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. In 2016, Radatz was inducted into the Florida State League Hall of Fame.

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.

Larry Rose

Larry Rose

Larry Rose has been a consultant to the Northwoods League regarding umpiring since 2008. He is consistently speaking, giving clinics and training the contracted NWL umpires prior to and during the season on the importance of officiating at a high level for the betterment of the players, coaches and umpires and to create an effective working relationship. Every year at the All-Star Game break and throughout the season he continues to give feedback to the umpires as he watches numerous games daily on-line to provide this feedback.

Larry’s expertise in officiating comes from 44 years in baseball and football at the collegiate and professional levels. Larry officiated in the Southeastern Conference for 8 years before becoming a Side Judge in the National Football League in 1997 for 17 years. He retired from the field in 2015. In his 17 years on the field he had the privilege of officiating 16 playoffs games which included 3 Championship games and Super Bowl XLII between the New York Giants and New England Patriots in 2008. He consistently rated as one of the best officials in the NFL in his 17 year tenure. After retirement from the NFL he has gone back to the SEC where he currently evaluates and trains game officials on a weekly basis. He also sits in the replay booth every Saturday to assist in the replays of the game he is attending.

His son Chandler played and coached in the Northwoods League and is now the Head Baseball coach at The University of Montevallo in Alabama. Larry is a graduate of the University of Florida where he played his college baseball for the Gators. He resides in Fort Myers, FL. He has 2 children, the previously mentioned Chandler Rose, and a Daughter Brooke Rose Whatley, as well as 5 Grandchildren.

Rob Zerjav – League Affiliates Representative

A native of Green Bay, Wisconsin, Rob is President, CEO and co-owner of the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers Minor League Baseball Team and the Fond du Lac Dock Spiders Northwoods League Baseball Team.

Rob began his career with the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers in 1997 as an unpaid intern before joining the full-time staff in group ticket sales.  After two years in group sales, Rob was promoted to Director of Baseball Operations and then to Vice President of Baseball Operations.  Following the 2002 season, he was promoted to Team President and General Manager.  In 2017, Rob was instrumental in bringing a Northwoods League team to Fond du Lac and has served as the Fond du Lac Dock Spiders Team President since their inception.  In 2020, Rob was part of a small ownership group, Third Base Ventures, that purchased the Timber Rattlers, the Dock Spiders and Fox Cities Stadium, the home of the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers.

The Dock Spiders have seen much success in their short existence and were named Entrepreneur of the Year at the Marian University Business and Industry Awards in 2017.  The team has won two Northwoods League Championships, the first league title coming in 2018 and repeated as league champion of the Wisconsin-Illinois Pod in 2020.

Rob resides in De Pere, Wisconsin with his wife, Nikki, and their sons, Cooper and Davis.