Andy Francis – General Manager
This is Andy Francis’ sixth season with the Northwoods League and Big Top Sports and Entertainment. Francis is now is his second year as the General Manager of the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters after being promoted after the 2018 season. Prior to being named GM of the Rafters, Francis was with the Green Bay Bullfrogs (now known as the Green Bay Booyah) for three seasons, two of which he was the Assistant General Manager.
He is no stranger to Wisconsin Rapids as he spent the 2015 season as an intern in the concessions stand. He also spent time working for the Green Bay Packers before joining the Bullfrogs as an Inside Ticket Sale Representative at the end of 2015. Francis is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, where he worked with the Intramural program as a supervisor. Outside of work, Francis enjoys watching baseball and spending time with family and friends.
Hannah Jurgens – Assistant General Manager
Hannah Jurgens enters her third season with the Rafters and first season as the Assistant General Manager. She started her baseball career as an intern for the Rafters marketing team during the 2018 season. Jurgens then was added into the front office as the Accounts and Corporate Service Manager shortly after. She works with corporate sponsors to execute sponsorship, as well as working with Rafters 9-Game Pack holders and groups. She also oversees the marketing and promotional team to continue adding a unique ballpark experience.
Jurgens is a graduate of Fort Hays State University where she played soccer and worked closely with the school’s athletic department. She received two bachelor’s degrees, one in Marketing and another in Health and Human Performance, with a concentration in Sports Management, graduating in the spring of 2018. The native of Lincoln, Nebraska enjoys spending time with friends and family, travelling, and cheering on the Chicago Cubs and Nebraska Cornhuskers.
Thomas Dyer- Ticket Account Executive and Operations Manager
This will be Thomas’s second season with the organization. He worked as a seasonal employee during the 2019 season and was promoted to the Ticket Account Executive and Operations Manager after the season concluded. His duties include ballpark operations, food and beverage, and working with different groups and fans who come out to the ballpark.
Dyer interned with Miami University’s Baseball Team as a Data Analyst while attending Miami to earn his degree in Sport Leadership and Management. Thomas also has experience working with a variety of other sports such as a Club Sports Supervisor and a Pro Shop employee at Hueston Woods Golf Course. Born and raised in Oxford, Ohio, Thomas spent his childhood around the game of baseball. In his free time, Thomas enjoys spending time with family and friends and watching the Cincinnati Reds.
Joe Fonti – Owner
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 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.