Dick Radatz

Dick Radatz, Jr. – Chairman

Dick Radatz, Jr. is a co-founder of the Northwoods League and has an educational background and work experience in sports administration. Upon completion of a Master’s degree in Sports Administration, from Ohio University, Dick worked as an Administrative Assistant for the Los Angeles Dodgers at their Spring Training site in Vero Beach, FL. He then spent a year as General Manager of the Boston Red Sox entry in the New York-Penn League, setting a single-season attendance record, before serving six years managing the business operations of the Boston Red Sox Spring Training site in Winter Haven, FL, and as General Manager of the Red Sox wholly-owned subsidiary in the Florida State League, where he set another single-season attendance record. He was named Florida State League Executive of the Year in 1986. Following his pro baseball tenure, Dick was Assistant Director of Operations for Michigan Special Olympics. Dick is a graduate of Albion College (MI) with a B.A. in Economics and Management. He was also Captain of the baseball team at Albion and a four-year letter winner.

Gary Hoover

Gary Hoover – President

Gary was named President of the Northwoods League on September 1, 2015. After initially serving on the Northwoods League’s Advisory Board starting in 2003, Gary became the League’s outside General Counsel in 2007 after working on the establishment of the Northwoods League Foundation.  As the League’s outside General Counsel, Gary oversaw all material legal matters pertaining to the Northwoods League including the sale of several expansion affiliate clubs, drafting various agreements, and the management of all litigation.  Gary joined the League as in-house General Counsel in February 2014. Prior to becoming the League’s in-house General Counsel, Gary was president of his own law firm handling all manner of corporate transactions, litigation, and entity formations (including numerous non-profit and tax-exempt organizations.) Previously, Gary was general counsel for a fully-integrated real estate development and construction company where he oversaw legal, human resource, and risk management matters. Gary also has substantial trial experience from his ten-year stint as a prosecutor in California. Gary earned an MBA from the University of Denver, a Juris Doctorate from California Western School of Law, and Bachelor of Science degree in Aviation Management from Metropolitan State College.  

William McKee

William McKee – Vice-President and Assistant Treasurer

Bill McKee is a co-founder of the Northwoods League, and a former co-owner of the Rockford Expos Professional Baseball Club of the Class A Midwest Baseball League, the Erie Sailors Professional Baseball Club of the Class A New York-Penn League, the Albany Polecats Professional Baseball Club of the Class A South Atlantic League, the Pocatello Giants Professional Baseball Club of the Class A Pioneer League, and the Rockford Lightning of the Continental Basketball Association. He has a B.A. degree from Bowling Green University. Bill was a co-founder, Vice President and Actuary of Parsons, McKee, Sommers and Company, in Cleveland, OH, a business consulting firm in the area of retirement and medical care programs for corporate clients. Prior to co-founding the firm, he worked in similar capacities with national consulting firms in Chicago and Los Angeles. Bill is now semi-retired and lives in Florida and also spends time in the NWL area during the summer season.

Robert D. Finnell – Corporate Secretary

Robert D. Finnell brings over twenty-five years of experience as inside legal counsel to rapidly growing private and publicly-held technology companies. Mr. Finnell was formerly Vice President and General Counsel of PeopleSoft, Inc., which was consistently one of the world's most highly respected software companies. As PeopleSoft's first chief legal officer, over a six year period he created and managed the complete legal support infrastructure as total revenue doubled every year from $40M to $1.5B and total company personnel increased from 250 to over 7,000. Since 2005, Mr. Finnell has served as SVP, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for Calypso Technology, Inc., a leading global application software provider for the capital markets industry, financial institutions and other companies participating in the world’s financial markets. Mr. Finnell holds a J.D. from Santa Clara University School of Law and a double B.A. in Economics and Political Science from the University of Michigan.

Kathy Radatz

Kathy Radatz – Treasurer

Kathy Radatz brings over twenty-five years of Human Resources (HR) experience in financial services and defense technology industries. As a Senior HR Officer for Citigroup, she has Human Resources and Training responsibility for 112,000 employees across 100 countries for the Global Operations and Technology organization supporting the credit card, retail banking and investment banking businesses. In addition, she has successfully led global HR re-engineering efforts and integration activities for several major acquisitions. Prior to joining Citigroup, Kathy held positions of increasing responsibility in all areas of HR at Harris Corporation. She has MBA and BBA degrees from the University of Michigan.

Dan Kapanke – League Affiliates Representative

Knowing that the game of baseball has long been a fixture and a passion to the people of the La Crosse Area, Kapanke and his wife Ruth made a dream a reality when they decided to bring La Crosse Loggers to Copeland Park in 2003. Dan was born and raised on a small dairy farm in outside Coon Valley, Wisconsin where he developed a love for the game of baseball. As a young boy, Dan loved to watch and play baseball. Believe it or not, In middle school, Dan and a friend of his skipped their classes to watch the 1960 Yankee vs. Pirates World Series Game 7. Not only did Dan love to play and watch baseball, but he coached youth baseball in the La Crosse Area for 15 years. Being a UW-La Crosse graduate in Economics and Political Science, Dan became very involved in local politics and is well known in the community. Dan was elected to the State Senate in November of 2004 and represented the 32nd District in Wisconsin until 2011. Along with his involvement in the political realm, Dan has been in the Agriculture Business for over 20 years. The love of Dans life, Ruth, has put up with Dan for almost 35 years. Dan and Ruth have a family of 4 children and 12 grandchildren.