SBD/May 25, 2011/People and Pop Culture

Ripken Baseball Hires Glenn Tilley As New President, Replacing Chris Flannery

Ripken Baseball has hired Baltimore business exec GLENN TILLEY as its new President, completing a long period of transition for the operation. Tilley will replace longtime company President CHRIS FLANNERY, who departed in December, and oversee a diversified operation that now includes three minor league baseball teams; a youth baseball enterprise encompassing amateur leagues, tournaments and camps; an athletic field design and management concern; and Baseball HOFer CAL RIPKEN JR's various licensing and public speaking interests. Tilley has been working as a consultant for Ripken Baseball for the past six months, and prior to that, was President & CEO of The Becker Group, a Baltimore-based experiential marketing outfit. Ripken first met Tilley roughly 20 years ago during a stint in which Tilley worked for RON SHAPIRO, Ripken's agent while playing for the Orioles. "We've had a really good, successful 10 years building the business, and now we're thinking hard about the next 10 years, and how we continue to grow the business," Ripken said. "Glenn's someone I knew from a prior life, and he has been able to examine the business with a fresh look and give us that long-term perspective on the future." Among Tilley's tasks will be to scale the company's current business lines and identify new ones. "This is such a unique place to be," Tilley said. "When I think about the purpose of Ripken Baseball, what they stand for, their principles and their character, it moves me."
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