Andy Francis – General Manager
This is Andy Francis’ seventh season with the Northwoods League. Francis is now is his third 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 fourth season with the Rafters and second 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 and handles partnership activation, as well as working with Rafters package holders and groups. She also oversees the marketing and promotional department 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.
Chloe de Vries – Public Relations and Marketing Manager
Chloe de Vries is approaching her first full-time season with the Rafters as the Public Relations and Marketing Manager. She began in the Northwoods League as a marketing intern and the on-field emcee for the Rafters in 2018. After finishing up school, Chloe came back to Wisconsin Rapids for a seasonal role as the Marketing Manager for the 2020 baseball season. After the 2020 season she joined the Front Office Staff. Chloe works with Rafters package holders and non-profit groups, as well as overseeing the promotional crew and staff.
The Seattle, Washington native graduated from Chapman University in the Spring of 2020 with her Bachelor degree in Communication Studies. at Chapman she worked with the athletics department as the Sports Information Student Assistant and served as the PA Announcer for all sports. During her time in college Chloe interned with Los Angeles Clippers Public Relations department for two season. When she’s not at the ballpark, she loves to run, be with family, and support the Angels!
Joe Fonti – Owner
This will be the second 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 second 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.