Meet Rob & Chris

Rob Crain

Rob Crain is a native of Burlington, Massachusetts and graduate of Springfield College in Springfield, MA. While at Springfield College, Rob double-majored in Sport Management and Business Management with a concentration in Marketing. He also pitched for the school's baseball team.


Rob's first job in affiliated baseball led him to Battle Creek, MI in 2005 to become a Group Sales Representative with the Southwest Michigan Devil Rays, Single-A affiliate of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. In September of 2006, Rob moved to Omaha, Nebraska to work for the Omaha Royals, Triple-A affiliate of the Kansas City Royals. As Assistant General Manager, he helped the club set sales records for five consecutive years in advertising and group sales, along with the highest attendance since the 2000 season. As a member of the club's leadership team, Rob played an integral part in the design and construction of Werner Park as well as leading the club's re-brand to the Omaha Storm Chasers.


In July 2012, Rob moved to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to lead the Triple-A franchise of the New York Yankees as the President and General Manager. In addition to taking over during a $43.3 Million reconstruction of PNC Field, Rob also led the club through a name change and rebrand from the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees to the RailRiders going into the 2013 season. With Rob at the helm, the team set franchise revenue records for the 2013 & 2014 seasons.


In January of 2015, Rob stepped down as team President in SWB and began his own consulting company. From January through December Rob provided consulting services for clients such as Samsung, MiLB and NBA D-League ownership groups.

After consulting for the club, Rob began working full-time for the Pawtucket Red Sox as the team's Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing overseeing ticket sales, sponsorship sales, marketing, merchandise, client services and special events. Since overseeing most of the revenue in Pawtucket the team has set franchise records in 2016, 2017 and 2018 in sponsorship revenue. In 2018, the team broke the franchise record in group sales. 


Rob along with his wife, Amy, a Connecticut native, and daughter Madalyn, live in Lincoln, Rhode Island with their Golden Retriever, Tessie.


email me - frontofficefeatures@gmail.com

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Meet chris valente

Chris Valente

Chris is a native of the Jersey Shore and graduated from UMass Amherst with a BS Degree in Sports Management. Upon graduation, Chris began his now 15 year sports career with the New York Giants in a Community Relations role.


In 2005, following the strike of the NHL, Chris joined the New Jersey Devils as an Account Executive responsible for selling Season and Partial ticket packages. On a team of 20, Chris lead all sales people in revenue leading to his promotion of Corporate Sales Executive. During the off-season of 2005, the NJ Devils purchased the AHL organization, the Lowell Lock Monsters, and sent Chris to Lowell to lead the rebrand and sales of the organization to become the Lowell Devils. 


Chris spent 4 years in Lowell acting as the direct liaison to New Jersey’s executive team and overseeing the day-to-day operations of the club. In 2010, Chris helped move the franchise to Albany, NY, once again leading the re-brand of the team in a new market. During his time in Albany, Chris led the franchise to numerous awards, and oversaw the largest increase in attendance YoY in any professional hockey league in 2012.


In 2013, after 8 years with the Devils organization, Chris joined Fenway Sports Group’s TV Network, NESN, home for the Red Sox and Bruins telecasts. Chris’s role was to launch a new department focused on generating revenue outside of the traditional agency buys on the network. Chris sold and cultivated the largest direct Bruins deal in the organization’s’ history. 


In 2015, Chris landed with DraftKings, and served in numerous roles across the organization ranging from Director of NFL Sports Marketing, Director of Brand Partnerships, to leading M&A discussions. Utilizing his sports business background and knowledge, Chris helped DraftKings grow to become the number one daily fantasy site, overtaking FanDuel during the NFL 2015 season.


Chris rejoined Fenway Sports Group in 2017, where he now acts as the Director of Sales for Fenway Sports Management, the marketing and sales arm for FSG’s owned and operated properties. Chris is responsible for generating millions of dollars in sponsorship revenue for the Red Sox, Liverpool FC, Roush-Fenway Racing, and all other properties FSM works directly with. 


Chris and his wife, Rachel, reside in Natick, MA with their two children, Zach and Emma, along with their English Bulldog, Roofus.


Email me – cvalente0608@gmail.com

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