Dragons VP named Rawlings Woman Executive of the Year


Dayton Dragons Vice President of Sponsor Services Brandy Guinaugh was named the 2016 Rawlings Woman Executive of the Year on Thursday. (Photo courtesy of the Dayton Dragons)

Dayton Dragons Vice President of Sponsor Services Brandy Guinaugh is the recipient of this year’s Rawlings Woman Executive of the Year Award, Minor League Baseball and the Rawlings Sporting Goods Company announced Thursday.

The award annually goes to a woman who made outstanding contributions to her club or league, or to baseball. Guinaugh is only the second Midwest League executive to be so honored.

“I was ecstatic to learn I was nominated for this award, so to be recognized as the recipient is both overwhelming and humbling,” Guinaugh said. “I’m truly blessed with my position at the Dayton Dragons organization. I’ve been fortunate to be part of so many magical moments on and off the field in my role. My passion runs deep in continually growing, leading by example and hopefully always being a role model for professional women in sports or business.”

Here is a description of her duties and accomplishments with the Dragons, from Minor League Baseball’s press release:

The 12-year veteran of the Dragons is responsible for the execution, delivery and fulfillment of over 70 sponsor agreements, more than 50 suite contracts, and over 50 non-baseball stadium events, in addition to maintaining relationships with the Dragons’ corporate partners. Under her direction, the Dragons have captured the Minor League Baseball Organization of the Year Award from Ballpark Digest, the Midwest League Patriot Award, and were a finalist for a Sports Business Journal’s Professional Sports Team of the Year award.

Guinaugh oversees a full-time services staff of six people, along with the development, creation and production of all sponsor-related marketing materials and promotions. She oversees the management of local radio broadcasts for all 140 games and the local television broadcast of 25 Dragons home games. She also handles more than 70 sponsorship-related newspaper ads, as well as the design and execution of the Dragons game night program.

“When we look for new staff, we look for people who are smart, hard-working and of great character; that is exactly what we got and more when Brandy joined our organization,” said Dayton Dragons President and General Manager Robert Murphy. “She very quickly became a key member of our leadership group. She is great with her staff and equally effective in working with our corporate clients.”

Guinaugh obtained a Bachelor of Science from Miami University in Ohio with a major in marketing and a minor in decision sciences. Before joining the Dragons in 2004, she worked as a branch manager for Fifth Third Bank before being promoted to their marketing department.

Guinaugh will receive her award at the Baseball Winter Meetings Awards Luncheon on Monday, Dec. 5, in National Harbor, Maryland.

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