Tri-City Americans

Ams VP resigns to join NBA's Trail Blazers

KENNEWICK — Tri-City Americans general manager Bob Tory announced today that Brian Sandy, the team’s chief marketing oficer and senior Vice President of business operations, will resign his position with the club after the NBA's Portland Trail Blazers hired him as senior director of premium seating sales and service.

Sandy will start his new position Thursday.

One of Top Shelf Entertainment’s first hires after taking ownership of the Americans in June of 2005, Sandy has helped turn around the franchise off the ice. Averaging more than 4,700 fans per game last year, the club has increased attendance in each of Sandy’s six seasons with the Americans and sits at a 19-year franchise high.

Sandy and the club have helped raise more than $1.5 million dollars for local charities through integrated fundraising nights and promotions.

“Since joining our organization in 2005, Brian has done an exceptional job coordinating our sales staff, implementing our marketing strategies and promoting our club throughout the Columbia Basin,” Tory said in a news release. “This is a great opportunity for Brian to take a positive step in his professional career and we wish him nothing but the best in his future endeavors.”

Sandy said, “It has been my sincere pleasure to serve our team, our stakeholders and our community. When the current ownership group acquired the Americans six and a half years ago, our shared vision was to create a world-class organization, both on and off the ice, and I’m proud to have been a part of attaining that goal. My time with Tri-City has been the highlight of my career to date I’ll always be an Americans fan.”