People in business
The New York-Penn League has named Gabe Sinicropi, Williamsport Crosscutters vice president of marketing and public relations, the league’s Male Executive of the Year, a news release said.
The 2017 season marked Sinicropi’s 25th full-time season in Minor League Baseball and 30th overall. He was also honored as the league’s Male Executive of the Year in 2011. Sinicropi has been with the Williamsport franchise since it moved to the city prior to the 1994 season.
“Gabe is not only one of the hardest working people in our industry, but also one of the most influential when it comes to innovation and execution of the fan and business partner experience,” Cutters Principal Owner Peter Freund said, according to a news release. “From sales to marketing to promotions and everything in-between, Gabe is a force in our business and there is truly no more deserving recipient of this recognition.”
Sinicropi has been a featured presenter and emcee at numerous Minor League Baseball Promotional Seminars and his volunteer service has touched many local organizations. He currently serves on the board of directors for the Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce, Hope Enterprises, and AAA North Penn while also serving as the chairman of the Lycoming County Visitor’s Bureau. Since 1998, he has volunteered as a public address announcer for the Little League World Series.
“To be recognized by your peers is indeed a great honor,” Sinicropi stated. “Our league has some of the most innovative, bright and hard-working executives in all of Minor League Baseball, each of whom are equally deserving.”
In addition, the Williamsport Crosscutters were voted the league’s nominee for Minor League Baseball’s John Henry Moss Community Service Award. This award is given to a club that demonstrates an outstanding, on-going commitment to charitable service, support and leadership within their local community and within the baseball industry.
“There is nothing more important than an organization’s ability to give back and connect within their respective communities. In Williamsport, this is our first priority and we take great pride in our ability to champion diverse outreach through our numerous service events and initiatives,” Freund said, according to the news release.
Some of the many Crosscutters on-going charitable initiatives include the Hot Stove Banquet, Cutters 5K race and the Dominican Plate Dinner, all of which raise money for various charities.
The recipient of the John Henry Moss Community Service Award will be announced at the Baseball Winter Meetings this December in Orlando, Florida.
Little League names
Little League International recently announced that April Meehleder has officially been named the new Little League Western Region director. Meehleder, who has served as the assistant region director since November 2016, takes over as director following the retirement of Dave Bonham after 36 years of service to Little League.
“It is truly an honor and a wonderful opportunity to be named the Western Region director,” Meehleder said, according to the news release. “I am excited to work with such a dedicated and passionate group of volunteers in the West Region and I know we have a great future ahead of us.”
Prior to heading out to San Bernardino as the assistant region director, Meehleder worked at Little League International Headquarters in South Williamsport as a league development assistant manager since June 2015 where she has helped expand Little League Baseball, Little League Softball, and the Little League Challenger Division through efforts across the nation. As part of her work, Meehleder assisted in the on-boarding and chartering process for all new leagues in the United States, established new league best practices through work with current leagues, and helped develop tee ball training videos in coordination with local tee ball programs.
“April’s experience working alongside Dave in San Bernardino, combined with her time spent at Little League Headquarters in Williamsport and dedication to the Little League program, has provided her with the knowledge and skills necessary to serve as a leader for the entire West Region,” Stephen D. Keener, Little League president and CEO, said, according to the news release. “We have the utmost confidence in April and are looking forward to the future of the West Region under her direction.”
Alongside assistant Western Region director Brian Pickering, Meehleder will administer districts, leagues, and volunteers throughout the region and will also oversee the Little League Softball West Region tournament, as well as the Little League Baseball West and Northwest Region tournaments. The Little League Western Region headquarters Complex includes Al Houghton Stadium, a Little League division size field that is used for the regional tournaments, and serves districts and local leagues in 11 states (Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming).
A 2006 graduate of Eastern Michigan University with a bachelor’s degree in public relations, Meehleder has also served as a customer service representative for Historic Square Agency, Erie, from 2013-15, was the executive vice president of business development for Blue Vase Consulting and Learnscape GED in Camp Hill from 2010-13, was a facility and operations executive group leader for the Target Distribution Center in Chambersburg from 2008-10, and served as a team leader for the AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps at Perry Point, Maryland in 2007.