Joe Gregory has served as the General Manager of the Norfolk Tides since October 4, 2011. He also previously served as the Vice President of the Norfolk Admirals Hockey Club from 2008 through the 2015-16 season. Gregory came to Norfolk after serving as the General Manager of the Youngstown SteelHounds of the Central Hockey League from 2006-2008. In that capacity, Gregory ran the day-to-day operations of the SteelHounds.
During Gregory's tenure in Youngstown, the season ticket base increased by 70 percent and he negotiated the team's first NHL affiliation. Gregory graduated from Youngstown State University in 2001 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration. Upon graduation, Gregory worked as both the Coordinator of Tournament Operations and the Coordinator of Sales and Marketing at the Giant Eagle LPGA Classic in Vienna, Ohio. He had been working at the tournament as an operations assistant prior to that since high school.
After his time with the LPGA, Gregory became the Director of Business Development for the Mahoning Valley Scrappers, a Short-Season Class-A baseball team affiliated with the Cleveland Indians. There, he oversaw all sponsorship and advertising sales and cultivated community relationships. In this Episode Joe discusses the Tides connection to the Hampton Roads community, the 2020 season that never took place, Tides players competing with the major league affiliate Orioles, diversity and inclusion among front offices in minor and major league baseball, the legendary Dave Rosenfield, state of minor league, his administrative background and path to becoming a General Manager.