SABR

Board of Directors

  • Vince Gennaro

    President

    Vince was elected as SABR's President in 2011. He is the director of Columbia University's sports management graduate program, the author of Diamond Dollars: The Economics of Winning in Baseball, a regular contributor to MLB Network's "Clubhouse Confidential," and a consultant to MLB teams. His non-baseball work is highlighted by a 20-year career at PepsiCo — including roles as Division President and GM of a billion-dollar bottling business — and ownership of a pro sports franchise. Vince’s innovative analysis of baseball has been the subject of articles in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and CNN Money. He has also written for Yahoo! Sports and The Wall Street Journal and is a frequent guest commentator on sports business topics. Vince serves on the Advisory Board of ANC Sports and holds an MBA from the University of Chicago. He lives in Purchase, New York, with his wife and daughter.

  • Bill Nowlin

    Vice-President

    Bill was elected as SABR's Vice President in 2004. He has specialized in Red Sox research since he turned to writing and research in the late 1990s and has published about 30 books and several hundred articles, almost all of which are Red Sox-related. He is one of three founders of Rounder Records, one of America’s most successful independent record labels. He’s traveled widely, visiting more than 125 countries to date, and has recently returned to academia (he taught college for 12 years), offering an online course on “Baseball and Politics” at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell. He was the 2011 winner of the Bob Davids Award, SABR's highest honor. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

  • Todd Lebowitz

    Secretary

    Todd was elected as SABR's Secretary in 2011. He has been an attorney with Baker & Hostetler LLP in Cleveland, Ohio, since 1997. He has offered pro bono legal counsel to SABR since 2005, advising on numerous matters relating to intellectual property, contracts, personnel, business strategy and implementation. He has performed legal work for the Cleveland Indians, including drafting player contracts and negotiating terms with player agents, some work for Major League Baseball related to trademark enforcement, and conducted a study entitled "The Effect of Financial Rewards on Intrinsic Motivation: A Study of Long-Term Contracts in Major League Baseball". He has been a member of SABR since 2000, is part of the Baseball Records, Business of Baseball and Latino Baseball committees, and has assisted other members with legal and historical research, including understanding legal terminology and decisions. He holds a BA in psychology and a law degree, both from the University of Michigan. He lives in Solon, Ohio.

  • F. X. Flinn

    Treasurer

    F.X. is the senior member of the SABR Board, first elected as Treasurer in 2001. In 1990, he started Expert Systems Development Corp, an IT consulting firm specializing in data warehousing, knowledge management and process development. After graduating from Cornell University in 1975, he worked in the trade book publishing industry for Doubleday and Bantam. In 1981 he became involved with the Rotisserie League founders and in 1984 published the first book on fantasy sports, Rotisserie League Baseball. F. X. (the initials are for Francis Xavier) comes from a large extended family, and while he and his wife have no children, they enjoy doting on more than a score of nieces and nephews. They live in Quechee, Vermont.

  • Chris Dial

    Director

    Chris was appointed to the SABR Board in 2014. Dial was named in 2013 to the SABR Defensive Committee which adds a sabermetric component to the selection of the Rawlings Gold Glove Awards and Rawlings Platinum Glove Award, presented by SABR. He is the developer of a statistical measure called Runs Effectively Defended (RED), a defensive analysis system used in the formation of the SABR Defensive Index (SDI). Dial also helped create and develop the SABR initiative of Chartered Communities, which launched in the fall of 2009; he is co-chair of the Baseball Think Factory chartered community. He holds a bachelor's degree in Chemistry from what is now Pfeiffer University in North Carolina. He is Director of Integration at Catalent Pharma Solutions, where he has worked since 1998.

  • Emily Hawks

    Director

    Emily has served on the SABR Board since 2013. A SABR member since 2008, she is an Assistant Vice President in the Analytics unit of Guy Carpenter and Co., LLC. In her role, she utilizes statistical models to quantify levels of risk for her clients, usually insurance companies, and consults with them on their business growth strategies. Emily is also pursuing a Master's in Computational Finance and Risk Management in the Applied Math department at the University of Washington. As an active member of the SABR Northwest Chapter, Emily has been a regular attendee at SABR's National Conventions, Analytics Conference and Arizona Fall League Conference. She lives in Seattle, Washington.

  • Leslie Heaphy

    Director

    Leslie was elected to the SABR Board in 2010. She has been a member of SABR since 1989 and chair of the Women in Baseball Committee since 1995. Leslie is an Associate Professor of History at Kent State University at Stark and publishes in the area of the Negro Leagues and women’s baseball. In 2008, she became the founding editor of the journal Black Ball, published by McFarland. She lives in Kent, Ohio.

  • Ty Waterman

    Director

    Ty was elected to the SABR Board in 2012. He has been a SABR member since 1996 and is a frequent presenter at Connecticut Smoky Joe Wood Chapter meetings. He is the creator of the Great American Fantasy League (GAFL), a baseball simulation board game in which 26 SABR members participate as members of all-time franchise teams. He has attended every SABR national convention since 1999 and was involved in the creation of the Games and Simulation Research Committee in 2010. Waterman is the co-author of The Year The Red Sox Won The World Series: A Chronicle of the 1918 Championship Season, published by Northeastern University Press in 1999. He is a season-ticket holder for the Pawtucket Red Sox Triple-A team and is a strong advocate for minor league baseball. Since 1996, he has worked as a social worker, supervising foster homes in Boston, Massachusetts. He has a bachelor's degree in Physical Education from the University of Maine, Orono, and a master's degree in Theology from Boston University. He lives in Attleboro, Massachusetts.

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