Akron Rubber Ducks GM to Speak at Mount Union CLP Session

April 15, 2015

ALLIANCE, Ohio — Affordable family fun and the Akron RubberDucks will be the topics of discussion as Jim Pfander presents at the Continued Learning Program (CLP) session at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, April 21 at in the East Room of the Hoover-Price Campus Center on the University of Mount Union’s campus.

Pfander, General Manager for the Akron RubberDucks, is an Akron native and veteran minor league baseball executive. He was named General Manager of the Akron RubberDucks in 2012. He is only the second general manager in Aeros/RubberDucks history and was the first executive hired by team owner Ken Babby.

During his first season in 2013 with the then-named Akron Aeros, the franchise and Canal Park saw tremendous growth. Attendance rose almost 12% to more than 295,000, the then-largest single-season increase in Akron history and the most fans since 2009. Pfander also oversaw the purchase, installation and the in-game presentation from Canal Park’s giant $1.65 million HD video board, one of the largest in minor league baseball.

Following the 2013 season, Pfander helped lead a successful company-wide, identity change from the Akron Aeros to the Akron RubberDucks. In addition to that challenge, the team opened The Game Grill and Bar, a year-round, high-end restaurant at Canal Park, and other stadium improvements such as the Fowl Territory picnic area, the Tiki Terrace and Tiki Bar group areas, as well as the exclusive, special-event Duck Club at Canal Park.

The 2015 season will be Pfander’s 16th in professional baseball. Pfander is a graduate of Archbishop Hoban High School and Ohio University. He began his baseball career as an intern in the Cleveland Indians broadcasting department in 2000, prior to several assignments with minor league teams across the country.

Those attending are welcome to stay for lunch in the Kresge Dining Commons ($6.75) or B&B Café (a la carte) following the session.

The Continued Learning Program sessions, which are all free and open to the public, include a variety of presentations and current perspectives, as well as time for questions and discussion.

For further information, contact Abby Honaker, assistant director of the Regula Center for Public Service and Civic Engagement, at (330) 829-8168 or honakeal@mountunion.edu.

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