Matt Perry
Owner and President, Gastonia Family Entertainment
Since 1998, Matt has served as President of National Sports Services (www.nsssports.com).  Matt provides a multitude of services for the firm, including new project development, facility development, financial and market feasibility, lease negotiations, securing project capital, and venue and team consulting.    Matt and his partner at NSS – Bill Davidson – are owners and operators of the Wilmington Sharks franchise, a member of the Coastal Plain League, and the Lafayette Aviators, a member of the Prospect League. Matt earned his BS degree in Advertising and a Minor in Business from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, and secured his Master’s in Sport Management from Ohio State University.
Sean Churchill
Owner & Manager, Gastonia Family Entertainment
Sean is the Medical Director for Genesis Innovation Group which is a product development company specializing in advancing early phase medical technology from conception to FDA approval and use. He and his wife Melissa have had a lifelong dream of owning and running a baseball franchise after retirement from the medical field and started down this path with their investment in Grizzlies in the spring of 2018.    They are also owners of the Lafayette Aviators, a member of the Prospect League. Sean has an MBA in Sports Management from the University of Massachusetts.  He previously earned a BS in Chemical Engineering from Colorado State University, a MD from University of Michigan and completed his Orthopedic Residency at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation.
Bill Davidson
Owner & Vice-President, Gastonia Family Entertainment
Since 1998, Bill has served as CEO of National Sports Services (www.nsssports.com).  Bill provides a multitude of services for the firm, including new project development, facility development, financial and market feasibility, lease negotiations, securing project capital, and venue and team consulting.    Matt and his partner at NSS – Matt Perry – are owners and operators of the Wilmington Sharks franchise, a member of the Coastal Plain League, and the Lafayette Aviators, a member of the Prospect League. Bill earned his BA degree in Journalism and Public Relations from Purdue University and secured his Master’s in Sport Management from Wichita State University.  
Jesse & Emily Cole
Owners, Gastonia Family Entertainment
Jesse is the Owner of Fans First Entertainment, which owns and operates the Savannah Bananas of the Coastal Plain League.  Jesse and his wife Emily were majority owners and operators of the Grizzlies through April 2018. They are both partners in Gastonia Family Entertainment and provide input and counsel to the team ownership and management.  While leading the Grizzlies, the team was recognized as the CPL Organization of the Year and won three CPL Championships.
Claudia Padgett
General Manager
Claudia moved to Gastonia from Reno, Nevada where she worked as Director of Sales for the Diamondbacks Triple-A affiliate, the Reno Aces and the Reno 1868 USL Championship team. Originally from Indiana, Claudia attended Purdue University and is an avid golfer and traveler. She is excited to join the Grizzlies family and to continue the tradition of baseball in the community. Feel free to contact her if you have any questions at [email protected] or at 704-866-8622.
McKenna Edwards
Director of Marketing
McKenna joined the Grizzlies just prior to the 2019 season.  She has experience in ticket sales with the Kentucky Speedway and has developed and executed marketing campaigns for Ivy Tech Community College and Indiana University – Purdue University. McKenna has a BS from Indiana University and is presently a graduate student studying marketing with a concentration in digital marketing and advertising at Liberty University.