Chloe de Vries – General Manager
De Vries, 23, started her career with the Rafters in 2018 as a marketing intern and on-field emcee under current Green Bay Rockers Vice President and General Manager John Fanta’s leadership. De Vries graduated from Chapman University in the spring of 2020 with a degree in Communication Studies and a minor in Broadcast Journalism. During her time at Chapman, she interned with the Los Angeles Clippers for two seasons in the Public Relations department.
De Vries served as the Seasonal Marketing Manager for the 2020 Rafters season before assuming the role of the Marketing and Public Relations Manager heading into 2021. She joined Francis and Hannah Jurgens, becoming the first female-dominated front office in Northwoods League history. After the season, she left to return to her alma mater as the Assistant Sports Information Director before accepting the general manager position.
Tyler Miller – Inside Sales & Video Production Manager
Miller, 23, was the Video Production Intern for the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters during the 2021 season. During the internship, Miller and his video production team was given the Best Webcasting Award by the Northwoods League.
Previously, Miller worked as a Freelance Video Production Assistant for WHME TV-46 Sports in South Bend, Indiana after earning his Bachelor degree in Journalism and Telecommunication in the winter of 2021 from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. Miller spent 4 years as a Student Video Production Crew member working Ball State athletic events for ESPN+.
Griffin Strang- Director of Food & Beverage
Strang, 22, spent the past two Northwoods League seasons as an intern with the Green Bay Booyah, now known as the Rockers where he worked in the food and beverage department.
Strang graduated from St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wisconsin in May of 2022, before heading straight to Wisconsin Rapids to get ready for the 2022 season.
Strang is from Lake Forrest, Illinois and is an avid Green Bay Packers, and Chicago White Sox fan. He is excited about being in Rapids because, “the fans are dedicated to this town and are very hands on.”
Joe Fonti – Owner
This will be the third season of Joe being an owner of the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters. Joe and his brothers are the majority owners of Furniture & ApplianceMart and a majority of the Ashley HomeStores in Wisconsin. Joe is a lifetime baseball and sports fans that enjoys the fun and excitement created at sporting events. Joe and his wife have two daughters, one son, and a grandson.
Excited about the acquisition of the Rafters, Joe had this to say: “We are excited to continue the tremendous baseball tradition in Wisconsin Rapids and to maintain and build upon the Rafters motto ‘where our community comes together.’ I have a passion for providing a great customer experience at our retail stores and I look forward to bringing that same passion for a great fan experience to Rafters games. As a Central Wisconsin resident for over 30 years, I am looking forward to giving back to the community that has supported my family.”
Vince Fonti Jr. – Owner
Vince is going into his third season as an owner of the team. Vince is a driven worker who is passionate about providing customers the best selection and value in their stores. As a 2nd generation family-owned business, Vince, along with his 2 brothers Joe and Bill, have grown from 2 stores in 1989 to now 15 stores throughout Wisconsin. Living and working in Central Wisconsin since 1984, the area is in his blood.
He graduated from SPASH in 1986 and his wife Kay was born and raised in Wisconsin Rapids. They have 3 children, Vinnie, Kyleigh, and Ben. Aside from work, Vince is an avid baseball fan cheering for both the Cubs and the Brewers (goes back to when the Brewers were in the American League). He has also enjoyed coaching youth baseball in Plover over the last 12 years.