Andy Francis – General Manager
This is Andy Francis’ eighth season with the Northwoods League. Francis is now is his fourth 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 Sales 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.
Rachael Leystra – Marketing & Inside Sales Manager
Rachael Leystra is approaching her first season with the Rafters as the Marketing and Inside Sales Manager. Rachael joins us after completing a Marketing and Promotions internship with the Eau Claire Express during the 2021 season.
Rachael graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Stout with a double major in Hotel, Restaurant, Tourism Management and Golf Enterprise Management. She also minored in Spanish. During her free time, Rachael enjoys spending time with family and friends, listening to music, and watching the Milwaukee Brewers.
Rachael is excited and ready to take on her first season with the Rafters!
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.