Jim Abel is a life-long resident of Lincoln, and the Chairman and CEO of NEBCO Inc., a Lincoln-based company with interests in the manufacture of concrete building materials, road construction, insurance, mining, real estate development and recreation. Jim’s interest in baseball dates back to enjoying the Lincoln Chiefs and working concessions during the Chicago Cubs spring training games while attending Arizona State. In 1973, after earning a degree in Business Administration, Jim returned to Lincoln beginning his career on the company’s highway asphalt and concrete paving crews. In 1985, Jim succeeded his father, George P. Abel Jr., as President of NEBCO, Inc. In addition, Jim serves as President of the Abel Foundation, which continues the family tradition of returning a measure of the company’s success to the community. Jim has also served on many civic and professional boards including the Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital, United Way, University of Nebraska Foundation, Nebraska Game & Parks Foundation, Ameritas, Nelnet, Nebraska Wesleyan, US Bank and the Lincoln Chamber of Commerce.
President / General Manager
A native of Arlington, Nebraska, Charlie serves as Treasurer of NEBCO, Inc. and President/General Manager of the Lincoln Saltdogs. Meyer is a graduate of Doane College, Nebraska College of Business and Colorado School of Banking. He is involved in a number of charitable and community organizations in the Lincoln area, including the following boards: Community Health Charities of Nebraska, United Way 2018 Campaign Cabinet, Child Advocacy Board, Nebraska High School Hall of Fame, Founding Board Member of 100’s of Lincoln Men Who Care and Chair of the Expansion Committee of the American Association. He and his wife Val, have three children and four grandchildren: Jamie & Ryan Von Sossan, and sons Cole & Lou of Sacramento, CA; Amber & Pete Fencl and daughter Izzy and son Brody of David City, NE; and Brian of Lincoln, NE.
Director of Marketing
After beginning his career in sports administration in 1993, Bret is now in his 18th season with the Saltdogs organization. He played college baseball at St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa; where he earned a degree in Business Administration and Marketing. Bret also serves on the Board of Directors for the Junior Saltdogs League, a league that provides youth baseball programs in Lincoln for kids 5-16 years of age. His wife Nancy is an 8th grade teacher at Lux Middle School, and their two sons: Bryce is in his first year at SCC and Drew, attends Pius X.
Director of Sales
Joining the Saltdogs in 2014, Steve brings 18 years of sports marketing experience to the organization. He began his career by helping launch the Lincoln Stars USHL franchise as the team’s inaugural ticket manager. Zoucha’s responsibilities with the Stars grew, and he most recently served the franchise as vice president/director of operations and group sales. A native of the Capital City, Zoucha lives in Lincoln.
Director of Stadium Operations
After spending 13 seasons as an umpire in the Minor Leagues, Dave joined the Saltdogs organization in October of 2007. He spent the 2008 season as a ticket account executive, and was named as the director of stadium operations in September of that year. On the field, he served as a Triple-A umpire for eight years, and also worked games in the Dominican Republic Winter League. Between 2002 and 2005, Dave was a fill-in umpire in the Major Leagues, and then worked in the American Association in 2006-07. He still umpires some college games in his spare time. Dave and his wife, Peg, have two boys, Jack and Sam, and a daughter, Kathleen.
Director of Broadcasting & Communications
Michael is entering his second season as the “Voice of the Saltdogs”. In the offseason, Michael is a news/sports reporter for News Channel Nebraska TV based in Norfolk. He was the Broadcast/Media Relations Assistant with the Gary Southshore Railcats, also of the American Association’s Central Division, for the 2016 season. Michael is a native of Lincoln and graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a Broadcasting and Advertising/Public Relations degree in May 2016.
Director of Promotions
This is Alex’s second year with the Saltdogs as Director of Promotions. She grew up in Omaha Nebraska. Her first two years of college she went to New Mexico Military Institute and played volleyball where she then transferred to University of Nebraska at Omaha and graduated in May of 2017. She worked at UNO as a marketing and promotions intern for 2 years with their hockey, basketball and volleyball teams.
Assistant Director of Stadium Operations
Dan is entering his fifth year with the Saltdogs as Assistant Director of Stadium Operations and his seventh year in professional baseball. Hailing from the small town of Napoleon, Ohio, Dan graduated from Bowling Green State University with a degree in Sports Management. Dan also spent some time at Ohio University where, as a freshman, he walked on to the football team under former Nebraska Head Coach Frank Solich. In his free time, Dan enjoys watching Cleveland Browns football and Detroit Tigers baseball. Dan lives in Lincoln with his wife Heather and his dog Chase.
Ticket Sales Manager
Colter is a 2010 Wayne State College graduate. He interned with the Saltdogs in 2010 and was brought on full time during the 2011 season. After being with Lincoln Stars Hockey for just over four seasons, Colter rejoined the Saltdogs in November of 2014.
Video Production Manager
Cade is entering his third season as Video Production Manager for the Saltdogs. He worked for HuskerVision and the Saltdogs video production crew before joining the team, and has done work for NET Sports and The Big Ten Network. He is originally from Western Nebraska and moved to Lincoln, where he graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2015 with a Bachelor’s of Journalism in Broadcast Production and a Business Minor.
Athletic Turf Manager
Jeremy was raised in Lincoln, and graduated from Lincoln Southeast high school. He served in the Army on active duty for 8 years, before obtaining a Bachelors of Science in Turfgrass Management from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Jeremy has been happily married to his wife Lauren for six years now. His previous athletic turf management experience includes an internship at Haymarket Park in 2011, and with the Philadelphia Phillies in 2012.
Assistant Athletic Turf Manager
Jen is in her 16th year on the grounds crew at Haymarket Park. In addition to her duties with the Saltdogs, Jen is also the head turf manager for the UNL Softball Complex. The Wakefield, Neb. native earned a degree in Horticulture from Northeast Community College. In her spare time she enjoys camping, fishing and hanging out with her boxer, Ace.
Kaydra is in her second year as the Office Manager for the Lincoln Saltdogs after working as an intern with the team in 2016. She is from Elm Creek, Nebraska and graduated from the University of Nebraska at Kearney in the summer of 2016 with a degree in Sports Management and a minor in Marketing/Management. Kaydra has been playing and watching sports for her entire life and knew she wanted to make it part of her career after watching her older brother play football in college and the NFL.
Suites, Catering & Group Sales Coordinator
This is Kayla’s third season with Professional Sports Catering at Haymarket Park. She’s excited to bring back her off season experience from Mizzou, Boulder, Oklahoma, Arrowhead and her favorite; Spring Training at Peoria Sports complex. She is the oldest of five and a Lincoln, NE native. Graduate of Lincoln Northeast and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with degrees in Advertising, Public Relations and Hospitalities and Hotel Management. At UNL she played Women’s Rugby as a flanker. In her free time she loves to cheer on her beloved Carolina Panthers and coach her siblings in their activities.
This is Jasie’s first season at Haymarket Park and she’s excited to learn more about the business and building up her team. She has been trained in strengths-based leadership through her program at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln where she graduated with a degree in Management within the College of Business. While growing up in Gering, Nebraska, Jasie found a love of Nebraska from being out in the country. In her free time, she enjoys watching Husker football, crafting, going to garage sales to find great flips and being with her friends and family.
Catering Business Manager
This is Dawn’s first season at Haymarket Park as the Catering Business Manager. Before joining the team at Haymarket Park Dawn worked for a Government Contractor for Immigration doing records management for 18 years. Her positions ranged from Training Manager, Deputy Site Manager and Regional Manager for the Northeast region. Dawn is an Oxford, Nebraska native, but spent 12 years on the East Coast before moving to Lincoln with her husband. She graduated from Doane University and Housatonic Community College in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Dawn and her husband Pete love to travel, golf and spend time with their new grandson Brayden who is in Connecticut.