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RailCats Announce Staff Additions and Promotions for 2020

January 13, 2020
Contact: Ashley Nylen
Phone: (219) 882-2255 
[email protected]

PRESS RELEASE – The Gary SouthShore RailCats are proud to announce several staff additions and promotions for the 2020 season.

Michael Dortch joins the RailCats as Director of Food & Beverage. He brings over 20 years of experience in the hospitality/F&B industry. Mike was born and raised in Chicago, IL and graduated from Concordia University with a B.A. in Organizational Management, where he played on the Cougars football team. 

Matthew Santiagojoins the RailCats for the 2020 season as Account Executive. Prior to joining the team, Matt began his hand at B2B relations in different capacities from sales to marketing. He is a 2018 alumnus of Columbia College Chicago and has achieved his Bachelor of Arts in Video Game Design. 

Two familiar faces have been promoted into full time roles this season. Ashley Nylen returns to the RailCats as Manager of Marketing & Promotions after having served the 2017 season as the Marketing/Promotions Intern, the 2018 season as the Marketing/Promotions Assistant and the 2019 season and Community & Promotions Coordinator. Nylen, a Schererville native, graduated from Lake Central High School and Ball State University.

Hisham Abad returns for his second season with the RailCats as the Director of Ticket Operations, spending the 2019 season as Box Office Manager. He joined the RailCats after spending the prior two seasons with the Lake County Captains (Class A – Cleveland Indians) as Stadium Operations Intern and Ticket Sales Account Executive & Catering Coordinator. Abad also has experience with Bowling Green State University as the Graduate Assistant for the BGSU Athletic Ticket Office.

“We are thrilled about the new faces we’ve added this season, and proud of the returning staff who grew professionally said RailCats General Manager Brian Flenner. “The Region can expect FANastic Family Fun at a new level in the ballpark during 2020 when we open the gates.

The 2020 season will be the RailCats 19th season on the South Shore. The ‘Cats home opener is Friday, May 22ndat 7:10pm against the Milwaukee Milkmen.


Ticket packages and group tickets for the 2020 Gary SouthShore RailCats season are available online at and can also be purchased by calling the RailCats ticket line at (219) 882-BALL.

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