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 Dr. Chris Hanners is owner of the Chillicothe Paints franchise & the Rockford Aviators. He helped establish the Frontier League in 1993, where he served as league President from 1993 to 2003 & chairman of the board from 2004 to 2008. Since 2011, Hanners has been been the owner of the Rockford Aviators. In the fall of 2008 Hanners founded the Prospect League, a collegiate summer baseball league comprised of college players from North America and beyond. In 2014, Hanners became one of six inaugural inductees in the Frontier League Hall of Fame for his contributions toward making the Frontier League what it is today.




General Manager

Brad Sholes is back for his tenth season with the Aviators and fifth as General Manager. In addition to his duties with the Aviators, Sholes also teaches Intro to Sports Management classes Rock Valley College.Before Rockford, he spent time working with the 2005 NFL Quarterback Challenge and the 2005 PGA Tour’s Ford Championship.He is a native of Owen, Wis., and a 2004 graduate of Ripon College, in Ripon, Wis., where he earned degrees in both economics and business administration. Brad also holds a master’s degree in sport management from Barry University in Miami Shore, Fla. Brad and his wife, Anne, live in Machesney Park with their two daughters, Hadley and Grace, and their dog, Bucky.





Joey Zanaboni is proud to be back in the Frontier League for his second season as a play-by-play broadcaster and media director. Joey has previously worked for the River City Rascals and the Derby Twins of the Jayhawk Collegiate League. He is a 2013 graduate of Rockhurst University. This is Joeys First year with the Aviators.





Head Groundskeeper

Matthew Entsminger is originally from Miles, Iowa and graduated from Rockford University with a degree in Sports Management. This is Matt’s third year with the Aviators.






Assistant Groundskeeper

Brad Gyorkos is a Rockford, Illinois native. He graduated from Guilford High School in 2011. He graduated from Culver-Stockton College in Canton, Missouri with a degree in Sports Management. This is Brad’s second season with the Aviators.





 Video Board Coordinator 

Ryan Snodgrass was born and raised in Rockford, Illinois. Ryan graduated from Eastern Illinois University in 2012 with a Communication Studies degree. This is Ryan's second season with the Rockford Aviators. When away from work, he enjoys sunsets and cycling.  







Summer Intern-Community Relations

Sean Burnette is our Community Relations Correspondent. Burnette is a rising senior at the University of Missouri at Columbia, with a degree majoring in Sports Management. When not at work, Sean is an avid follower of soccer and enjoys the company of his friends and family. One day Sean hopes to become a General Manager of a sports organization.  






Summer Intern-Social Media Coordinator

Tyler Breneisen is our Social Media Coordinator. A local, Tyler graduated from Freeport High School in 2012. He is a full-time student at Monmouth College and will finish his Bachelor of Arts degree in May of 2016. When away from the office, Tyler enjoys taking road trips with friends and watching his favorite sports teams. Tyler plans to pursue a career in Baseball and one day work for an MLB team. 






Summer Intern-Ticket Sales Representative

Kyle McKenna is our Ticket Sales Representative. Kyle recently graduated from the University of Illinois with a Bachelor's degree in Sports Management. Kyle can be found on the golf course when not at work and enjoys weekend outdoor activities with friends. Kyle aims at becoming a Director of Marketing someday. 






Summer Intern-Director of Merchandise

Lydia Lobrano is our Merchandise Director. Lydia will graduate from University of Wisconsin-Whitewater with a degree in Marketing in May of 2016. In her free time Lydia enjoys playing basketball and playing with her dogs. Lydia's goal is to one day work for the U.S. Olympic team. 







Summer Intern-Human Resources 

Shannon McKinnon completes our team of interns this season. She assists with Human Resources and Event Planning. Shannon graduated from Winnebago High School in 2013. She is currently enrolled in Iowa State University and will graduate with a degree in Event Management in 2017. When not in the office, Shannon can be found at her local gym or partaking in other exercising activities.





The Rockford Aviators are always looking for outstanding, hardworking individuals to join our team. The Rockford Aviators are currently hiring for the following positions:
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4503 Interstate Blvd.

Loves Park, IL 61111



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