Vice President, Media Relations
Gene Dias joined the Astros as Media Relations Director in February of 2009 and as the Vice President of Media Relations in 2014. Prior to joining the Houston organization, he spent close to 20 years with the Philadelphia Phillies in both Media and Community Relations.
In his current role, Gene oversees all baseball and business-related media relations efforts and plays a major role with the Astros communications team in developing strategies for the ballclub's business, marketing, foundation, and community public relations initiatives. Gene also plays a significant role in the club's crisis management efforts.
From 1989 to 2008, Gene worked for the Phillies, first as an intern in the ticket sales office before joining the Media Relations staff full-time. After serving as Media Relations Manager, he was promoted to Director of Community Relations in 2000 where he was instrumental in creating a number of community-based programs and events, many of which are still in place today. Gene also helped to grow the club's footprint in the community through increased media coverage and by increasing the dollars raised for the club's charity. He was also successful in increasing the player's community involvement and was a member of the Phillies Charities, Inc. Board of Directors. In 2003, the Phillies received the prestigious Philadelphia Sports Congress Community Service Award for the first time. Prior to joining the Phillies, Gene worked as a sports editor for Associated Newspapers in Stoughton, Mass.
Throughout his career in baseball, Gene has worked with Major League Baseball, assisting with the media relations duties at several World Series, League Championship Series and All-Star Games. Gene is also a board member for the Houston Chapter of the NAACP.
Gene received his Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism from the University of Massachusetts where he was a member of the varsity baseball team. He and his wife Kandee live in Kingwood, Texas, with their two children, son Maxwell (15) and daughter Sydney (10).
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