotion to assistant general manager. As a member of the club’s leadership team, he played an integral part in the design and construction of Werner Park as well as leading the club’s rebrand to the Omaha Storm Chasers.

In July of 2012, Rob moved to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to lead the Triple-A franchise of the New York Yankees as the president and general manager. In addition to taking over during a $43.3 million overhaul of PNC Field, he also led the club through a name change and rebrand from the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees to the RailRiders going into the 2013 season.

With Crain at the helm, the team has set franchise records in revenue while posting its highest attendance since 2008, a figure that ranked among the top 20 in all of Minor League Baseball.

Crain is very much engaged in the NEPA community and currently serves on the board of directors for the following organizations: The Lackawanna County Convention and Visitors Bureau; The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce; Misericordia University (Advisory Council); Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Commerce; and The United Way of Wyoming Valley.

He and his wife Amy, a Connecticut native, reside in Clarks Summit, with their two Golden Retrievers, Tessie and Molly.

Gary Peters is serving as the general chairperson of the affair with the Honorable Alexandra Kokura Kravitz as the toastmaster.

Invitations have been mailed to all members and friends of the Chamber, and the dinner is open to the public. Reservations can be made by contacting the Chamber office at 570-655-1424 or emailing info@pittstonchamber.org.

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