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.
Todd has an extensive background in Sales and Marketing with a wide range of experience from management, operations, networking and strategic planning. Both on a national and regional level from large corporations to owning and operating his own Mechanical company in Chicago. He has been a part of two different startup organizations where he played a key role in strategic planning, budgeting and implementation. Todd equates a lot of his off the field success to life lessons he learned on the field. Growing up in Bucks County, just outside of Philadelphia, PA. he played for the Pennsbury Falcons later transferring to Naperville Central High School where he was coached by Doc Snyder. A life lesson here is what would later lead him to join the Ballparks of America team. At Lewis University, he studied Psychology, served as Vice President and National President of Alpha Gamma Chi Fraternity from 1999-2001. He also enjoyed stops in his career with Nike, Nike Golf, Romano Brothers Beverage Company and Makita Power Tools U.S.A..
Bobby is the former Head Baseball Coach at Bishop Kelly High School in Boise, Idaho. His teams in a decade won nine conference championships, five district titles, nine State appearances, and two State Championships. He was awarded “Coach of the Year” in 2005, 2008, and 2010. He coached and mentored over 50 players to the collegiate level over that decade.
Coach Sutcliffe was also Campus Tournament Director for ten high school state or district tournaments, while concurrently managing facilities operations related to batting cages, fields, press box, media, coaches video room along with concessions and merchandise sales.
Coach Sutcliffe spent two years with Cole Valley High School in Idaho leading the vision and implementation of their inaugural softball program.
He was also the owner of Sutcliffe Baseball Premier Training Camp since 2004. Bobby, as owner, lead the planning and execution of all coach recruiting/training and operations for youth baseball camps/lessons/clinics along with all sales related to the various lines of businesses. The decade before Sutcliffe Baseball he was a Staff Sergeant 1st Force Reconnaissance Operator in the United States Marine Corps serving on four deployments.
Bobby returns to Missouri where he grew-up with his four siblings, including older brother Cy Young winner Rick Sutcliffe. He attended NWMSU where he played centerfield for the Bearcats. He is excited to return home, with his wife Terri and daughter Sami, to manage all aspects of the business in Branson.