Board of Directors

Vince Gennaro

Vince was elected as SABR's President in 2011. He is an Associate Dean and Clinical Associate Professor at NYU's Preston Robert Tisch Institute for Global Sport. He is the author of Diamond Dollars: The Economics of Winning in Baseball, the host of a weekly national radio show, By the Numbers: Baseball SABR Style on SiriusXM, on Sunday nights. He is also a regular contributor to MLB Network 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.


Leslie Heaphy

Leslie was first elected to the SABR Board in 2010 and elected as Vice-President in 2016. 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 was the 2014 winner of the Bob Davids Award, SABR's highest honor. She lives in Kent, Ohio.


Todd Lebowitz

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

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

Chris has served on the SABR Board since 2014. He 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.


Emily Hawks

Emily has served on the SABR Board of Directors since 2013 and has been a SABR member since 2008. She is currently an Analytics Manager with Adobe, where she analyzes usage data from Adobe's Digital Video and Audio division to help guide product development and marketing strategies. She holds a Master of Science in Computational Finance and Risk Management from the University of Washington, and a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Business from the University of Puget Sound. As an active member of the SABR Northwest Chapter, Emily has been a regular attendee at SABR's National Conventions, Analytics Conference, Jerry Malloy Conference, and Arizona Fall League Experience. She currently serves as chair of the SABR Diversity Committee, encouraging membership outreach to underrepresented communities. She also serves as a vice-chair of the SABR BioProject, leading an initiative to generate biographies for the players of the modern era. Emily resides in Seattle, Washington.


Bill Nowlin

Bill was elected as SABR's Vice President in 2004 and re-elected for five more terms before stepping down in 2016, when he was elected as a Director. He has specialized in Red Sox research since he turned to writing and research in the late 1990s and has written, edited, or co-edited more than 75 books and more than 750 articles, many of which are Red Sox-related. He is one of three founders of Rounder Records, one of America's most successful independent record labels. A member of the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame, he has also traveled widely, visiting more than 125 countries to date, and has occasionally taught courses at Boston-area universities on "Baseball and Politics" and Sportswriting. He was the 2011 winner of the Bob Davids Award, SABR's highest honor. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.


Mark Armour

Mark was elected to the SABR Board in 2018. He has been a SABR member since 1983 and was the founder and longtime director (2002-16) of SABR's Baseball Biography Project. He was the recipient of the Bob Davids Award in 2008 and the Henry Chadwick Award in 2014. His book, Joe Cronin: A Life in Baseball, was a finalist for the Seymour Medal in 2011, as was In Pursuit of Pennants, which he co-wrote with Dan Levitt in 2015. He has written or co-written several other books and many articles for publication. He is also co-founder and co-chair of SABR's Baseball Cards Committee, past president of the Northwest Chapter, and editor of SABR's 2006 Seattle convention journal. He holds a bachelor's degree in math/computer science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a master's in computer science from Northeastern University. He lives in Corvallis, Oregon, with his wife and children.


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