Before he launched Ballparks of America, Hamilton spent 25 years in corporate finance and risk management. His clients have ranged from Fortune 100 companies across the globe, to major municipalities across the nation, to entrepreneurs developing fledgling real estate and senior living projects. A baseball dad to four sons and a passionate champion of youth sports, Hamilton is a Trustee of New Trier Township, one of the state’s premier communities and sits on various non-profit boards. Hamilton is also a member of the Advisory Board of award-winning Mandarin Communications Group and Executive Editor of Mandarin Leader. At the State level, he is Commissioner of the State of Illinois Human Rights commission. Hamilton holds a University of Chicago Masters Degree with concentrations in Finance and Organizational Behavior, as well as a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan.
Doc spent fifteen years in the financial services industry, but returned to his roots in baseball to develop Ballparks of America. A college baseball at Wheaton College (Division III) in Wheaton, IL, he finished out his career with five years in the MABL semi-pro leagues in Central Florida and Northern Illinois. After his playing career, Doc transitioned to coaching high school baseball at highly competitive baseball programs at Naperville Central and Wheaton North High School. More recently, Doc has enjoyed coaching his children’s travel and house league teams, and was a member of the Board of Directors of Glenview Youth Baseball, a league of over 1,700 players. His experience with the GYB Board and his sons’ competitive travel program, the Glenview Blaze, inspired him to develop the ultimate weeklong tournament experience for youth baseball players and coaches at Ballparks of America.
Craig Hutson is lifelong baseball fan and a veteran of the investment community, known for his track record and ability to boost assets under management. Craig began his career at Brinson Partners, where he was the youngest partner at its inception. He spent 18 years at UBS Global Asset Management and its predecessor firms. He was an Executive Director and Head of U.S. Investment Grade Credit Research when he departed ten years ago. Since that time he has been actively involved in the financial markets with roles at Loop Capital Markets and Stone & Youngberg LLC. He has also taught classes on credit analysis and he has written extensively on the investment merits of hundreds of companies. Craig holds a Masters of Business Administration degree in Finance from the University of Chicago. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Duke University. He holds a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation. He has Series 7 and 63 licenses.
Alicia came to Ballparks of America in July 2016 and serves as Director of Operations. A native of Branson, she graduated from Hollister High School in 2003, and the College of the Ozarks where she received a Bachelors degree in Recreation Administration and Business Administration with a minor in Coaching. She started working at the Branson Parks and Recreation Department in 2007 and coordinated and managed youth and adult sports programs, including swim teams, golf, and tennis. She also supervised the Aquatics facility, along with the Community Center, Dog Park and Concession Operations. When she’s not cheering on the Razorbacks and St. Louis Cardinals, she enjoys spending time with family, friends and her two dogs, Bella and Jeff.
Shannen comes to Ballparks of America from Branson Tourism Center where she was a group sales manager promoting tourism to the Branson Lakes Area through the Group’s Sales Market. She previously worked for an International Tour Operator booking youth groups from the UK to Ski and Snowboard all over the world. She has a strong background in Operations and Office Administration. Shannen moved to the Branson Lakes Area in 2009 from Michigan. She loves spending time with her 3 sons Hiking, Kayaking and enjoying the many shows and attractions Branson has to offer.
A lifelong Yankee fan, Todd played baseball for the Pennsbury Falcons team outside of Philadelphia, and later at Naperville Central High School where he was coached by Doc Snyder. An alumnus of Lewis University, he studied Psychology and was Alpha Gamma Chi Fraternity National President from 2000 to 2001. His sales and marketing career includes gigs with Nike and Nike Golf; Romano Brothers Beverage Company; and Makita U.S.A., even owning his own mechanical company along the way. Meanwhile, Todd has continued to coach high school baseball teams both in Illinois and Ohio.