After two seasons at the helm, Steve Violetta has resigned as CEO of the Staten Island Yankees. Violetta’s resignation will be effective immediately, according to Pinstriped Prospects and comes with the team sitting in first place in the McNamara Division entering Thursday’s play. Violetta chose not to exercise his two-year option to remain with the club.
“We want to thank Steve for all he has done for our team over these past two years.” commented Nick Tiller, team owner. “During his tenure with us, Steve has put all of his efforts into this organization and with him the team has improved ticket sales efforts, executed a new naming rights agreement and added many new marketing partners.” (Pinstriped Prospects).
Violetta, a native of Detroit, was a high-ranking business executive for a number of teams in the National Hockey League, including the Detroit Red Wings, Nashville Predators, Pittsburgh Penguins, and Ottawa Senators. He is best known for his time as the Executive Vice President of the San Diego Padres, where he was instrumental in securing naming rights to PETCO Park in 2004. The Padres became a perennial draw during their inaugural season at PETCO, attracting over 3 million fans.
Joining the Staten Island Yankees in December 2013, Violetta oversaw the day-to-day operations of the Bombers short-season affiliate, including promotions, media, sponsorships, and ticket sales. Under his guidance, the Staten Island Yankees attendance figures finished in the top half of the New York-Penn League aided by such promotions as Saturday’s Game of Thrones night and the installation of a new video scoreboard in the outfield prior to the start of the season.
Violetta will remain a consultant with the club during the transitional period, with Will Smith, the COO/General Manager of the Trenton Thunder, (Double-A affiliate of the New York Yankees) for the past seven years, assuming the post as CEO. Smith will also become the Operating Partner for Nostalgic Partners, the holding company of the Staten Island Yankees. On Thursday night, the club issued out a press release notifying the public of the recent changes, as it prepares for its future.