Washington Nationals Season Plan Holders

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Ben Cobleigh — Director, Ticket Services & Sales Development
ben.cobleigh@nationals.com

As Director, Ticket Services & Sales Development, Ben is responsible for the oversight of the service programs for all Season Plan Holders as well as the Red Carpet Rewards program and Inside Sales program. Ben joined the Nationals in November of 2014 after starting his career with the Washington Wizards, Capitals, Mystics & Georgetown Hoyas at Monumental Sports & Entertainment in 2010. Ben grew up in Howard County, Maryland and attended the University of Maryland where he earned his degree in General Business. He currently lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife, Sarah.

What is your favorite feature of Nationals Park?
The entire atmosphere of Nationals Park is incredible - the sights, sounds and smells during the summer can't be beat!
Who is your favorite Nationals player (Major League and/or Minor League rosters)?
Bryce Harper
If you were on the Nationals roster, what position would you play?
Center Field
What is your favorite Nationals Park food?
Ben's Chili Bowl

Kai Murray — Director, Premium Sales & Service
kai.murray@nationals.com

Born in Bridgeport, CT, and raised in Cincinnati, OH, Kai joined the Washington Nationals in March of 2015. Prior to joining the Nationals, Kai served three years as the Manager of Club Seat Sales with the Arizona Cardinals. Previous to his time in Arizona, Kai spent four years as the Premium Sales Manager for Real Salt Lake of Major League Soccer, selling and servicing the team's luxury suites. From 2005 to 2008 he worked as an Account Executive with the Jacksonville Jaguars selling season tickets plans, after beginning his career with the Frisco RoughRiders, Double-A affiliate of the Texas Rangers. Kai received a Bachelor of Science degree in Commerce from DePaul University in Chicago.

What is your favorite feature of Nationals Park?
Club 24 and the K Street Boxes. The guest experience in both of those clubs is the best I've seen in professional sports, anywhere in this country.
Who is your favorite Nationals player (Major League and/or Minor League rosters)?
Bryce Harper
If you were on the Nationals roster, what position would you play?
Center Field
What is your favorite Nationals Park food?
Whatever is on the menu for Club 24 or K Street that night!

Maribel Castro — Manager, Membership Services
202.640.7813
maribel.castro@nationals.com

Maribel grew up in San Diego, California and received her degree from San Diego State University. She began her career in the sports industry as an intern with the Houston Astros before returning home to work for the San Diego Padres. She joined the Season Ticket Services department in 2010 and her hobbies include watching all sports (especially baseball), music, art, exploring the DC area and traveling.

What is your favorite feature of Nationals Park?
The Norfolk Southern Club
Who is your favorite Nationals player (Major League and/or Minor League rosters)?
Stephen Strasburg — Great presence on the mound!
If you were on the Nationals roster, what position would you play?
Third base — HOT SPOT!
What is your favorite Nationals Park food?
Shake Shack

Michael Ogunwumi — Manager, Rewards Programs
202.640.7804
michael.ogunwumi@nationals.com

A native of Bowie, Maryland, Michael joined the Washington Nationals in the winter of 2007. After graduating from the University of Maryland in the spring of 2005 with a double major in English and Criminal Justice, Michael began his career in sports as a marketing intern with the Bowie Baysox, a Minor League baseball team that plays in the Double-A Eastern League. After completing his internship, Michael joined the Washington Wizards as an Inside Sales Representative. Outside of work, Michael enjoys sports, reading, writing, traveling, music and spending time with family and friends.

What is your favorite feature of Nationals Park?
There is not a bad sightline in the park!
Who is your favorite Nationals player (Major League and/or Minor League rosters)?
Gio Gonzalez
If you were on the Nationals roster, what position would you play?
Shortstop
What is your favorite Nationals Park food?
Shake Shack

Zaid Abdullah — Manager, Ticket Services
202.640.7698
zaid.abdullah@nationals.com

A diehard baseball fan, Zaid rejoined the Washington Nationals in March 2016 as the Manager of Ticket Services. Previously, Zaid was an Account Executive in the Ticket Services department between the 2010 and 2013 seasons. Between stints with the Nats, Zaid managed the service and retention department for Georgia Tech Athletics with The Aspire Group for almost 2.5 years. A proud graduate of Old Dominion University, Zaid enjoys traveling and attending live sporting events.

What is your favorite feature of Nationals Park?
Norfolk Southern Club
Who is your favorite Nationals player (Major League and/or Minor League rosters)?
Bryce Harper
If you were on the Nationals roster, what position would you play?
Shortstop
What is your favorite Nationals Park food?
Shake Shack

Kofi Acquaah — Account Executive, Membership Services
202.640.7802
kofi.acquaah@nationals.com

A native of Easton, Massachusetts, Kofi joined the Washington Nationals in December of 2013. After graduating from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2010, he joined the Atlanta Braves as a Ticket Sales Trainee and worked with the Boston Red Sox as a Ticket Services Associate. Kofi is an avid sports fan and is excited to be part of a franchise with so much promise.

What is your favorite feature of Nationals Park?
Not a bad seat in the park!
Who is your favorite Nationals player (Major League and/or Minor League rosters)?
Bryce Harper
If you were on the Nationals roster, what position would you play?
Outfield or Second Base
What is your favorite Nationals Park food?
Shake Shack

Brandon Crump — Account Executive, Membership Services
202.640.7661
brandon.crump@nationals.com

Brandon grew up in Chicago, IL. After attending Howard University here in D.C., Brandon joined the Washington Nationals in 2013 as a Ticket Specialist. He became a member of the Membership Services department in March of 2015. In his spare time, Brandon enjoys spending time with family and friends, and his Boston Terrier Brady!

What is your favorite feature of Nationals Park?
The many different food options that Nationals Park has to offer!
Who is your favorite Nationals player (Major League and/or Minor League rosters)?
Dusty Baker
If you were on the Nationals roster, what position would you play?
Outfield
What is your favorite Nationals Park food?
Chesapeake Crab Cake Company

Carissa E. Miller — Account Executive, Membership Services
carissa.miller@nationals.com

Carissa grew up in Chapman, Kansas and received her degree from The University of Kansas in 2013. She began her career in sports as a Box Office Assistant for the York Revolution, an independent baseball team in York, Pennsylvania. Before joining the Washington Nationals, Carissa worked for the Arizona Diamondbacks as an Inside Sales Consultant. Carissa enjoys watching all sports, especially KU basketball (Rock Chalk!), and loves all outdoor activities.

What is your favorite feature of Nationals Park?
The roar of the crowd every time the Nats get a Curly W!
Who is your favorite Nationals player (Major League and/or Minor League rosters)?
Bryce Harper
If you were on the Nationals roster, what position would you play?
Center Field
What is your favorite Nationals Park food?
Shake Shack

Devin Day — Account Executive, Membership Services
202.640.7608
devin.day@nationals.com

A native of Wilmington, Delaware, Devin joined the Nationals in July of 2015. Before joining the Nationals, Devin served six months for The Aspire Group, Inc. at the University of Maryland as Team Leader of Service and Retention. Prior to becoming Team Leader, he spent time as a Senior Sales Consultant at Maryland and started his career as a Sales Consultant at New Mexico State University. Devin received his bachelor's degree in Sport Management from the University of Delaware. Outside of work, Devin enjoys watching sports, traveling, reading, and exploring Washington D.C.

What is your favorite feature of Nationals Park?
PNC Diamond Club
Who is your favorite Nationals player (Major League and/or Minor League rosters)?
Bryce Harper
If you were on the Nationals roster, what position would you play?
Center Field
What is your favorite Nationals Park food?
Shake Shack

Matthew Hayes — Account Executive, Membership Services
202.640.7732
matthew.hayes@nationals.com

Matt was raised in Fairfax Station, VA and graduated from George Mason University in May 2015 with a bachelor's degree in Sport Management. He began his career in sports by interning for the George Mason University athletic department and started working for the Nationals as a Ticket Specialist. In his spare time Matt loves to be in the outdoors and play with his English Bulldog.

What is your favorite feature of Nationals Park?
The lights during night games make the park look astonishing.
Who is your favorite Nationals player (Major League and/or Minor League rosters)?
Bryce Harper
If you were on the Nationals roster, what position would you play?
Second Base
What is your favorite Nationals Park food?
Nothing beats a Nats Dog

Zach McGowan — Account Executive, Membership Services
202.640.7812
zach.mcgowan@nationals.com

A native of Lakeville, Minnesota, Zach joined the Washington Nationals in November of 2015. Prior to moving to D.C., he spent the past five years working for the Minnesota Timberwolves (NBA) and Minnesota Lynx (WNBA), focusing on fan experience and membership service initiatives. He holds a bachelor's degree in communication and leadership studies from St. Norbert College in De Pere, WI, and a master's degree in sport management from Minnesota State University in Mankato, MN. In his spare time, Zach enjoys golfing, going to concerts, and cheering on his beloved Green Bay Packers and Wisconsin Badgers!

What is your favorite feature of Nationals Park?
As the legendary Bill Veeck said, "The most beautiful thing in the world is a ballpark filled with people." Can't wait for Opening Day 2016!
Who is your favorite Nationals player (Major League and/or Minor League rosters)?
Ben Revere
If you were on the Nationals roster, what position would you play?
Center Field
What is your favorite Nationals Park food?
Haven't tried anything yet, but I look forward to eating my way around the park to determine my favorite.

Emily Patch — Account Executive, Membership Services
202.640.7807
emily.patch@nationals.com

After growing up in the DMV area, Emily retreated to Columbia, SC where she attended and graduated from the University of South Carolina with a B.A. in Sport and Entertainment Management. Emily returned to D.C. and worked for the Washington Redskins on the client services team in the Suite Department. Emily just recently transitioned to the Washington Nationals as the newest addition to the Membership Services team in the Fall of 2015. Emily's hobbies include exercising (especially yoga), enjoying college football and NOW professional baseball, exploring D.C.'s finest culinary offerings, socializing with friends, and most of all spending time with family. Emily is looking forward to her first season with the Nationals, especially after Bryce Harper's unanimous MVP win, and to see what is in store for the 2016!

What is your favorite feature of Nationals Park?
The Norfolk Southern Club
Who is your favorite Nationals player (Major League and/or Minor League rosters)?
Bryce Harper
If you were on the Nationals roster, what position would you play?
Shortstop
What is your favorite Nationals Park food?
Boardwalk Fries all the way!

Mary Kate Thayer — Account Executive, Premium Ticket Services
202.640.7811
marykate.thayer@nationals.com

A native of Woodbridge, Virginia, and a lifelong baseball fan, Mary Kate joined the Washington Nationals in the summer of 2011 as an inside sales representative. After graduating from James Madison University in 2009, Mary Kate embarked on her sports career by working with the Hagerstown Suns. She became a member of the Season Ticket Services Department in February of 2013 and a member of the Premium Ticket Services department in February 2015. Mary Kate loves the excitement that Nationals' fans have shown over the past several seasons and is eager to see what is in store for the 2016!

What is your favorite feature of Nationals Park?
First row seats in the Scoreboard Pavilion!
Who is your favorite Nationals player (Major League and/or Minor League rosters)?
Michael A. Taylor
If you were on the Nationals roster, what position would you play?
Pinch Runner!
What is your favorite Nationals Park food?
A classic hot dog with all the fixings!

Kiara O'Bannon — Account Executive, Premium Ticket Services
202.640.7734
kiara.o'bannon@nationals.com

Kiara O'Bannon grew up in Waldorf, Maryland and is a graduate of Towson University in Towson, Maryland. Kiara began her sports career in the 2013 season with the Washington Nationals as a Ticket Specialist and transitioned over to Premium Ticket Services in 2015. Outside of enjoying the Nationals play, Kiara enjoys painting, photography, and spending time with friends and family.

What is your favorite feature of Nationals Park?
PNC Diamond Club
Who is your favorite Nationals player (Major League and/or Minor League rosters)?
Max Scherzer
If you were on the Nationals roster, what position would you play?
Center Field
What is your favorite Nationals Park food?
Anywhere that sells cotton candy!!!