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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.