Andrew Chesser
ANDREW CHESSER General Manager
Andrew joined the River Bandits as assistant general manager in the winter of 2012. The team announced his promotion to general manager in October 2013 - following his 10th season working in Minor League Baseball. Under Chesser's leadership the River Bandits have broken numerous attendance records, including a pair of all-time records in 2015. The team has won a number of local and national awards including Best Minor League Ballpark in America (USA Today), Minor League Baseball's Golden Bobblehead Award, and No. 1 Minor League Sports Market by The Sports Business Journal. Chesser also helped bring the "We Are Baseball" traveling MLB Hall of Fame Tour to Modern Woodmen Park as the first stop of the multi-year tour that is scheduled to hit every Major League city. Chesser has also been at the forefront of numerous upgrades to historic Modern Woodmen Park, which celebrated its 85th anniversary in 2016. Designed to enhance the fan experience, these major upgrades included expanding the protective netting, switching to highly energy-efficient LED bulbs in the light towers, adding a 105' Giant Wheel and numerous other amusements and attractions, as well as expanding the box office to nearly double its original size. Under Chesser's leadership the luxurious Budweiser Champions Club was renovated as an expansion of the suite level and the executive kitchen was greatly expanded to accommodate the growing number of special events at Modern Woodmen Park, which surpassed 150 in 2016. During Chesser's tenure, Ballpark Digest has three times awarded the River Bandits as the best ballpark upgrade of the year. Following Chesser's example, the team has worked tirelessly to give back to the community. The front office staff annually volunteers over 1,000 hours to local initiatives and the team has donated more than $1 million back to various charity organizations throughout the Quad Cities. The River Bandits Book Buddies program has skyrocketed to reach over 15,000 local students each year to promote literacy and reading. The Bandit Scholars Program, a one-of-a-kind program that annually funds three local students' college tuition, has grown to include Augustana College, St. Ambrose University, Eastern Iowa Community Colleges and Western Illinois University. In 2015, the River Bandits were the first-ever winner of Ballpark Digest's award for charitable efforts. Prior to joining the River Bandits, Chesser had eight seasons of diverse baseball experience with the Lynchburg (Va.) Hillcats, the advanced Class-A affiliate of the Atlanta Braves in the Carolina League. He began as a stadium operations intern with the Hillcats in 2004 and became the full-time stadium operations director the next season. He later became the director of information technology and creative services, and he was the director of group sales and creative services his last five seasons in Lynchburg. Chesser is a native of New Milford, Conn., and currently resides in Davenport. He is a graduate of Lynchburg (Va.) College with a major in history and minors in French and sports management.
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