The Sugar Land Skeeters last week announced that longtime Minor League Baseball executive and Missouri City resident Christopher Hill has been hired as the team’s president.
Hill was the Skeeters’ vice president for their inaugural season in 2012. He was the first person on site, responsible for all initial revenue generation for the club, including naming rights, skybox sales, ticket sales and sponsorship sales, with a focus on stadium founding partnerships.
“Coming home is a rare and exciting opportunity,” Hill said. “To live in such a dynamic community and now represent the best family-friendly venue in the area is an honor. We are going to have an exciting team, develop new and engaging promotions and most importantly – have fun.”
Hill, who was born and raised in North East, Md., has spent 20-plus years working in professional sports and arena management. Starting in Boise, Idaho (Short Season A- Anaheim Angels), Hill’s career continued to the Wilmington Blue Rocks (Kansas City Royals High-A affiliate), Lake Elsinore Storm (Anaheim Angels Single-A affiliate) and Buffalo Bisons (Triple-A, Toronto Blue Jays) franchises
“We are thrilled that Chris has agreed to lead our organization,” said Skeeters owner Kevin Zlotnik. “We talked to many candidates, but Chris stood out with both his vast minor league experience and strong ties to the Sugar Land community. On behalf of my whole family, we cannot wait to see Chris elevate this franchise to even further heights.”
Hill’s sports career highlights include producing the broadcast for the first game ever for the Colorado Rockies and Florida Marlins franchises, the design of the “Angry Eyes” Lake Elsinore Storm logo, which went on to become the top MiLB logo for 12 years running, multiple stadium naming rights agreements and numerous regional broadcast TV schedules. Hill was also the sales manager for the Southern California premier arena, the Arrowhead Pond (now Honda Center). Since leaving the Skeeters in 2013, Hill has run his own award-winning communications firm, 180 Messaging.
“Bringing in a leader like Chris Hill is an exciting addition to our franchise,” said Skeeters General Manager Tyler Stamm. “Chris was a driving force behind the start of Skeeters baseball from 2010-2012, and his extensive experience both in baseball and other industries will allow us to provide the best fan experience in minor league baseball.”
Hill and his wife, Christy, have three children, Caden, Siena and Lauren, and have been residents of Missouri City for nine years.