Kinston Indians General Manager Shari Massengill is the winner of the 2007 Rawlings Woman Executive of the Year Award. This is one of minor league baseball’s top national awards. The Woman Executive of the Year is chosen from all of the women in all levels of minor league baseball.
“It is an unbelievable honor to be recognized amongst all of the hard working women in Minor League Baseball,” Massengill said. “It is exciting to be a part of a time when women have such an increasing role in baseball. This award means a lot to me and our organization.”
Since 1976, The Woman Executive of the Year Award is given annually to a female executive “who made an outstanding contribution to her club, league or to baseball.” Massengill is the first Carolina League recipient of this award.
In full-season baseball’s smallest city, the Indians welcomed 115,195 fans in 2007. That's the biggest attendance at Grainger Stadium since 2001 and the second biggest mark this decade. The attendance total eclipses last year’s total attendance of 112,253 fans, even with twice as many rainouts as last year.
The K-Tribe also saw an increase in revenues across the board, including ticket sales, concessions and sponsorship in 2007. The K-Tribe also increased their community involvement during the 2007 season. The team implemented the Tribe Tales reading program in local public schools and joined forces with the Lenoir County Boys and Girls club to help raise money and awareness.
The 2007 season marked Massengill’s 11th season with the K-Tribe and second as General Manager. In September, Massengill was honored with the Calvin Falwell Award, given to the top executive in the Carolina League.
Massengill, a native of Kinston, has worked in a number of roles with the team. During her tenure at Grainger Stadium, she's been the Director of Sales, Group Sales, and Assistant General Manager. She has played a large role in group sales and merchandise. During stadium renovations, Massengill was an instrumental member of the committee that designed the new picnic area at Grainger Stadium.
The award will be presented to Massengill during the Baseball Winter Meetings, which takes place in Nashville, TN during the first week of December.