Jon Danos, President
Jon joined ODP in 1990 as a sales associate in Frederick, MD. He was the youngest General Manager in professional baseball when he took over the Bowie Baysox (Baltimore Orioles’ Class AA affiliate) in 1995. In 1998, under Danos, the Baysox received the Freitas Award as the best Class AA organization in Minor League Baseball. Danos has been a director of the Eastern League and Eastern League Executive of the Year (1999).
From 1996 to 2000, Jon assisted in the operations of all minor league teams owned by ODP and contributed to the development of its food services and stadium services businesses. The Washington Times named him among its “Who’s Who in Washington Sports.”
In 2003, along with becoming a partner in the company, he was named President and COO. Jon is a New Hampshire native, graduating from the University of New Hampshire with a BS in business administration and holds an MS in management from the University of Maryland University College.
Trish England, R.A.
Trish England has been practicing architecture for over thirty years. She began specializing in the design of baseball stadiums in 1992. Since then, she has directed the planning and design of fourteen stadiums. and currently provides specialized consulting services to sports clients. She offers expertise in the evaluation of the functional and aesthetic aspects of design, practical recommendations in the selection of appropriate architectural and engineering systems from the standpoint of cost, operation and maintenance, as well as new and creative concepts to maximize the fan experience,.
Trish holds a Master of Architecture degree from Harvard University Graduate School of Design, and a B. A. in Mathematics and Art from Rosemont College. She is a registered architect in Virginia, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Texas, as well as holding an NCARB Certification
Emily Merrill, Controller
Emily Merrill is responsible for accounting and contract administration for ODP. She is also responsible for maintaining cost accounting for project management assignments. Prior to joining ODP, Emily served as Controller for the Round Rock Express, Double-A affiliate of the Houston Astros, and one of the most successful minor league teams in the country, averaging more than 9,000 fans per game. Emily joined the Express prior to construction of their ballpark and was responsible for setting up and maintaining all financial and accounting operations.
Emily is a graduate of the University of Richmond and has been involved in accounting and administration in numerous industries before becoming involved in baseball. Emily and husband Phil have two children
Peter Kirk, Chairman
Peter is one of the best-known executives in minor league baseball.
Peter served two terms as chairman of the Board of Trustees of the governing body of minor league baseball, and chaired its Finance and Double-A Expansion committees. He also served as a member of the 14-person Committee that governed Major League/Minor League Baseball in the absence of a commissioner following the departure of Commissioner Fay Vincent in 1993. He has consulted with numerous major and minor league clubs and for communities worldwide seeking to obtain minor league teams and stadiums.
Peter holds a master’s degree in electrical engineering from Cornell University and a law degree from George Washington University. He has served on the Boards of Maryland Special Olympics and the Babe Ruth Museum. He also has experience in commercial real estate development, public transportation (including work on DFW’s people mover system), and with Walt Disney Productions prior to his involvement in sports which began in 1982.
Brooks Robinson, Member, Baseball Hall of Fame
Brooks loves minor league baseball and what it does for communities, fans, and players alike. He has been instrumental to Opening Day Partners in the areas of community relations and development as well as with baseball operations helping to identity on-field talent for all teams under ODP. Brooks Robinson Plaza at PeoplesBank Park features a bronze statue of Brooks as a player for the York White Roses, the Orioles affiliate in York, PA, to commemorate Brooks’ love affair with the York community and his professional debut in 1955.
For 23 years, from the time he first came up in the Orioles system in 1955 until he retired as a player in 1977, Brooks Robinson added a new dimension to the position he played with such skill and such flare and contributed so many priceless intangibles that gave a new meaning to Baltimore Orioles baseball. For a quarter of a century, the Orioles had the best record in all of baseball. It was no mere coincidence that the winning tradition AND the Brooks Robinson era began at just about the same time. His landslide election to baseball's prestigious Hall of Fame on the first ballot in 1983 was a vivid illustration that Brooks Robinson is not simply a Baltimore institution. He is, in truth, respected and beloved throughout this country .... and beyond. In 1999 Brooks Robinson was named to the All Century Team - honoring the best 25 players in baseball during the 20th century! Brooks currently serves as President of the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association. Today, Brooks Robinson is a highly acclaimed motivational speaker. He makes numerous appearances around the country at corporate seminars and events. He also stays in close contact with the baseball community
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