Name: Benjamin Jones
Current Job Title: General Manager
Company Name: Kinston Indians Baseball
First sports job: Intern – Johnson City Cardinals
College education: B.S. Sport and Leisure Management, East Tennessee State University
Executive most admired: Lee Landers – President of the Appalachian League
Benjamin Jones currently serves as the General Manager of the Kinston Indians baseball team. The Kinston Indians are the Advanced Class A Affiliate of the Cleveland Indians. This is his first year in this position, recently making the jump from collegiate summer baseball back to Minor League Baseball after spending four years as the General Manager of the Wilson Tobs in the Coastal Plain League. Prior to Wilson, Jones spent three years in various roles with the Johnson City Cardinals of the Appalachian League.
Tell us a little about your first job in the sports industry. How did you land it?
My first job was an intern for the Johnson City Cardinals in Tennessee. I needed a 48 hour practical experience to meet class requirements and I just walked into their offices and asked if I could volunteer. The team was being led by a new ownership group and a new management team, they were looking for more full time interns as the season was fast approaching and asked if I would like to do more than the practical experience and be an intern. Once I was able to secure permission from my university to do my internship early, I was onboard. I spent the summer in various places around the ball park. I sold concessions, merchandise, and tickets. I pulled tarp when it rained and set up the stadium on game days. It was everything that an intern can be expected to do in Minor League baseball and it was great. It changed my life, and I have always been happy that I just walked in and asked.
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