Joe Abernathy, St. Louis Cardinals
Vice president, stadium operations
St. Louis Cardinals
Abernathy’s 40-year affiliation with the Cardinals covers two ballparks and two ownership groups. He was first hired in 1977 by the Anheuser-Busch Cos., former owner of the Cardinals, and in 1995, joined the Cardinals full time as director of stadium operations before being promoted to vice president in 1997. As a member of MLB’s advisory committee on stadium operations and the Green Sports Alliance, Abernathy oversees benchmarks for sustainability in ballparks.